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OP-ED: Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) in 2018 – Part 1 – The Past & Building an Audience

By |September 5th, 2018|

Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) is still a very young sport, trying to find its way through a labyrinth of challenges to take its place in the wide world of sports. This is not the first time we've looked at where the sport is currently and where it appears to be going.

Training Tuesday: OCR etiquette – How to Show Good Manners On and Off the Course

By |November 14th, 2017|

Have you ever wondered how you should behave at an obstacle course race to not embarrass yourself? Or do you just forget about etiquette and act like a caveman? If so, here are my personal 10 unofficial rules of OCR etiquette to show good manners on and off the course.

Mud, Sweat, Volunteer!!

By |October 23rd, 2017|

After running many varied races from New York to South Carolina, I started to factor in expenses while traveling. So, while searching race websites, I noticed a volunteer section. Bingo! I can volunteer at races. I can either volunteer first and then run the race, race then volunteer, or simply use a free race credit or discount to run a future race.

Opinion: Who is Going to Win in Tahoe? The Men

By |September 27th, 2017|

On the heels of the Spartan Race World Championships Men to Watch, I wanted to weigh in on how things could shake out on Saturday. This year will be the last of 3 consecutive SRWCs held at the beautiful and epic Lake Tahoe venue.

Opinion: Why People Love OCR and Why Others are Taking a Step Back

By |September 14th, 2017|

I have often wondered why people are getting into the OCR sport, or why those that used to love it and did as many races as possible, are now stepping away from the sport or retiring.

OCR Training with an Unlimited Budget: The People

By |August 31st, 2017|

Obstacle Course Race (OCR) training and racing can be expensive, there is no question there.But what if…you had an unlimited budget to spend on OCR?  What would your training look like if the cost was not a concern?  Here is my take on what OCR training looks like with an unlimited budget.

  • Spartan Race Asheville 2017 Women's Podium

Opinion: Who’s on First?

By |August 2nd, 2017|

Turns out I’m not the only one who is fed up with Spartan Race when it comes to who’s on first. Last few years, the elite men left the gate first. A short while later, the elite women took off. I watched each of the four championship series races this season and here’s the problem.

Opinion: The Olympics…or Maybe the X Games First

By |June 6th, 2017|

Let’s face it; our sport as it currently exists does not fit the Olympic mold. The courses, the obstacles, and the events have too much variation. There are distances from 1 mile to 24 hours and courses that have obstacles which are essentially glorified speed bumps to those with a 98% fail rate. The sport as it currently exists will never be in the Olympics, although a variation could be with standardized distances

Opinion: Spartan Live Feed – A Giant Leap Forward

By |April 24th, 2017|

Over the weekend, myself like many in the obstacle racing world turned their computers on for the first Spartan U.S. Championship Race. For the week leading up to the event, Spartan Race promoted the live coverage of the event on YouTube, Facebook, and Spartan.com. Many wondered what the coverage would look like and how it would be received my the often fickle obstacle racing audience.

Opinion: Do Championships Need to Move?

By |January 27th, 2017|

2017’s OCR Championships line-up is scheduled to be the same. World’s Toughest Mudder will be in Las Vegas for its fourth year, Spartan Race in Tahoe for its third year and OCR World Championship in Blue Mountain Canada for its second year. While some were ecstatic at the news, others seemed disappointed hoping for a new venue. I even heard several “Well it has to move overseas otherwise it is not a real world championship” and "They need to change locations next year."

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