I wanted to feature Emily Celuch in my article series in a huge way after reading her story. In my eyes, Emily has many “beyond” bad ass traits. Although she faces struggles with PCOS, PTSD from being a domestic abuse survivor, and being a single mom, she manages to get onto an OCR course and use the mud and challenges to help heal. Her story is a powerful one of how she’s overcome many difficult obstacles in her life, and how it’s making her into a Badass Woman of OCR.
The VancityOCR Wolfpack (my home OCR team) is composed of a variety of athletes of all levels and abilities. We range from those tackling their first OCR type event, to the very elite. For someone new to our sport, it can be very intimidating to join in, as you never know where to start or who to talk to about an event that may interest you, but you decide to go and sign up for something anyways.
Tasha Overmiller is a badass because she knows that she wants to better herself as a well-rounded athlete, and OCR is part of her plan to remain strong and balanced.
Meet Tiffany Palmer. She is a Varsity high school cheerleading coach who decided to challenge herself and sign up for her first OCR (the Norm Koch New Jersey Spartan Beast on April 30th, 2016). Like many of us, after just one race you become hooked, and since that first beast, Tiffany has gone after more and more big goals.
After her inspiring and emotional finish as the women's winner of Worlds Toughest Mudder (with 90 miles completed), Rea Kolbl has capped off her exciting OCR season. She has only been in the sport for the past 1.5 years, but has shown the with hard work, motivation and being active, you can accomplish anything you put your mind to.
The story of Mandie’s journey from fitness to OCR is inspiring. For a large part of her adult light, she had gone through the cycle of gaining and losing weight through fad diets, which eventually led to her becoming obese.
Those who will take risks and enjoy the gift called life that we are all blessed with, and go after amazing goals. This brings us to Krisstina Davis. She is a single mom who works on ensuring her boys have a fit, active and healthy lifestyle.
With Jen Hamel, I have been following her / talking to her online for a couple of years now. She is very humble, hardworking and isn’t afraid to open up about her story. She has a generous and loving heart and has gone from being over 200 pounds and a pack a day smoker to someone that pushes her own mental and physical limits when it comes to racing.
When it comes to the sport of OCR and feeling inspired, all it can take is for someone to decide to make a change and reclaim their life. This is very much the case with Jessica Calhoun. She was dealing with multiple health issues and decided to reclaim her life.
A lot of us women in the OCR community have a delicate balance to maintain when it comes to the sport of OCR/our careers/and our family life. OCR is almost like an alter-ego for us, being able to get on the course, play in the mud for a few hours, hose off and then head back to our normal routines. Kristin Saad is balancing them all.