Extreme athletes banded together to design Reebok Spartan Races' intense courses orchestrated over standardized distances, each strewn with natural and man-made obstacles to test mind-body fitness, resilience, stamina, and strength, designed to leave participants exhausted and exhilarated. In waves of about 200, runners collect smudges and stains as they perform box jumps, haul heavy sandbags, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as 3 miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
Modern Spartans wage a battle against the limits of his or her athletic abilities. Extreme athletes banded together to design Reebok Spartan Races' intense courses, resulting in races strewn with more than 20 signature obstacles. These natural and man-made tests challenge mind-body fitness, resilience, stamina, and strength, and are designed to leave participants both exhausted and exhilarated. What started as a single race in 2010 has now grown to more than 130 races across 20 countries.
Competitive bodybuilder, personal trainer, and life coach Curtis Harwell takes a comprehensive approach to fitness. That approach means designing individualized meal plans and tailoring programs to each client's abilities. Besides personal fitness regiments, he also customizes group boot camps. Those boot camps focus on the entire body and include everything from sprint and agility drills to cardio training and body-weight exercises.
Most runners simply want to cross the finish line of their first marathon. Steve Sisson wanted Austin’s runners to set loftier goals, so he created Rogue Running and hired a staff of experienced and decorated coaches. Steve himself is tribute to what drive can accomplish: he was a three-time all-American cross-country and track runner at the University of Texas, and is currently the assistant coach for the women’s track-and-field team.
His vision is to pass on that sense of discipline as well as advanced running techniques in a training program tailored according to how hard runners want to work, rather than how frequently they’ve spotted Jesse Owens in the supermarket. Using this method, the Rogue crew has readied runners for everything from 5K races and marathons to triathlons and trail runs. One of Steve’s ultimate goals is to create a thriving running community. To this end, Rogue Running has trained more than 10,000 runners of varying skill levels, and opened retail stores that outfit the community with athletic apparel and running shoes.
More than three million people survive on $2 a day or less, but Partnerships In Action is hoping to change that. In an effort to raise awareness about development issues and poverty abroad, this organization engineers projects, events, and gatherings around the world, including annual
golf tournaments. Established in 2007, these tournaments unfold in major cities such as Austin, Seattle, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
On September 8, this year's Austin-based tournament will take place at the University of Texas Golf Club. There, attendees will have the chance to network with socially responsible corporations while driving and putting to help end global poverty. In addition, onsite contests and activities infuse the afternoon with extra excitement. After the last shot is sunk and the course is folded up and thrown in the wash, the event will culminate with a lunch, awards banquet, and auction.
Six days before Halloween, the Austin Halloween Half Marathon will set out across Cedar Park in benefit of the Down Syndrome Association of Central Texas. Costumed or not, participants will work their way across a USATF-certified 13.1-mile course. Chip timers will keep track of each runner's time, and everyone who crosses the finish line will receive a custom finisher medal. Those medals won't be the only rewards waiting at the race's end. An after party will celebrate the day's efforts with music, massages, and activities for kids who aren't already exhausted from watching their parents run all morning.