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Charleston Warriors NBC Spartan Obstacle Racing Team

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The Charleston Warriors make the cut and debut in the Premier Episode at 10pm EST. Join us in Charleston, SC at the June 13 Premier Party!
  • Mt. Pleasant couples Steve Siraco and Stephanie Keenan, along with Elea Faucheron and Adam Von Ins are simply . . .warriors for health.
    - Christian Alberg, Moultrie News
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Mt. Pleasant couplesSteve Siraco and Stephanie Keenan, along with Elea Faucheron and Adam Von Ins are simply . . .warriors for health.
- Christian Alberg, Moultrie News

by Christian Alberg, Moultrie News

June 29,2016 Before each race, the Charleston Warriors don red masks as a way to show that they are “warriors for health.” This symbolic crusade began several years ago when members of the team started obstacle racing as a way to encourage personal health and combat issues like addiction.

“Doing a race is a great way to learn to tackle obstacles off of the course,” said Elea Faucheron, one of the Charleston Warriors.

Faucheron’s fiance and teammate Adam Von Ins said they encourage other people doing obstacle races, particularly to deal with issues.

“Anybody, of any age, can get out and try one of these things,” he said.

But not just anybody can be on NBC’s Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge, and not long ago, the Charleston Warriors did not exist.

When a casting call went out last August for the new obstacle course racing show, Stephanie Keenan of Mount Pleasant heard about it from a lot people who encouraged her to apply, including several of the show’s producers. She was interested, but there was a catch.

Most obstacle course races are completed individually, but Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge requires participants to have a team of two men and two women.

So, Keenan reached out to Faucheron, whom she knew from Faucheron and Von Ins’ now-defunct board sports shop, Air & Earth.

Keenan and Faucheron also both knew John Di Giovanni, the publisher of “Oblique,” a local fitness magazine. Giovanni knew that Keenan and Faucheron both competed in obstacle course races, and he had been hounding Keenan for months about needing to meet Faucheron.

Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge provided the opportunity.

Keenan got together a team that consisted of her significant other, Stephen Siraco, Faucheron, and another man. Soon after, the fourth member of the team stopped corresponding with the other team members, so two days before the show applications were due, Von Ins stepped in to fill the spot.

The next day, the team met as a whole for the first time to tackle the application, which was no small task.

Each team member had to answer 80 essay questions and submit a three-minute video.

Each member of the team had competed in obstacle races before. Siraco completed his first obstacle race with a close friend in 2014 and then convinced Keenan to begin racing with him.

Von Ins got interested in obstacle course racing in early 2015 and convinced Faucheron to compete in the Rugged Maniac obstacle course race held at Boone Hall Plantation with him that March.

They competed in the race, “froze,” and “loved it” so much that immediately after, they plunged headlong into the world of obstacle course racing.

By the time they applied for the show, they all had completed over 20 obstacle course races.

About three to four weeks after submitting the application, the team got the news that they were one of 36 teams selected for the show. They would have to travel to Atlanta for four days in early December, which left them with just a few more weeks before the race.

But on a chilly December morning in Atlanta, it was finally time for the race.

The Charleston Warriors were set to compete in the first heat, so they would be one of the first teams to use the course, which they had seen for the first time the night before.

Their start time was then delayed by roughly an hour and a half, and they were left to wait in the cool morning in nothing but the skimpy outfits they had for the race.

They were already nervous. On top of the injuries, they were older than lot of the other teams.

But the Charleston Warriors had come to Atlanta to overcome obstacles and promote healthy living, and they were determined to do just that.

For legal reasons, the warriors can’t talk about how they did, but on Thursday, June 30, the episode of Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge will air on NBC at 9 p.m.

If you would like to meet the members of the Charleston Warriors, show your support for them and their promotion of health, and celebrate with them, a viewing party will be held that evening beginning at 8 p.m. at Wild Wings (Oakland) in Mount Pleasant.


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June 30th @ 8-10pm
Charleston Warriors
Episode Party

Join Charleston Warriors Von X & Tank, LIVE for their NBC debut in Episode 4: Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge!

This is a free event. Party starts 8pm.
Charleston Warrior's episode 9pm June 30, 2016
@ Wild Wings (Oakland Market), Mt. Pleasant SC.

This event is solely operated by the Charleston Warriors and Wild Wings. It is not affiliated in any way with the show or NBC.

Von X (Adam Von Ins)
Locale: Mount Pleasant, SC

Super Power: Deploys Jazz Hands in an X-Wing pattern reaching Turbo Speeds Down Hill

With a diverse Entrepreneurship background, Adam is now authoring Bad Ass After 40. His program re-wires the brain. Making change easy so you can squash stress with your pinky. All while restoring your youth and doubling your energy.

Learn More About Becoming Bad Ass After 40

Tank (Elea Faucheron)
Locale: Mount Pleasant, SC

Super Power: Has one speed & plows through anything without slowing down. . .ever!

After a 12-year adventure with Adam owning two Action Sports companies, Elea is now a certified Life Coach. Using her MOVE THINK SMILE technique, she specializes in helping entrepreneurs be more productive, navigate when overwhelmed and Bounce Back from Burnout.

Learn More About Curing Burnout & Move Think Smile.

Sleeper (Stephanie Keenan)
Locale: Mount Pleasant, SC

Super Power:  Fools competitors with her “smile” then blasts past them.

A Navy veteran and ex-fitness competitor, Stephanie stopped chasing skinny and started coaching. She now helps women get fit without sacrificing life with her programs SK-Fit and The AthELITE.

Learn More About The AthELITE

Beast (Stephen Siraco)
Locale: Mount Pleasant, SC

Super Power:Strong like Bull & Bear had baby.

Currently active Coast Guard & Spartan SGX Certified Trainer, Steve loves long walks down the beach. And if there isn't one around, he simply moves houses and makes his own beach.

Learn More About Training for Your Next Spartan Race

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