Run for a Reason!

Tired of just running another race for a medal and t-shirt?  Spartan is providing an opportunity to race for MORE….  Sign up for the Charity Challenge and you can support your favorite charity …oh and you still get the medal, t-shirt and bragging rights!

How do you get involved?  Gather your friends together that want to support a great cause and create a team in that charity’s name for the 10am Charity Challenge Heat on September 21, 2014 in Killington, VT.   In terms of the course itself, expect the usual Spartan shenanigans, but just because it’s for charity, don’t expect the course to be any less challenging. While the course may be a sprint distance at 4 miles or so, there are still all manner of obstacles, terrain and burpees on offer.

A prize pool of $10,000 is up for grabs that will be shared amongst the top teams, so now is the time to sign up and be a part of something special.  Once your team is registered you should start your fundraising page at CrowdRise to start the race to win the prize for top fundraiser.

Last year, teams from all over the country took part in the challenge, raising money for a variety of causes. If the urge grabs you, why not contact these teams and join them for this year?

The team that won last year, Team Livestrong, was led by Iram Leon who has an inoperable brain cancer. Along with his team mates, which included Pro Teamer Alexander Nicholas, Iram’s team won. Recalling the day, Iram said, “We were awarded a check for $2500 which Alexander without hesitation or pause said should be directed to the charities that have helped along the course of my journey. Like with the Spartans, I started pretty poorly along the course on cancer and had to have better more experienced people help guide me on how to do some things better. The Livestrong Cancer navigation center pointed me to Imerman Angels and connected me to someone else who had the same cancer (who while we’ve been in touch we had not met in person until the Spartan in Chicago), they pointed me to Wonders and Worries who provided Kiana counseling about the situation and me on how to share it with her, and together Seton hospital and Livestrong have created a committee which I help with that helps young adult cancer survivors, a group that because of various gets less attention than childhood and old age cancers.”

Also racing was Team Winter, led by Winter Vinecki, the incredible young girl who at only 14 years of age, had already completed numerous long distance events including the Antarctica and Inca Trail marathons. Despite being in the middle of a schedule that saw her run seven marathons on seven continents, she took time out from her busy schedule to take part. Running for her charity Team Winter, inspired by the tragic loss of her father to prostate cancer, she now honors his memory by raising money through incredible feats of endurance including triathlons and marathons. Winter’s story can be seen here.

Naturally many other teams were involved too. Team One Spirit, the Cornfed Spartans (who supported All for Hope Charity) and also Team You Cannot Fail who supported the Boomer Esiason Foundation, all of whom attacked the course with an added sense of urgency.

Don’t miss all the action and of course it’s the ONLY race you can get a yellow finisher’s medal and Charity t-shirt! 
The breakdown of prize money goes like this:

Top 3 fastest teams win for their charity:

1st place = $4,000
2nd place = $2,000
3rd place = $1,000

But we will also award the top 3 fundraisers win for their charity:

1st place = $1,500
2nd place = $1,000
3rd place = $500

So what are you waiting for? Get a team together and we’ll see you in Vermont!

See you at the finish line!

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Written by guest writer and Elite Pro Teamer Amelia Boone

For the third year, Spartan Race will be back at Haspin Acres in Laurel, Indiana, setting the stage for a Midwest showdown. Located an hour and half from Indianapolis and an hour and a half from Cincinnati, don’t let the remoteness of this race venue fool you – it’s anything but cows, pastures, and spotty cell phone service.

Three years ago, Indiana was the site of the first-ever Spartan “Founder’s Race” – a race stripped down to it’s bare essentials. While the race now has all the trappings of modern-day Sparta that we know and love, expect a test of grit true to its Founder’s Race origins. An off-road park when it’s not invaded by Spartans, Haspin Acres promises 4+ miles of muddy trails through woods and fields scattered with 15-20+ Spartan obstacles. And don’t call the Midwest no flat land – plenty of quick hill climbs and scrambles will keep you on your toes.

Amelia and Todd Sedlak discuss the course.

Indiana has proven to be one of the longest Sprints out there – last year, course director Todd Sedlak promised that no one would finish in under an hour, and only 12 athletes managed to prove him wrong. With a new race director this year, it remains to be seen whether this challenge will stand.

For the elite waves, both male and female winners from last year, Spartan pro team members Brakken Krakker and Amelia Boone, are expected to race. And if he doesn’t get lost in the Chicago airport finding deep dish pizza, Elliott Megquier will be joining them. On the women’s side, fresh off her two-podium weekend at Citi Field, Laura Messner will be looking to extend her streak. And as we’ve seen of late, expect plenty of elite challengers when you least expect it.

The good times never end in Indiana.

Also of note, Danny Rodriguez will be making his 2014 Spartan Race debut. You all remember Danny as the Chicagoan who packed up his life, moved to Vermont to live and train in Pittsfield with Joe, and lost over 100 pounds in the process – his transformation of his life and his health served as inspiration to thousands of Spartans worldwide. Last we checked in with Danny, he’s back in the Midwest, training hard, with his sights set on, among other things, the Chicago Marathon this fall. Welcome back to Sparta, Danny!

With team showings by the Chicago Spartans, Corn Fed, and even some rumors of the NE Spahtens making the road trip, expect a great turn-out and a festive atmosphere.

See you in Indiana!

Are you ready for your Spartan Race? Sign up now and we’ll see you at the finish line… 

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