Roads We've Traveled

Spartan Race

  • Obstacles on the Course and in Life Part Three: Off the Course

    January 19, 2017

    When the Race is Over… Spartan racing has had some unexpected but very positive side effects for the couple. They say they have always had a strong relationship, but training and racing together has made them even closer. “It cemented our relationship,” said Patti. There have been many times when Eric was her coach, her […]

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  • Obstacles on the Course and in Life Part Two: Beating the Beast

    January 12, 2017

    The Trifecta The Spartan “Trifecta” is a goal of many OCR racers. The Trifecta means completing three races whose names just seem to get more and more menacing: “The Sprint,” “The Super,” and “The Beast.” According to the official Spartan web page,, the Sprint is three-plus miles with 20 or more obstacles. Eric and […]

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  • Obstacles on the Course and in Life Part One: Knee Deep

    January 8, 2017

    MERRIMACK, NH – An obstacle course is usually associated with military training, not with something done for fun. And yet, a corner of Eric and Patti Pharo’s kitchen in Merrimack, NH, is covered in lists of schedules for obstacle course races and best times, medals, and inspirational quotes about community, and never, ever, giving up. […]

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