This year at the Spartan World Championships one Para Spartan Team out of four that were invited to attend and compete in the Beast, which is one of the toughest races Spartan has to offer, 13.5 miles and 34 plus obstacles at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in Olympic Valley, California, is one of the largest ski areas in the United States. Located west of Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada with a base of 6,200 ft (1,890 m) and a skiable 3,600 acres (15 km2) across six peaks, the resort tops out at 9,050 ft (2,760 m). An obstacle course like no other, the Spartan Race is a 13.5-mile competition that puts contestants at their limits. Bringing together you, the great outdoors and an open trail, the Spartan Race creates a course that is demanding and exhilarating, incorporating such obstacles as wall scaling, rope climbs, a swim, carrying barrels, sled pulls, a mud challenge, tire flips, spear throwing and more.
These professional obstacle course racers put on an exciting show of speed, power, and endurance over 13.5 miles grueling course. But they can’t outshine the inspiring story of these Para Spartans who conquer the championship course as a team “Straight Outta Legs”, literally they have three between the four-member team of Dave Ganas (Captain), Kacey McCallister, Pat Lonsdale, and Sean Harrison. All amputees who embody what being a Spartan is all about; Grit, mental toughness, courage, humility and a desire to be their best as a human. They came here and left their mark by becoming the first-ever Para Spartan Team to complete a Spartan Beast unassisted, meaning they got no help from anyone from Spartan to complete the race. They went through the entire by themselves helping each other according to Para Spartan rules. Para Spartan is new to Spartan but it has not received the spotlight as much as the Elite Racer category. Erica Walker was the brainchild behind this after speaking with and meeting Adaptive Spartans like Dave Ganas in the course who long for an opportunity to compete as Elites. Hopefully soon Spartan will go full-throttle with Para Spartan as one of their main tickets to help inspire people to “get off the couch” as Joe Desena says founder of Spartan Race.
I am looking forward to seeing more from this Para Spartan team as they approach the Para Championships in Laughlin, NV this November 17th. 2019. Check them out if you get a chance.
Laughlin Events Park
2121 S Casino Dr
Laughlin, NV 89029
Family Man. Athlete. Motivational Speaker.
Who Is Kacey McCallister?
Well, I know him as a teammate on our Para Spartan Team and as one of my best friends. His new book will properly introduce him to you, I encourage you to pick up a copy if you have ever struggled with motivation or the desire to get back after falling down and getting back after life. You can find it on his site or at Amazon.
Brief Introduction From Kacey
My life has never been one of calm indifference. From a very early age, I learned that life is to be lived, not just survived. Even before the accident, I knew life was an adventure. After the accident, I found the ability to conquer unimaginable things. “I can do hard things” has been a way of life for me. I mean, who could imagine that a guy without legs could complete a 50-mile hike, make it to State Championship Wrestling, or become an Eagle Scout? My mom told me soon after the accident that if I wanted to do something all I had to do was figure out a way to make it happen.
Throughout my life, there have been few if any challenges that I have not been able to succeed in accomplishing. Trials make us stronger. They raise us up to a higher plain. If we are never pushed and challenged we can never obtain our full potential. For me, it was losing my legs. For you, it may be school, work, parenting, or just dealing with the complexities of day-to-day life. Regardless of what your challenge is, you too can find a way to RISE UP!
I am honored to have on the show tonight with me Kacey McCallister and Pat Lonsdale, two of my Para Spartan teammates. Join me as we talk about Kacey's Book "RISE UP!", Grit and our latest race in Tahoe, CA at the Spartan World Championships - Beast, one of the toughest events Spartan Race has to offer.
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