Randy King and his two children after the Spartan Race.

Spartan Race to Defeat ALS

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Thursday February 23, 2012

“Any goal that’s worth achieving is going to have obstacles in the way. You need to have a long-term view so, when difficulties come, you can persevere knowing that you are going to get past it,”  stated South Burlington resident Randy King when asked about  competing in the Spartan Beast last summer.  Completing the race was not just a goal for Randy King; he also wanted to use the opportunity to raise money for the ALS Association of Northern New England in honor of a friend of his who suffers from ALS  (otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease).  Through perseverance and a bit of pain, he was able to complete the Spartan Beast (a grueling 13 mile obstacle course up Killington Mountain) and raise $2,500.  Randy did it because his friend and community member of South Burlington, Frank Petrosino, had been diagnosed with ALS and this was one small way he could help him and others with the disease.

Frank Petrosino, his wife, Heidi Smith, and their two boys are active, vibrant members of the community.  The difference for them is that they received terrible news when Frank visited his doctor one day and was diagnosed with ALS.  They now have to make daily choices about how they live their lives in order to maximize their time together with family and friends. 

When Randy got a call from Heidi to help out and join a group of people planning to run the short 3-mile version of the Spartan Race, Randy decided to challenge himself by registering for the Spartan Beast in hopes it would increase his fund raising success.  There were over 100 people supporting Frank in the 3 mile version of the Spartan race, and the group as a whole was able to raise over $15,000.  Randy spent some time in the morning with Heidi and Frank prior to his 9am start time reminding himself why he was about to set out on an adventure of a lifetime.   When Randy crossed the finish line 5 hours and 33 minutes later, there was Frank sitting in a chair ready to slap a “high five”, bump fists and to say thank you.  The grueling effort was all worthwhile knowing that the money raised would help people like Frank live a more comfortable life as he and his family battle the terrible disease. 

Randy and other team members will once again jump over fire, scale walls and run up Killington Mountain in order to raise money to defeat ALS by participating in the Spartan Race in Killington on Sept. 22, 2012.  There is a kickoff event scheduled for February 25, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at On Tap Bar and Grill in Essex Jct.  Come hear racers share their stories, meet Frank Petrosino, see a slide show of last year’s race and rock out to the band Sideshow Bob.  For more information about the kickoff event or joining the Spartan Race to Defeat ALS team please contact Heidi Smith at heidismith101@comcast.net or 802 - 777 - 7501.