Our Mission:

The Corn Fed Spartans is a group of like-minded individuals whose primary goal is to get people off the couch and into consistently living a healthy lifestyle through fun and challenging activities. CFS strive to lead by example and provide unwavering support and motivation to encourage both our members and the community at large to become a better version of themselves, be that in life or on the race course.

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Paratus Preliator
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Zero to Hero – Cody Smith
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Why I am a Spartan! By Denise Haley-Hall
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Corn Fed Spartans

Paratus Preliator

 Paratus Preliator – “Ready Warrior”  this is the motto of the National Guard’s Recruit Sustainment Program and relates to the individual being a warrior in body, mind, and spirit.  My short career with the Guard has been spent teaching me the fundamentals of the Warrior Spirit and the more I learn, the more I realize that you can’t make a warrior, you can only “Make Ready” a warrior.   A Warrior willingly subjects themselves to any punishment both mental and physical so that they may advance upon and overcome any obstacle that dares to challenge them.  How you will know a warrior is relatively simple,  warriors in general ae “go-getters”, Type A personalities always looking for the next big challenge, the next feat to overcome.  Warriors make an oath to themselves, consciously or not, to do one of several things.  First they will always place the mission first,  no matter how discomforting, how “out of their zone”  they have a mission whether directed to them or taken upon individually to accomplish the mission at all costs.  Secondly, Warriors will never accept defeat.  Everyone in their life will come up short on some things, plans don’t fall into place and if you subscribe to Murphy’s Law ” A good plan never survives first contact.”  The difference between a Warrior and a common man is simple, the warrior has taken it upon themselves to complete this mission and come hell or high water they will be succesful and they will declare victory.  A Warrior doesn’t always get it right the first time, but when push comes to shove they will accomplish the feat for their philosophy is “Pain is temporary, Pride is forever.  Thirdly Warriors will never quit, There will be times when the challenge they face is one that will take the warrior every ounce of mental and physical stamina to overcome, but where most men fail the warrior succeeds, because they will accomplish the mission at whatever they must pay in blood, sweat, and tears.  Finally Warriors never leave a fallen comrade, a warrior leads from the front plain and simple.  When people start falling behind, injured, or otherwise the warrior is right beside them pushing them until they can’t push anymore and then a warrior picks up their comrade and completes the mission.  A famous Roman General said it well “Of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are nothing but targets, nine are real fighters… We are lucky to have them… They make the battle. Ah, but the one, one of them is a Warrior… and he will bring the others back.”  You are the Warrior it is up to you to declare victory and bring your people home.  So as you train for whatever in life not just the Spartan Race, because that is only the first step to make ready the warrior, are you training as an individual for a race, or are you training to be a Ready Warrior?

US Army Warrior Ethos:
I will always place the mission first

I will never accept defeat

I will never quit

I will never leave a fallen comrade

Spartan Code:

  • A Spartan pushes their mind and body to their limits.
  • A Spartan masters their emotions.
  • A Spartan learns continuously.
  • A Spartan gives generously.
  • A Spartan leads.
  • A Spartan stands up for what they believe in, no matter the cost.
  • A Spartan knows their flaws as well as they know their strengths.
  • A Spartan proves themselves through actions, not words.
  • A Spartan lives every day as if it were their last.

-Cody Smith

Troid Tine!

Zero to Hero – Cody Smith

I come from three generations of Firefighters and my family may as well have been the first privates in the Revolutionary War so to say my life was already planned out before I came into the world is an understatement.  Until this very year there was one absolute about my life,  I was going to be a soldier and so at a very early age I volunteered on a Search and Rescue team and set out to improve my fitness levels.  Really it wasn’t anything drastic, a couple of fun runs here and there mixed in with various obstacle courses and other competitions.  In all actuality I was never really an “athlete”  that is until the summer of 2011.  See I had never planned to follow my father and grandfather into the Volunteer Fire Service, instead I was to be a career officer, a warrior, a locked on and steady troop at least that was always the plan until I just happened to be on Hulu (I was quite the Zero mind you)  and I stumbled across a documentary about the Oregon Fire Service so I watched it and instantly I was hooked.  I had it in my head that I was gonna be a Firefighter.  So being just a wryly sixteen year-old I immediately applied for the volunteer Department my dad had served on, not realizing the physical requirements.  After the initial application I began my training to be a firefighter,  now I had never been one to lift any weights besides a ruck, so I grabbed two stones (named them pride and discipline and occasionally they accompany me on a WOD) tied two straps to them and used them as free weights.  For two months I did the same routine while running and eating a “warrior diet” (more on that later).  Now I still wanted to join the military and a couple of my friends joined the National Guard which pushed me over the edge, at this point there were two absolutes in my life I was to be a firefighter and a soldier.  Motivated by my new revelations I started looking for 5k’s to run, after seeing the usual “Fun run” rubbish I began thinking that there HAS to be something out there that combines the military aspect with running, lo and behold I found the Sparta Nation!  After one look at the WODs I was hooked!  I had always been a huge subscriber to the “fit to fight” and “functional fitness” theories which basically says to work out for the mission and Spartan Race did just that!  Instead of the boring weight lifts I was now doing functional stuff, lifting, pushing, pulling, and weighting my body to grow into the warrior I am today.  As a result I am pleased to say I am a proud member of the Corn Fed Spartans, a firefighter who knows no limits, and a warrior (ok artilleryman) ready to put steel on steel with the bad guys.  Life is a battle, Spartan Race gets you off the defensive, get your feet dug in, Spartan up and carry on.  If you’re reading this and even thinking about Spartan Race just do it, you won’t start transformation from Zero to Hero without motivation!

– Cody Smith

Troid Tine!!

Why I am a Spartan! By Denise Haley-Hall

I hadn’t worked out for 20 years. And this spring, I decided I was tired of it all! So I begged a friend to let me lift weights and workout with him. Between our schedules, we were sporadically working out once a week or so. When I started, I couldn’t lift the bench press bar alone off the rack. I couldn’t run one town block.

This sporadic workout regime kept me going through the summer, and even though I didn’t do enough I did see some small results.

I planned to do a few Warrior Dashes, and those dates passed me by, obligations got in the way. Then along came Month of Denise (what I call the celebration of my birthday month). It’s the month where I focus on doing things FOR ME, and focus on what makes me happy each day. Kind of finding the good in each day… Anyway, I decided that this should be the month that I do my warrior dash! Then I looked again and realized it was 4 and a half hours away. A friend told me about the Midwest Spartan Sprint, and said “it’s just like the warrior dash, only it’s an hour away, same day!” We signed up about 10 days before the race, maybe 12 lol.

SO I signed up, and coaxed my friend into doing it with me by telling her it’s just like a warrior dash!! Oops was I wrong. I did a little more research, and wondered what in the world I’d gotten myself into! I still wasn’t working out more than once a week, I wasn’t hardly running, and I sure couldn’t climb a rope or do a burpee!

But we signed up, we showed up, and we did not give up! And the more I looked at Spartan Race, the more I realized I’d stumbled upon an awesome group. People who weren’t in this for the business, but were in it to improve people’s lives!

I still don’t run much, I do workout more, but I am a Spartan! I am strong. I will never quit. I will always continue to try to make myself a better person.

My knees no longer ache, I don’t get winded playing with my kid, and I can wave to someone without the back of my arm waving back ;). Small steps perhaps, but definitely steps in the right direction.

~Denise Hall

Corn Fed Spartans

My journey began prior to the weekend of October 14-16, 2011. It actually began in the middle of July when I started working out at the Parkview YMCA. After a workout one day, I came home and checked Facebook while I finished my protein shake. As always, the annoying little advertisements lined the right side of my page. Except this time, I noticed something that instantly motivated me, the Spartan Race logo. I clicked the link and my world opened up to a completely new meaning of living. I made my way to spartanrace.com and could not watch the movies enough. I signed up for the Midwest Spartan Sprint and impatiently awaited the time to come. I scoured all the Facebook pages associated with Spartan Race and talked about it with everyone I worked with and went to school with at Ivy Tech. I made several friends before I even met them and there was a family created out of the comradery we each showed each other. About a week and half before the race, Spartan Race unveiled the first Hurricane Heat at night, a chance to meet and run with the Spartan Race founders, Joe Desena and Andy Weinberg. That night, there was no timing or competition, but unity and teammates to rely on. It was all about team, sitting in cold, nasty water doing flutter kicks to doing “snow”angels in the sloppy, wet, and cold Midwest mud. As I am writing this even now, a euphoric feeling comes over me, the kind I have never felt before. Even though our Spartan clan was out there for over four hours that night, I am sure we would all still be out there if Spartan Race would let us. All I remember was that the eggs we had to take care of while we were out there the whole night were the best cared for eggs. I could go on and on about the Hurricane Heat and all its experiences I was able to receive from it.
The 9AM time is the competitive heat, which starts all runners, followed by up to 250 runners every half hour. With a force of 309 strong starting the day off in the first heat, we set out to conquer what we thought was a 3.2 mile, 10-12 obstacle, insane, and punishing course. Climbing ropes, dragging bricks, monster monkey bars, deep stinky water, spear throw, barbed wire crawl, and enough mud to make every pig happy in the USA. What Spartan Race did not think of, nature and its insane environment did. I made it through while helping people along in 46th place out of 3800+. The best part was after I was done and watching the Spartan warriors at the end giving the racers a hard time just to make the racers earn the finish line that much more. Joe Desena asked me if I wanted to give one of the warriors a break. Before he finished, I hopped the fence and was there, a spot I felt I was my destiny. My racer determination earlier turned into a fierce defender of OUR finish line. I can tell you one thing, I would not have wanted to go up against me with the way I felt doing that.
It is what I have just explained that gives me the drive to keep Spartan Race alive in everyone’s mind. I, along with several other people, am attempting to bring a Spartan Race to Indiana. Joe Desena has said himself that if our Facebook group CORN FED SPARTANS can get 1000+ people interested in a race in Indiana, the race will be on the 2012 schedule. This is Indiana and the Midwest’s chance to show our power and who we really are, the heartland. Please, join us at Corn Fed Spartans at http://www.facebook.com/groups/131852773585737/ and become a part of something that we can all call our own. With your help, we can get our first Indiana Spartan Race and become Spartans. I leave you with the code every Spartan knows:
• A Spartan pushes their mind and body to their limits.
• A Spartan masters their emotions.
• A Spartan learns continuously.
• A Spartan gives generously.
• A Spartan leads.
• A Spartan stands up for what they believe in, no matter the cost.
• A Spartan knows their flaws as well as they know their strengths.
• A Spartan proves themselves through actions, not words.
• A Spartan lives every day as if it were their last.

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