by Stephen Reid aka Steve-o Bones

Photos Courtesy of Kevin High Photography

awe·some /ˈôsəm/ Adjective
Extremely impressive or daunting; inspiring great admiration, apprehension, or fear.
Extremely good; excellent.

One word sums up the Spartan Sprint at Citifield that was held on Saturday, April 13th. AWESOME!! There was nothing that day that did not reach the level of awesomeness that I had anticipated. The weather was just right, the mood was infectious…everything was perfect.

The last time I had as much fun as I did today, I was at another Spartan Race. Today, I had the honor of running as a Team X-T.R.E.M.E. Community Athlete (TXCA) with TEAM X-T.R.E.M.E., a non-profit organization that honors wounded veterans. The vibe could not possibly have been any more positive. We set out together as a team and finished as a team. This race was not about my finish time, but rather about remembering, honoring and empowering the wounded warriors that have given so much to our grateful nation.

It was a stunning and beautiful thing to see everyone come together and see the mission through to the end. The energy was electrifying. All the TXCA’s fed off of each other’s energy and drive to finish.

I had the distinct honor of carrying TEAM X-T.R.E.M.E.’s American Flag. This same flag has been to every Spartan Race that TEAM X-T.R.E.M.E. has been represented at. At the end of the race, the team mustered up and formulated its plan of attack for the big finale. Once again, I had the flag and took point. We ran and pushed hard. The gladiators near the finish line looked ready to give us a fight but the momentum of the team driven on by the cheering crowd was so great that they did not even slow us down as we approached the finish line. The crowd went wild as our group and its mission was announced while we were crossing the finish line.

One spectator contacted me after the race to tell me how moving the finish was for him:
“I was headed towards the rope climb and saw you guys headed for the finish and stopped dead in my tracks to watch you guys finish. It was very cool. Thank you for representing those that have fallen and those that are still standing.”

Simply awesome.

Team X will be back in action at the Mid-Atlantic Spartan Race in August!  Join them!  Register HERE.

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