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Teachers Prove They Are Spartan Tough

Pictured is School Resource Office Christy Baucom jumping over the obstacle of fire during the Spartan Race.

Ten teachers from Piedmont High School participated in the Spartan Race held at the Whitewater Center in Charlotte on Saturday, March 24. Tracy Price, Marie Coggin, Robert Gearhart, Vanessa Seehafer, Kim Cantey, Phil Apple, Milt Flow, Katie Kane, Mandy Smith, and Christy Baucom were part of a faculty/staff team who nicknamed themselves “I Think I Can” because of the amount and degree of physical challenges they would face on the obstacle course.

A Spartan Race is a trail run consisting of at least 15 obstacles with the goal of getting people ‘off the couch, thrown into mud and trails, and fed one tough endurance event that will be the adrenalin rush of their life.” The Spartan Race is part of an international obstacle race series and is called such because Spartans believed while on this Earth, they should achieve one moment of excellence, and understood they might die trying!

During the race, the faculty team endured mud up to their waist, crawled under barbed wire, scaled multiple walls, carried sand bags and cement blocks, jumped fire, and ran through an icy waist-deep river en route to completing a course that was over 5 miles long. As PE teacher Milt Flow commented, “Mud is hard to train for. That portion of the course was the hardest, but the most fun for me.”

According to Social Studies teacher Marie Coggin, “The course was tough and no one would have made it through without the help of other teammates and friends we made along the trail.” Following the motto “No Teacher Left Behind”, the entire team finished with a time of 2 hours and 43 minutes. PE teacher Kim Cantey overcame a fear of heights during the race when they had to use a rope to climb the side of a hill. As Cantey noted, “It felt like a mountain to me but I could not have done it without help from the guys. The experience was an incredible display of teamwork!” The importance of teamwork was also echoed in math teacher Vanessa Seehafer’s reflection on the race. “The biggest obstacle I had to overcome was crossing over the whitewater on only a rope net. I was extremely afraid of falling to my death, but with the encouragement of [Spanish teacher] Katie Kane, I made it across and did something that I thought was impossible for me...this made me realize how much of an impact one person can have. Just a few words of encouragement can change a person's outlook from "There's no way I can do that" to "I did that and I'm proud of myself." A great lesson for any teacher!

At the end of the day, the Spartan Race was more than just a grueling experience. It was ten Piedmont teachers starting the race as a team, working as a team, and finishing as a team. The “I Think I Can” team can now be called “Yes We Did!” Congratulations to all who participated!

For more information on the Spartan Race or to see when the next race in the area is, go to spartanrace.com.

Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor
Posted: Mar 27, 2012 by Donna Helms

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