Jared Bandy (AKA #NeverSettleNinja) from season 8 of American Ninja Warrior has set out to bring not only the Ninja Warrior but the OCR lifestyle to his small Texas community through the launch of the Weekend Warrior Campaign.
Those other fifty weeks are the reason that the small independent obstacle race series are critical to the longevity of obstacle racing in North America and beyond. FIT Challenge in Cumberland, Rhode Island is one such event filling the gaps for the obstacle racing enthusiast. The event started in by OCR enthusiast Robb McCoy has continued to be a premier event in New England.
The world needs more obstacle course races, lots more. The world would be a better place. More OCR’s means more people off the couch each weekend – helping each other, making friends, challenging themselves, and being healthier. Charles Bailey shares my opinion and has decided to do something about it by starting his own OCR in the Raleigh, NC area in the spring of 2017.
Green Beret Challenge has continued to be one of the best-rated OCR companies on Mud Run Guide according to readers. The small company has quickly made a name for itself and reputation for quality well-produced events. On Friday, Mark Ballas the founder of the race organization announced a new 24-hour event in the companies lineup called Behind Enemy Lines.
BoldrDash is known as one of the great local race series in the northeastern United States. Lynn Hall the series founder and race director said BoldrDash, the Bold stands for Boldly Overcoming Limitations with Determination, first came up with the idea for her race series in the back of her car after taking about 50 people for the first Spartan Race in Amesbury in 2010. She took that idea and ran with it, holding the first BoldrDash in Rhode Island at Yawgoo Valley Ski Area in Exeter on August 13, 2011. Since that time the series has grown to be a staple race in the northeast. Lynn Hall took the time to answer some questions to get to know BoldrDash better.
When Milla Star Bizzotto takes to the starting line on Friday, she is sure to stand out from the rest of the female competition. This 9-year old is taking up the challenge this weekend at BFX24 with her father Christian Bizzotto. While most of Milla's peers are mostly interested in video games and selfies, she has taken up a different cause. Milla is leading a movement called #InspirationForTheiPadGeneration and her goal is to inspire her peers to get out and get active.
BattleFrog Series, BFX24 is only days away. The race series is prepped for their first 24-hour event this weekend outside of Miami, Florida. On Friday afternoon racers will toe the line of this five-mile course, that was designed by OCR superstar Ryan Atkins. The course features twenty-six obstacles for competitors to navigate through. Yesterday, Mud Run Guide featured the top women to watch in the race, today we shift our focus to the men's race.
The Race Spotlight Series continues this weekend with a New England staple, F.I.T. Challenge. F.I.T. or Fortitude, Integrity and Toughness Challenge held it's first event in 2013 at the Cracker Barrel Fairgrounds in Wrenthem, Mass. We sat down with race director and owner of F.I.T. Challenge, Robb McCoy to learn more about the event.
The obstacle racing season is starting to kick it back into high gear with many of the high profile series beginning their seasons as we round out the month of January. Mud Run Guide has members of our team traveling around the country and world to cover many of these races. The highlights of the coming weekend are Spartan Race kicking off their season outside Temecula, California, BattleFrog Series with their second race of the season outside Phoenix, Arizona.
Our race spotlight this week focuses on 5K Foam Fest Canada, they first entered the obstacle racing and mud run market in 2014. Their first event was held in London, Ontario at Boler Mountain. While many remember 5K Foam Fest from the US going under the Canadian series has been going strong for years and has continued to grow. We spoke with Jesse Fulton of 365 Sports Canada, the company which runs 5K Foam Fest Canada, to find out more about the event and successes.