How do you take a sport that the general public sees as a bit extreme and take it to borderline insanity? How about you quadruple the distance/ duration and possibly add in wetsuit running and you have the sport of Ultra Obstacle Course Racing (OCR)!
Athletes are often looking for progressive ways to enhance their training especially when it can save time. I found out about the Agogie Resistance Training pants at an Expo last winter and figured, "if they might be able to help then why the heck not!"
In a ceremony a few weeks ago at Cedar Lake Cellars Winery outside of St. Louis, The Battlegrounds Mud Run married Tough Mudder. This “tying of the knot” subsequently created what is one of the unique Tough Mudder venues for their Missouri event while, at the same time, putting an end to the largest single-site obstacle race in the Midwest.
I recently came across a product called Qikcover that was created for just such a problem. As athletes, we are constantly getting sweaty, dirty and smelly during our training and we follow this up by immediately getting into our automobiles and proceeding to rub this “crud” all into our seats. The creators of Qikcover aimed to make a seat cover that could be quickly thrown over your seat to protect it without having to worry about finding a custom fit cover.
In a world where information is “literally” (with a British accent) at our fingertips through the infinite knowledge that is the internet one can find almost anything he/she chooses. Heck, I can simply speak the words “Ok Google” into my phone and my Google Assistant is at my beckon call. However, this plethora of information [...]
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”?
It was a cool morning on the banks of the Gregorian Bay. However, we expected much worse from Mother Nature in October. We are in Canada! As I stood there in the start corral for the Pro Wave of the 2016 OCRWC, I found myself wondering...
The sport of obstacle course racing (OCR) basically prides itself on the races being sufferfests. Heck Scott Keneally’s new documentary about the sport is even titled Rise of the Sufferfests. Some of the most memorable scenes in this movie are the visuals of the participants battling hypothermia after completing the events.
Coming into the Green Beret Challenge (GBC) the only thing I knew about it was that there were a lot of heavy carries. I read up on it a bit, and it sounded like a fun event where the owner, Mark Ballas, and his band of merry men would try to give you a taste of team building; Special Forces style. This particular race took part deep in the backwoods of south central Missouri just on the outskirts of Ozark mountain country. As with a lot of the OCR event’s these days the venue itself was one of the biggest obstacles for the organizers who ended up spending much more time than planned prepping the trails.