As you make your race schedule in 2020, don't forget to think about racing local.
Obstacle Course Racing in North America was born just seven years ago. Exploding onto the sports and fitness scene in an unprecedented way. Becoming even more popular than marathons by 2014. This in itself was a huge change from the previous sports norms, and people are still writing epic volumes trying to explain why. So it really shouldn't come as any great surprise that Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) has been evolving continuously ever since.
Berserkr Games is not your typical OCR. This race takes place annually in mid-March, in Kingsville, TX at Rifles Only. First of all, you take a thrilling helicopter ride around the property before dropping into a chilly pond to start the race. The course is a flat 2.7 miles, which you can do up to four laps depending on which of the four race distances you are running.
While most of the talk lately has been about world championships and toughest mudders, there has been a not-so-quiet evolution going on in obstacle course racing (OCR). And it's not coming from the big race promoters or the mega-sponsors/backers or even from the media. It's coming from what, in political terms, would be called a grass roots campaign. If you haven't seen or heard about it yet....you will! It's called #racelocal and coming soon to a Facebook page near you.
BoldrDash kicks off their season with their Beach race in Narragansett, Rhode Island on May 2nd. BoldrDash’s President Lynn Hall spilled the beans on the upcoming event.
Mother Nature was a good sport and provided an amazing day for this event, the temperatures ranged from the start (11:00 AM) to the end (4:30 PM) from about 36 °F to 34 °F. The area also had a snow storm only a day earlier, which dropped about three to four inches of fresh snow on the course which made for some nice soft snow and more of a challenge.
Quality local racing is the only way the OCR world can grow. Putting a grassroots effort behind them, and getting the entire community on board to do so is a huge part of that effort, and is New England Spahtens way of trying to make that happen.