Dear Joe,

It’s taken a little guts to admit this to you guys, and I’m not looking for any kinda spotlight, but just so you know you guys are awesome.

I’m a Firefighter/Paramedic as a civilian and a Combat Medic in the Florida National Guard. You’d think that we would be in the best of shape, but I’m here to tell you that most of us aren’t, and sadly I was one of the ones in better shape.

I was miserable, lost in the rat race that is the gym, no real direction and to be honest, failing miserably. Home, family, school, and personal life continued to fall apart around me and I was searching for something to hold me above water, to focus on the good. My friend Andrew Fuentes, a buddy of mine, told me about the Spartan Race they ran in Miami last year with other medics from my unit. I so badly wanted to be involved, so I looked up the race itself.

Zach (right) and his buddies complete the Super.

I didn’t realize there was such a following, deeper than any other mud or obstacle race, that it was a lifestyle. I quickly jumped into the WODs, albeit slow (and miserably at times), and the diets. I missed the Tampa Spartan, but I sucked it up and signed up for the Spartan Super in Miami. I’ve been busting my ass and I’m ready to become a Spartan.

Thanks for all you do, and keep up the awesome work!

Zach Parrish

Sign up for your next Spartan Race here and we’ll see you at the finish line…



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