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OCR News Weekly – Feb. 23, 2017 – Spartan Race Championships Go Global, American Ninja Warrior All-Stars, and Lunging for a Cause at Warrior Dash

By |February 23rd, 2017|

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.

Badass Women of OCR: Missy Morris

By |February 22nd, 2017|

Not everyone that is part of the racing community is tearing up the course each event. There are plenty of people behind the scenes that have raced and now are working on making each event the best it can be. Happy racers equal repeat customers, and Missy takes great care to ensure that everyone in the festival area post-race has the best time possible. Missy or “Mamma” as she is known has had quite the career within the OCR community.

Spartan Race Announces Global Championship Series

By |February 16th, 2017|

Fire and grit collide on the racecourse when the world’s greatest athletes compete in the 2017 Reebok Spartan Race World Championship in Lake Tahoe, Calif. September 30 (#RoadToTahoe). The pinnacle event of the obstacle racing season will see a field of 500 elite athletes from more than 30 countries battling the mountainous terrain at Squaw Valley during the 12+ mile (20+ kilometer) Beast-style race. To qualify for the World Championship heat, men and women racers must finish in the top 5 at Spartan Races around the world during the 2017 qualifying season.

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OCR News Weekly – Feb-16-2017 – Toughest Mudder Rule Changes, Spartan Race AGOGE, Urban Trials Takes Over BattleFrog Social Media and Your Race Results

By |February 16th, 2017|

OCR News Weekly recaps the top news stories from around the obstacle racing industry. This week, Tough Mudder makes changes to Toughest Mudder rules, Marena Sports partners with Conquer the Gauntlet, The Urban Trails acquires BattleFrog Social channels, Spartan Race’s AGOGE 004, and race results from around the globe.

OPINION: Talking Toughness

By |February 16th, 2017|

January 2017 marked the end of an era as the Tough Guy Race in the UK put on its last event. In reading about it and watching videos I began thinking about the idea of “Toughness” and how this notion of being “tough” or at least trying to teach this attribute has actually spawned the entire industry of obstacle racing (OCR). In fact, this belief that an OCR is basically a sport of suffering is eloquently described in detail in Scott Keneally’s documentary Rise of the Sufferfests. Tough Mudder has doubled, actually quadrupled down on this idea with their creation of the Tougher Mudder, Toughest Mudder, and the World’s Toughest Mudder events. The question is what does it really mean to be “tough”?

Southern California 12-Hour Hurricane Heat Race Recap: We like it long and heavy

By |February 9th, 2017|

Recently the Spartan Race season got underway with a series of 4 events in Lake Elsinore, California: a Saturday Super, the 100th Hurricane Heat, the 27th 12-Hour Hurricane Heat, and a Sunday Sprint. As an avid endurance athlete, I got excited to start my year off with Steffen “Cookie” Cook, Kyoul Cha and Tony Matesi. I’ve finished 4 HH12HR’s previously, and I’ve learned that each one is unique. Here’s a recap of the journey that Cookie and Kyoul took us through on Saturday night/Sunday morning.

Yokohama Tire ‘Goes Strong’ as Official Tire of U.S. Spartan Race

By |February 8th, 2017|

Yokohama Tire Corporation, a leading global tire manufacturer, has teamed up with Spartan Race, to highlight its GEOLANDAR® line of light truck tires. Yokohama signed a multi-year sponsorship agreement and is now the “Official Tire of the U.S. Spartan Race,” an exclusive branding designation at select obstacle course races across the U.S. in 2017, including the five Spartan Race U.S. Championship Series events that will air on NBC Sports Network and the 2017 Reebok World Championship on NBC.

To Shave or Not to Shave… Cookie Asks

By |February 6th, 2017|

Cookie has become an iconic character on the Spartan Race staff, between leading Hurricane Heats to encouraging participants with his personal brand of encouragement. On the outside Cookie can seem a gruff and rough English ex-pat but Steffen "Cookie" Cook has a whole other side to him.

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.

Kevin Donoghue Talks New Spartan/Daily Burn On-Demand Training

By |January 19th, 2017|

Yesterday, it was officially announced that Spartan Race and the popular online training network had teamed up to create unique Spartan Race specific training on the digital training format. Kevin Donoghue, a coach, athlete, and member of the Spartan Race Pro-Team leads the workouts in the new program. Mud Run Guide talks with Kevin about the new program, who it is for, and why it is a good addition to any Spartan's training routine.

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