Charity Fick takes a look each week at the women who help shape the obstacle racing industry both publicly and behind the scenes. This series publishes a new profile every Wednesday on Mud Run Guide. Some of the women are the most public figures in the sport and others work tirelessly behind the scenes promoting and working in the industry.
Tina is a badass stay-at-home mom who homeschools her children, but manages to carve out time to train and race. Since 2015 she has been setting her own personal bar of achievement higher and higher, and it shows.
Meet Nicole Fleming, a 45-year-old OCR Bad Ass who loves the camaraderie and the feeling of community in OCR. Nicole has fought her way back from a battle with Lupus and a broken heel to continue trail racing and OCR. Her story is inspiring, and I hope somewhere, she can inspire others to not give up and keep fighting.
Carrie Brooks is a 46-year-old momma who took control of her health at aged 40. She no longer wanted to feel unfit, so she quit smoking and started working out. The quest for her health lead her into the world of OCR, and she is now addicted to being fit, healthy and strong.
Meet Hillary Shusterman. a 27-year-old Boston resident who works as a marketing consultant. By night/weekend, she is a bad-ass on course pushing herself past pre-conceived limits. I wanted to share her story, as I feel what makes Hillary bad-ass is that she can admit when things are outside of her comfort zone, but still finds a way to succeed. Being a Bad Ass woman of OCR doesn't mean you are 100% fearless, it means you do not let the fear cripple you!
Renee Larson's journey into the world of OCR is an interesting one. A couple of years back she found her fitness groove in Zumba, then realized she wanted more
Let's talk about my latest Badass Woman in this series - Toni Hessen. She is a strong bad ass momma that comes from a meat cutting career. Like most of us, she did her first OCR and was hooked.
Allow me to introduce to you, Tessa Turnbull. This woman thrives on adventure, and on doing as many endurace events as time / her body will allow. She truly pushes herself at every event, and is not afraid to decide the night before to make the trek to an event.
Next up in my Badass Women of OCR article series, meet JahLisa James. She is a 30-year-old badass who has done multiple obstacle course races and ran her 41st Tough Mudder event when she competed in the 2018 World's Toughest Mudder event in Atlanta.
I had the absolute honor of meeting Jessica Martin for the first time this summer, at the Spartan Hurricane Heat in Washougal, Washington. During these events, you don't get a lot of time to talk, but I could sense that she was a powerful force, and I needed to know more about her.