Reebok Spartan Race Competitor and Firefighter Journals his Spartan Race Experience

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Spartan Race, an international obstacle racing series, comments on firefighter Keeyoul Cha’s journey to cross the finish line at the Arizona Super Spartan.

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...We hope Cha’s story will serve as inspiration to future Spartan Race competitors.

On May 16, 2013, Spartan Race details the physical and mental hurdles that firefighter Keeyoul Cha overcame during his first Spartan Race in Arizona.

According to the Spartan blog, competitor Keeyoul Cha began to feel ill less than two weeks before the start of the race. “Ten days from the race I found myself lying on the floor of my room wondering how someone could feel so bad without being dead. Food and water hit my stomach and reversed direction and I spent eight days trying every medical and holistic remedy known to man to beat the flu. Two days until race day and I felt pretty good but I was experiencing full body cramping.”

Even though Cha had not fully recovered during the day of the race, he decided to participate. In the middle of the race, Cha began to experience full body cramping. It was the blue medal hanging from a volunteer’s neck that inspired him to keep moving. Cha says the volunteer told him, “You can make it, man. It’s only a mile left.”

Cha says, “I survived the course. Through every ounce of pain and cramp-ladened step, I finished and accomplished more than what I thought I could. I wasn’t ashamed of my desire to quit because I knew that when it came right down to it, I didn’t. And the medal proved it.”

Cha describes it as unlike any other experience he has ever had. “There was a definite air of intensity but it was coupled with a feeling of community; a oneness.” He mentions the obstacles, like the wall climbs and the mud crawls, as some of the highlights.

Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of Spartan Race, comments on Cha’s experience leading up to and during the race. “Keeyoul’s spirit exemplifies what it means to be a Spartan. He could have easily quit once his body cramps acted up, but he found the strength to carry himself to the finish line. We hope Cha’s story will serve as inspiration to future 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 for more information, a schedule of events or to register for a Spartan Race. For videos, please visit

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