Meet Shawn

“In life we have two options: Coast by and just go through the motions, or take risks and fight your way to the top. Do the things that seem hard or scare the crap outta you, and enjoy the reward in the long run.”

Two weeks before getting sworn into the U.S. Navy, Shawn endured a devastating car accident and was told he was now ineligible to enlist and may never walk or run the same again. In attempt to cope with this setback, Shawn struggled with unhealthy habits which led to weight gain. After time, and a change in perspective, he lost 70 pounds and gained a new addiction to mud runs!


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

Humble. Driven. Selfless.

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

At age 18, I was two weeks away from getting sworn into the Navy when I was involved in an automobile accident. I received a compound fracture in my Tibia and Fibula. After surgery, I made one of the absolute most difficult calls I have ever had to make in my life to my recruiter – only to be told I was no longer eligible for enlistment. Insurance wouldn’t cover rehab, so my doctor said I may never walk or run the same again.

But that is not my biggest obstacle…
My biggest obstacle would have to be myself.

After my accident I turned to alcohol and food to “solve my problems”. I was out four to six nights a week without a care in the world, to the point where it became a health risk. I weighed over 300 pounds and was completely unhealthy, with no one to blame other than myself and my poor decisions.
Once I changed my thinking, the possibilities became endless. I am now down over 70 pounds and gained a new addiction to mud runs!

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

In life we have two options: Coast by and just go through the motions, or take risks and fight your way to the top. Do the things that seem hard or scare the crap outta you, and enjoy the reward in the long run.

What’s your favorite Battlegrounds obstacle?

Can I say all of them? I mean honestly, as long as I have my friends by my side and we’re having a blast while pushing each other, how could I choose?! If I had to choose just one, it would probably be The Gauntlet because of it’s difficulty and variety of options.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I just want to say special thank you to my good friend Joshua Milson who has shown me how much better life really is when battled.

Battlegrounds
Races Conquered

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Total # of
Races Conquered

11

My Battle Advice

Have fun! I don't care if you are doing The Battlegrounds for competition, or for a day in mud with your friends - get out there and laugh. As you see in the pictures, we always have a blast at The Battlegrounds!

Second piece of advice would be no matter if you are 140 pounds or 410 pounds - moving forward is still moving forward. Don't ever enter a mud run thinking you aren't good enough, or that someone may make fun of you because of your inability to do an obstacle or because you are not a marathon runner. If I have learned anything over the last couple years about mud runs, it's that when you're out on the course everyone is supportive and on your team. Everyone wants to see you succeed and get that well-deserved beer at the finish line.