Lefty Kapanadze


DOB: 3/28/82
Residence: Falls Church, VA



Born and raised in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, Lefty Kapanadze battled with his health as a child.  Surviving sepsis, struggling with chronic bronchitis and frequent pneumonia, he never thought his life would change with running. His father was his coach and pushed him to the limits, but after running in Caucasus Mountains at 14, Lefty felt strength and powerful will to take back his health. He became a competitive swimmer, downhill mountain racer, semi-pro baseball player. Since running his first Spartan Race at Wintergreen, VA, OCR now runs in his veins.



Significant OCR Accomplishments

  • Podium at every Spartan Race distance: Stadium, Sprint, Super, Beast, Ultra

  • 1st place Elite Spartan Ultra Spartanburg, SC (2018)

  • First to represent Republic of Georgia at Spartan World Champs, 2017 and 2018



Fun Facts

  • Played semi-pro baseball for over 20 years.

  • Builds downhill mountain bikes as a hobby.

  • Never drunk in his life despite growing up in the “Cradle of Wine”, Georgia



Favorite Quote

“Anything is possible if you try. I want to try the impossible to show it can be done.” – Terrance Stanley Fox

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