For the team at Colorado Obstacle Racers; the night of February 24th, 2017 changed their world. Three of their team; Kym Butcher, Elizabeth Rotter and Corrina Vaden had made the last second decision to head to Arizona for the Spartan Race weekend. Corrina was driving while Kym and Elizabeth had been stretched out in the back seat.
It’s another month, so there’s another announcement about the exciting new things that are going on the in Tough Mudder world! At some point, we’d expect the dust to settle on all these new race formats, opportunities for competition and the format for World’s Toughest Mudder, but for now, we will continue drinking from the fire-hose of excitement!
DICK'S Sporting Goods is getting into the obstacle racing game with new compression brand Second Skin. Second Skin is designed for high-intensity athletes including obstacle course racer. The brand will be exclusively available at online and in-store at DICK'S Sporting Goods. Additionally, Hunter McIntyre and Corinna Coffin have signed on as an athlete with Second Skin to promote this new line of gear.
This weekend Spartan Race kicks off their U.S. Championship series outside of Seattle, Washington. The U.S. Championship Series is part of the road to the Reebok Spartan Race World Championships in Lake Tahoe, California this fall. This year in addition to filmed for NBC Sports, Spartan Race will be hosting live coverage of the event on their Facebook, YouTube, and Spartan.com website during the race Saturday.
MuckFest MS announced a new national sponsor for 2017 with AbbVie signing onto the national mud run series. AbbVie is a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company formed in 2013 following separation from Abbott Laboratories. The company's mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to develop and market advanced therapies that address some of the world's most complex and serious diseases.
Recently, an announcement from one of the staff at Spartan Race caught fire among the largest community groups online. The announcement was a shift in policy for volunteers. This announcement has caused a stir in OCR communities across the country. We have more from Spartan Race.
Yesterday afternoon Hobie Call announced on the Spartan Race Facebook Page live that he joined the Spartan Race Pro-Team for 2017. In the announcement, he stated this will be his last year of competitive racing and plans to win all the NBC Spartan Races this year. He sat down with Mud Run Guide to give his first public interview since the announcement yesterday.
BONEFROG is extending their SEAL-designed, developed, & operated challenges with their new 8-hour BONEFROG: Endurance option. Competitors will begin by completing TIER-1, an 11+ mile circuit of the 8+ CHALLENGE course and the 3+ mile SPRINT course. From there, BONEFROG: Endurance athletes will complete as many SPRINT laps until the 8 hour time limit runs out - or their bodies do!
The Wolfpack Ninja Tour kicks off at the end of the month in Denver, Colorado. Evan Dollard, longtime ninja athlete, Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge Season 1 commentator, and founder of Ninja Quickie will be acting as Emcee for the event. Evan sat down with Mud Run Guide to talk about the upcoming event, offering advice and what he is most looking forward to at the event.
Over the weekend, several Obstacle Course Racing Associations from around Europe came together to meet in Sardinia to form the European Obstacle Sports Federation. This is the beginning of establishing a European sports governing body for OCR and related sports. During the meeting, a constitution was drafted and signed by eight associations.