Monday, November 19, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
(originally posted on blog.spartanrace.com)
Monday, February 20, 2012
The alarm goes off shortly after 4:00 AM and Amelia Boone is off to the gym before an undetermined number of hours at the law firm where she works as an attorney in downtown Chicago. “It’s important to make time.” she explains. “And I don’t know when else I will get the chance with my working hours.”
A native of Oregon, Boone grew up active playing soccer and softball. When it came time for college, she followed the path of academics in lieu of sports but stayed active always looking for something to challenge her. She will be participating in both the Winter and the Summer Death Races in 2012. Athletes like Amelia are redefining females in sport and giving women new heroes of the non-traditional variety. Successful, strong, smart, and beautiful, she’s going to be one to watch this season. She’s adding to an already strong field of female athletes.
Monday, January 16, 2012
by Carrie Adams
Originally posted in the Spartan Race Blog.
At Spartan Race HQ we are lucky enough to receive inspiring stories from all over the world of athletes who have faced adversity only to come back stronger and more determined than ever. I recently received this story about eighteen-year-old Ella Anne Kociuba and I knew her story would inspire. After a horrific injury she has battled back and her story of triumph and success is one you won’t soon forget. Here is her story in her own words.
My names Ella Anne Kociuba, I am eighteen years old and currently attending a community college in Austin, Texas. I have big plans for the future (I hope to one day be the image of Spartan Racing and become a professional athlete/writer). I would like to explain my story to you so that those who are struggling can see the light in even the darkest of times.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
by Carrie Adams
Unless you’ve been living under a muddy rock, you’ve heard about all the amazing Spartan chicks that come out and race and kick some major ass! In 2012, we are taking it up a notch with some help from our amazing partner ZICO Coconut Water. ZICO will be onsite at several events in 2012 handing out products and hosting the Official Spartan Chicked Pit Stop! It will be a meet-up location for all the Spartan chicks to mix and mingle and stay hydrated!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
I got the most amazing email today and had to share it with you. Sparta, meet Gayla Allen.
My name is Gayla and I’d love to share my story and personal goals for the May Spartan Race event in Texas!
Living in Austin – a city whose motto could be “nuttin’ but health nuts” – I’m a 51-year-old entrepreneur, mother and grandmother, and I love my chosen lifestyle, which is centered on living the good life, being healthy and strong. You see, I subscribe to the “strong is the new skinny” theory, and with so many health enthusiasts around me, I’m fortunate to be able to draw inspiration from those who could show Rocky how running up the stairs is really done. My husband, who shares my passion for his own, unique reasons, has helped me to reach the even higher-hung branches on life’s little coconut tree.
The Spartan Challenge is our next adventure and we intend to make it memorable. My husband, daughter and I will be joining the other Austin Hoplites to compete in this May’s 2012 Texas Spartan Race. If I were a real Spartan, the motto on my shield would say: “If you want to beat this old lady, I’m not going to make it easy!” My challengers had better laugh me off at their own peril: I have been strength training with my husband for several years now, and have recently started to mix in some cross fit training. My daughter, a cross-fit trainer who would make a truly Herculean Spartan chick, has been my biggest champion and source of encouragement. When it comes to food and nutrition, my diet follows the Paleo principles: this powers both my training and activity fuel banks, and gives me enough protein to make you think 50 could be the new 25.
• Improve on my standards achieved in years past;
• Build muscle and bone density;
• Increase vitality and energy;
• Be a role model for women, especially my age, who want to use healthy living to better their lives.
I definitely believe that humans by nature are designed to be fit and strong, even into older age brackets: the only requirement here is just to ignore the caution tape and refuse to stop. Don’t stop running, lifting, eating right, playing and otherwise living life to its life-iest. When we hit the brakes, our lives get stuck in traffic, too.