January 2017 marked the end of an era as the Tough Guy Race in the UK put on its last event. In reading about it and watching videos I began thinking about the idea of “Toughness” and how this notion of being “tough” or at least trying to teach this attribute has actually spawned the entire industry of obstacle racing (OCR). In fact, this belief that an OCR is basically a sport of suffering is eloquently described in detail in Scott Keneally’s documentary Rise of the Sufferfests. Tough Mudder has doubled, actually quadrupled down on this idea with their creation of the Tougher Mudder, Toughest Mudder, and the World’s Toughest Mudder events. The question is what does it really mean to be “tough”?
Evan Perperis recently visited the new Obstacle Athletics on Long Island, New York. The new obstacle training center and gym owned by Kevin LaPlatney a long time obstacle racer himself. Joining Evan and Kevin was the 2016 World's Toughest Mudder champion, Stefanie Bishop. Below is the Facebook Live the trio recorded showing off the new space and answering community questions.
161 miles, 1000+ obstacles and 31,000+ feet of elevation gain. Spanning venues from Vermont to Oklahoma, multi-lapping for seven days in a row is how I spent the last week of my life. The event was Obstacle Course Race (OCR) America and was designed with three goals in mind. The first was to raise money for the charity Folds of Honor, which provides scholarship money to children whose parents were wounded or killed in US military action.
The goal of OCR America has always been to raise money for Folds of Honor. I know many people live away from the race venues involved in OCR America (Shale Hill, Viking OCR at Sunny Hill, Newbsanity, and Dirt Runner) but still want to participate in some way, so we are offering a virtual run option.
Seven Days. 26.2 miles per day. A thousand plus obstacles. These are the obvious challenges that lay ahead for me as I embark on my OCR America journey. Over a week in June, I plan on running at 7 different OCR sites in 7 days.
Mud Run Guide Contributor, Evan Perperis is embarking on a new journey in June. For 7 days he plans to run an average distance of a marathon at specific obstacle courses around the Northeast and Midwest to bring awareness to the sport of OCR as well as raise money for the charity, Folds of Honor.
In our first OCR Warrior matchup in Kansas City, Team Strength & Speed's Evan Perperis goes head-to-head with American Ninja Warrior superstar Evan "Rocket" Dollard. Does the former Mr. Olympia bodybuilder have the muscle to overcome Dollard's #lessshirtmoreposer? The winner advances to KO Round #2, the loser goes home!
Strength & Speed started because the founder competes in a broad range of physical activities from ultra-distance running to natural bodybuilding. He would arrive to train with his local running club and tell them about a new deadlift personal record (PR). Read more about the new team Strength and Speed.