“I AM OCR” is a Mud Run Guide exclusive series featuring athletes from all walks of life. You can view the entire series here. Do you or a friend have a story the world should know? Just email us at and your story might be next!

How I Got into OCR: An Off-Season Tale

By |January 17th, 2018|

I signed up for my first Spartan Race in the fall of 2016 after a coach at my gym decided to get a team together. I had been working out pretty regularly for about a year after being away from exercise for a long time. I ran my first Broad Street Run in Philadelphia (10-miler) a few months earlier and was training for the upcoming Philadelphia Half Marathon,

I AM OCR: PD Fighter Style

By |December 11th, 2017|

My name is John Carmichael, and I am an athlete diagnosed with Parkinson’s. It does not define me, but it is now a part of my life. I am also a Bronze Star decorated Army Combat veteran and Licensed Practical Nurse. I was diagnosed in March of 2016 with Parkinson's disease, and my focus has primarily been endurance bicycling to control my symptoms and manage my disease.

From Disability to OCR: Troy Giesbrecht

By |March 6th, 2017|

Troy Giesbrecht has been a long-time friend and member of my family since I met my husband 11 years ago. I never understood truly what he went through to get from where he was in life, to where he is today, but I’m truly inspired. This man has taken basically a sentence to be another statistic to showing the world that you can turn your life around.

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.

Profile: Jonathan Lopez of Operation Enduring Warrior

By |January 2nd, 2017|

My first introduction to Jonathan Lopez was at the dinner before the 2016 Operation Enduring Warrior takeover of the Spartan Ft. Bragg Sprint. I had spoken to OEW VP of communications, Kelly Farmer prior to the event and asked her to pair me with one of the many incredible adaptive athletes that would be there, so I could follow their story. She did not hesitate when she suggested Jonathan.

I Am OCR: Juan Carlos Obando

By |October 24th, 2016|

My name is Juan Carlos Obando, I am 42 years old from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and I am an OCR. I started doing OCR more than 5 years ago but got more serious about my sport about 3 years ago. Like many of us in the OCR community I have had many struggles, and many ups & downs, but my love for competing, my love for training is what lifted me every time.

We are OCR – VanCity OCR

By |October 11th, 2016|

VanCity OCR is the brainchild of the husband and wife team, John and Allison Tai. The VanCity OCR group is local to Vancouver, B.C. Canada but its members are from all areas of the lower mainland, so it is not super restricted or inclusive, all are welcome. Not only do John and Allison race themselves, but they coach, train, motivate and inspire through their Spartan SGX workouts and other training. They are never too busy to answer a quick question or calm a fear you might have about a race or other challenge you want to tackle.

Vanessa Letts: Obstacle Racing “Adult Gap Year”

By |June 23rd, 2016|

My love for obstacle racing started in 2012 after doing an 8k mud run with friends in my hometown of Perth, Western Australia. I loved the mud and the atmosphere at the event, but the feeling of accomplishment after completing each obstacle was what left me wanting more. Obstacle racing helped me combat the stresses of my office job as it gave me an outlet to release my frustrations.

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Utah OCR Racer Changing Lives Through Motivational Example

By |May 19th, 2016|

There are very few people willing to spend hard earned cash and dedicate countless hours to physical training, with the level of enthusiasm that Mark Petersen does. This guy never quits. In fact, that’s his personal life motto. Mark Petersen does exactly what he says he will do. He loves to face conflict head on. He learns from his defeats and enjoys his victories. It is clear why Obstacle Course Racing is his sport of choice.

I AM OCR: Granny Gale

By |October 22nd, 2015|

Yep-this 53-year old grandma does get dirty. I guess you could say I’m a late bloomer… By years’ end, I will have completed my 100th career race…

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