About ReallyDerekRoss

Derek Ross is on a #300RaceMission. This mission consists of 5K's, 10K's, Trail Races, Savage Races, Tough Mudder's, Spartan Races, you name it, he is running it, maybe have run it, or preparing to run it. He also loves documenting his mission and coaching others along the way on how to be consistent while running so many races. Being a Certified Group Fitness Instructor and a Run Injury Prevention Specialist has given him a ton of information that he uses to assist him on his mission. He is truly looking for all the small advantages he can get to having his body operate at an optimal level to eliminate injury. Derek is also a fitness brand ambassador with multiple companies, such as Davidson's Organic Teas, Terrain Racing, and Move More Fitness. Plus, he is a USAOCR member and Spartan Race Street Team Member. The thrill of running and racing OCR is his new norm. Derek appreciates the OCR industry and all its challenges. He is especially honored to be chosen to be a Mud Run Guide Contributor, his goal as a contributor is to share his experience, provide solid race recaps, and deliver honest and noteworthy golden nuggets of advice, which will give readers a better insight into participating in OCR races.

Race Recap: Virginia Rugged Maniac

By |May 21st, 2018|

The race day weather in Virginia for the Rugged Maniac on Saturday, May 5th, 2018, was perfect. On this scenic day, it literally felt like an obstacle course racing family reunion, full of games like Cornhole, giant outdoor Beer Pong, fitness competitions, and food options galore. Sure, providing a festival area, which includes a mixture of activities at obstacle course races is nothing new.

Video Recap: Philadelphia Spartan Expo Series

By |May 8th, 2018|

Just when you thought Spartan had covered all your OCR loving needs. They continue to find innovative ways to bring fresh elements of their races to the masses. The April 28th and April 29th, 2018 Philadelphia Convention Center FitExpo showcased a fantastic assortment of fitness activities. There is no surprise Spartan wouldn't be up in the mix. The Philadelphia Spartan Expo Dash added a unique experience for those looking for a challenge while at The FitExpo.

Race Recap: City Challenge Obstacle Race – New Jersey

By |April 23rd, 2018|

How many obstacle course races do you have on your schedule for 2018? More importantly, is The City Challenge Obstacle Race one of them? Here's a heads up, you better act fast, there are about three more City Challenge Obstacle Races left in Boston, New York, and Hoboken, with two other races dedicated to youth in Jersey City and Long Island.

Race Recap: 2018 Charlotte Spartan Sprint

By |April 17th, 2018|

Before I start my race recap article, I must clearly state this recap was for the Saturday, April 7th, 2018 Charlotte Spartan Sprint. I think it is important that I inform everyone, since the Sunday, April 8th, 2018 Charlotte Spartan Sprint was a slightly different experience based on the drier weather. The rain on Saturday definitely added a degree of difficulty when it came to completing obstacles, especially as the day carried on.

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Video Race Recap: Terrain Racing Myrtle Beach

By |March 16th, 2018|

Derek Ross recaps the recent Terrain Race Myrtle Beach with this video and a written recap of the event.

Despite Massive Fires Spartan Race Produces a Stellar Sprint outside Los Angeles

By |December 15th, 2017|

I must confess, I was extremely nervous that the December 9th, Los Angeles Spartan Sprint at Castaic Lake was going to be canceled. If you haven't seen the headlines from Southern California, wildfires have destroyed hundreds of miles of land and property. The wildfires have also wreaked havoc on the environment by dropping ash and making it hard to breathe.

Post Race Interview with LaShay Marks

By |November 20th, 2017|

On October 22, 2017, I was finally able to interview Terrain Racing's own Mr. LaShay Marks. The Virginia Beach location provided a wonderful atmosphere to conduct a sunny and fun interview. After numerous conversations with LaShay it is quite obvious his OCR experience has truly provided him a great deal of knowledge, which makes him an ideal person to discuss OCR training and race day preparation.

Mud, Sweat, Volunteer!!

By |October 23rd, 2017|

After running many varied races from New York to South Carolina, I started to factor in expenses while traveling. So, while searching race websites, I noticed a volunteer section. Bingo! I can volunteer at races. I can either volunteer first and then run the race, race then volunteer, or simply use a free race credit or discount to run a future race.

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