Spartan Race Applauds Initiative to Highlight Mothers Competing in the Reebok Spartan Race

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Spartan Race partner SNAP Infusion, in conjunction with Vitamin Angels, recently created a program called SUPERMOMS to highlight mothers who are participating in the Reebok Spartan Race.

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Each SUPERMOM has a unique story to tell, and we hope that these mothers will inspire others to compete in a Spartan Race. Our races have the ability to bring families together and make them stronger both physically and mentally.

On May 7, 2013, Spartan Race discusses the launch of SUPERMOMS, a new race initiative geared towards honoring mothers involved in the Spartan Race.

According to the Spartan blog, SNAP Infusion, one of Spartan Race’s sponsors, is supporting Vitamin Angel’s recent launch of the SUPERMOMS program. The blog goes on to state that the program will run through “Mother’s Day and will feature special Spartan Race SUPER MOMS! We will be highlighting the SUPERMOMS of the Spartan Race Series, because we believe that every mom is super, and we are searching for the perfect pairing of the Super Spartan Moms whether it be for personal accomplishment, family or a cause.”

The first SUPERMOM highlighted by Spartan Race is Katie Vescelus, “who shaved her head bald and participated in the Spartan Race as a fundraiser for St. Baldrick’s.”

One of Katie’s sons, Matthias, “was diagnosed with bilateral retinoblastoma, a rare cancerous tumor in his eyes,” when he was three months old. Matthias went through six months of chemotherapy and had both of his eyes removed before his first birthday. Matthias is now cancer free and tries to enjoy life to the fullest by partaking in activities with his older siblings and friends, such as swimming, climbing, and bicycling.

Katie had been a spectator at a Spartan Race to support her husband Craig and older son, Magnus, but the Reebok Spartan Race at Citi Field was her first as a competitor. Katie’s training included “a lot of running and a big focus on upper body strength…oh and a lot of burpees.”

While Katie admits it can be difficult to train for a Spartan Race or a mud run as a full-time mom, she finds inspiration in her family. In the Spartan blog, Katie says, “It can be difficult to find the time/energy to train, but I really wanted to finish this race. That kept me going. My family is a great motivator as well. Craig and I work as a team, both as parents and training partners. We push each other and help each other, often taking turns watching the kids while the other goes out for a run or other training session.”

Katie discusses how Matthias has motivated her to complete the Spartan Race. “Matthias inspires me as much as he inspires others. He is this little juggernaut wrapped in a cute little huggable package. Nothing stops him. Long ago we decided that if we were going to help him push his limits, we were going to need to be willing to do the same.”

Joe De Dena, founder and CEO of Spartan Race, comments on the SUPERMOM program. “Each SUPERMOM has a unique story to tell, and we hope that these mothers will inspire others to compete in a Spartan Race. Our races have the ability to bring families together and make them stronger both physically and mentally.”

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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