Obstacle Race Spartan Race Reacts to an Article Revealing an Association between Higher Intelligence and Fitness in Children

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Spartan Race releases a statement following a HamptonRoads.com article reporting studies that suggest children who stay fit may receive higher test scores.

On October 4th, Spartan Race, an obstacle racing event, responds to an article published for Hampton Roads regarding a correlation between fitness and good test scores in adolescents.

According to the Hampton Roads article, a study conducted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Department of Kinesiology revealed that “fitness was positively associated with neuroelectric indices of attention and working memory, and response speed in children.” The article also states that the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting “revealed an amazing transformation and increased test scores when incorporating exercise and fitness in grade-school children: Scores were raised dramatically when fitness was incorporated with learning (from 55% to 68.5%). Teachers and students both benefit when incorporating fitness within the academic process.”

Spartan Race, which encourages adolescents to incorporate fitness into their daily lives, commends the awareness the article provides. By revealing the benefits of staying fit and healthy, Spartan Race is hopeful that the Hampton Roads article will inspire more children to exercise. In addition Spartan Race welcomes youths to participate in their races and has recently welcomed a young contender to its Tri-State Super Spartan on September 8th in Vernon, New Jersey. It was fifteen year old James’ first Spartan Race, one that consisted of a heavy downpour, muddy hills, various obstacles and a 24 foot cliff jump. Fellow racers Jen Morgan, David Morgan and Sam Spark feel inspired by the young boy’s perseverance, stating, “We had already gone 10 miles and only had one mile left to go. He was determined to finish and wouldn’t let anyone or weather conditions stop him at this point. It was the most inspirational, and motivational thing we have seen in a long time.”

The Hampton Roads reports, “When we physically move, our brain’s hippocampus kicks into gear regenerating brain function”. These studies suggest that by competing in the Tri-State Super Spartan, as well as signing up for the Tri-State Sprint 2013, James could be improving his intelligence as well as his health.

Spartan Race, voted Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race in 2012, is the world’s leading obstacle race series and the first of its kind to have global rankings. Spartan Race is a timed event series featuring races at three escalating distances in locations worldwide that culminate in a World Championship Finale with cash and prizes for the champions. While featuring competitive elite heats, Spartan Races are for athletes of all levels and abilities and are geared towards ripping people off their couches and into the outdoors. Go to spartanrace.com for more information, a schedule of events or to register for a Spartan Race. For videos, please visit spartanrace.tv. Their tagline touts, “You’ll know at the finish line!”

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