Are You Tough Enough to Handle This Fire?

Crawling under rows of barbed wire, slogging through a mud-filled gully, scaling a 10-foot wall, and, yes, leaping over blazing pits of fire…this week’s #FiredUpFriday post shines a spotlight on CEL executive director Ed Glassman. For those who experience his passion for entrepreneurship in the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership daily, it will come as no surprise that Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) is one of Ed’s many fitness outlets. But, what many don’t know is how deep—and high, and hot, hot, hot—this side hustle runs! He started OCR just about 10 years ago and as Ed explains, it is the perfect solution for his love of outdoor adventures and fitness focus. A decade later he has logged over 30 races—Tough Mutters, Spartan Beasts, Spartan Supers, as well as Spartan Sprints. (For the uninitiated: “Spartan is the global leader in obstacle course racing and an extreme wellness platform helping humans become UNBREAKABLE.”) While many of the races he participates in are individual events—in which he modestly acknowledges impressive stats—many are also very much team events. “Helping people to persevere, push through, and challenge themselves is what it’s all about for me,” says Ed. “It’s part of the ethos that I bring to SCH every day.”

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Our 2021-22 social media campaign, Fired Up Fridays, pays tribute to the message engraved in the stone mantelpiece above the fireplace in the Henry Library that reads: “Kyndle yr awne ffyre” (Kindle Your Own Fire). Each Friday we will shine a light on members of the school community whose passion runs deep for a particular interest, activity, class, or hobby. #FiredUpFridays posts on Insta and Facebook, so be sure to follow along! 

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