Spring is in full swing in South Florida, and so is OCR Season! The Spartan Sprint Palm Beach course is flat, fast, and a great option for beginners and OCR veterans alike.
You couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather for the Central Florida Spartan Beast, the last US Spartan Race of 2018. Hear more about Crew Member John Wall's experience with the Spartan Beast Course.
I’ve only done a handful of local races, meaning races that are annual or semi-annual events, not put on by the national race promoters. This one was different though. The Parkland Soldier Rush was very much what I would call a hyper-local race, a community race which had the feel of a community get together [...]
Most people probably think this is how it goes when we cover races for an Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) magazine like Mud Run Guide (MRG). I’m also convinced that more than a few race promoters think the same thing. It reminds me of a story I wrote years ago.
Merriam-Webster defines a sport as "a contest or game in which people do certain physical activities according to a specific set of rules and compete against each other". They also describe it in general as "a physical activity (such as hunting, fishing, running, swimming, etc.) that is done for enjoyment." In the broader sense then, obstacle course racing (OCR) is obviously a physical activity…hence a sport.
The past decade has seen incredible growth in extreme physical challenge events. In addition to our beloved Obstacle Course Racing, there’s made-for-television American Ninja Warrior and the oddly mesmerizing CrossFit Games.
Making Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) financially feasible is no easy task. It takes an enormous amount of money just to open the gates for a major race. To cover the high fixed costs of putting on an event, race promoters look to attract more participants to each venue. But while attracting new racers to OCR is necessary for growth, both as a sport and for the individual promoter, they also face the continuing challenge of creating an event that challenges the more experienced or elite athletes while not discouraging the amateurs or first-timers.
Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) is still a very young sport, trying to find its way through a labyrinth of challenges to take its place in the wide world of sports. This is not the first time we've looked at where the sport is currently and where it appears to be going.
While everyone else in the country is talking about gearing up for 2018, it’s odd to say that the Tough Mudder Miami would be my last race of this season. Well, the last race of the Spring season. Of course, we have a Fall season, but no major races in the summer. So it’s no surprise that I was looking forward to this race, my longest event this year and my first Tough Mudder (TM) since 2015.
It was St Patty’s Day with the holiday an enthusiastic crowd gathered at Terrain Race. Many participants sported costumes in honor of the holiday, something that you don’t see as much of anymore. There were also lots of volunteers at registration and in the festival area, which is always a good sign. And of course, there was music! Whatever else a race does, the music makes the atmosphere.