by Carrie Adams

Joe Crupi called me from Iraq today (Memorial Day) for a Death Race Profile Interview. About thirty minutes into our call he asked me calmly, “Can you hold on a second?”  When he returned a few seconds later he said,  “We are taking rounds right now, I gotta go.”  It cut our interview short and served as a reminder that even as we remember those who have fallen there are still so many in harm’s way today.


Joe Crupi

Stationed in Iraq on a military base working as a civilian contractor Crupi, 28, spent his first two years as an intelligence analyst and ever since July 2010 he has been a trainer for the military in a role entitled, embedded mentor. He train analysts on how to use different computer systems to do their work.

Crupi is no stranger to being overseas.  He spent six years in the Navy and completed a tour in Bosnia in 2005 and another in Afghanistan in 2006.  He left for boot camp in September 2001.  Two weeks after 9/11.  He was at the point where he had graduated and  was looking at doing the military reserves and going to college simultaneously.  He signed up in August before September 11th and was planning on leaving February 14th so he could stay until his birthday.  After September 11th he made a call requesting to leave earlier for boot camp.   He was originally denied.  But unexpectedly he received a return phone call on a Tuesday informing him that he could go sooner but it would be that Friday.  He agreed.

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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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