Posted 8/22/18 (Wed) - by
After battling with lupus for 10 years, Casey James, Castaic, California, decided it was time to help herself get better.
As a student of naturopathic medicine, she found ways to be able to live daily life and to take care of her three daughters.
But the former Long Lake, South Dakota, resident, didn't stop there. She signed up for a fitness challenge at a local gym.
Casey realized her body could do more than she thought, in spite of the lupus. So she decided to take it one step further and signed up for a Spartan Obstacle course race locally just to see if her body could do it.
Spartan Races are a series of obstacle course races of varying distance and difficulty ranging from 3 miles to marathon distances.
They are held in the US and have been franchised to 30 countries including Canada, South Korea, Australia and several European countries.
Taking it easy, not pushing herself too hard, Casey took second place.
“I was shocked,” she said, “because I wasn't even trying my hardest. So I signed up for another one. It was miserable and hard, cold and awful, and I thought this is my last one—these are terrible! Well, I ended up taking first.”
That race lit a fire inside of her and she signed up for more races, always placing. To qualify for the Spartan Trifecta World Championships in Greece in November, she had to complete 5, 9 and 20 mile races and finish in the top 20.
She took first in every race.