Obstacle Course Racing: it's basically trail running with obstacles along the way.
The urban obstacle course advertised as the Ultimate Urban Obstacle Challenge took place right in the heart of downtown Toronto over two days this past weekend, Friday and Saturday. On Friday the first wave went out at 5:00 pm with all heats taking place in 5-minute intervals until 6:30 pm, these were all open waves with the Elite Waves and OCRWC qualifiers taking place on Saturday morning starting at 8:30am-9:30 am with all heats taking place in 5-minute intervals as well.
In obstacle course racing there are always those big races we all hear about but once in a while, there comes along a small local race that does it just right and can compete against some of the bigger names. One of those is Eagles Nest Training, in Smith Falls, Ontario – Canada.
When I got into obstacle course racing, running and endurance events I did it for me and me alone. I did it first to challenge myself physically because growing up I wasn’t super athletic, but my parents made sure I got a taste of sports. I did gymnastics for a while until I couldn’t get any more due to financial strains on my parents. That was a sad time. I loved it, but after so many injuries I started on my fitness journey once again. It wasn’t to lose weight, in fact, I would do anything to gain weight as I was always thin. It was more to have a balance between a demanding job and life.
Coming fresh off his 3rd Place Team podium win, with his partner Josh Fiore, at World’s Toughest Mudder 2016 in Las Vegas I had a chance to speak with my friend Mark Jones about his endurance racing history, highs and lows and his upcoming debut as race director for The Endurance Society – Dark Rainbow Trail Series in Calgary, Alberta in 2017.