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Master's division competitive level OCR athlete and blogger

Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge – Season 2 Episode 3

By |June 27th, 2017|

Three things drove my interest in tonight’s episode. First, I started friending and following participants on FB. So now, rather than picking them randomly like I do in March Madness, I know a bit more about them. Second, I identify with some of them, especially team Kid Courage. As the father of two autistic sons, I get the struggle. But is it a driver to succeed?

Race Recap – Bonefrog NJ: Technical Obstacle Training

By |June 21st, 2017|

Almost one year to the date I started training my friend John for OCR. It was therapy for me as I recovered from ACL surgery. It was torture for John. He had no idea what to expect. Like many first-timers, he thought he knew. He felt like he was in shape. After all, we’d been [...]

Episode Recap – Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge Season 2 Episode 2

By |June 20th, 2017|

Our hosts wondered aloud if there were demons in this race. Perhaps not. But there were quite a few near-death experiences to help drive a few competitors to some very strong showing. Yet one girl from the Wall Street Warriors said, “You have to sacrifice everything for one another to win.” Personal sacrifice may make you a lot of money in the Manhattan Financial District, but teamwork makes you a winner on SUTC, demons or not.

Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge: Season 2 Episode 1

By |June 13th, 2017|

Before the race, I spent an hour reviewing the trailer and the team photos for the new season of Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge.  It felt like March Madness where I pick teams based on as little information as possible.  Turns out my initial assessments were wrong.  Apolo Ohno called it right.  This year's completion will require more teamwork than ever before.

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Race Recap – XX Race iMETTLE and Performance Assessment Intro

By |June 8th, 2017|

I turned our other bud Ed onto the iMETTLE gym in King of Prussia, PA. I’ve been training Ed on and off since he did the Citizen’s Bank Park Stadium Sprint last year. He’s hooked. He was an easy catch. He’s part of the reason why we thought Steve would be easy too. Steve lives really close to iMETTLE.

Race Recap – Memorial Beach Challenge 2017

By |May 31st, 2017|

Back in March I shared the upcoming Memorial Beach Challenge 2017 by interviewing one of the race founders, Mike Vaules. This 2+ mile OCR is all on the beach of Ocean City, NJ. The tide was high this morning so in some spots, the beach was very narrow due to severe storm erosion over the winter. But that funnel did not stop the 425 runners from doing this course. No. What stopped them was exactly what Vaules said to me back in March. The hardest obstacle here is the sand.


Spotlight on XX RACE at iMETTLE with Coach Jhoon Chang

By |April 27th, 2017|

Getting to the XX RACE at iMETTLE is just two turns off I-76 in King of Prussia, PA. Finding it is as easy as following your nose. A huge bakery fronts the shared building. For some unknown reason, I chose to follow the alluring scent up front instead of the three guys running towards the back where iMETTLE resides.

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Spotlight on Mike Vaules: Co-Founder of the Memorial Beach Challenge

By |March 20th, 2017|

About five years ago Mike Vaules and two of his colleagues attended a benefit gala for the Navy SEAL Foundation. There they met the 31 Heroes Project leaders who wanted another highly visible and fun event to raise funds. The three men, all residents of Ocean City, New Jersey, provided the obvious choice. Conduct a family-friendly obstacle course race challenge on the beach.

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Interview with James Schissler of South Jersey OCR

By |March 14th, 2017|

A lone sentinel stands guard over the sole surviving bastion of full-time OCR in the southern half of New Jersey. ABF Mud Run is a shell of its former self. Some moved to Texas. Others like myself are still out there rucking from place to place looking for a home base. Some moved to South Jersey OCR.

Spotlight: Philly Spartans

By |February 14th, 2017|

February 5, 2017. Alex, one of the founders of the Philly Spartans, beamed with pride in knowing that bit of history. He was mysteriously clad in Prussian blue. The other teammates groan, knowing another tough workout was about to begin.

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