In college Lea moved on to longer distances and got hooked on the ‘runner’s high’. In early 2012, Lea saw a flier for a Spartan obstacle course race and decided to test her dedication to cross training. After ten miles of massive hills, barbed wire, freezing water and assorted obstacles, she was hooked big time! She ran hard and finished 5th among the elite female runners. That was the beginning of Lea’s Obstacle Course Racing career.
Since then Lea has participated in numerous races with five 1st place finishes and twelve top 10 finishes. For the past four years, Lea has participated in the World’s Toughest Mudder, an absolutely brutal 24-hour obstacle course race that attracts many of the world’s best racers. With a nearly 70% drop out rate, it’s an epic challenge that requires running, climbing, swimming, diving, rappelling and more. Lea’s best finish so far is 6th place and she may be seeing the start line WTM once again this year. Fifth time’s a charm.".