Fire and grit collide on the racecourse when the world’s greatest athletes compete in the 2017 Reebok Spartan Race World Championship in Lake Tahoe, Calif. September 30 (#RoadToTahoe). The pinnacle event of the obstacle racing season will see a field of 500 elite athletes from more than 30 countries battling the mountainous terrain at Squaw Valley during the 12+ mile (20+ kilometer) Beast-style race. To qualify for the World Championship heat, men and women racers must finish in the top 5 at Spartan Races around the world during the 2017 qualifying season.
The official rules for Toughest Mudder have been announced! We have less than 40 days until the first event, so now we’re shaping up for the competitions. It’s time to look in detail at the prize structure and what they’re offering/requiring for Toughest and World’s Toughest this year. Let’s jump into it.
Marena Sport has officially partnered with both the Conquer The Gauntlet race series and their team, the Conquer The Gauntlet Pro Team. Marena Sport, formerly Athletics8, has been the go to compression gear for Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) athletes for the last couple of years and for a good reason. Their high-quality, USA made products provide the breathable protection and compression you need for endurance racing.
OCR News Weekly – Spartan Gets New Sponsors, Tough Mudder and CWSeed Series, Terrain Relay, Warrior Dash Kicks off Season and more
OCR News Weekly recaps the top news stories from around the obstacle racing industry. This week we talk about new sponsors for Spartan Race, Tough Mudder's series on CWSeed network and CW Special, Tough Mudder headed back to New Zealand with new partners, Terrain Races announces Terrain Relay, Warrior Dash kicks off their season, American Ninja Warrior makes casting calls and your top results from around the globe.
Yokohama Tire Corporation, a leading global tire manufacturer, has teamed up with Spartan Race, to highlight its GEOLANDAR® line of light truck tires. Yokohama signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement and is now the “Official Tire of the U.S. Spartan Race,” an exclusive branding designation at select obstacle course races across the U.S. in 2017, including the five Spartan Race U.S. Championship Series events that will air on NBC Sports Network and the 2017 Reebok World Championship on NBC.
Mud Run Guide has been battle-central over the last 2 weeks, as soon as The Pats (easily) ripped apart the Steel Curtain and The "Dirty Birds" squeezed the Cheeseheads, Chris and Brett have all but turned into bitter enemies. You see, Mr. Stewart hails from New England while Mr. Lewis makes his home in Atlanta. The tension is palpable, and conference calls have become verbal warfare with jabs from both sides - win or lose, things may never be the same again.
After 5 successful years putting on fun-filled, action-packed events across Canada, Mud Hero has established its first official charity partnership with Special Olympics Canada. Event participants at Mud Hero will have the opportunity to run in support of Special Olympics Canada, fundraise and collect pledges for the charity.
Last week, obstacle racing took one step closer to becoming an Olympic sport in the future. The Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM), the national federation for Modern Pentathlon announced that the board voted to add obstacle racing into the lazer-run event possibly as soon as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
It’s undeniable that while OCR has budded beautifully over the last decade, the younger population amongst those in attendance has been noticeably non-existent, to say the least. Sure, high school and college-aged kids might drop by to run a race one weekend with a group of their friends, but when it comes to the competitive side of things, things don’t get super serious until around the mid-twenty age range.