Christy Van Vliet is one of the hardest working women I know. She is the proud mother of 3 boys, a super active fitness instructor and is always pushing herself to reach her goals. She uses fitness and health to inspire others and is not afraid to back down from a challenge.
Every OCR athlete's story has a beginning. When getting into the sport of OCR, some embrace the suck while others run with friends for fun. Petra Belvins is someone who has embraced the sport of OCR, constantly pushes her limits, and was once an Olympic hopeful.
Kim Collings wears a number of hats in her life. She is a mother, a runner, OCR Badass and currently runs the Beasts OCR ambassador team. She is hardworking, strong and knows how to have a good time in the mud. I wanted to feature Kim in this article series for many reasons: her sense of humor, love for the sport, drive, and determination.
On a team, there are many moving parts that need to mesh well in order for the team to succeed. It's not one person that makes or breaks a team, but the collective spirit and drive of its members, such as Jenna Ravenscraft.
As a mother and an OCR athlete, Melissa Dagg knows the struggles of getting in time for training and being there for her family. At a young age, she was sick many times, and there were instances where she thought she wouldn't survive. It's tough for anyone having to deal with illness day to day, but Melissa has proven she is strong
In life, often we feel that things should go in one direction, but a life event opens our eyes and leads us along a new path. In Jessika Poppe's case, this was very true. Initially, she wanted to be a nurse, but after the loss of her Grandparents she realized instead of treating the sick, she wanted to help people live healthy and happy lives.
In the OCR community, we all come from a variety of backgrounds, families and well lifestyles. Sarah Horsburgh is no exception. This 31-year-old single parent chooses to embrace a healthy lifestyle with her family. Taking her love of fitness and lifestyle to the next level, Sarah created the Sharklife Obstacle course race - a course designed for kids by kids.
In our OCR community at large, everyone has a story to tell. The stories from members of our community most often contain the reason why they signed up for their first race, and continue to keep going when times are tough. Kim DeVoss suffered two back to back tragedies in her life, Tough Mudder brought her back to life, out of the darkness.
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.