Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Are you SPARTAN Strong? {Announcement & Giveaway!!}

Hi guys!!  Big post today - an exciting announcement and a very exciting giveaway!  Let's get to it.....

It all started last month.  I was contacted by Dan from Spartan Race about promoting an upcoming Race that they're having in Tampa, Florida.  From their website:

Reebok Spartan Race presents the Special Ops Spartan Race Tampa Sprint at the Raymond James Stadium on Saturday February 15th with charity proceeds benefiting the USSOCOM Care Coalition. This Special Ops Spartan Sprint will be a mix of mud and gnarly outdoor obstacles combined with the challenge of the signature Spartan stadium obstacles all with maneuvers and strategy created by Special Ops Forces. Each finisher will receive a unique Special Ops Spartan Sprint Medal with bragging rights of accomplishing the most unique Spartan event. 

Pretty cool, right?  

Let me rewind a minute.....I should've really led by saying that one of the biggest reasons that I agreed to post about this race was because Dan also mentioned that, in return for the shout out, I would get to do a giveaway for a FREE Spartan Race entry for any U.S. 2014 race on my blog and that REALLY peaked my interest!  I love doing giveaways, but I vowed to only do them for things that I use/like/do myself (hence my last giveaway was for Vitatops!!).  So, before responding to Dan, I wanted to see exactly what this "Spartan Race" was all about....

I had heard of the Spartan Race before but I didn't know much about it.  I figured it was like an endurance, mud run with crazy obstacles - a fun but hard but awesome race.  And after checking out some of the videos on their website, I was hooked - I literally looked at my husband and exclaimed, I HAVE to do this!!!! (Here comes my big announcement....)

Does this look awesome or does this look awesome?

I am ECSTATIC to report that:


My sister is running it with me and we could not be more excited!  We are doing a Spartan "sprint", which covers approximately 3 miles and includes a dozen or so obstacle courses!

This is big...HUGE....for me because this is totally pushing myself out of my comfort zone!!!  I do my short runs, I hit my at-home strength training workouts hard, I go to Orange Theory and bust my a**!  But I have never done anything like this before!!

Need I remind you of my "non-resolution" theory on resolutions.....THERE'S NO TIME LIKE THE PRESENT!

Well this is me taking that to heart!  I encourage all of you, my friends, to do something that scares you (Roni talks about this all the time!).  I challenge you to join me - find something that you've never done, that you want so badly to do, and let's conquer it together!!

To enter the giveaway.....

Head over to the Spartan website and see when this awesome race is coming to your area.  

If you're up for the challenge, leave a comment on this post about which race you'd want to run and YOUR COMMENT will be your entry into the giveaway!!  Plain and simple!!

Please only enter the giveaway if you are certain you will be able to use it!  My hope is that whoever wins this giveaway heads straight over to the Spartan website to sign up right after I send them their promo code!!
(This giveaway is valued at over $100 - so I really want someone to use it!!!  

Only 1 comment/entry per person.  

This giveaway is open to anyone who is planning to run a Spartan Race in the U.S. in 2014, regardless of where you actually live!)

You will have until Friday, January 17, 2014 at 8:00am EST to enter the giveaway.  I will then pick a random winner using random.org!  I will announce the winner in a post on Friday January 17!

And don't be discouraged if you don't win!! When I announce the winner in Friday's post I will also include a discount code for 15% off any Spartan Race for everyone to use!!  So, in a sense, EVERYONE WINS! :)

[[Full Disclosure: I was given 2 free Spartan Race entries - one for myself and one for a giveaway on this blog.  That is the only compensation that I was given in exchange for writing this post.  This is not a sponsored post.  This post is my feelings and opinions, as always.]]

Good luck and I can't to see who's ready to take the leap with me!!!!!!!!!

Have you ever done a Spartan Race??