Canada Shriners Hospital Employee Completes Spartan Race Trifecta in One Weekend to Benefit Shriners Hospitals
Robert Gordon Scott has just pushed his body and spirit to the limit and beyond! Robert, an administrative assistant in the Public Relations Office at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Canada, took part in the absolutely gruelling Spartan Race Trifecta Weekend in Hawaii. Cheer him on by making a donation on his fundraising page (see below).
Spartan Races are designed for all level of athletes. The endurance challenge sees participants race up and down mountains and through tortuous obstacles such as crawling under barbed wire, climbing up a nine-meter rope, lugging jerry cans filled with water up a ski slope. It is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one.
Putting himself to the ultimate test
Robert travelled to Oahu, Hawaii to take part in not one, not two, but three back-to-back Spartan Races on August 13 and 14. During the Spartan Race Hawaii Trifecta, Robert ran both the 5 km Sprint and the 10 km Super Race on Saturday and then, as if that wasn’t bad enough, on Sunday he ran the aptly named Beast, a 25 km race, which took him an impressive 5 hours 9 minutes to complete. Each course was peppered with 20 to 35 different obstacles as well. Don’t forget to add in a lot of heat and humidity and you can imagine the physical challenge and how deep Robert had to dig to cross the finish line – three times.
“Half way through the race, I am in complete pain.”
Spartan Racing isn’t new to Robert who has already run about 20 races, but he had never attempted the Trifecta in one weekend. “In the middle of each race, I am in complete pain, my leg muscles are on fire, burning from all of the running. By the end, my legs are like Jello. But, I enjoy it, I actually enjoy it,” he confides with a big smile. “You learn about yourself. You are at the bottom of a mountain and you can’t see the top and you have to run up and then down. You think ‘it’s not possible’, but then you do it and you realize, you can overcome just about any challenge.”
Robert was inspired by 17 year old Jeffrey Beausoleil, a young man treated at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada. He was born without a hand and a leg. For the last two years, he’s participated in numerous Spartan Races across Canada raising funds for the hospital. “Jeffrey showed me anything is possible, when you put your mind to it. Sometimes in the middle of the race, I feel like quitting. That’s when I think of Jeffrey. I know he would never stop so I push myself and keep going.”
Raising funds for the Canada Shriners Hospital in Canada and all Shriners Hospitals in the US
Calling on all sports buffs, and those who enjoy more leisurely pastimes, you can cheer on Robert and support exceptional kids.
Click here to donate to Shriners Hospitals for Children – Canada (Montreal hospital).
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