I have been known to write about Tough Mudders, in fact, that’s the race which introduced me to the wonderful world of OCRs. After over a year of doing these, I have started to branch out, and based on what Green Beret Challenge Commando set as the bar, I am going to be aiming at more variety of races.
Earlier this year Mud Run Guide brought you the announcement of Green Beret Challenge’s (GBC’s) first championship event being held in Slab Fork, West Virginia on July 21st. The main highlights include a $5000 prize for first (for both male and females), a 12-hour timed event with 30 Army Special Forces inspired obstacles.
Green Beret Challenge graced the streets of New York City yesterday with a condensed course in front of the Fox studios. Mark Ballas the founder of Green Beret Challenge has been slowly building his brand for years. Yesterday's broadcast showcases the continued growth of their company.
Arnel Banawa of OCRTUBE.com headed to Georgia over the weekend to capture all the action of the latest Green Beret Challenge - Operators Course. Green Beret Challenge is a unique event that infuses challenges of the Green Berets and traditional obstacle racing elements. Mark Ballas the founder of Green Beret Challenge brings his experience as a Green Beret and expertise in event management to OCR continuing to put on a fan favorite event year after year.
Green Beret Challenge has been around since 2012 founded by Mark Ballas. Ballas, a former Green Beret wanted to bring some of his military experience to the masses. He launched his events with the Commando Team challenge, an 8+ mile event. Recently, Ballas added two new offerings from Green Beret Challenge with the Operator (individual race) and Behind Enemy Line 24-hour event.
It’s a new race season, and what better way to kick it off than by running a race that: I have never done before and at a venue that has never hosted an OCR before. Top that off with one of the top athletes in the sport being there and the venue also being the host of the upcoming US OCR Championship, you have a great recipe for a hell of a Saturday.
OCR News Weekly – Feb. 23, 2017 – Spartan Race Championships Go Global, American Ninja Warrior All-Stars, and Lunging for a Cause at Warrior Dash
OCR News Weekly recaps the top news stories from around the obstacle racing industry. This week, Spartan Race goes global with its championships, Ninja All-Stars airs on NBC, Lunging for a Cause at Warrior Dash, and your race results from around the globe.
Coming into the Green Beret Challenge (GBC) the only thing I knew about it was that there were a lot of heavy carries. I read up on it a bit, and it sounded like a fun event where the owner, Mark Ballas, and his band of merry men would try to give you a taste of team building; Special Forces style. This particular race took part deep in the backwoods of south central Missouri just on the outskirts of Ozark mountain country. As with a lot of the OCR event’s these days the venue itself was one of the biggest obstacles for the organizers who ended up spending much more time than planned prepping the trails.
Green Beret Challenge has continued to be one of the best-rated OCR companies on Mud Run Guide according to readers. The small company has quickly made a name for itself and reputation for quality well-produced events. On Friday, Mark Ballas the founder of the race organization announced a new 24-hour event in the companies lineup called Behind Enemy Lines.