Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.
– Thomas A. Edison
One of the most rewarding things about being a Spartan, is that we are all constantly provided the opportunity to witness truly astounding moments in the lives of those who have taken on the challenge of a Reebok Spartan Race. We have the ability to regularly celebrate victorious finishes, triumphant accomplishments, and inspirational tales of the thousands upon thousands of people who have made the choice to toe the line and overcome all odds to complete their race.
What sometimes becomes overlooked by the many stories of success and triumph, are the much more humble stories of those who struggle, falter, and in the end, fail to cross the finish line. Those who DNF (Did Not Finish) give their all on the course and to relinquish so much heart and soul to an unforgiving race which seems determined to break you, only to be stripped of your chance at the satisfaction of journeying across the finish line (one that was likely dreamt of for months), can be absolutely devastating. The Spartan who experiences a DNF leaves a piece of their soul out on that course. The heartbreak of a race ended well before it was meant to will rattle around in their brain like a loud tin can bouncing down a deserted alley, a constant reminder of failure instead of victory.