Whoever says people from El Paso are lazy, are wrong. Many people are extremely active here & goal-driven. Whether it's to make something of yourself, or simply just having a day where nothing goes wrong. One local newscaster made it a goal to conquer the Spartan Challenge & she did.

For anyone who hasn't heard of the Spartan Challenge, it's a very intense race that's held in different places around the US & the world. The race has no track; it's all about completing the course in the wild overcoming many obstacles.

In a nutshell... not everyone can do it but those who do it, are EXTREMELY driven & train a TON to finish it. One local newscaster, Emilia Zubia from All In El Paso, recently competed in the one held in Austin, back on May 21st & 22nd. She explained that she trained for 3 months prior, focusing a lot on her pull up strength, her core & definitely focused on her running. When the day came, it was Emilia & 5 of her friends ready to compete:

  • Adrian Fernandez
  • Roberto Gutierrez
  • Jacob Jones
  • Samuel Vega
  • & Zach Alicea

After running 62 miles for 2 and a half hours, she did it.

When I asked her about her experience, she was quick to say: "10 minutes in I was like 'what am i doing???'. But after the first obstacle, it was liberating. You're by yourself: all 10k, al 25 obstacles, all 2.5 hours. It was, in a way, a sense of self discovery. You finish a sense of 'yeah... I did that. I can do anything...Being to do this with friends & coming back home showing off & feeling invincible... it was amazing!"

Emilia V. Zubia
Emilia V. Zubia
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Even though she was the last one in the group to finish the race, she didn't care. She took on Spartan Challenge, she beat it & said that she would do it again.

Personally I know I could NEVER do anything as grueling or intense like the Spartan Challenge. But everyone who DOES, gets my respect.

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