Bat caving. Shooting bows in the front yard. Building OCR courses in the backyard. And, of course, participating in Spartan races (and virtual races when they can’t compete in person!). These are just some of the ways Spartan dads love to be active with their kids. And you can bet that Spartan founder and CEO Joe De Sena would approve. The king of keeping his kids fit (just take a look at their quarantine workouts), he believes in pushing his family to their physical limits.
Whether or not you ascribe to his extreme no-BS parenting style, Spartan dads definitely follow in his “always keep them active” footsteps. So what better way to celebrate Father’s Day than to share some of our Spartan dads’ favorite ways to be fit and active with their kids? Aroo for the whole family!
15 Ways Spartan Dads Get Active With Their Kids
“My kids and I go on hikes, bike rides and runs, and do Spartan races together.” – Tom Ehret
“We built a catapult at the start of the lockdown, do wood burning, shoot bows in the yard, have front-yard dinners, and run the virtual races together.” – Jared Williams
“We are a Spartan family. My husband and four of our kids run as a team. When not “arooing,” we like to hike together when schedules align.” – Christina Doucette
“We go bat-cave spelunking for Mother’s Day, and for Father’s Day we kayak. Mostly we go on far-out hikes up rocky canyons.” – Adam Lamoreaux
“By doing Spartan races together! Our backyard OCR course is coming soon. My son is still a wee bit small to be doing hikes together, but he’s coming to each race and we both go home with brass.” – Michael Harris
“No races doesn’t stop this Spartan family from hitting the trails together.” – Trung Tran
“We always go biking and hiking in Glacier National Park on Father’s Day. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is not usually open this early in the year to vehicles because the plows are still clearing snow, so we bike up as far as the kids can go. Last year we did a 10-mile family hike and 15 miles on the bikes, halfway to the top of Logan Pass. This year the kids are renting pedal assist e-bikes so we can hopefully make the summit!” – Forrest Bouge
“I do hikes, run, and do obstacle training in my backyard with my kids. My third kid prefers to help me build obstacles!” – Benoit Roure
“Enzo is 6 years old, and a firecracker. Currently it’s all about the bike riding. He’s worked up to a 10K ride, and I run behind him looking like an overprotective parent. Usually we explore the Hamilton trails, waterfalls, and difficult-to-get-to areas.” – Vincent Kuber
“We LOVE making family Spartan courses on our property and have fun taking turns being the race director! The kids are involved in the family work tasks like piling firewood, firewood carries, and garden duties, and they enjoy hunting with daddy with the bow.” – Barb Snelling
“My boys are 8 and 5. We do bear crawl races (Joe once challenged me to race his kids bear crawling on the farm) using wood blocks for balance, make our own OCR course, and practice wall and rope climbing.” – Rich Borgatti Jr.
“My kids are grown, but we used to run Spartans together. Both my sons were high school athletes, so they pushed me hard during the races. My oldest and I still run Fenway together every year. I look forward to it every November.” – Anthony Vincent Scotti III
“Hiking and using the environment as natural obstacles.” – Robert DeCillis
“My kids are very active. I also set up virtual races and backyard obstacle courses at home, but I also take my kids to the local trails for running in a trail environment. All of this is not new, except for that outdoor work which is building them up.” – Robert Shimonski
“Working out is part of my kids’ daily lifestyle, so I make it a game every time. Before playing any electronic games, they have to do 100 jump ropes straight. When my kids fight, the punishment is burpees! They love participating in Spartan virtual races, so we do it every weekend.” – Jayson Castillo
“My daughter and I do Spartan BASE Camp workouts together (on Spartan’s YouTube channel) and weighted backpack hikes. We are up to 3 miles now! And she set her PR with 69 burpees in a row a couple of weeks ago.” – Jake Reed