Losing Pride: The Battle of True Mudd: May 2016

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In the world of Obstacle Racing, every event is a battle. Some fight to overcome addiction. Some fight to improve our health. Some fight to inspire others. Some fight to celebrate milestones. Some fight because the battle itself is a proof of life, a validation of our struggle and effort. And for others, it’s pride. […]

Dear Tony: From Enemy to Friend at BattleFrog Charlotte 2016

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  Dear Tony, Hey. You mentioned not having social media when I introduced myself at the end of the BattleFrog Charlotte race, so you likely won’t see this, but our interaction left a mark, and so I thought I’d leave a note here for you–in gratitude–in case you stumble this way. My story begins nearly […]

How I Will Defeat Ryan Atkins in 2016

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It’s cute reading everyone’s New Year’s resolutions. “I’m getting in shape!” “I’m training for a marathon!” “I beat cancer, so I’m going for my Spartan trifecta!” Nice try, mortals, but folks have done this before and the masses deserve a better class of epic, um…ness. It was Saturday, January 2, 2016 just two days into […]

Why I Race: Facing the Ft. Bragg Spartan Sprint for my Dad

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When I was a kid I only wanted to be one thing: an Army Ranger, just like my dad. My father was a badass”All American” in every way. The son of a U.S. Airforce mechanic and a fiery lasse from Sussex, England, he was a veritable polymath: a high school star football, math whiz, and […]

How My Wife Ruined the 2015 Asheville Spartan Super

Man do I look like a ray of sunshine! The Asheville Spartan Super was supposed to be my race, my first Spartan race. Because I belong to a family though, sometimes things don’t always go according to plan. Background My wife Heather and I made the 4 1/2 drive to Asheville, NC and volunteered as […]

Spartan Workout Tour: Is it Worth Your Time?

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For most of us, weekends are a precious commodity. We struggle and toil through the week, earning our daily bread and daydream about the coming relief and/or adventure awaiting us on the other side of our chosen occupation. Because of the limited time and space of a weekend, many diversions (and obligations) vie for our […]

True Mudd: An Obstacle Course Race Review

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Before we begin, I must admit a certain degree of bias. In late July of 2014, a friend of mine invited a group of us for an experience like no other: a mud run. I’d never heard of this, but his description was intriguing, so I tagged along. The passion and obsession began. I participated […]

4 Lessons this OCR Athlete Learned at Gunny’s Boot Camp (CrossFit) Challenge

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Back when reading books was still in vogue, my father taught me the art of research and exploration, that magical, unexpected gems existed in the straight line between question and answer: serendipity. Serendipity paid me a visit this past weekend when my wife and I researched information about one race and discovered another event by […]

The 2015 BattleFrog College Championship: 6 Ways the Short Form Race will Change OCR

When BattleFrog Series announced its inaugural college championship race, I immediately wondered if I could enroll at my alma mater as a “non-traditional” student and try out for next year’s event. The Race Format: BattleFrog Series crafted a short-form relay race of 400 meters with 20 obstacles pitted 16 universities with teams of 4 (two […]

OCR Gear Review: The Wreck Bag

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My first experience with the Wreck Bag took place on a cold, rainy day on April 26th, 2015. We met at the base of a steep hill generously slathered in wet, orange clay. It was a BattleFrog event and a sinister amalgam of terrible weather, a knee injury, and monstrous terrain. That’s me taking a […]