Category - Stories

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My First Encounter With Corn Fed Spartans
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Battlefrog Tri State New Jersey
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How I Became a Spartan
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I am Corn Fed!

My First Encounter With Corn Fed Spartans

Corn Fed Spartans Atlanta Super Spartan 2015To 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!

Thanks! Aroo!”

~ JM FunkyCold Medina

Battlefrog Tri State New Jersey

The NJ venue was the well known Englishtown Raceway Park – home of the past three Worlds Toughest Mudders. This meant it was super easy to find on the GPS and there tons of local signage to find your way to the parking lot once you got there. They had plenty of parking ($10 per car) that was a short walk to the main entrance of the festival.

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The race started out with a short run on pavement to the over-under-through section. From there the course went to a dirt bike track. Since it was raining at the time, the track was a muddy sloppy mess and it was very difficult to keep your footing. After running around the track for a bit we came to the jerry can carry. The cans were filled with water and weighed 40-50 pounds each. We had to carry the cans around more of the track including up some very slick, muddy hills. These small hills caused trouble for many racers, especially those without good footwear. Upon completing the jerry can loop we had to climb a very large A-frame ladder wall where the rungs were quite far apart. The obstacle was made harder by the fact that it was covered in rain and mud.

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How I Became a Spartan

It was winter of 2012. December I think. I had checked in at my gym at anytime fitness for the 500th time. I had lost a bunch of weight, and was feeling pretty darn good about myself. To say I had become a little over-confident wouldn’t be overstating at all.

Well, a good buddy of mine, Teddy Kuschner, had decided to inbox me and tell me how proud he was of me for all my progress and that I looked great! He then told me I should join his team and do a spartan race with him. Me being over-confident, I agreed without doing any research.

 I said,”Hell yeah, I am in”.
I said,”Hell yeah, I am in”. Well I then started doing a little research and thought to myself, what in the world have I gotten myself into?

See, I have always been athletic, and competitive. But I have never raced anything in my life. I have always been a power guy. Lifting heavy stuff. Hitting a ball really far. Stuff that required very little stamina. I guess a meat head at heart.

Well it was time for me to make a bigger change. It’s time to start running. I joined the team, and from the start it was the most incredible experience I had ever experienced. I started building my friends list of OCR racers because I wanted advice on everything!!!!

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I am Corn Fed!

As I sit here in the truck on the way back from North Carolina, I’ve got time to reflect upon today.

Over the last couple weeks, I’d spoken to some pretty influential people in the likes of Sarah Pozdol, Anthony Matesi, and Amie Meyer about racing the elite women’s heat at the Spartan Sprint. I’m not an elite athlete. Never have nor never will be. The thought about being in the same corral as all of the other elite women sends waves of fear down my spine. But when John Shue triple dog dared me to do it by posting a poll about it on the Corn Fed page, I figured I would venture into the unknown. My team and my friends had my back.

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