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Master's division competitive level OCR athlete and blogger

Opinion: Why Nobody Will Watch OCR on TV

By |August 8th, 2017|

With over 15,000 people attending the online game DOTA 2 championships this year and over 30,000 watching the CrossFit Games over the weekend at a time on live feeds. Why can't obstacle racing keep up?

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Opinion: Who’s on First?

By |August 2nd, 2017|

Turns out I’m not the only one who is fed up with Spartan Race when it comes to who’s on first. Last few years, the elite men left the gate first. A short while later, the elite women took off. I watched each of the four championship series races this season and here’s the problem.

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Reebok All-Terrains: A Tale of Two Shoes

By |July 27th, 2017|

A long time ago at an obstacle course far, far away, I spotted a pair of shoes I’d only seen in pictures.  They almost looked alien in their bright red and yellow coloring.  They were the Reebok All-Terrains, OCR’s introduction to the specialized shoe for the budding sport.

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Episode Recap: Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge Season 2 Semi’s and Finale

By |July 26th, 2017|

NBC moved the semi-finals to Sunday night as a two-hour special. However, as many of you know by now, the program turned out to be the news as NBC producers chose to let NASCAR complete the final lap. Hopefully this was no indication of things to come as I finally got to watch the replay on

Episode Recap – Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge: Season 2 Episode 6 Quarter-Finals

By |July 18th, 2017|

Cue lovely stringed music and…a promise that bonds will grow stronger between team members, brothers, teams, and families. So whose bonds proved victorious? In heat 1 we had Saddle Up, Mathletes, and Ninjas. Heat 2 had the Better Halves, Kid Courage, and Stunt Junkies. In honor of the bond I have with my son who is a physics and math major, I went with the Mathletes in Heat 1. For the bond I have with my own autistic youngest son, I went with Kid Courage in Heat 2.

Episode Recap: Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge – Season 2 Episode 5

By |July 11th, 2017|

Tonight’s episode began the quarter-finals. The first heat teams included Heart of Texas, Commanding Officers, and Showtime. Heat two included Little Giants, Comeback Kids, and Strike a Pose. I’ve got the CO’s in heat one and the CKs and heat 2

Episode Recap – Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge: Season 2 Episode 4

By |July 5th, 2017|

Has Spartan or NBC or both stooped to the low level of drama instead of the sport?  I’ll just say that I called it first a week ago with the young lady participating despite having a brittle bone disease.  This week we allegedly had one, maybe two non-swimmers.  I have to pin this one on NBC and the producers for drama.

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Your Best Training Course May be a Playground

By |July 4th, 2017|

Back in the winter, Hubie Cushman messaged me with a huge opportunity. He wanted me to cover his Indian Mud Run event which occurred just two Saturdays ago. While fellow MRG blogger Keven Parrish got the scoop out in Conshocton, OH, I was wrapping up a family vacation scheduled nearly a year earlier. One of the highlights of the race, and the reason for my invite, was Larry Cooper and his Destroyer. It turns out, Indian Mud Run was a whole lot more than a playground race.

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Ocean City Local Gym and Fitness – Obstacles for the Memorial Beach Challenge

By |June 29th, 2017|

Last month I recapped the Memorial Beach Challenge race from Ocean City, NJ. One of the obstacle stations was built and manned by the team from Local Gym and Fitness. It was a triple threat obstacle with tires laid out on the sand for high knees followed by pull up bars capped off with a super low barbed wire crawl through the soft sand.

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?

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