About Evan Perperis

Evan is a Conquer The Gauntlet Pro, NSCA-CPT, owner of Strength & Speed along with a Hammer Nutrition and Sinergy Sports sponsored athlete. In 2017 he finished 2nd in the 2+ Team Category at World's Toughest Mudder as part of Team Merrell, as well as finishing 1st or 2nd at every 24 hour OCR in the USA and top 10 at every 24 hr OCR in the world between NOV2016-NOV2017. With 30 overall OCR podium finishes, he captured his training techniques and strategies in his book, "Strength & Speed's Guide to Elite Obstacle Course Racing" (available from )
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Conquer Youth: The Future Starts Now

By |March 14th, 2018|

Conquer The Gauntlet is putting out the call for all Obstacle Course Race (OCR) athletes to help inspire the next generation of athletes, fight obesity and ensure our sport has a future. Recently, Conquer The Gauntlet announced they will be breaking ground again with an Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) series just for kids. Unlike some kids based OCR events, Conquer Youth is its own stand-alone series with seven events scheduled in 2018 throughout the Midwest.

Dirt Runner’s Final OCR Events in Marseilles, IL

By |March 12th, 2018|

DRX Games VII- Strength & Speed On March 24, 2018, Dirt Runner's permanent Obstacle Course Race (OCR) facility located in Marseilles, IL (just south-west of Chicago) will hold two more events at their current location.  You may have been there for one of Dirt Runner's frequent races or you may know the venue from BattleFrog Chicago (2016) or a former home to Spartan Race (pre-2015). 

Product Review: Merrell Trail (OCR) Shoe Line

By |March 8th, 2018|

Earlier this year I got to test all four different models of Merrell’s trail running shoe line. I’m pretty picky about my shoes so as usual, I was skeptical. When I shop for an Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) shoes I typically look in the trail running section but look for a couple of specific features including things like weight, ability to drain water, traction and fit.

Product Review: Frogskins Accessories: Gloves, Socks and Hood

By |February 22nd, 2018|

Although originally designed for water sports such as SCUBA diving and surfing, Frogskins is making a strong name for themselves in the world of endurance sports in harsh weather conditions.  Whether you are racing an Ultra-OCR this year, planning on doing some winter hunting or just live in a place with cold temperatures and don’t like freezing your butt off, pick up a pair of Frogskins so you don’t have to suffer the cold.

Product Review: Frogskins Top and Bottom

By |February 8th, 2018|

“I love Frogskins.” “You need a pair of Frogskins.”  “Obviously you own a pair of Frogskins right?”  All of these statements have been said to me in the past year.  So I finally relented and decided to test out a pair of the Australian based Frogskins designed by Probe Wetsuits since my friends would not stop mentioning them in conversations having to do with Ultra-Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) like Toughest Mudder, World’s Toughest Mudder and Spartan’s Ultra-Beast.

2018 Conquer The Gauntlet Pro Team

By |January 15th, 2018|

Conquer The Gauntlet (CTG) will have a Pro Team for the third year in a row in 2018, after a strong 2017 season.  Despite the series having a reduced racing schedule due growing families from the owners (read about it here, Family First at Conquer The Gauntlet), the Pro Team will still be racing year round, coast to coast and occasionally overseas.

Ultra-OCR Grand Slam Lessons Learned

By |December 5th, 2017|

I like pushing my limits and finding boundaries so in 2016 I set out for OCR America a 7 day, 7 venue, Ultra-OCR spanning from Vermont to Oklahoma (read about it here).  In 2017, I decided I would try for what I called the “Ultra-OCR Grand Slam”.  The plan was to do every 24 hour OCR In the world and not just finish but do well (either podium or top ten).

Leaving Las Vegas: Comparison of 2014-2017’s World’s Toughest Mudder

By |December 4th, 2017|

For the past three years, I’ve compared the course of the Las Vegas course for World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM).  After forgetting to write the article for the last couple of weeks, it finally dawned on me that I had not written one for this year.  This was, in fact, the last year in Vegas on the course we know as noted by land adjacent/on previous year's course undergoing construction. 

$5000 If You Can Win The Green Beret Challenge Championships

By |December 1st, 2017|

In 2018, Green Beret Challenge will host its first independent championship caliber race, that will test your mind, body, and spirit.  The format will be a 12-hour Adventure Ultra-OCR consisting of running an 8 mile fixed course loop requiring mandatory obstacle completion of the event’s 20 obstacles and six unique military-inspired endurance/mental challenges.

Success of Military Vets at World’s Toughest Mudder

By |November 17th, 2017|

Finishing up the weekend of World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM), which was also the same weekend as Veteran’s Day, I went to make an Instagram post highlighting both.  That’s when I realized the number of military veterans on the podium for WTM.

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