Meet Elysa

“Stand up for yourself and be true to who you are, even if it’s a struggle.”

Elysa’s Journey
After overcoming hurt caused by bullying, she has found confidence in herself and her strength – both internal and physical. To Elysa, it is simple: If it scares you, overcome it.

elysa-picsWhat 3 words would your friends use to describe you?

Strong. Leader. Funny.

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

The biggest obstacle I have had to overcome in my life would be letting go of hurt from the past. Growing up and even as an adult there were many times I was bullied and hurt by close trusted friends. It really did a number on my confidence and I kept a lot in. I closed myself off to possible friendships and opportunities. Over the past few years I have rediscovered who I am and found my physical strength as well as my inner strength. I am confident in my own skin and just being me. I opened up and found great friends, a church, and a racing team who love me for who I am. I have experienced so many opportunities I never would have previously had the courage to even think about, much less try them.

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

Life’s better when battled means facing things head on and dealing with it. If something scares you, overcome it. It is standing up for yourself and being true to who you are even if it’s a struggle and not always easy. In the end it will be so worth it! It is also about finding those who battle with you and have your back just as much as you have theirs.

What’s your favorite Battlegrounds obstacle?

Triple Threat. I don’t know if I would say it’s my favorite but I will say it’s the one I am looking forward to most. I’m coming back for it this time with vengeance! It was the one obstacle that almost beat me last year and I WILL defeat it this year!

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I am by no means and elite racer but I have a HUGE heart for the sport and my team (Show Me MOR). Most all of us have met because of racing, but are now a family who has seen each other fail and overcome obstacles. We have fallen, tripped, and wanted to quit. When you are out there and have someone helping you up and telling you quitting is not an option because you will finish together – you dig deep and keep going because you will not let them down. I have become physically stronger with racing, but being a stronger person and helping others to find their strength and what they are capable of has by far been the most rewarding!

Races Conquered


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Races Conquered


My Battle Advice

Just do it! If this is something you have been thinking about then just sign up. You will be nervous at the start of the race (we all are before every race, it can be our 1st or 50th). You will go out there and make muddy friends on the course and have the experience of a lifetime. You will cross the finish line feeling strong and sore from the obstacles you overcame and all the laughing and fun you had along way! The high you will have after that accomplishment will last for days!!