South Florida couple Holly and Adam Berkey are on a mission to complete the trifecta of Spartan races — the Sprint, Super and Beast — a daunting task for even the most seasoned athletes.
Although Holly has been running for years, her husband didn’t consider the idea until this year when he surprised his wife by signing up and finishing the Tampa Spartan Special Ops on Feb. 15.
“Although I’ve been running and racing for a couple of years, my husband just recently took an interest in living a healthier lifestyle a few months ago. He surprised me by signing up for the Tampa Sprint, and although he was nervous, he was determined to finish and began training more,” Holly, 31, said.
“It was such a great experience as a couple to participate together. Once we crossed the finish line, I could tell that he wanted more.”
For years Adam cheered his wife to the finish and took photos from the sideline. It was after finishing his first race in February that the decided to take the relationship to new distances. Date nights used to be spent in bars, and now they spend it by going for a moon-lit run.
They finished the first part of the trifecta by completing the Sprint course, a four-mile distance with a mix of mud and obstacles.
“We decided that it would be a great experience to earn our first trifecta together, instead of him just watching on while I completed each race,” she said. “Running alone is a very different experience than running with someone. I love competing and pushing my own personal limits when I run solo, but getting to run together, cheer each other on, support each other, and celebrate our accomplishment together was truly amazing.
“We had a lot of fun, we conquered fears, and we made a great memory together.”
The next leg in their journey is the eight-mile Miami Super Spartan, which has more than 15 obstacles through mud, water and the back trails of Miami’s Oleta River State Park on April 12 and 13.
The final portion of their adventure will be completing the Carolinas Spartan Beast Race, which is comprised of more than 20 obstacles over 13.1 miles.
“Running the trifecta together will be an experience that we will always cherish,” Holly said. “I’m very proud of him, and so happy he has become part of this lifestyle I love. Now I wouldn’t want to do it without him.”