Spartan Race Honors Riley Stephens at Glen Rose Spartan Beast

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Spartan Race highlights guest blogger Shane Phillip’s Spartan Beast obstacle run honoring fallen soldier, friend and brother, Riley Stephens.

On December 10, Spartan Race highlights guest blogger Shane Phillips, founder of Paws 4 PTSD, for his blog piece on Riley Stephens who was killed in action in Afghanistan this past September. Phillips, along with family and friends, will be running the Spartan Beast in Glen Rose Texas in commemoration of Stephens.

According to Spartan Race, Phillips and Stephens had been Texas High School friends since their days in football. Stephens joined the Army as part of the 1/3 Special Forces Group (Airborne) as a senior Medic.

“To celebrate the 4th of July, Riley’s dad Mic hosted a party and we were all able to be there and celebrate our independence,” commented Phillips. “None knew it then, but that would be the last time we were all together to celebrate.”

Phillips and Stephens have run Spartan Races together and planned on running more after Stephens retired from his enlistment, reports Spartan Race.

According to Phillips, Riley and his team ran a Spartan Beast in South Carolina prior to deployment. “Knowing Riley and the boys from his team I know they caused as much havoc as they could. They even took the pugil sticks away from the Spartan warriors and made them fight to get them back. That is definitely Riley!”

Phillips, according to Spartan Race, received a call shortly after Stephens’ deployment that Stephens had been killed while in Wardak, Afghanistan in September. Stephens was laid to rest October 7th 2012 at National Cemetery in Dallas, Texas.

“A group from high school got together and decided to run the Spartan Beast in Glen Rose, TX this December 8, 2012,” comments Phillips. “They all belong to the inner circle of ‘brothers’ of our small town. We all call Riley’s dad, Mic, ‘Dad’. And for some of us blood makes no difference on the closeness of our bond.”

According to Phillips, team Riley will consist of: Jamie Gray, Cody Watson, Brooks Goodson, Austin Harris Jerry Snyder, and Ken Stephens (Riley’s brother).

Spartan Race is proud to have Riley’s story featured on their Spartan Race blog. To Riley’s family and friends, Spartan Race extends its sincerest condolences and deepest gratitude and looks forward to their participation of the Glen Rose, TX Beast race on December 8, 2012. Says Spartan Race representative Carrie Adams, “We hope that the event helps in the healing process. That they find another bond and another way to honor Riley. We are humbled to get to tell this hero’s story. We can’t wait to welcome his friends and family to Glen Rose and introduce them to a Spartan Beast.”

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 online for additional information, a schedule of events or to register for a Spartan Race. For videos, please visit online.

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