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About John W

John is a writer and photojournalist based in Homestead, Florida. A nature photographer and silver-haired obstacle course racer (OCR)...and we use the term "racer" quite loosely here. Through his writing and photography, he shares his love of OCR, health, fitness and nutrition as well as his love for science, nature, astronomy, space, the environment and our National Parks.

Race Recap: Central FL Spartan Beast 2018

By |January 10th, 2019|

You couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather for the Central Florida Spartan Beast, the last US Spartan Race of 2018. Hear more about Crew Member John Wall's experience with the Spartan Beast Course.

Race Recap: Parkland Soldier Rush 2018 – A Community Race

By |December 31st, 2018|

I’ve only done a handful of local races, meaning races that are annual or semi-annual events, not put on by the national race promoters. This one was different though. The Parkland Soldier Rush was very much what I would call a hyper-local race, a community race which had the feel of a community get together [...]

Wanna Race For Free? Its Fun and Easy…Just Sign Here!

By |December 18th, 2018|

Most people probably think this is how it goes when we cover races for an Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) magazine like Mud Run Guide (MRG). I’m also convinced that more than a few race promoters think the same thing. It reminds me of a story I wrote years ago.

OP-ED: Obstacle Course Racing in 2018 – Part 4 – Is OCR a True Sport?

By |November 9th, 2018|

Merriam-Webster defines a sport as "a contest or game in which people do certain physical activities according to a specific set of rules and compete against each other". They also describe it in general as "a physical activity (such as hunting, fishing, running, swimming, etc.) that is done for enjoyment." In the broader sense then, obstacle course racing (OCR) is obviously a physical activity…hence a sport.

OP-ED: OCR in 2018 – Part 3 – Is CrossFit Coming for Obstacle Course Racing?

By |October 29th, 2018|

The past decade has seen incredible growth in extreme physical challenge events. In addition to our beloved Obstacle Course Racing, there’s made-for-television American Ninja Warrior and the oddly mesmerizing CrossFit Games.

Op-Ed: Obstacle Course Racing in 2018 – Part 2 – Pleasing Everyone

By |September 20th, 2018|

Making Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) financially feasible is no easy task. It takes an enormous amount of money just to open the gates for a major race. To cover the high fixed costs of putting on an event, race promoters look to attract more participants to each venue. But while attracting new racers to OCR is necessary for growth, both as a sport and for the individual promoter, they also face the continuing challenge of creating an event that challenges the more experienced or elite athletes while not discouraging the amateurs or first-timers.

OP-ED: Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) in 2018 – Part 1 – The Past & Building an Audience

By |September 5th, 2018|

Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) is still a very young sport, trying to find its way through a labyrinth of challenges to take its place in the wide world of sports. This is not the first time we've looked at where the sport is currently and where it appears to be going.

Race Review: Tough Mudder Miami

By |April 16th, 2018|

While everyone else in the country is talking about gearing up for 2018, it’s odd to say that the Tough Mudder Miami would be my last race of this season.  Well, the last race of the Spring season.  Of course, we have a Fall season, but no major races in the summer.  So it’s no surprise that I was looking forward to this race, my longest event this year and my first Tough Mudder (TM) since 2015. 

Recap: Terrain Race Miami 2018

By |March 19th, 2018|

It was St Patty’s Day with the holiday an enthusiastic crowd gathered at Terrain Race. Many participants sported costumes in honor of the holiday, something that you don’t see as much of anymore.  There were also lots of volunteers at registration and in the festival area, which is always a good sign.  And of course, there was music!  Whatever else a race does, the music makes the atmosphere.

Spartan Sprint Miami 2018 – Back at Amelia Earhart

By |March 1st, 2018|

I was excited to be back out there finally and looking forward to another race at Amelia Earhart Park, which now seems to be the go-to venue here in Miami. Initially my thoughts went to the opportunity of being able to compare race promoters on an even scale. What kind of race could they put on using the same exact terrain as other promoters? That doesn’t happen very often in OCR. However, it was clear from the beginning that Spartan Race wasn’t just playing against the rest of the OCR field, they were upping their game from their last visit here.

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