Spartan Race Recognizes Warrior Women with ‘Tales from the Chicked’

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In recognition of Spartan Racers Delaine Anderson and Joei Harrison, Spartan Race highlights the trials and tribulations of its most hardcore women racers.

April 13, Spartan Race offers recognition to two of its most impressive female mud racers, Delaine Anderson and Joei Harrison, in blog series ‘Tales from the Chicked'.

Each Tuesday a Tales from the Chicked story highlights a special Spartan woman and her overcoming obstacles or achieving success on or off the course. Last week Spartan featured Delaine Anderson, who sustained a fracture in her foot that would thrust her into a two-month rehabilitation period. Anderson would later find herself running in the Biggest Losers Run/Walk Challenge, where her injury would come back.

“Somewhere in the 3rd mile, my right ankle found that random hole in a flat field, rolled, and snapped like a twig. My first thought was, ‘I HAVE to finish this heat and get back in time to help with the Biggest Loser Challenge.’ The course volunteer asked if I wanted her to call a medic. ‘No, I’m finishing this race’, I said as I heaved a sandbag over my head and walked up the hill, confident I could walk it off.”

The next Tales from the Chicked story highlights Joei Harrison, who suffered a more personal injury; she and her two children were part of a car accident that seriously injured her and her son Ethan and took the life of her daughter Elisabeth. Harrison saw the Spartan Race as a way to heal her physical and emotional wounds.

“I looked at the information and said I suffered and went through Hell and back; I think I could do this. So I registered for 2012 Summer Death Race and finished top 5 female.”
Harrison added that the Spartan Race was a way to prove to that she could be normal. “My life is not normal but doing stuff like obstacle course racing gives me a sense of being normal again.”

Her son Ethan has also recovered from his injuries, “When I came home from the SoCal Super in Temcula, my son Ethan was waiting for me. His eyes popped out when he saw the medal that I got and he said, ‘Mom I want to do this.’”

Harrison adds that she had gotten her son Ethan involved in the races. “At the 2012 NorCal Beast he did the Spartan Kids race. He was having so much fun out there. As he would approach an obstacle, he would already have what he was going to do planned out. One obstacle after another, he dropped and rolled under the obstacle and popped up to his feet to continue the run. Spartan Race brought my whole family and friends together.”

Spartan Race acknowledges the bravery of these two women, and all of the other obstacle course racing and mud running contestants that release their inner Spartan 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 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 for more information, a schedule of events or to register for a Spartan Race. For videos, please visit

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