Faces at the Races

Many of you are probably aware that obstacle course racing (OCR) is the fastest growing sport in the world.  Several race series have already been featured on TV and nearly one hundred OCR training gyms have opened around the country.  Most of you probably know the top athletes who are battling for podium spots every week.  They get most of the media exposure, deservedly so, but what about the other 99% of racers made up of everyday athletes?  You know, the ones paying most of the registration fees for these races, buying products and training gear, spending their weekends traveling to race venues, etc.  No one seems to give them much attention…until now.

As a kid, I read the “Faces in the Crowd” section of Sports Illustrated where they wrote a paragraph about up-and-coming athletes in various sports.  I always thought how awesome it was that great athletes from minor sports finally got some recognition.  Now it’s time to do the same for the OCR community.

Mud Run Guide is proudly introducing a brand new series called Faces at the Races that focuses on the “other 99%” of racers.  Every week, we’ll conduct a new interview with racers from several different categories:

  • Up-and-coming Athletes
  • Weight loss  / Life-Change Success Stories
  • Motivating Parent, Siblings, Co-Workers
  • Passionate Supporters of the Sport of OCR
  • Youngsters Getting Involved in OCR & Mud Runs

We hope you enjoy Faces at the Races and feel free to nominate someone for the next feature by email now:

Jack Bauer

Bad Ass Kids of OCR – Drew Sherman

By |May 8th, 2019|

Meet Drew Sherman. She started her Spartan racing career at 7 years old and doesn't let her small stature doesn't impact her spirit, determination and training efforts.

Bad Ass Kids of OCR – Elliot Nickelson

By |May 15th, 2019|

Meet Elliot Nickelson. Elliot finds that her gymnastic conditioning training helps her stay strong and accomplish obstacles on course and has even started her own program to help kids with disabilities.

Bad Ass Kids of OCR – Hanah Zamko

By |May 1st, 2019|

After watching her dad push his limits, break barriers and accomplish some truly amazing goals, Hanah Zamko decided to join him in the mud and ran her first obstacle course race. Like most of us, she was hooked.

Bad Ass Kids of OCR – Nate Jones

By |April 24th, 2019|

Meet Nate Jones. At the age of 17, keeps his sights on his goals and trains hard to achieve them. He wants to show OCR race directors that kids are capable of more, and should be given the chance to prove it.

Bad Ass Kids of OCR – Kai To

By |April 17th, 2019|

Meet Kai To, a 10-year-old kid that loves to run, play and get dirty. At 7 years oldm Kai finished the full adult version of the Dooms Day Dash and has big plans for the future.

Bad Ass Kids of OCR – Braxton To

By |April 10th, 2019|

At 4 years old, Braxton To completed in his first OCR race and fell in love with the sport. Using his mother as his inspiration, Braxton is taking on more challenges and has completed his first 7.5km snowshoe run.

Bad Ass Kids of OCR – Rachel and Samuel Koehler

By |April 3rd, 2019|

Meet Rachel and Samuel Koehler. a brother-sister racing duo who currently reside in Georgia. Nothing stops these two from hitting their goals, incuding a rare condition called Achromatopsia, which has left Samuel visually impaired.

Faces at the Races – Jack Bauer

By |February 8th, 2016|

I ran Division I track/cross-country at the University of New Hampshire but quit after being burnt out from years of 60+ mile weeks. I didn’t run a race for almost 2 years before getting the urge to compete again. I signed up for my first obstacle course race a couple years ago and was instantly hooked. At 6’1”, 185 lbs, I was always that runner who liked lifting, so OCR fits perfectly with my build. OCR has also allowed me to pursue my two biggest passions: fitness and traveling. I visited 24 states in 2015, and most of them were made possible because there are races all over the country.

Faces at the Races – Dustin Radney

By |February 15th, 2016|

Name: Dustin Radney Age: 36 Resides in: Orlando, FL Occupation: Computer Engineer Favorite OCR Series: BattleFrog Favorite Obstacle: Platinum Rig Least Favorite Obstacle: Over/unders Ideal Race Distance: 10 miles 2016 OCR Goals: Podium at least one major OCR series Social Media: Feel free to reach out to me at About Me: I’ve played competitive sports my entire life but after college and upon entering [...]

Faces at the Races – Vivien Panganiban

By |February 22nd, 2016|

I’m a 35-year-old single mother of two children ages 3 and 5. I have two careers: I’ve worked for the Federal Government for over 15 years and also have my own Fitness/Life Coaching business as well. I use my past struggles with obesity (I’ve lost over 85lbs), depression, anxiety, low-self esteem, emotional/physical abuse, and the loss of 2 children at birth as a way to inspire others to “never give up” on themselves. I have used health & fitness as a way to transform my life both physically and mentally. OCR has been another avenue in which I am able to show others that “obstacles” are put in your way to see if what you want is really worth fighting for.

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