Sam Brandt

Fit For Hope® Ambassador
circa 11.2018


Sam is the founder of The Optimistic Life, a platform for encouraging athletes to make the most of life through discipline, perseverance, and unwavering optimism.

As an ultra-runner, Spartan athlete, and all-around good dude, Sam exemplifies the spirit of getting fit for hope.




11.04.18 New York City Marathon 2:51:55
07.20.18 GoRuck Heavy Charlotte
11.12.17 Harrisburg Marathon 2:49:04
10.14.18 Desmond Doss Half Marathon 1:18:38

Upcoming Events

02.16.19 Holiday Lake 50K
03.23.19 Terrapin Mountain 50K
04.06.19 Umstead 100 Miler
04.29.19 Promise Land 50K
09.22.19 Morgantown Marathon
10.13.19 Chicago Marathon
TBD Groundstone 100 Miler
TBD Mountain Masochist Trail 50 Miler
TBD Hellgate 100K
Every big goal that’s ever been achieved has been multiple, small, tiny little steps that have accumulated into a big leap.
— Sam Brandt

Q&A with sam brandt

What does the phrase, “Get Fit For Hope,” mean to you?

Getting fit for hope means being in the best possible shape that you can be in to leverage your health to bring hope to others by racing and raising awareness for causes.

Why do you think athletes should leverage their fitness to help others?

They have a valuable platform and can use it to do good instead of indulging in selfish pleasures only to end up feeling empty inside.

How did you become an endurance athlete?

When I was a teenager, I always wanted to be able to run in miles how old I was.  At 17 years old, I set out and completed my longest run.  Then, in 2014, I grew a desire to go beyond marathons and completed my first 50k.  I am amused at what the body can do if the mind pushes it reach new heights. 

What has been the hardest hurdle to overcome in your fitness journey?

The hardest hurdle has been pushing through all of the pain until I get a second wind. 

What’s unique about endurance sports?

Endurance sports bring people from all shapes and sizes together to accomplish the same mission.  This is accomplished in athletic ability, but most importantly through mental capacity.

What’s unique about ultra-running?

Ultra-marathons are unique because it’s not about getting first place, it is about crossing the finish line and surviving.  Compared to other races, ultra-marathoning requires a lot of knowledge on nutrition and how to fuel your body effectively and efficiently.       

What do you love about being an endurance athlete?

I love testing my mental capacity and strengthening my body.  Most of all, I love the friends that I make on the trails and how the mission changes from speed to survival.

What, if anything, do you dislike about being an endurance athlete?

I don’t like being so sore and slow the day after.

How does your faith complement your pursuit of fitness? How does it contradict it?

It strengthens my faith because I have many miles to memorize verses while on the run.  I reflect on this verse as I run, “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:1b-2a).  Races on Sundays contradict my faith.

Why should most people (if not everyone) embrace sports or fitness of some kind? 

Fitness not only helps your focus, but keeps your body strengthened.  It teaches you discipline and how to push beyond the finish line.

Who are your role models?

My biggest role model is Marcus Luttrell, he is a Navy Seal who survived operation red wing and now hosts the Team Never Quit podcast.  Another role model of mine is David Platt, who pastors Mclean Bible Church. And my last role model is Nick Foles, Superbowl quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles.

What is your most important habit?

My most important habit is spending time daily reading my Bible and waking up six days a week at 4:30 in the morning.

What are you looking most forward to in being a Fit For Hope ambassador?

I am looking forward to sharing with others the opportunity to improve their fitness and make an impact to change lives through Fit For Hope.