The courage, grit, and spirit of the Special Spartan course is inspyring!

Known as the "Bowtied Spartan", Stephen Crawford is an Obstacle Course,Ultra Marathon Runner, Crossfit Athlete, and Trainer dedicated to having fun all while finding limits and learning to push past them.  Spending most of his life as society would call overweight, he found salvation in running and living a fit life. With his new grasp on life he dedicates his time to pushing his bodies limits in an effort to fight against bullying and showing that anyone can get out there and be great. 

In an effort to live this message, Stephen has been participating in Special Spartan Races, which offers kids with intellectual, and/or developmental disabilities (IDD), and those with cognitive, learning and/or vocational delays a chance to build self-esteem, pride and physical accomplishment.

Utilizing the Spartan Kids course, the event accommodates the sensory profiles, physical and cognitive limitations, and behavioral issues associated with the challenges faced by these race participants.

Special Spartans traverse course paired with Spartan volunteers who assist them to each small victory over the obstacles. The courage, grit, and spirit of the course is inspyring.  You can learn more at