What makes an OCR Championship course worthy of being called a championship: the difficulty of the course or the level of competition?
Can we agree that having any significant downhill in the barbed wire crawl is either a bit ignorant or sadistic? Anyone who has rolled down hills at any speed knows that it’s very easy to lose control of your limbs. Acceleration will make your arms and legs fly out from your body, which is likely what happened to Woodsy
That title, despite sounding so dramatic, is absolutely not click-bait. People have been hospitalized as a result of over-hydrating, sometimes with life-threatening issues such as cerebral edema (your brain swelling) and pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs) both of which are fatal if untreated.
Based on the Tough Mudder website, you’d have been forgiven for thinking that the World's Toughest Mudder men’s race was going to be a 5-way titanic tussle between 2 amazing athletes from the USA (Trevor Cichosz, Chad Trammel) and 3 from the Commonwealth (Jon Albon, Ryan Atkins, Austin Azar). Not mentioned on that page is a certain Robert Killian, the only other human to have the coveted 100 miler jacket.
This could finally be Lindsay’s year, make no mistake. Barring another episode of barbed-wire hair-gate or some other unforeseeable calamity, the Canadian badass with the perma-smile will likely be standing atop the ladies’ podium when the dust (snow?) settles.
On the heels of the Spartan Race World Championships Men to Watch, I wanted to weigh in on how things could shake out on Saturday. This year will be the last of 3 consecutive SRWCs held at the beautiful and epic Lake Tahoe venue.
Once again we saw the spear throw played a major role in the first Spartan Race US Championship Series event. Robert Killian stepped on his string while leading the race – a rookie mistake by his own admission. Of the women, I only know of Alyssa Hawley and Faye Stenning among the top pre-race contenders who actually made the throw.
I am not going to assume that everyone reading this knows what the sternum checker is, so here are some photos. You’ll notice immediately that there is a wide variety of things called “sternum checker,” but this isn’t an op-ed about standardization of obstacles. Not yet anyways.
Alpha OCR Series held their first of three events this year recently in Toronto, Canada. This OCR World Championship qualifier combined a mix of fun and challenging obstacles created by elite OCR athlete and 2015 OCRWC and For Those Who Would Humanitarian Award recipient Jesse Ward Bruce, as well as his cadre of staff and volunteers. Read on and find out what went down on race day.