Spartan Race Highlights the Competitive Spirit of Marissa Romero, Who Completed the Arizona Reebok Spartan Sprint on an Injured Ankle

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Spartan Race, an international obstacle course racing series, recaps one participant’s journey to finish the Arizona Reebok Spartan Sprint on an injured ankle.

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Mari’s determination is a perfect example the Spartan spirit. It’s not about where you start or what happens during the race - it’s about having the strength to achieve what you set out to do...

On May 1, 2013 Spartan Race discusses Marissa Romero’s inspirational journey to complete the Arizona Sprint with an injured ankle.

Marissa (Mari) Romero was convinced by her cousin to run the Arizona Spartan Sprint. Mari hurt her back during her training and was unable to prepare as thoroughly as she would have liked. However, she resolved to finish the race. Upon arriving at the event Mari “felt the energy of the venue, she was confident in her own mental toughness although she knew the physical challenge would be difficult,” according to the Spartan blog.

Mari had to overcome more adversity during the race, as “a little shy of mile one, Mari twisted her left ankle, it made two loud cracking sounds which stopped Mari in her tracks. What she thought was a sprained ankle turned out to be a broken ankle she would find out later.” Mari encouraged her cousin to run ahead and continued along the course, determined to finish.

Mari successfully completed the race despite her ankle injury. She explains how getting through “every obstacle and mile make was an accomplishment” and how “the feeling at the end was exhilarating to say the least.”

Mari plans to train for another Spartan Race. She plans to tackle each obstacle course race and mud run with the same perseverance and determination that drove her to finish her first Spartan Race.

Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of Spartan Race, comments on Mari’s experience at the Arizona Reebok Spartan Sprint. “Mari’s determination is a perfect example the Spartan spirit. It’s not about where you start or what happens during the race - it’s about having the strength to achieve what you set out to do. We hope Mari’s story serves as an inspiration for all Spartan Race competitors.”

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 http://www.spartanrace.com/ for more information, a schedule of events or to register for a Spartan Race. For videos, please visit http://www.spartanrace.tv

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