Arizona based Phoenix Evolution hosted their second annual OCR Relay Race benefitting PTSD Veteran Athletes. This unique obstacle course event paired racers who competed to complete as man obstacles as they could in 4 hours.
Meet Elliot Nickelson. Elliot finds that her gymnastic conditioning training helps her stay strong and accomplish obstacles on course and has even started her own program to help kids with disabilities.
After watching her dad push his limits, break barriers and accomplish some truly amazing goals, Hanah Zamko decided to join him in the mud and ran her first obstacle course race. Like most of us, she was hooked.
Meet Nate Jones. At the age of 17, keeps his sights on his goals and trains hard to achieve them. He wants to show OCR race directors that kids are capable of more, and should be given the chance to prove it.
Meet Kai To, a 10-year-old kid that loves to run, play and get dirty. At 7 years oldm Kai finished the full adult version of the Dooms Day Dash and has big plans for the future.
At 4 years old, Braxton To completed in his first OCR race and fell in love with the sport. Using his mother as his inspiration, Braxton is taking on more challenges and has completed his first 7.5km snowshoe run.
Meet Rachel and Samuel Koehler. a brother-sister racing duo who currently reside in Georgia. Nothing stops these two from hitting their goals, incuding a rare condition called Achromatopsia, which has left Samuel visually impaired.
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.
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!
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.