by Elliot Megquier, Spartan Elite Athlete

As I prep for this weekend’s Reebok Spartan Race Military Sprint in Fort Carson, CO, I like to think I have an advantage. I am a Soldier in the 10th Mountain Light Infantry Division at Fort Drum, NY. There are obstacle courses all over Fort Drum. Although I don’t take advantage of them as much as I should, I practice on military obstacles regularly. In fact, today at work we had to do buddy and litter carries which we complete in full gear. I’ll tell you what, carrying a 230 lb guy with gear when you weigh around 175 lbs is surely a great workout. There are ropes, ladders, and cargo nets within a quarter mile of each other. Then the pull up bars, they are everywhere. There are dip bars, tires to flip, Humvees to push, and millions of dollars of gyms and equipment at our disposable.

Not only am I representing myself, my family, friends, and fans, but I represent the 10th Mountain Division. I would like more than anything to get my first Saturday win this weekend at the home of the 4th Infantry Division, one of our rival division in terms of friendly completion. They are the Ivy/Iron Horse, while we are the Light Fighters who Climb to Glory, and that is what I plan to do. I anticipate my main competition will come from LeEarl Rugland and Miguel Medina, but there is always the unknown racer that always seems to show up.

Will you be there?

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by Carrie Adams

Elite Spartan athlete, Saturday’s second place finisher (just .2 seconds behind first place finisher Ang Reynolds) in the Gulf Coast Race, Woman of CrossFit, mother of two, and generous Spartan Chick Janice Ferguson emailed HQ today with a remarkable story.  On Sunday, after the races were over, there were some boxes of leftover bananas.  Not wanting them to go to waste, she and her husband packed them up and headed out to find some deserving people to donate the extras.

“Today I donated the leftover six boxes from the Gulf Coast Race to a local soup kitchen, Feed My Sheep, in Gulfport, MS.  They were really grateful.”  But that was just one stop.  Ferguson went on to a local women’s shelter.

“I also donated three boxes to a local battered women’s shelter, Gulf Coast Center for Non-Violence.  They were happy to receive them as well.  But we didn’t take a photograph as the location and shelter details are top secret to keep the women safe.”

Says Ferguson, “I just didn’t want them to waste when they could help feed some people.”

That’s a true Spartan.

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