GRIT. A word that has come to embody the sprit of a true warrior. Today, during a time in society when quitting has become the norm, people need to learn how to “fail well” to gain resiliency. Angela Duckworth, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, created a metric system that demonstrates how grit can overcome intelligence through effort. As a leading expert in the field, she demonstrates the standard capacity of people while explaining how GRIT can bridge the gap of inherent skill or knowledge.
Spartan Race is a company that was created at the forefront of the concept of GRIT. We constantly place people in a state of unfamiliarity in an effort to make them quit. We strongly believe that our racers are seeking a challenge outside of their traditional lifestyle because they want for something more. To that end, our esteemed professors of pain and suffering created our own GRIT test. Burpees, Sandbags, and Burpees. Racers are signing up knowing that we are going to make you think about quitting, while wanting every person to finish. The more pain you feel, the more suffering you endure, the more you learn just what your mind and body can tolerate.
How many times in your life have you reached what you considered was your breaking point? Now how many times were you able to press on beyond that point? Spartan Race empowers people to reach, mentally, physically, and emotionally. We hold you accountable for all actions. If you are unable to complete an obstacle, you incur an immediate penalty. There are no shortcuts, there are no end-arounds, there is only you and your fellow racers encouraging you as you go. You arrive at the race uninhibited, and leave as a Spartan. Aroo!
[Editor's Note: Michael Levine is the newest blogger on the Spartan Race team. His voice will enrich the story that our blog strives to tell. We welcome him and look forward to sharing his words.]