Spartan Rocky Mountain moved from Breckinridge to Snowmass for 2019. Read more to learn about some growing pains and positives to the new location.
Ultra-OCR Man: From Special Forces Soldier to Record-Setting Professional Obstacle Course Racer is a non-fiction book that covers Mud Run Crew Member Evan Perperis' military service and his career as on OCR athlete.
On February 23, Conquer The Gauntlet Pro Team and #CTGFamily converged on the company’s gym, Conquer Fitness in Tulsa, Oklahoma for a weekend of fun and training. During this event Evan Perperis will be partnering with OCRmill 24 to raise money for Folds of Honor.
This is a post towards anyone who went through the brutal 24-hour obstacle course race that was World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) 2018 in Atlanta Georgia, where we had sub-freezing temperatures and layers of ice on obstacles left and right. However, I think it’s generalizable to many other difficult challenges.
Let us engage in some high-class potty talk for how to deal with the almost inevitable issue that will be encountered during events that are 12+ hours long: when to poop? Whenever you tell someone you run these endurance events, after the first question of “how” or “why” some of your more brazen friends might inquire about this basic human function.
If you’re new to the world of ultrarunning and endurance racing, there’s something big and important that you might not think too much about, until you find yourself on a single-track trail with a dim headlamp stumbling over loose rocks and fearing for the health of your ankles: running at night is hard.
The SB100 was a rough introduction to the world of ultra running. My facetious but true statement when people would ask me if I had run a 100 before was, "I have never run a race without obstacles more than 13.1 miles." Of course, I decided to change that by running one of the hardest 100 milers in Southern California. Here's how it went (spoiler, the kitty was a lie):
Running became a passion of mine "later" in life, I didn't run my first mile until I was in my early 30's, my first 5k in 2002 or so. Over the years I've fallen in love with running dozens of different times in various forms; trails, roads, obstacle course races, ultras, stage races, cross-country relays, etc. I've even fallen prey to the running demons that often plague us all; overuse, injury, self-doubt, DNF's, failures in all shapes and sizes. I've cared way too much about certain runs that didn't matter and dismissed some very valuable ones as unimportant; A races that I'd spent months training for became B or C races on a whim, while I turned simple training sessions into do-or-die battles with running partners.
It’s crazy that these friends all met racing in the Gobi Desert in China and so many have traveled far distances from across the US to take Adam’s side for long miles together. His Gobi buds have become official trail angels. Adam completed 43 miles today with Mark's support totaling 2,323.2 with only 144 to go! The Atlantic is within reach, but we are realizing it won’t be an easy-breezing ending.