by Carrie Adams

At Thermopylae on the final morning, when the last surviving Spartans knew they were all going to die, they turned to the warrior Dienekes and asked what they should hold in their minds to keep their courage strong. He instructed his comrades: “Fight for this alone: the man who stands at your shoulder. He is everything, and everything is contained within him.”

The soldier’s prayer today on the eve of battle remains, “Lord, let me not prove unworthy of my brothers.” (from the Warrior Ethos)

Staten Island Super Spartan 2012Spartan Race pits athletes against the clock in an obstacle course filled with unknown challenges, rugged trails, and unforgiving terrain.  Athletes like Hobie Call come out on race day to take home the top spot, but not all athletes come to race.  Many, in fact, don’t even come alone.  They come with friends, family, and co-workers and race together in teams. 

At our recent event in Staten Island, a group of former Biggest Loser competitorsStaten Island Super Spartan 2012 including Season 10’s second place finisher Frado Dinten came out to race on “Team Frado”  with those they’ve inspired with their weight loss journey and they crossed the finish line together, an accomplishment best experienced as a group. 

Competitive and non-competitive alike, these teams encourage motivate and support each other before, during and after the race.  They train together, set goals and overcome the obstacles shoulder to shoulder.  Sometimes being a teammate is helping your fellow racer over the wall and sometimes it’s helping them believe that they can do it themselves. 

Staten Island Super Spartan 2012Registering as a team has other benefits… you save money and your team can earn donations to Homes for Troops as well.  You can become part of a team to help yourself and others get through the event, save money, and support our troops.

How does it work?

Register as a team and add members! The more people you can get to join your team, the more money you will get back in your pocket! We will give you a percentage off of your registration fees. So you will be rewarded, before you even finish the race.

Spartan Race - team with US flagHow many people are needed to make a team?

Teams are unlimited in how BIG they can get but there is a minimum of four people! Team members are timed individually and are not required to cross the finish line together.

Which team takes home the prizes?

The fastest 4 times of the team will be used to calculate the team’s finishing time. Prizes will be awarded to the team who finishes on top!

Ready to Register? 

Registering for a team is easy, whether it’s new or you need to join one that’s already signed up!  From our Registration site, you can start a team, join an existing team, and manage teams once they’ve been set up!

Finding the finish line may be the goal for everyone who heads out to a Spartan Race but no one ever said you had to do it alone. 

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by Carrie Adams

On a cold January evening in 2010, twenty-six year old Gerald Veneziano got in his car at home in Clifton, NJ heading for his night shift with the Fairfield Police Department.  He noticed a car pull in behind him and follow his vehicle for over 15 minutes.  He called into the station to have the car pulled over but no one was in proximity so in an empty parking lot, the brave man identified himself as a police officer to his follower.  Before he could react, the suspect pulled out a handgun and began to fire.  Taking bullets Veneziano exited his car to seek cover.  Three shots ripped into his leg crushing his femur and tearing a major artery wide open.  Another shattered his jaw and broke off several teeth leaving him unable to speak.  He somehow managed to return fire but multiple gunshots later, Veneziano lay alone in the abandoned parking lot bleeding out from the torn artery in his leg. 

His car had rolled away in the fire fight forcing him to seek help despite his horrific injuries.  He managed to drag himself 40 yards to the street where a bystander called 911.  He was airlifted to the hosptial where his his life was saved and a drug-induced coma was necessary to let his injuries heal.  A year and a half later, with five major surgeries and months of rehab behind him he just recently returned to active duty.  The man accused of shooting him was apprehended a month and a half after the incident later in an unrelated incident involving what is reported to the the same handgun used in Veneziano’s case and now sits in a mental hospital awaiting a trial.  To date, he’s never admitted committing the crime or given a reason.    
 
For Veneziano, the damage is lasting.  He will always have nerve damage and he has a rod in his femur to hold it together and screws and a plate in his jaw.  Doctors said he lost so much blood that he should’t be here.  In fact, the cold temperatures may have helped save his life.  Doctors speculate that the 15 degree weather slowed blood loss possibly preventing his death. 
 
Overcoming obstacles has been the theme of Veneziano’s life for a year and a half.  He knows what hard work can accomplish alongside the support and encouragement of family and friends.  He wants others to know what that feels like.  On September 24th and 25th The Spartan Race will head to Staten Island for an eight mile obstacle race of running, jumping, climbing and crawling, and Veneziano will be in the audience.  Unable to participate in this year’s event he looks forward to future races.
 
He says, “I wish I could do it!  It sounds like fun – especially if people from work do it together and build comraderie.”
 
A special  Law Enforcement Challenge has been added to the Staten Island race to which Spartan Race will be donating funds on participating Law Enforcement team’s behalf.  Veneziano is encouraging his co-workers to get signed up for the challenging race saying, “You’d be surprised what your body can do. When I got shot I had to crawl to the road with a broken leg.  As far as long term, I keep working at it.  That kind of hard work will get you far.”

Overcoming obstacles, finding out what’s possible… That’s true Spartan spirit. 

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