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No mud, no boring long runs. Epic Series is an intense gauntlet of some of the toughest exercises on earth. It is an event like no other. A crossbreed of strongman meets bootcamp meets badass. Epic Series is the premier workout challenge.
EPIC RACE Challenge:
The EPIC Race course is 12+ functional fitness challenges laid out on a course like nothing you’ve experienced. Designed using the principles of cross-training, bootcamp, strongman, and endurance competitions, this course will break you down and build you back up!
Whether you're competing against others or trying to achieve your personal best, make no mistake, this is a race.
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Dont do it they dont care only care for the money they make
Dont do it we bought through Groupon got NO SHIRT, NO TIMING TO OUR RACE AND EXTREMELY UNORGANIZED...they dont care for the Central California area. If you use Groupon they dont record your timing ... I've emailed & they dont care... I posted on my fb & many people responded about being ripped off... after many Spartan Trifectas I've NEVER experienced this at a race. So UNORGANIZED UNPROFESSIONAL
An OCR for Athletes!
This was my first go at EPIC Series and it did not disappoint! My good buddy had ran the course the month prior in Huntington Beach and couldn't stop talking about it, so I had to give it a go. I ran competitive as well as entered the ELITE Endurance Course.
To start, the venue location was incredible. Surrounded by water on San Diego's Fiesta Island, the course was expansive and very well put together. The "EPIC" course was built in a giant circle that was about 1.5 miles around with about 30 obstacles within. Each obstacle was very organized and challenged a different muscle group without the need to run a long distance or get muddy. This was one of the main reasons I was interested in the event to begin with. Most of the OCR's I have participated in (spartan, tough mudder) had a big footprint, but not a ton of obstacles. This was the exact opposite. As soon as you get done with one obstacle, the next one is right behind it ready to challenge you in a different way. For example, once you climb over the rock wall, you go right into a balance beam, then a rope climb, then burpee box jumps and so on. This made for an extremely entertaining workout which took me just about 30 minutes to complete. Very very fun for all ages and athletic levels.
On to EPIC's "Elite" course. This was something I was training for, but when you see the course up close, it is daunting. There are different lanes for both Male/Female as well as Strength/Endurance. Same obstacles, different weights and reps. The ELITE Endurance course consisted of clean & press, deadlifts, sand bag lunges, atlas stone up and overs, kettle bell step-ups, tire flips, hanging weight lunges, and a sprint to the finish, all with 5 burpees in between each obstacle...yes, I was dead! Luckily, my judge who was with me was also my main voice of confidence. The atmosphere is what really captivated me, though. All the competitors, friends, families, and gyms were gathered around the course cheering on their athletes and giving them all the strength they needed to succeed. It was a sight to witness for sure. This was by far the most difficult workout I have had in a while, but it was 100% worth it in the end.
In addition to all of this, they had an awesome group of vendors, food, and beverages. The volunteers and event staff were all extremely nice and really made for an enjoyable experience as a first time participant. I even saw they had a kids course, which also looked relatively challenging.
To conclude, if you are looking for a fun and challenging way to spend a Saturday morning, look no further than EPIC Series OCR. They have really done a great job creating a course that is compact, yet filled with a ton of fun obstacles to overcome. If you consider yourself an elite athlete, go ahead and test yourself through the elite course and make it real! All in all, amazing day and great event.
Can't wait for the next one!
Epic Series - From the Perspective of a Volunteer and Participant
This was my first volunteer and race experience with Epic Series. I had time the day prior to the race to help with course build and as this was my first event of this type, I was a bit curious as to what to expect. There was a lot to do but time went by quickly with this fun group of guys.
Returning the next day for the race, our team arrived roughly an hour prior to our race start time. The race took place at the sports fields with plenty of parking ($1 charged by the city). Check in was quick and easy. The course was set up on asphalt. The run portions were one lap around the perimeter of the course, which I would estimate to be about 200-300 meters per lap. The course was quite spectator/picture taking friendly so have a friend bring a camera and catch you in action.
We were the first open wave after the competitive waves. The announcer called for our wave to get ready and we lined up a few minutes before the start of the race with our flags for the flag lap.
After our cardio warmup lap with the flags, we ditched the flags and went immediately over a ladder wall and on to the various stations. Most stations had 3 levels (weights, timers, reps) to pick from. Open division can mix and match, pick your level at each station. Other obstacles included atlas stone lift and toss over shoulder, various types of walls again with different levels of difficulty, a 25-lb. medicine ball carry around the perimeter of the course (all levels carried the 25-lb. medicine ball).
The balance beams were fun, again, three different degrees of difficulty, mostly based on the angle and width of the top of the peg to stand on. Box jumps/burpees, 3 different heights, we all did the same number of reps. Bunny hops with bands around our lower calf/ankle, different distances, which were marked by color so you know when to turn around, 3 laps for each level.
And let’s not forget Barnaby’s Beast, the rock climbing wall. This was one of the obstacles I helped to set up so it has a special place in my heart, seeing everyone going up and over. Mixed in here were more box jump/burpees because you can never have too many of those. And the wall sits were a fun way to give yourself a bit of a break to catch your breath, 1, 2 or 3 minute timers. Jerry can carries, pick your weight – doable “didn’t have to put the cans down to rest” weight, “glad it’s only a lap” weight, and “what was I thinking, this is getting heavy after all those other obstacles” weight.
Cargo crawl which was quite low (practice your army crawl – too low for bear crawl). Robin Hood, the bow and arrow station, was fun. Watching us, you could tell we are not going to survive out in the wild using a bow and arrow to catch our dinner. After Robin Hood, we transitioned right into the rope climb. If you can’t climb the rope, no worries, there is a cargo net to climb up instead. Up the net or rope, ring the bell, and back down. Lumbar jack was mixed in there also – lift the bar up and over 5 times in each direction, pick your weight.
And to keep you moving, another lap around the course this time with a slosh pipe on your shoulders. Squat station with weighted bar and your friends to photo bomb you keeps things light (nothing is feeling light at this point so smile for the camera).
I was told it is about 60 minutes average time to complete the course for open division and we were done in about 50 minutes. We had fun and our team plans to return next year, upping our game to the next level of difficulty.
It was a surprisingly warm morning just a few miles from the beach in Huntington Beach at 10 a.m. and although the course was quite compact (fitting into the 200-300 meter perimeter used for the walk/run obstacles), there were a couple of water stations available on the course. After we collected our shirt and medals at the finish line, we made our way over to check out the post race vendor booths. It was a small area but there were both free samples and some hot food to purchase. We wandered over to the elite course and were amazed at the strength of these athletes. Again, this course was very spectator-friendly. The kids course was right there next to the vendors as well and it looked like a very fun course for the kids.
This race review is from an everyday athlete who is not young, I won’t say how not young, but definitely not young. There were super-fit, competitive CrossFit athletes to everyday Joes and Janes, and with three levels of difficulty to pick from in the open division, this event was as challenging as one wanted to make it. Success is achieved where you are at in your fitness journey and not based on how you measure up to anyone else. Challenge yourself to be a better version of you.
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Epic Series OCR is a legit race. With three different skills levels, the Open waves make it easy for a couch surfer to accomplish something while a serious athlete can challenge him/herself on the black level. The Elite races are amazing to watch