Larry King was nominated by a friend and since I neglected to ask who was doing the nominating in my original form, I have no name to thank! If this was you, please step forward as I would love for Larry to know who finds him inspiring.
The Spahtens are what they are because of people like you.
Larry King’s Nomination
Why are you nominating them?
He’s a dad, a computer programer, amazing friend, a cancer survivor, bowling master, obstacle crushing, inspiring, hard working man. And he is the lime to my tequila. And he manages to crush the courses even though he had a knee replaced!
What about them inspires you?
His uncanny ability to be there for anyone who needs him no matter what he is going through, always lifts people up (figuratively and literally) on and off the course. I am a better person for knowing him. He is the one on the course to high five and clap every person he meets, lend a hand or a knee to complete strangers, and always pushed me further than I could have dreamed.
What quote would you use to describe them?
“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me”
What was your first reaction when you found out you were nominated?
I was surprised. This NE Spahtens is a fantastic group with lots of people who are an inspiration and to be singled out was surprising.
When did you start obstacle course racing? Tell us about your first race and/or what got you into OCR.
I have done OCR for about 4 years. My first race was a foam fest and that turned me on to other races. I had gone through a lot of medical issues including cancer and knee replacement but wanted to show myself I could do it and also others that they don’t have to stop an athletic life after major issues.
What was your biggest accomplishment at an obstacle course race? What made it your biggest accomplishment (overcame a fear, injury, disability etc?)
My biggest was the Killington Beast in 2015. I had never done Killington before and a month before tore the MCL in my “good” knee so it was going to be even harder. This combined made it mentally challenging to get up for it. The great thing was that I was staying with a group of other Spahtens (none of whom I had met before) who were all emailing and posting how great it was going to be get to know each other and race together.
What attracts you to obstacle course races? Why do you keep coming back?
The camaraderie that comes with racing with the Spahtens and finding people who are willing to challenge themselves no matter what their own personal story may be. They inspire you to be there and make it a great place to meet friends. The OCR courses themselves present a challenge to each of us in different ways and finishing them and seeing the smiles of everyone else who finishes makes it all worthwhile. Ok, the beer at the end is a kinda nice treat too…
What are your goals? Next race, next season … what’s in your future?
My future will be continuing to rehab the ‘good’ knee and be able to do 6 to 8 races this year. I am also going to take up biking which will have less impact on the joints. I plan to volunteer at several races to see the NE Spahtens team and be able to support them as they race.
Is there anything else you think we should know?
The NE Spahtens attitude and support is without any bias or restriction. Anyone who wants to try is fully supported and encouraged. This has made me a better person and something I will share with my children as they get to try OCRs.
How has your racing changed because of the Spahtens?
The Spahtens has shown me a reason for racing rather than just for my own accomplishment. Everyone is truly happy for everyone else who finishes and that type of selflessness is just not seen that much anymore. It makes me want to be with the Spahtens more.
Follow Larry on Twitter @kingerredsox