Random Acts of Encouragement

I came across this story on the MudFlap blog.

The accomplishment by Michael Mills is extraordinary.  The community of people that came together to join Michael on this journey is not so extraordinary…at least not among obstacle racers.  Time and time again I have seen strangers helping, encouraging  and aiding other strangers on obstacle race courses.  Many are the occasions I have witnessed acts of kindness and camaraderie.

My Canadian friend Johnny Waite recently recounted a story about the SoCal Super Spartan Race this past January.  He was among the volunteers sweeping the course at the end of the day.  They came across a woman bringing up the rear and struggling at the midway point.  She was ready to quit but with a little encouragement from Johnny and the other volunteers she forged on for another 4-5 miles.  The race registration had been given to her by her brother as a gift for the weight she had lost in her journey to living a healthier life.  She finished the race many hours later under darkness…but she finished.  She did not quit.  And Johnny and some of the other volunteers stayed with her until she crossed the finish line.  Strangers helping strangers.

The medals are cool.  Our personal goals are great.  Running with friends is fun.  The community we belong to is amazing.  Seeing people push beyond what they thought capable is priceless.  An 8-10 mile obstacle race for many is a fun day in the sun.  For some, it is the challenge of a lifetime.  An encouraging word or a pat on the back is all they may need to keep pushing on!

So, check out the video and/or read the MudFlap blogpost.

Ruck On. Stay Muddy.


Spartan Race Discount Codes


So you wanna get muddy at a Spartan Race but the registration fees are a bit of a strain?  Well, fret no more!  Use one of the discount codes below and save!  And remember…the earlier you register for most obstacle/mud races the lower the entry fee.  Use the discount code and save even more!  What are you waiting for?  Start with the Spartan Sprint (3-5 miles) and work up to the Spartan Beast (12-15 miles).

Ruck On. Get Muddy.

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To DNF is Human – Winter Death Race 2013

The Northeast is currently being clobbered by a record-setting blizzard.  Boston recorded 25 inches of snow last night, placing the storm in that city’s five-worst on record.  Good thing the 2013 Winter Death Race in Vermont took place last weekend!  I think.  Maybe not.  Maybe this weekend would have made for an even more epic and challenging event.  That’s how my sick mind works.  More snow?  Sure, bring it on!  Colder temperatures? Why not!  Harsher conditions?  Absolutely.  Higher possibility of failing?  Yup.

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Burpees in our future.

And I did fail.  I DNF’d (Did Not Finish).  I dropped out.  I quit.  I did not collect my second Death Race finisher’s skull.

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Men Wanted: For Hazardous Journey – Ernest Shackleton

Men wanted for hazardous journey.

Small wages. Bitter cold.

Long months of complete darkness.

Constant danger. Safe return doubtful.

Honor and recognition in case of success.

~ Ernest Shackleton

At the 2013 Winter Death Race, a roaming camera crew filmed racers reciting the alleged recruitment notice Sir Ernest Shackleton placed in the newspaper seeking crew members for his famous expedition across the South Pole.  According to legend, no fewer than 5000 men replied to the advertisement.


In December 1914, Shackleton set sail aboard the Endurance with his 28-man crew. Their goal: the first transatlantic crossing of the Antarctic continent.  The tale of this epic journey, the disaster that struck and the resilient spirit and resoluteness of Shackleton and his men is the stuff of legends.  Shackleton himself returned to help rescue his men after leading the team that braved unimaginable conditions in the Antarctic to find help.  And not one man was lost.

Shackleton’s determination and will to survive in the most extreme conditions was a reminder to Death Racers of the resiliency and fortitude of the human spirit.

via SHACKLETON V4 – YouTube.

Ruck On. Stay Muddy.