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Spartan Race: Iceland Ultra World Championship

December 16, 2017

Event Type: Private

Spartan Obstacle Course Race has been hosting an “honor series” this year, highlighting the accomplishments of various US military veteran adaptive athletes. Two of these men you may have seen on the TV show Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge (Jonathan Lopez and Earl Granville). Both of these fellas are teammates with Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW) and serve on the Masked Athlete Team.

As the capstone to their Honor Series, Spartan has invited 20 military veterans to compete in Iceland on Dec 16, 2017 at the 24 hour Ultra World Championship. Lopez was tasked with assembling a team of five from each branch of the military. The course is a five-mile loop with 30 obstacles, and the competition is to do as many laps as possible in 24 hours. The four military teams must remain together for the first lap, where we will take Noah Currie (founder of Oscar Mike, USMC veteran, quadriplegic) and Joe DeSena (founder/owner of Spartan). Following the first lap, the four military teams will begin competing against one another, and against all of the other competitors.

The US military Iceland competitors will carry four tribute stones, one for each respective branch of the Armed Forces. These stones will be carried by their assigned team on the race course for the entire 24 hours. Upon completion of the race, the four teams will assemble, along with support crew, race staff, spectators and fellow Spartans for the circle ceremony, whereby each team captain will share the story and biography of the Maine hero on his team’s assigned stone.

This concept will achieve three purposes; 1) To ensure Maine heroes are not forgotten, and their legacies are preserved in TSP fashion with stories following an arduous summit climb (in this case an ultra-marathon obstacle course in winter conditions). 2) To perpetuate our support to the surviving family members, demonstrating to them that the loss of their loved one is not in vain, as we continue to display our love for them during their grief. 3) To connect the efforts of various Veteran Services Organizations (OEW, Oscar Mike) which are focused on our living veteran population with the efforts of non-profit organizations such as TSP are focused on the departed.


Stones to be carried during this event:
USMC Cpl Joshua P. Barron
USN PO2 Benjamin A. Demers
USAF SrA Dustin J. Hadfield
Army PFC Justin J. Kennie




December 16, 2017
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Spartan Race, Inc.
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