To date, there are over 3,700 members in the Corn Fed Spartan (CFS) family and we hail from all over the United States with a high concentration of members in the Midwest. During peak racing season (May – November), new friendships are made on the courses and we’re thrilled to welcome them into the CFS community.
Members? We’re often asked if there’s a fee to join. The answer is no. So what is the team about? Another great question! Read below as one recent friend and fellow racer shares his story of his 1st encounter with Corn Fed Spartans at the Atlanta Spartan Race a couple of months ago. JM FunkyCold Medina’s story offers a pretty good account of what CFS is all about =).
“My race at Atlanta Spartan Super did not start off as planned. Initially, I was part of a team but at the start line, I realized I was on the receiving end of the cold shoulder from the group. Luckily I met two very nice women at the start, and we had an opportunity to chat a bit about our races, etc. After the first few obstacles and just helping each other, one of the women asked if I was running alone. It was at that moment I realized I was. Without hesitation, the two women said, “okay you’re running with us.” Turns out their names were Megs and Katie, and they are part of the racing group called the Corn Fed Spartans (can’t miss those shirts).
As we approached the sled pull obstacle, we were told other Corn Fed Spartans were on their 2nd lap and catching up to us. That’s where I met Cliff, Todd, Jul, Olivia and a couple of others (sorry if I got your names wrong, I’m bad with names). Without hesitation, I was immediately treated as if we had been friends all along and my racing with them was normal. They even gave me a CFS wristband.
As we tackled the obstacles, I was motivated by all of the racers I met. Complete strangers were cheering and encouraging me. The support and camaraderie among this group was inspiring. One thing I think most racers not familiar with CFS don’t realize is the significance of the frequent yells heard throughout the course of – “CORN FED!” As other CFS members elsewhere on the course heard the call, they quickly responded with a hearty “CORN FED!” The call helped rally other CFS members and identified their location but more importantly it was a call filled with encouragement to others. Even something that small was a motivator. And with this “CORN FED” chant, more CFS members were found, and we continued to race together.
At no such point did they make me feel like I was holding the group back. I’ve seen other groups help strangers etc. during Spartan and other obstacle races but it almost seemed as if CFS members were helping everyone.
Simply put, this course was not easy, especially the mud. Many Spartans suffered from severe muscle cramping. One of the two women I first met, Katie, had to be pulled by medics. It was obvious Katie didn’t want to stop, but sometimes the body just won’t let you and you have to do what is right, especially for your health. Regardless, in my book Katie finished! One hell of a person and Corn Fed Spartan!
So with all this being said, I met some very awesome people yesterday, and I would without a doubt run with Corn Fed Spartans again!
~ JM FunkyCold Medina