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.
Candice McKnight is a Badass Woman in OCR as she has embraced change, constantly faces her fears, and is pushing herself to do more and be more. She has come so far in her health journey, and I am excited to share her story with you all.
Molly Kenneth, is a woman whose main is to ensure you get back on course as healthy as possible. I felt it was important to share her story, as there is a huge misconception that once you are in the medic tent your race is done.
Rachael George’s story is one of triumph and courage. She decided to make a huge life-changing decision and have weight loss surgery. From that point, she signed up for her first Tough Mudder in November of 2015 and hasn’t looked back since
Michelle Ford is a true inspiration to us all. I watched in November as she came in third place at World's Toughest Mudder. The entire time that I saw her on the live footage she was smiling, happy and looked like she was having a great time. It was her positive and genuine spirit that made me want to feature her in this article series - not to mention the fact that she is a genuine badass.
Lisa Nondorf had been brought to my attention before as someone that needed to be profiled for this series. She has a background in competitive gymnastics and diving, which provides her with a versatile skill set for the OCR (mental grit, discipline, and stamina). In this, her third season of OCR she has been able to podium 8 out of 10 races.
As the Director of people and culture at the PUR Company, Cerys Cook works hard to build and foster an amazing team of individuals. In fact, the PUR Company was recently awarded the 2017 Most Admired Corporate Culture in Canada award. Building the best corporate culture in Canada was not an easy task, and I am sure that Cerys is very proud of the team that she continues to develop.
What makes Jaclyn a Badass Woman in the OCR community, is that not only does she strive to work on her own OCR game, and helps those women around her strengthen their skills and ability through a free facebook challenge group she hosts.
Francesca Chiorando is quite the interesting gal. She is a blogger, an avid OCR enthusiast, and part of the Ghost Squad. She has a passionate giving spirit and truly cares about those wanting to push themselves and reach new personal goals. Having just had a baby recently, Francesca shares her struggles with getting fit again and keeps it real.
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.
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.