When I was asked to test the Salomon Fellraiser, I was a little giddy with excitement; I grew up skiing and have always been enamored with the Salomon brand for outdoor gear of any type. On top of that, the shoes looked impressive with all those gnarly treads and just screamed DOMINATE OCRS to me.
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When you hear “5k” and “A dozen obstacles” you may be thinking you’re in for a 3.1 mile race strewn with obstacles… and you’d be way off the mark. Sure, you can approach the ROC course like it’s a Spartan Race and run as fast as you’d like (I did) to get through each of the amazingly fun obstacles as quickly as you can (and do 30 burpees for every one you failed, but I succeeded at ‘em all) only to find out… you missed the whole point of this race. Yeah, I was that idiot who PR’d an un-timed race! Well, that may be mostly true, but I enjoyed the heck out of 11 of the 12 obstacles and saw thousands of people around me having a good time.
A couple days before Run For Your Lives was scheduled to take place in (some little town you need an updated GPS to find in) Arizona, Run For Your Lives broke rule #1 and by all accounts, #2 as well. Over 2200 zombies and runners signed up and paid to take part in this event, some even coughing up over $100 for entry – only to be greeted by a “We’re sorry but…” email less than 72 hours before the event. When the email says “Contact your bank for a refund…” they are essentially saying “We’re not refunding your money, so good luck trying to get it back from your bank.” They broke rule #3 too, but we’ll get to that in a minute; let’s start with some positive stuff first: