By Carrie Adams



On May 1, 2011, almost ten years after the horrifying events of 9/11 left thousands of innocent people dead, President Obama approached the podium and delivered the message that so many had been waiting to hear.

“Justice has been done,” Obama announced.  The message confirmed the death of the 9/11 mastermind and Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden at the hands of a highly trained United States Special Operations Task Force.  Bin Laden had been found in a heavily fortified compound only an hour’s drive from Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital city, near a Pakistani military base and the academy for the nation’s army.  The brave men from a select Navy SEAL team descended on the compound and combated resistance forces before killing Bin Laden in a firefight.


At her commencement speech at the University of Northern Iowa, Michele Obama described the mission and the character of the men involved.  ”Just imagine, a small group of brave men, dropped by helicopter, half a world away in the dead of night into unknown danger inside the lair of the most wanted man in the world.  They did not hesitate, risking everything for us, for our freedom and security.”


Nate Brown, 2011 Spartan Death Racer

The military and Spartan Race have always been closely aligned, because the principles and culture of the military are very similar to those of Spartan Race.  “We believe, as they do, that successful people and successful Spartans are mentally tough and can withstand, overcome, and commit to a cause that’s bigger than themselves,” said Spartan CEO Joe DeSena.

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by Carrie Adams

“Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.” – Albert Schweitzer

nbI met Nate Brown, 31, at the Winter Death Race this past March. He was holding a rope over his head and I was holding the stop watch that would tick off the brutal 60 minutes he and the other racers would have to keep the rope suspended in the air as part of their first task. Brown and his Albert Einstein School of Medicine classmate Daniel were up from the Bronx for the weekend race. Over the next 28 hours and 5 minutes, Nate’s finishing time, I would see him several times, his demeanor consistently relaxed, unflustered, and calm. He was seemingly unfazed by the physical tasks, sleep deprivation, and mental stress the race is designed to evoke.

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