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The Spirit Award celebrates the incredible stories of those who embody Spartan’s values of grit, determination and perseverance.

The Spartan Spirit Award

The Spartan community is comprised of people of all backgrounds, and everyone has their own unique story. To celebrate the inspiration within our community, Spartan has created the Spartan Spirit Awards. Every month, Spartan will award a select group of people who embody the key Spartan values of grit, determination and perseverance. Whether they are a leader on the course or within their community, a relentlessly hard worker, or a passionate advocate for others, these award winners show what it truly means to be a Spartan.

This Mother’s Day, Spartan is kicking off the Spirit Awards by celebrating five superhero Spartan moms. Moms don’t get “off days”—not even when the training gets tough. From the minute they get up in the morning to the moment their heads hit the pillow at night, they don’t stop. These brave, inspiring women aren’t afraid to give it their all. They don’t quit, and they help their families navigate life’s obstacles every day. They don’t do it for an award, but they certainly deserve one.

More women than ever are joining the Spartan community. Let these strong women inspire you to start living your life to the fullest and embrace the grit, determination and perseverance you need to reach your goals.

From Jennifer Herring, who struggled with her weight until she became the only one in her family strong enough to care for her ailing father, to Tiffany Smiley, who defied the U.S. Military’s order to de-enlist her husband after he was blinded by a car bomb in combat, these women know exactly what it takes to dig deep and not just overcome adversity, but thrive in the face of it.

Spartan is proud to present the Spirit Award to Tiffany Smiley, Rebekah Gregory, Kressa Peterson, Jennifer Herring and Lorraine Tobierre. Learn more about some of these incredible recipients below.


Tiffany Smiley

President and Co-Founder of Hope Unseen LLC

Kressa Peterson

The inventor of the Shower Toga

Jennifer Herring

Avid Spartan racer


Without the Spartan community and the personal stories of each member, there would be no Spartan. There aren’t many brands that inspire the sense of belonging and community that Spartan does—but Spartan didn’t manufacture that. Spartan community members are the ones doing the work to overcome obstacles, transform their lives and inspire each other. Every time a Spartan embraces adversity and pushes beyond what they thought was possible, they make the community stronger.

Think you know someone who deserves the Spartan Spirit Award? Nominate a Spartan using the form below. Any gender or age can be nominated. And remember—each month, we’ll be spotlighting new honorees across the Spartan website and social channels.



Spartan is the global leader in obstacle course racing for a reason - we will challenge you to push beyond your limits. We want you to achieve more. Don’t worry though - there’s no Spartan left behind. We’re ready to lock arms with you and help you along your journey. Whether you’re ready to tackle your first 3 mile Spartan Sprint, or you’re chasing your Trifecta, we’re all in this together. You’ll know at the finish line. Aroo!