by Brad Fredricks
I’m 36, a father of a beautiful little girl and a boy, and actively living out a dream. If you ask me what I do for a living, I will tell you straight out that I am a full time athlete, competing in Spartan Races. People look at me funny when I tell them this, but I am serious, and after a minute they realize it. Things haven’t always been this way. In the past I was a marketer, manager, nerd, DJ, leader, prisoner, poet, and creative storyteller.
When I first got involved with Spartan Race, I was inspired to do so because I wanted to challenge myself to something I could not fake. I remember sitting at the desk of my last job, deciding that I wanted to pursue some sort of sport, but something that I thought could lead to something professional. It was a crazy idea, and a fabulous dream.
On January 5th, 2012, I left my job running a small start-up company in Boulder, CO. Call it inspired insanity, or perhaps a total leap of faith, but when I left that job I decided that I was going to pursue being a full time obstacle racer, and set my sights on Spartan Race.
Pursuing the dream lead me on an entirely new path, it transformed pretty much everything about me. In the process I lost 60lbs, got really honest with myself, and others, and found new friends who’ve become family to me.
It’s not all been easy. I’ve had my ups and downs, but along the way I’ve found myself, and found my way back to the dreams of the little boy I once was. I’ve found that it is easier to live in the light, being honest and genuine with others, than it is to live in the darkness of lies and deceit. I’ve found that anything is possible, even if not probable, but that it takes someone willing to dream, and willing to believe in their dreams to make it happen.
I truly believe that we are the light of our futures, not the darkness of our pasts. I believe that we all have something to contribute, be it big or small. I believe in the improbable, I believe in all of you.
I’m Brad Fredricks, and I am Spartan.