We love featuring member success stories here on The Stronger Blog, and today’s story is from Charles Brueck of Texas who, at 49, had a strong finish at the Spartan Race obstacle challenge, impressing some younger racers as he blew past them. Below, Charles shares his own “Why I Koko” story. We hope you are as inspired as we are. Stay Koko Strong, Charles! – Michael Wood, CSCS

This is why I KOKO, by Charles Brueck

My Spartan Race Results:

  • Distance – 9.57 mi
  • Obstacles – 23
  • Time – 2:56:51
  • Overall – 314 out of 2252
  • Males – 264 out of 1490
  • Males Ages 45-50 – 16 out of 85

Waiting to go over the 8’ wall a guy said, “hey I hope you don’t mind me asking but how old are you?  I was just wondering because you just blew by me on the hill back there and you’re a beast.”

I said I’m 49.  He said, “OMG I want to be you when I’m 49.”  It made me feel really good.  Especially considering only 3 years ago I had an extra 100 lbs on me.  I’ve gone from a 44” waist to a 29” and was a borderline diabetic to my most recent physical where I was described as “in amazing shape.”  Was it easy?  No, it took a lot of hard work and discipline but it can be done.  I enjoy my life so much more now and KOKO was a pivotal part of my recovery.

I’ll run the Spartan Sprint at Texas Stadium in June and complete the Spartan Trifecta in October when I run the 15 mile Spartan Beast in Glen Rose.


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