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Young Forsyth Spartan racer doesn’t let rare eye condition stop him from competing, winning
Samuel Koehler
Samuel Koehler, 11, participates in Spartan Races despite having a rare eye disease. Samuel hasn’t just raced competitively, he won his second competitive race and has reached the podium in all eight races he has been in so far this year.
Spartan Races, like the historical warriors they’re named after, are meant to be tough and can involve participants climbing ropes, running through mud, carrying sandbags and other challenges for athletes. For Forsyth County’s Koehler family, the races have become both a bonding activity and physical challenge, particularly for Samuel, 11, the youngest of three siblings, who has an extra obstacle to deal with over other racers.