Robert Gordon Scott, employee of Shriners Hospitals for Children, raising funds and awareness through Spartan Competitions

Friday, August 12, 2016
Robert Gordon Scott

Robert Gordon Scott is about to push his body and spirit to the limit and beyond. Mr. Scott, a staff member with the public relations team at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada, is about to take part in the absolutely gruelling Spartan Race Trifecta Weekend in Hawaii. Cheer him on by making a donation on his fundraising page. Just click the link below to donate in Canadian funds. A U.S. page is also available.

Spartan Races are designed for athletes of all levels. The endurance challenge sees participants race up and down mountains and through tortuous obstacles such as crawling under barbed wire, climbing up a nine-meter rope and lugging jerry cans filled with water up a ski slope. It is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one.

Putting himself to the ultimate test

Robert Gordon Scott is traveling to Oahu, Hawaii to take part in not one, not two, but three back-to-back Spartan races on August 13 and 14. During the Spartan Race Hawaii Trifecta, he will run both the 5 km Sprint and the 10 km Super Race on Saturday and then, as if that wasn’t enough, on Sunday he will run the aptly named Beast, a 25 km race, which will take just over six hours to complete. Each course is peppered with 20 to 35 different obstacles. Don’t forget to add in a lot of heat and humidity and you can imagine the physical challenge and how deep Mr. Scott will have to dig to cross the finish line – three times.

“Half way through the race, I am in complete pain."

Spartan Racing isn’t new to Robert, who has already run about 20 races, but he has never attempted the Trifecta in one weekend. “In the middle of each race, I am in complete pain, my leg muscles are on fire, burning from all of the running. By the end, my legs are like Jello. But, I enjoy it, I actually enjoy it,” he confides with a big smile. “You learn about yourself. You are at the bottom of a mountain and you can’t see the top and you have to run up and then down. You think ‘it’s not possible’, but then you do it and you realize, you can overcome just about any challenge.”

Mr. Scott was inspired by 17-year-old Jeffery Beausoleil, a young man treated at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada. He was born without a hand and a leg. For the last two years, he’s participated in numerous Spartan Races across Canada raising funds for the hospital. “Jeffery showed me anything is possible when you put your mind to it. Sometimes in the middle of the race, I feel like quitting. That’s when I think of Jeffery. I know he would never stop so I push myself and keep going.”

Raising funds for Shirners Hospitals for Children — Canada and all Shriners Hospitals in the U.S.

Calling on all sports buffs and those who enjoy more leisurely pastimes – you can cheer on Mr. Scott and support Shriners Hospitals for Children — Canada by making a donation. Click here to donate.