Corn Fed Spartans... A History

The Beginning

In 2011 a couple of friends contacted one of the founders of Spartan Race, Joe Desena, to find out what it would take to get Spartan Race to bring a race to Indiana. Joe told them that if they could get 1,000 or more people to show interest in an Indiana race, Spartan Race would put it on the calendar for the 2012 schedule.

October 20, 2011 is when the team officially began taking shape. On October 26, 2011, the Corn Fed Spartans took to Facebook to try getting the word spread that we wanted a race in Indiana. But the team didn't start out with that name. In the early days, the team was known as the Corn Country Spartans.

The name Corn Country Spartans didn't last very long at all. It was quickly changed to the easily recognizable name that it is today – Corn Fed Spartans. Soon thereafter, the inevitable discussion began of “now that we're a team, we need shirts and a logo.”

The Iconic Logo


On November 18, 2011 a contest to come up with a logo was proposed. For a $5 entry fee, team members could submit their logo design. The only requirements were, “it needs to be associated with Corn Fed Spartans” and “we are wanting a Corn Cob that looks like a Spartan.” 

Several people drew what they thought the Corn Fed Spartans logo should look like and submitted their ideas to the group.

The team elected to go with what has become one of the most recognizable logos in the sport today!


First Spartan Race in Indiana



As a team, the Corn Fed Spartans were able to get the word out enough to show Spartan Race that they were going to be heard. By using the power of Facebook to network, team members were able to obtain all 1,000+ emails needed in order for Spartan Race to agree to open up pre-registration for an Indiana Spartan Race Sprint.

The date was set for the first ever Spartan Founders Race to be held in Laurel, IN on April 21, 2012. Over 4,000 people converged on the tiny town of Laurel on a very cold Indiana morning. It was a no thrills kind of race. Simply back to the basics. Relying on the terrain quite a bit, there were a lot of the “standard” Spartan Race obstacles missing. But that didn't make it any less tough.

Honoring Our Spartan Brother


  One of our Spartan brothers, Steve Skidmore, passed away while training for the 2012 Indiana Spartan Sprint. Upon finding out this horrible news, a team member contacted Joe Desena to see if we could have a memorial or a moment of silence in Steve's honor at the race. Joe went above and beyond that and purchased a 70 pound piece of Vermont marble and had it engraved with Steve's name and bib #1. In true Corn Fed fashion, the marble stone was carried through the entire course, so Steve could be there in some way and complete the course with the team. 

Milestones, Memorials and more


Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Celebrating our Growth Milestones

More Coming Soon

1000 Members 1000 Burpees - 7/2013

Over 400 Corn Fed Spartans Registered for Miller Park Spartan Sprint - 10/2013

2000 Members Burpee Challenge - 1/2014

Corn Fed 3000 Members "Black & Red Til I'm Dead" Challenge - 10/2014

Corn Fed Spartans 4000 Members Work Out Challenge - 5/2016

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Board of Directors

  • 2020: Mikey Beal, David Bruns, Laura Bruns, Sally Conover, Cliff Cunningham, Joe Orosz, Todd Trowbridge
  • 2019: Mikey Beal, David Bruns, Laura Bruns, Cliff Cunningham, Joe Orosz, Todd Trowbridge
  • 2018: Steve Barrientos, David Bruns, Cliff Cunningham, Laura Bruns, Dave Stephens, Jill Stephens, Todd Trowbridge
  • 2017: Steve Barrientos, David Bruns, Cliff Cunningham, Sandra Green, Mark Mckennett, Laura Bruns, Todd Trowbridge
  • 2016: David Bruns, Damien Cooper, Cliff Cunningham, Sandra Green, Rick Lagacy, Tracy Provence, Ande Wegner
  • 2015: David Bruns, Don Dolph, Herb Farver, Rick Lagacy, Joe Orosz, Tracy Provence, Ande Wegner
  • 2014: David Bruns, Damien Cooper, Rick Lagacy, Joe Orosz, John Shue, Ande Wegner

Forever in Our Hearts

2019 Corn Fed Spring 2500 Challenge

2019 Corn Fed Spring 2500 Challenge


Diane Case McCarl 6/13/1974 - 9/25/2015

Diane inspired an entire team and everyone she met to be stronger, never quit, and to LOVE always.  In her passing, Diane helped 55 lives by being an organ donor.

"If the essence of my being has caused a smile upon your face or a touch of joy within your heart. Then in Living - I have made my mark." - Thomas L. Odem Jr.

2019 Corn Fed Spring 2500 Challenge

2019 Corn Fed Spring 2500 Challenge

2019 Corn Fed Spring 2500 Challenge


  • 115 participants
  • 1,882 workouts
  • 155,985.58 points
  • over $2,000 raised for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago