by Carrie Adams
When he emerged at the Spartan finish line, he was exhausted. The last official Spartan racer to finish the Georgia Spartan Sprint, he was hours behind the top of the field. Spartan staff members had to help him get back to his car because they feared he wouldn’t be able to do so under his own power. An incredible accomplishment for a man who was nearly 700 lbs just a couple years earlier. His weight loss journey was far from over, in fact, as he crossed the finish line; he was also crossing a line that intersected with his destiny and a decision that would change his life forever. It was the first time Spartan Race would meet Chris Davis and from that moment, none of us would ever be the same.
The dramatic finish was the first step in a journey that would lead Davis to Pittsfield, Vermont, home of Spartan Race HQ and the place Davis would call home for 20 weeks as he continued his path towards a healthier future and many more Spartan finish lines – his last, the World Championship Beast where he would begin at 4 AM and finish just before night fell, earning his medal and celebrating a staggering weight loss of over 530 pounds. His weight loss in Pittsfield alone was half that amount. How he got to Pittsfield is an incredible story in it’s own right… When Spartan founder Joe Desena heard about Davis and how far he needed to go to finish what he’d set out to start, he offered up an incredible opportunity: move to Vermont and Spartan Race HQ, lose the weight by following Joe and Spartan Coaching’s plan, and race the Beast in September. Davis, with the support of his employer (Comcast), family and friends, accepted the offer and just like that, the Chris Davis Project was born.
Crossing the finish line it was hard to find a dry eye. Davis’s family was in attendance to witness his nearly 15 mile race. The pinnacle of several races he’d finish in preparation, the hours on the mountain with Spartan founder Joe Desena and other Spartan athletes and staffers getting ready. Spartan staff joined him on the mountain, Joe Desena carrying a 100lb sandbag as well. His weight loss and training program conducted under the watchful eye of Dr. Jeff Godin, Spartan Death Racer, physician, and Spartan Coaching founder. As Chris received his medal and hugged friends, staffers, and family, it was clear that his achievement was one that was felt by everyone who was lucky enough to bear witness.
His journey to the finish line has been well-documented, in his athlete page and on YouTube with videos updating his weekly progress. If there was ever a doubt that you could do something, let this story be your lesson. See his final video summary HERE.
Spartan HQ hasn’t been the same since Davis’s return to his home down South. Since his heroic finish, he has returned to his job at Comcast in Atlanta, Georgia, an employer who would give Davis the life-changing chance to relocate to Vermont for his transformation and allow his return months later. We’d like to thank them for their vision and support. Mad Motion provided the video footage of Chris’s journey and we’d like to thank them as well for giving his story a platform.
Congratulations to Chris, he will always be a part of our Spartan family and what he taught us about never giving up is something that has made us all better for knowing him. That’s the reality of what these races are about – celebrating health, pushing limits, and finding out what you can accomplish when you dare to believe in all the things you CAN do and forget about what is deemed impossible.