About ASCO Spartacus Dash
The ASCO Spartacus Dash was established by ASCO Equipment in 2012. It is Belton’s only obstacle course race that is held annually at Confederate Park and the course follows Nolan Creek. It is approximately 3 miles and is filled with over 15 challenging and fun obstacles designed by ASCO in Belton.
Our Core values
The Core Value of ASCO is to “Honor God.” Other values include:
To meet the values listed above, each ASCO Branch is challenged by ownership to create, organize and host a meaningful community event to raise money for a chosen charity.
When Branch Manager, Spencer Ridgway, opened the ASCO store in Belton, he and his six employees were determined to create a 5K
race in downtown Belton utilizing the hike and bike trail along Nolan Creek. The first year the ASCO Spartacus Dash was launched, only 14 people participated. Out of this disappointment and discouragement, birthed a new idea. With some encouragement from Kirsten and Larry Lancaster, owners of Pro-Fit Race Timing, Spencer and his wife Kristina, did not give up. They created a new 3 mile course filled with obstacles like hay bales, mud pits and rope swings across Nolan Creek. Once a year, the ASCO Spartacus Dash hosts hundreds of competitors of all ages and levels of fitness from across the region.
Employees nominate a charity each year. A companywide vote selects the winning charity. After the event, all the proceeds are sent to the charity. The ASCO Foundation matches each donor’s total gift up to $10,000.00. However, the total amount matched by ASCO Foundation from all donors will not exceed $500,000.00. In 2013, the chosen charity, Children’s Miracle Network, received $250,546 total from employee fund raising and ASCO matching funds. In 2014, A Soldier’s Child Foundation received a combined total of $262,708. ASCO’s goal to Grow Profitably, serves as a means to a more important end: To be a blessing to our Teammates, Customers, Communities and Stockholders.
WORDS FROM THE COMMUNITY
"ASCO Spartacus Dash is an exciting, locally established event that encourages community participation, while also helping to raise money for a different charity each year. All of the funds raised are then matched by the ASCO Foundation, which helps to bolster the strength of the fundraiser. The participants in the Spartacus Dash not only help to raise money for an amazing cause, but they also leave with a sense of accomplishment after defeating all of the obstacles. “If you take a look at the faces in the photos after the event, you'll see that joy, which is just one more reason we are proud to be a supporter!”
“As a long time runner, I have participated in many running and endurance events from 5K's to full Ironman triathlons. Participating in running has had a positive impact on my physical and mental health while providing a sense of community. I wanted a chance to give back to the community as it has poured so much meaning and fulfillment in my own life. The ASCO Spartacus Dash gives me the opportunity to provide a rewarding race day experience for others as they aim to reach their fitness goals.”
“This event is one of Belton’s ‘best-kept secrets.’ The obstacle course has less to do with achieving a personal best than basking in the mud-and-dirt days of childhood in a friendly, uplifting environment. It’s just a cool way to exercise, have fun with your friends, get dirty and have a good excuse for doing it. The time doesn't matter so much. It’s more for personal satisfaction, to challenge yourself a little bit.”
“I have competed and won in 2015, 2016, and 2017. In 2018 and 2019, I gave back by volunteering alongside the Race Crew. I offered race day support and shared my years of racing expertise with them regarding course set up and race day procedures. I return each year to participate or volunteer because it is a great race that supports local charities. Spencer and his ASCO crew have improved the race every year. This race is something unique. You can run a 5k or 10k almost every weekend in this area, but there is only one ASCO Spartacus Dash.”