On such a somber day, Memorial Day, we are honoring Spartan heroes. Two men who gave their lives to maintain the freedom that we enjoy in the United States.
On September 28, 2012, SFC Riley Stephens was killed in action serving his country in Wardak, Afghanistan with the 1/3 Special Forces Group (Airborne) as a senior Medic. One of the last things Riley did before his deployment was run a Spartan Race in South Carolina.
As a tribute, friends and family took on the Spartan Beast in Glen Rose at the end of 2012 as “Team Riley” to honor him and to reconnect. It was a cathartic experience for family and friends and they came together to remember a brother, a son, and a best friend.
At the 2013 Socal Super Spartan, we proudly supported the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation in honor of Spartan
Glen Doherty, who was one of the four Americans killed in a terror attack in Benghazi, Libya on September 12, 2012. According to the Foundation website, The Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation is our way to honor Glen’s life and his beliefs. Doherty took part in the Socal Super in 2011 before his tragic death in Benghazi.
In 2012, over 350,000 Spartans crossed our finish line we expect over half a million in 2013. Many of our participants are military or first responders and we are always thankful to have so many experience a Spartan Race. The loss of these two men and so many others are deeply felt.
Men of honor, conviction, and courage, we mourn their passing and are thankful for their service and sacrifice. As you spend your time at BBQ’s and out enjoying this holiday, do not lose its significance. Please spend this Memorial Day remembering the bravery of these and so many others that are no longer here to enjoy the freedom they’ve ensured.
We will never forget.
To learn more about the Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation, click HERE.