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.
Cassidy Watton to me in her own right embodies the term “Badass Woman of OCR”. She is all about training hard, playing hard and not taking herself too seriously in life. Cassidy has quite the impressive OCR race resume, including a number of podium placements, and she is currently the season 3 and 4 defending champion of the Steve Austin Broken Skull Challenge.
Krista Markham was nominated for my article series by friends of hers. From what I understand she is the epitome of “Never Stop”, “Never Give up”. Having been diagnosed at a young age with severe asthma, she was limited in the activities she could do, but that didn’t stop her from trying. I find this inspiring, as many people see a health diagnosis as a stopping point in life, and fall into deep depressions.
Heather Gollnick was brought to my attention directly by a few people. Not only is she a mother, but she has a pretty impressive history – she is a coach, a Triathalon trainer, a personal trainer, a published author, a motivational speaker and someone who truly embraces the healthy lifestyle that most of us work so hard to achieve on a daily basis.
It makes me super happy to get to know the strong, powerful and passionate women in the sport of OCR. Sara Knight is no exception. I have been following her fitness and OCR journey for a while now (behind the scenes). To me, Sara has emanated the words “Badass Woman” for a long time.
Ekaterina “SOLO” (as she is known in the OCR community) is truly an amazing person. She is Canadian, and has accomplished so much within the worlds of OCR and extreme endurance events. I wanted to feature SOLO in my Badass Women of OCR series, as a lot of the little things she has done are inspiring.
This time around I got to do an interview with the three race directors from the Warrior Dash race series. Molly Chernick, Megan Gaseor, and Rebecca Ryan were gracious enough to take time out of their busy schedules to go through the interview process with me. Putting this article together for me was a challenge, [...]
Primarily, this article series was focusing on the individual efforts of the Badass Women in OCR, but when Amanda’s name was brought up to me as a nomination, I was excited. As I learned more about her and the group from River City fitness, the words that came to my mind were: motivation, teamwork, community, family, and strength.
In the OCR community, I find that more and more people are getting together from all fitness levels and backgrounds to form teams. The teams then take a course by the horns, ensuring that each team member starts and finishes together. I find teams of women empowering, and when I think of the UK Mudd Queens, three words come to mind: Empower, Encourage and Teamwork. I first heard about the UK Mudd Queens (an all women's obstacle racing group based in the UK) from members of the Canadian Mudd Queens and I was intrigued.
I was very intrigued when I heard that Nikki Call had achieved two podium spots at BattleFrog last year with two broken arms. At first, I was honestly surprised that someone could push through that much pain and still podium. After chatting with Nikki online and doing this interview with her, I realized that the story of how she both broke arms isn’t what I wanted to tell, but the story of a stay at home mom who strives to be the best she can.
All women have an obstacle in life that they need to overcome. For some, it is the pressure of society to act and be a certain way, for others, it’s the obstacle of being perfect. The main thing I love about the OCR community is that no one is perfect, and we are all strong in our own ways. For Kelli although she is strong, has done 105 races in over 5 years and wants to push for more, has to deal with Panic and anxiety on a daily basis.