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.


February 23, 2017 – OCR News Weekly


Full Transcript:

Welcome to OCR News Weekly.

Spartan Race announces global championship series, Ninja All-Stars airs on NBC, Lunging for a Cause at Warrior Dash, and your race results from around the globe.

It’s Thursday, February 23, 2017 – I’m Margaret Schlachter and this is OCR News Weekly brought to you by Mud Run Guide.

This week’s episode is brought to you by Warrior Dash. Use code 5MRGWD2 for $5 off your Warrior Dash registration. Find a warrior dash near you on mudrunguide.com 

Our Top Story this week comes from Spartan Race.
Spartan Race

On Friday, Spartan Race announced a new Global Championship Series. The global obstacle racing brand announced championships series across the globe building on the popular US Championship series. Spartan race will feature championship series in Canada, Asia Pacific, Central Europe Sprint Series, Central Europe Super Series, European Championships, and of course continuing the US Championships series and new US Age Group Championships in West Virginia. The Global Championships finale will be the World Championships once again hosted in Lake Tahoe, California. For the full list of championship races see the article attached to this episode in the show notes.


2017 Spartan Race Global Championships Schedule:


Seattle, WA 22-Apr
Monterey, CA 3-Jun
Palmerton, PA 8-Jul
Asheville, NC 29-Jul
Charleston, WV 26-Aug


Ontario, Canada 9-Sept


Hong Kong 22-Apr
Taiwan 20-May
South Korea 10-Jun
Malaysia 9-Jul
Australia 25-Nov


Veszprem, Hungary 1-Apr
Krakow, Poland 8-Apr
Nitra, Slovakia 13-May
Litovel, Czech 19-Aug
Poznan, Poland 16-Sep


Kouty, Czech 30-Apr
Kazincbarcika, Hungary 17-Jun
Trojmiasto, Poland 1-Jul
Valcianska, Slovakia 16-Jul
Krynica, Poland 30-Jul


Encamp, Andorra 16-Sep




Lake Tahoe, CA 30-Sep


Full Story of Spartan Global Championships

American Ninja Warrior All-Stars
Ninja All-Stars took the stage on Monday showcasing the best that American Ninja Warrior has to offer. As reported in American Ninja Warrior nation:

American Ninja Warrior kicked off the All-Star Special with an incredibly exciting team challenge. This season, hosts got to select a team of Ninja Warriors creating Team Kristine, Team Matt, and Team Akbar.

In the end of several rounds it was Team Kristine consisting of Jessie Graff, Flip Rodriguez, Nicholas Coolridge who would take the title of team challenge champion. Jessie, Nicholas and Flip took a little celebratory swim to cool down and we were off to the skills challenges.

For the Full play by play of the episode check out our link to American Ninja Warrior Nation in the show notes.


Full Play-by-Play from American Ninja Warrior Nation


Lunging for a Cause
What would you lunge for? Joshua Andrews recently attended the first Warrior Dash event of the year in Florida. But instead of running the race like most participants Andrews, a member of Team Blacksheep, wanted to do something extra for the Tampa-based charity Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a charity which Blacksheep supports. Andrews came up with an idea, he would lunge the entire 5K obstacle course in the process raising money and awareness for this cause which helps pay for the education of the children of Special Operations personnel.


I began the walking lunge journey at 8:00 am and crossed the finish line 7 hours and 29 minutes later after covering about 3.3 miles totaling well over 5,000 lunges.  My wife stayed with me taking some photo and video updates on Instagram.  Along the journey a lot of people got engaged with the challenge and asked what I was doing, if I was doing that for the entire race and why, asked questions about the SOWF, gave thanks for the support, gave their service branch battle cry as they passed, gave high fives, fist bumps and some even did lunges with me.  


Full Article of Lunging for a Cause


Race Results:
Green Beret Challenge

Green Beret Challenge headed to YO Ranch Headquarters over the weekend in Texas for their first event of 2017. The event was a qualifier for both the OCR World Championships and US OCR Championships. It was held at the same location that the US OCR Championships will take place over Labor Day Weekend.


Top Men:

  1. Robert Killian
  2. Ian Minnis
  3. Preston Mitchell            


Top Women:

  1. Lauren Woodcock
  2. Christina Armstrong
  3. Brenna Calvert

Arena Run Sweden

Moving over to Europe. Arena Race took place in Sweden. Ryan Atkins and Lindsay Webster made the trip across the pond to defend their titles. The arena race is unlike many obstacle race as the whole event in held inside an arena on a fast paced short course.

Upcoming Races:

Spartan Race Arizona, Bigfoot Challenge (UK), Terrain Race Houston, BoneFrog Florida, Desafio de Guerreros, Columbia, Ultimate Ninja in Minnesota, Missouri, Vermont. Check out MudRunGuide.com for the full listings of all the events this weekend around the world.

Full Mud Run Guide Calendar


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