Meet Bryan

“You can never be truly proud of yourself if you never test yourself.”

Bryan and his wife are both active duty military, stationed in Omaha, NE. They love to travel to run races and signed up for The Battlegrounds with another couple from the area.

Three months before the race Bryan was hospitalized due to a blood clot. He went through multiple surgeries, and suffered both internal bleeding and a collapsed lung. He was cleared by his doctor only three days before our September 23rd race. With something to prove to himself, he battled and conquered The Battlegrounds course – all in a fuzzy animal onesie!

What 3 words would your friends use to describe you?

Motivational. Determined. Goofy.

What is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome in your life?

Three months ago I developed a blood clot in my right shoulder. I spent 21 days in the hospital, undergoing multiple surgeries to remove the clot, remove part of my rib that was causing the clots, and then after a lot of internal bleeding and a collapsed lung, I began to get better. It’s been a long journey to recovery, but three days before the race, my doctor cleared me to come off blood thinners and start my life again. This race meant more than just a mud run to me. It was a chance to prove to myself that I can be me again.

What does life’s better when battled mean to you?

Life’s better when battled means you can never be truly proud of yourself if you never test yourself. I saw so many people (not just at this race, but many before this as well) with a look of amazement on their faces when they finish an obstacle that they didn’t think they could do. I love that. To sit down at the end of the day knowing you accomplished something amazing is the best feeling in the world.

What’s your favorite Battlegrounds obstacle?

Oh man, it’s so hard to choose because there were so many good ones. I think I would have to choose Hamburger Hill because it really set the tone for how challenging the race would be. I saw some people lose their shoes in the mud, and then finish the five miles barefoot. That takes dedication!

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

YES! If you plan on the weather being cool and fall-like at the end of September, so you decide that animal onesies are a good idea… it will be 90-degrees out and sunny. But seriously, the onesies were a great idea and once we got in the mud and water, it felt great. I wouldn’t have changed anything about race-day. From the staff, to the obstacles, and the friends I ran with and met on the course, it was a perfect day!

Races Conquered


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My Battle Advice

If you are on the fence about running this or any other race, DO IT.

I have to share this story because I thought it was so amazing. Around the third obstacle, there was a lady that was having a hard time getting over a wall. I ran back and gave her some pointers on the wall and a knee to help out. When we got to the next obstacle, she was right behind us and we gave her some encouragement again and one girl in our group asked if she wanted to run with us. She said yes. We got to talking and found out she had been taking care of her son for a long time because he was sick. Finally she decided that she wanted to take care of herself as well and not just sit around the house all day. Fast forward to the race, and she had lost a bunch of weight and signed up to do The Battlegrounds with some friends. They all backed out, but she still showed up because she needed to prove to herself that she could do it. It was so amazing to have her with us that day. The obstacles were all really tough for her, but she never gave up. She kept both feet moving all the way to the finish line.
That could be any one of you that are afraid that you can't do it. Trust me, there will be someone there to give you the encouragement you need.