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Opinion: Your Mid-Life Bucket List – 14 Steps to Your First and Probably Last Obstacle Course Race

By |September 20th, 2017|

So why in the world would anybody choose to start OCR so late in life? Let’s do a Tough Mudder! It will be fun! Are you insane? In your craft brew-shrouded mid-life mind, you decide to do it anyway. Now that you’re locked in because all your friends and family are watching, what should you do?

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.

Opinion: Why Nobody Will Watch OCR on TV

By |August 8th, 2017|

With over 15,000 people attending the online game DOTA 2 championships this year and over 30,000 watching the CrossFit Games over the weekend at a time on live feeds. Why can't obstacle racing keep up?

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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: What’s Next for Spartan Race?

By |May 8th, 2017|

Five years ago Spartan Race became Reebok Spartan Race as the two companies entered into multi-year title sponsorship deal. At the time, the announcement was a major turning point for the entire obstacle racing industry, having a company rebrand with a major sponsor.

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: The Sternum Checker Needs to be Chucked

By |February 17th, 2017|

I am not going to assume that everyone reading this knows what the sternum checker is, so here are some photos. You’ll notice immediately that there is a wide variety of things called “sternum checker,” but this isn’t an op-ed about standardization of obstacles. Not yet anyways.

Opinion: What Makes a Spartan Racer?

By |January 20th, 2017|

Spartan Race is a physical and mental challenge. It is also a test of one’s character. The rules of Spartan Race are tough, but clear. No outside assistance. No cutting distance. Attempt every obstacle. If you fail an obstacle, do 30 burpees. Fail the burpees? Resign from the race. These clearly stated rules make the completion of the race an intense challenge, and victory a true accomplishment. This is no “fun run,” this is a test of your overall fortitude, and you pay to endure it.

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