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May 30, 2014

Mud, sweat and tears: Spartan Race toughens bond between Live Oak man and best buddy (+ Video)

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There’s a great feeling that comes with finishing a race. There is an even greater feeling that comes with crossing a finish line knowing a person has defeated the odds and done the unthinkable. For Sean Hall, 22, of Tampa, that day came April 12, 2014, with the help of Live Oak native Tripp Prevatt.

Prevatt was born on June 16, 1992, to Jimmy and Christi Prevatt of Live Oak. He is the younger sibling of two sisters, Katie and Jenny.

Prevatt graduated from Suwannee High School and is continuing his education at the University of North Florida. 

While attending UNF, Prevatt became friends with Hall, who has cerebral palsy. Prevatt met him through the “Best Buddies” program at the university which is designed to partner people with disabilities with those who are independent. 

“Basically, you become best friends with them for an entire school year and you do everything together,” Prevatt said. “Although it’s supposed to be for the school year, if you make a friend, you make a friend for life.”

Prevatt and Hall live approximately 30 yards from each other and have become best friends over time. 

“We do just about everything together. We hang out at the apartment, go bowling, grab dinner, work out, and just chill and relax,” Prevatt said. 

When describing Hall’s character, Prevatt described him as selfless and strong-willed, despite his disability.

“Sean is very sarcastic,” Prevatt said. “He is a very intricate person; very kind-hearted; selfless and strong-willed.”

Hall said it’s rare you find Prevatt being serious.

“He is always cracking jokes,” Hall laughed. “He is rarely serious. He’s like the best friend I’ve never had before.” 

In 2011, Prevatt was introduced to Spartan Races and developed a passion for the competition, which requires a lot of mental and physical skills. 

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