With the announcement of Tough Mudder jumping into the OCR TV world, it's time to take a step back and see what the networks are missing when it comes to obstacle competition shows, and we've uncovered a game-changer: Wonder Women.
Today the web is buzzing as American Ninja Warrior fans catch their first glimpse of the eighth season of the popular competition reality show on NBC draws near. The show premieres on Wednesday, June 1 8/7pm on NBC. American Ninja Warrior Season 8 follows hundreds of competitors as they test their skills on new obstacles in an attempt to join Isaac Caldiero as just the second person ever to win the $1 million grand prize.
This week, BattleFrog and Rugged Maniac ruled the East Coast, and an extremely wet & muddy Lone Star State played guest to thousands of dedicated Spartan Racers. World-wide, people came out in droves to challenge themselves at such amazing events like Vanderbijl South Africa’s Warrior Race, Valladolid Spain’s Farinato Race and one of the indisputable kings of pain, UK’s The Suffering. Devastating storms and historically-high flooding wrecked havoc on eastern Texas last week, causing the cancellation of Dirty Girl Mud Run in Houston and Dallas*. Despite many areas of the Spartan Race Houston venue being waterlogged, in the true Spartan spirit the race went on!
OCR superstar, American Ninja Warrior, Team Ninja Warrior, and Spartan Race elite competitor Rose Wetzel-Sinnett is featured in a new ad for Panasonic WINGS Wireless Sport Clip 3D Flex Headphones.
Today Clif Bar added a new member to their pro-team marking the first American obstacle racer on their roster of professional outdoor athletes. Rose Wetzel, the Spartan Pro-Team athlete, American Ninja Warrior competitor and all-around athletes joined their roster officially this morning.
If you are just joining us, I wrote an article last week about why I didn’t apply for the Spartan TV show (check it out here). The next day Rose Wetzel and Evan Dollard wrote a response (here). After reading my article again looking through Rose or Evan’s lens, I can easily see how they could interpret some of my statements as offensive.
Two days ago we published the article, Spartan Race OCR Competition TV Show or Just More Human Interest Drama?, written by contributor Evan Perperis. In the article, he noted the reasons he did not apply for the new Spartan Race competition reality show and also his doubts surrounding the focus on the show. The article spurred much discussion among the community. Two voices who have experience with competition reality television asked to voice their opinions regarding the article.
Another busy weekend in the world of OCR. Many took to social media over the weekend proclaiming that one race was possibly the hardest regular season OCR ever. That race was BattleFrog at the Mud, Guts, and Glory course over the weekend. As well high praises graced the web after the Spartan Races in both Asheville and Boston.
As a sports performance coach, usually the first question I get from a potential client is something like, “how can I get faster”, or “what can I do to get better?” My simplest answer to this question is “chase or be chased!” Let’s face it, all the training in the world is nothing without passion! The easiest way I know to bring out an athlete’s passion is competition.
The 2014 Warrior Dash World Championships women's race consisted of some of the best female obstacle course racers like Rose Wetzel, KK Stewart, and Cassidy Watton along with some of the best running talent in the US: Julia Webb, Renée Baillie, and Kimber Maddox. The hilly 5k course was a challenge at the extreme pace set by these ladies - check it out!