Spartan Race Founder Hosts Obstacle Race Boot Camp in Milwaukee

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Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena discusses his experience hosting an extreme obstacle race training event in Milwaukee in preparation for the region’s upcoming Spartan Sprint on September 7th at Miller Park.

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On June 15, 2013, Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of the obstacle course racing series Spartan Race, details his experience hosting an obstacle race boot camp at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

According to an article published by the Active Pursuit, De Sena worked with local fitness shop coaches to create a workout that resembled an intense boot camp. He coached over 350 athletes through a two-hour exercise program designed to prepare them for the upcoming Spartan Sprint in Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. UFC fighter Clay Guida was among the participants.

The workout combined fun tasks with intense strength-building exercises to prepare athletes for challenges that they would face in obstacle races. Participants filled bags with sand and held the weight as they performed lunges, squats, lifts and carries. Individual athletes were required to complete all tasks or the entire group would be penalized.

“When one participant in a group failed to follow through on an exercise, he [De Sena] called them out by name, then ordered the whole group to hold a plank for one minute, all the while repeating the name of the offender,” according to the article.

De Sena calls the training session a huge success. “I’m proud of the attendees that pushed through the sweat and pain to complete the workout,” he says. “It just goes to show what a little tough love and a lot of heart can accomplish. Most of the participants will be racing in the Spartan Sprint at Miller Park on September 7th. If you’re in the area, we expect to see you there!”

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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