We all know THOSE accounts, right? They had a few hundred followers, and received a couple of likes here and there, and then, out of nowhere, they ballooned to 20,000 followers and their likes went through the roof!
“You’ve had a good run. No shame in hanging it up at your age. Time to let it go.” Jill Vandor crawls under an obstacle at Savage Race. Photo: Copyright Savage Race I hear the voices all the time. Often the voices come from friends and family. People who will shake their heads [...]
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.
Popular running website running.competitor.com published an article just over a week ago entitled, “Is Obstacle Course Racing Dead?” As I picked my jaw up off the floor and unfurrowed my brow after digesting this question, I set my allegiance aside while I read. To summarize, the article suggests that the newly announced Spartan Race Trail [...]
I, like all of you, felt the urge to throw cash at my computer screen with every Black Friday & Cyber Monday email that screamed with unbeatable deals for the 2019 race season. At one point, I had my bank app open on my phone while I collected an excessive number of RAM-stressing tabs highlighting unbeatable race deals in my laptop’s browser all while sitting just inches from my ever-growing handwritten Christmas shopping list on the table...
Show up to any race in the US and you’ll see them. Teams of Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) athletes representing things like race brands, compression socks, regions of the US or even corporate companies. Depending on the type of team there may be benefits from pay to just having a good group of friends to race with.
They can be seen at every event. Usually clad in brightly colored clothing and mud with a huge smile on their face. No, not racers. I am talking about the amazing volunteers that donate their time at each race to help make everyone’s experience a little bit better.
I have a pretty great OCR "framily" that I run with and hang out with before and after a race and we always have fun. But I also have a really amazing FAMILY and I've always wanted to share my love of OCR with them. I am the proud mom of 16-year-old twin sons and they each have done one Spartan Stadium Sprint with me but the three of us had never been at one together.
Last year just after a weekend that included 2017’s 24-hour long World’s Toughest Mudder and Veteran’s Day I wrote an article about The Success of Military Vets at World’s Toughest Mudder. With the worse race conditions at the event in the last half-decade, not surprisingly vets did well again with one (that I know of) on every overall podium.