Whenever people say something about how active I am, I’d blame on my kids. Between soccer, hockey, baseball, gymnastics and track meets, they just didn’t give me time to grow up. But now it’s getting ridiculous—they have me doing triathlons.
I remember reading a Sports Illustrated article about the first Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii. It was around the time I did my first marathon (1981,) and I couldn’t conceive swimming 2.4 miles and cycling 112 miles before I ran 26.2 miles. What are those people freakin’ crazy? I wondered.
Two of my sons just completed the Tough Mudder—a ten-mile course with stations at each mile that include physical feats like running through electrically charged mud, ice water, and running up a half-pipe. Don’t look at me, guys! Then I thought of the practical side of it–it is the ultimate cross-training event, and cross-training reduces boredom and contributes to longevity. Plus there is something about crawling through mud that appeals to the kid in me.
That gets me to the Spartan. Like the triathlon, the Spartan is comprised of three levels—Sprint, Olympic Super Spartan, and Ultra Spartan. In 2005 the Spartan Death Race was added to the program, which is promoted to be so difficult that eighty percent of the athletes who participate don’t finish.
Spartan races are held around the world with many throughout the United States, including Philadelphia at Citizens Bank Park. Anyone who’d like to test their endurance at a Spartan can register for a free race anywhere in the US by using the code BOP550257. The code can only be used once, but this link is good for a 15% off any Spartan Race.