CALDWELL — Ashley Heller is ranked in the top five in the world Spartan Race Series and second in the mountain series, she's having a banner year after becoming a member of the Spartan USA Team.
"For me a Spartan pro team is a regalia thing, it was a goal when I first started because I though oh this is really cool and I want to be a part of that coveted group," said Heller.
Heller used to run track for the College of Idaho and now works as a real estate agent alongside her husband and after doing their first Spartan Race together at the Boise Sprint, Heller finished first and then she started taking it more seriously.
"The whole idea is that you are conquering all of these obstacles and it is metaphorical in the sense you can apply that to the real world too," said Heller.
Heller trains in her own backyard with with a home made gym that allows her to practice the spear throw, work on her grip strength and flip semi truck tires, a Spartan has to have endurance but it also takes muscle and resolve to get through the obstacles.
Heller just finished second at the Montana Beast and this weekend she will head to Big Bear in California for another Beast that will have more than 5,000 feet of elevation on the course, Spartan Races get divided up into sprints, supers and beasts.
The Boise Spartan Sprint will happen in Payette on June 29 giving anyone who wants the chance to defeat one of the toughest race obstacle courses around, do you have what it takes to be a Spartan?
To see what Heller can do and to learn more about some of the obstacles on the Spartan Race check out the video.