Arnel Banawa of OCRTUBE.com headed to Georgia over the weekend to capture all the action of the latest Green Beret Challenge - Operators Course. Green Beret Challenge is a unique event that infuses challenges of the Green Berets and traditional obstacle racing elements. Mark Ballas the founder of Green Beret Challenge brings his experience as a Green Beret and expertise in event management to OCR continuing to put on a fan favorite event year after year.
Green Beret Challenge has been around since 2012 founded by Mark Ballas. Ballas, a former Green Beret wanted to bring some of his military experience to the masses. He launched his events with the Commando Team challenge, an 8+ mile event. Recently, Ballas added two new offerings from Green Beret Challenge with the Operator (individual race) and Behind Enemy Line 24-hour event.
It’s a new race season, and what better way to kick it off than by running a race that: I have never done before and at a venue that has never hosted an OCR before. Top that off with one of the top athletes in the sport being there and the venue also being the host of the upcoming US OCR Championship, you have a great recipe for a hell of a Saturday.
OCR News Weekly – Feb. 23, 2017 – Spartan Race Championships Go Global, American Ninja Warrior All-Stars, and Lunging for a Cause at Warrior Dash
OCR News Weekly recaps the top news stories from around the obstacle racing industry. This week, Spartan Race goes global with its championships, Ninja All-Stars airs on NBC, Lunging for a Cause at Warrior Dash, and your race results from around the globe.
Coming into the Green Beret Challenge (GBC) the only thing I knew about it was that there were a lot of heavy carries. I read up on it a bit, and it sounded like a fun event where the owner, Mark Ballas, and his band of merry men would try to give you a taste of team building; Special Forces style. This particular race took part deep in the backwoods of south central Missouri just on the outskirts of Ozark mountain country. As with a lot of the OCR event’s these days the venue itself was one of the biggest obstacles for the organizers who ended up spending much more time than planned prepping the trails.
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.
The United States is slowly picking up steam for the 2016 season as most of the country is still is the grips of old man winter. Over the weekend, two events took place in the US. BattleFrog Series dominated the west coast with its race outside of San Fransisco in the heart of wine country. Green Beret Challenge took on the urban environment over the weekend in Perry, Georgia with the Green Beret Challenge Urban Rescue.
The Green Beret Challenge is not a traditional Obstacle Course Race and surely not a Mud Run. If you’re looking for a bubble foam-fest color run, keep on looking. This is a true endurance test of your fitness, mental toughness, and ability to adapt in order to conquer the challenges as they are laid out before you.
“Are you ready for the suck?” was a question posed almost half a dozen times to me within the first 30 minutes of arriving to the venue at Fort Yargo State Park in North Georgia. As a solid obstacle racer I was thinking “yeah, yeah, I've heard this phrase all too often lately” but I must admit I was in for a rude awakening! The Special Ops Series Green Beret Challenge was an endurance event to test both the physical and mental strength of even the strongest competitors.