Spartan Race Reacts to an Article Discussing the Benefits of Exercise for Cancer Patients

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Following a report in The Huffington Post regarding how many cancer patients choose to continue exercising, the obstacle racing event Spartan Race offers an inspirational response.

On September 12th, 2012, obstacle race event Spartan Race responds to an article published in The Huffington Post which reports that staying active can be beneficial for cancer patients.

According to the article, although many cancer patients find it difficult to exercise during their treatment, “there's much evidence to show that exercise benefits people who have cancer or who have survived cancer. A 2010 study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology found that exercise helped to decrease fatigue among prostate and breast cancer patients.” In addition, the article states that another study suggests exercising can help “decrease depression in breast cancer patients.”

Spartan Race representative Carrie Adams recently interviewed Jim Goeke-Morey, a brain cancer patient who discovered in 2009 that he would need radiation and chemotherapy after an MRI revealed he had a brain tumor. On August 25th, to mark the three year anniversary of his unrelenting battle against cancer, Goeke-Morey ran in the Mid-Atlantic Super Spartan in Leesburg, Virginia. Says Goeke-Morey, “I knew that I needed to be in better physical shape to fight through the radiation and chemo. I was not horribly out of shape, but I was overweight and exercised infrequently. That had to change. As soon as the neurosurgeon gave me the official clearance, I began to exercise slowly.”

The Huffington Post article expresses the benefits of exercise for cancer patients, even if they are undergoing treatment. Carrie Adams reports that Goeke-Morey “continued working out through the three months of daily radiation and chemotherapy.” Currently, Goeke-Morey expressed that he is feeling stronger and has completed two years of chemotherapy. According to Adams, although Goeke-Morey still has cancer, his tumor is stable. Goeke-Morey states, “This Spartan Race is a fitting way to mark the third anniversary of my battle against brain cancer. I have been a fighter from the start, but now it’s time to be a warrior.”

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 that features races at three escalating distances in various worldwide locations that gather 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. Check out spartanrace.com for additional information, a schedule of events or to sign up for a Spartan Race. For videos, please go to http://www.spartanrace.tv. Their tagline touts, “You’ll know at the finish line!”
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