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Stetson Teacher Wins with Spartan Racing

When Kendra Spencer, fourth-grade teacher at Stetson Elementary, started Spartan racing two years ago, little did she know what an impact it would have at her school. Participating in the well-known obstacle races has made her a role model.

In 2017, Spencer and other staff members from SES took on their first Spartan race in Breckenridge, along with many of their spouses. “We were hooked,” she shared. The team quickly decided to take on earning their first Trifecta, which includes completing a Spartan Sprint (4 miles and 27 obstacles), Super (9 miles and 27 obstacles) and Beast (13 miles and 33 obstacles) all in one calendar year.

Spartan racing is about accomplishing more than you think you can. “One of the reasons I race is to hear stories from others about overcoming incredible life challenges,” she remarked. “I use those stories to become a better person and better teacher.”

For Spencer, competing has inspired a lifestyle change. “I drink tons of water, eat healthy and balance self-care in my life even when I’m busy.”

Her daughter, Hailey, fourth-grader at SES, is one of her biggest fans and knows why mom competes. “To get strong, to get medals and to feel proud of herself,” Hailey commented.

It’s people like Kendra Spencer who make D49 the Best Choice to Learn, Work and Lead! #WeAreD49

Amy Matisek
amatisek@d49.org