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‘Warhorse’ trains up for Spartan Race

Sgt. Joseph Baffaro, counterintelligence agent, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, works out using battle ropes at Iron Horse Sports and Fitness Center, April 18.

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew Porch

2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Office, 4th Infantry Division

The Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is hosting the Spartan Military Sprint May 4-5 at Iron Horse Park. The event is a four-mile run

consisting of obstacles such as object carries, spear throwing and barbed-wire crawl, is coming to Fort Carson May 4-5, and Soldiers of the “Warhorse” Brigade are teaming up to take on the challenge.

About 10 Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, are training to make sure they are up to the task.

“I have been waiting for a race to come around to Colorado Springs for some time,” said Staff Sgt. Charles Giordano intelligence analyst, HHT. “I did it in Arizona before I came to Fort Carson, and I thought it was a good team-building exercise for the section.

For the past few weeks the Soldiers have been conducting physical training in preparation for the event. Their regimen includes weight training, both upper and lower body; cardio training, consisting of multiple three-to-five mile runs a week; and core training, aimed at training multiple muscle groups at once.

The Spartan Military Sprint will test the Soldiers’ full array of athletic ability.

“A lot of the obstacles are about using your strength, but also using your body as a whole unit to move over and around different obstacles,” said Sgt. Joseph Baffaro, counterintelligence agent, HHT.

Leaders from the brigade intelligence shop wanted a way to increase teamwork, but also to let the Soldiers see their leaders in a different light.

“It really concentrates on building a team,” said Giordano. “Soldiers tend to just see you in the work environment, and to do something outside of the Army — and do something as a group — makes them see who you are as a person.”

The training will not only help the Soldiers prepare for the race, but will increase their overall knowledge on physical training.

“I hope they get an idea of different things they can do for physical training on their own,” said Baffaro. “Keeping in mind that physical strength training and endurance is a constant thing for both your personal development and keeping your state of physical fitness high in the military.”

For more information on the Spartan race, visit http://www.spartanrace.com. The race on May 4 is sold out, but people can register until May 1 for the May 5 race.

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