Spartan Race Oct. 19-20 to test endurance, resilience

During a recent Spartan Race Prep session at Estep Physical Fitness Center, trainer Sean Calliahan instructs participants on how to tackle upper body-strength obstacles that may appear during the upcoming Spartan Race. The Spartan Race is slated for Oct. 19-20 on post.

Fort Campbell Soldiers, Families and civilians and residents of the surrounding communities can test their endurance during the Oct. 19 and 20 Spartan Race 2019 Spartan Honor Series at Cassidy Combined Arms Collective Training Facility.

Through “Spartan Served” Soldiers, veterans, retirees, law enforcement and first responders can participate in the race free of charge, said Garfield G, race director.

The Spartan Race started in 2010 drawing participants from across the world. It offers rugged obstacles and terrain, an adventure series, with races for all levels of ability, the race director said.

The Spartan Honor Series offers participants the unique opportunity to race alongside military members and first responders, uniting the communities as one, he said.

“The Spartan Race is very into our partnership with the military,” G said. “We have a lot of veteran groups that run with us, like Operation Enduring Warrior and Oscar Mike. We have quite a number of races like this one that take place on military installations across the country. I think it’s very cool to be able to run alongside military members on a base.”

The race director estimates approximately 7,000 people will participate in the Spartan Honor Series on Fort Campbell.

Fort Campbell Morale, Welfare and Recreation is offering training opportunities for Spartan Race participants to prepare for the big day. Spartan Prep began Sept. 14 and continues every Saturday through Oct 12. Most classes are at Estep Physical Fitness Center and costs $3 or is included in the price of a $30 unlimited fitness class pass. The classes are led by Megan Scales and Sean Calliahan.

“We are able to incorporate some obstacle course training and strength training,” Scales said. “We want to get more people involved and prepared, especially if they haven’t done this sort of race before.”

Scales and Calliahan can help participants work on their weaknesses and build their endurance and strength, things that will be tested at the actual race.

“We try to find similar training obstacles to what they will encounter, similar distances they will run, and weight they would carry,” Calliahan said. “You never know what the elements will be like during the race, the terrain is different, it could be uphill, downhill, muddy. There are different races with different lengths of the course and amount of obstacles.”

It is still not too late to participate in the classes. To register, visit:

If you would like to try your hand at one of the races offered on Oct. 19 and 20, visit: There you will find information about how to register, what races are suited best for you, what to bring and opportunities to watch.

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