Local woman competes in Spartan Race

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 05:11 PM.

Lofton says while the event did benefit some charities, she doesn't know which ones because what was important to her was first of all, to be with family, and second, to encourage her daughters to stay active and healthy.

"I don't love running, but I will," she said. "However, I do enjoy overcoming obstacles."

Being active and staying healthy has been a lifelong quest for Lofton, who says she has always been into fitness. She was a gymnast in her youth, and now teaches yoga, works out, and walks the beach as part of South Walton Turtle Watch.

Last year, she competed in a similar, but smaller scale event held in Niceville — the Emerald Coast Mud Run. She has already signed up to compete in this one again in May.

She heard about the Spartan from her brother who has done several and is hooked on them. The one in Charlotte had between 20 and 25 obstacles to conquer. If you failed to conquer an obstacle, you must do 30 burpies. Lofton said she failed two.

 "It was different in the Carolinas because of the clay dirt, which necessitated sliding down big hills of mud," she said. "Some areas were up to my knees, and some up to my waist in mud. You had to climb out of the mud pit and ring a bell, then slide down."

There were also several weight challenges and walls to climb that were 6-8 feet tall.

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