Avoiding Burnout During the OCR Season

By |January 8th, 2018|

Athlete burnout is very common in the world of obstacle course racing. With events taking place year round, there is often not enough time to step away from the sport to decompress and refocus. As we begin the new year and a new race season, let's take a moment to look at the risk factors for burnout and develop a plan of action in the event you experience any of these symptoms.

Spartan Race Introduces Spartan Ultra Events to Replace Ultra Beast

By |January 5th, 2018|

The Ultra Beast was first introduced by Spartan Race in 2012 at Killington, Vermont. Instead of just one lap on the famed beast course, competitors completed two laps in one day. The Ultra Beast has become a defining option in obstacle racing for the endurance enthusiast. In 2018, the Spartan Race Ultra Beast has been rebranded as simply the Spartan Race Ultra. This new designation places the Spartan Race Ultra in its own category, giving the race its own identity. 

The OCR Beast Grip Strength Challenge: Do You Even Hang?

By |December 21st, 2017|

If you haven’t tended to sore hands, massaged burning forearms or checked Instagram in December, you probably haven’t heard of one of the most grueling training challenges proposed to OCR enthusiasts. The brainchild of OCR Beast founder and coach, “Spartan” Spencer Mahoney, the Dead Hang Challenge focuses on developing improved grip strength and of course, those epic “Popeye forearms.”

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Training Tuesday: Bucket Carry

By |December 19th, 2017|

Today for Training Tuesday we focus on the bucket carry. The bucket carry is a staple of any Spartan Race. While the bucket carry is simple enough, you fill the bucket and carry it wherever the course directs.

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Training Tuesday: Muddy Rope Climbs

By |December 5th, 2017|

Joe Di of Spartan Race brings us through how to get through a muddy rope climb at a Spartan Race or other obstacle race. Rope climb is one of the most common obstacles and with these tips climbing even a muddy rope can get a little easier.

Race Recap: Spartan Race Super at Mountain Creek Resort 2017

By |November 13th, 2017|

partan Race held a Super at Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, New Jersey this past Saturday.  The Elite and Competitive waves began with temperatures in the mid-30s.  Spartans were decked out in extra layers in preparation for the cold temperatures.  The course was just under 9 miles in length, featuring 25 obstacles well placed on the course.

Race Recap: Spartan Race Tri State Super

By |November 10th, 2017|

In March I started my 2017 OCR season freezing my butt off at Greek Peak doing a Spartan Race Sprint in 10 degrees with the ground covered in ice and this past weekend I saw it come to an end in Vernon New Jersey at the Spartan Race Super amongst the beautiful changing leaves. If there is one thing  I learned I’ll need to do if I plan on continuing to race (which I do) I may want to consider investing in some climbing gear and incorporate it into my training.

Spartan Race Forges New Partnership with 24-Hour Fitness

By |November 7th, 2017|

Today, Spartan Race announced it has teamed up with one of the largest fitness clubs in the industry offering integrated training and race experiences for obstacle course racers and fitness enthusiasts. The two companies entered into a multi-year agreement offering a fully integrated partnership.

We Don’t Whine, Kids Whine.

By |November 3rd, 2017|

If you’ve ever run a Tough Mudder, you know its credo is recited before each race. My favorite line from that inspirational speech goes a little something like, “I don’t whine. Kids whine.”

Race Recap: Spartan Race Big Bear Debut

By |November 2nd, 2017|

Hopes were high for the first Spartan Beast held at Snow Summit in Big Bear, California, literally. The 4,000 feet of elevation gain in 12.2 miles did not disappoint. Well, it actually did disappoint a few competitors, who suffered the elevation, dust and tricky technical terrain.

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