253: Fran Martinez | No Suffering is too Great to Overcome


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Fran Martinez tragically lost his son to an undiagnosed illness when he was an infant. In the beginning, the pain seemed too much to bear. In the midst of this his marriage ended. He ran from life and friends. Loving friends brought him back to society, got him exercising, and eventually he found Spartan Race. He realized the obstacle course was a metaphor for life. The community, the exercise, and overcoming those obstacles worked a kind of healing magic on him. Now his mission is to bring that healing to others. He has started Proyecto Daniel in Spain and the “Hero’s Heat,” to build a community for parents (now over 3,000 strong), to come together knowing they are not alone and to realize how strong they really are!

Joe sat down with Fran at our Spartan World Championships in Morzine France for this powerful and moving interview.

LESSONS Obstacle courses are a metaphor for life You are not alone when going through tough times Let people love you


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TIME STAMPS 1:00 Interview begins with Fran & guest host/ translator Angel Sanz 2:00 losing his son 3:00 searching to push himself beyond the pain 4:00 wanting to “go” 5:00 his wife leaves him 6:00 friends pulling him out of depression 7:00 finding Spartan Race 7:30 Dukecannon.com break 9:30 letting other parents know they are not alone & are strong 10:40 the “Hero’s Heat” 12:30 letting people love you & loving yourself 14:00 Proyecto Daniel 14:45 Joe De Sena, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Nye & Johnny Waite discusses the interview

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CREDITS: Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc. Hosts: Joe De Sena, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Nye, Johnny Waite & guest translator Angel Sanz Synopsis – Sefra Alexandra | Seed Huntress Production Assistant - Andrea Hagarty

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