Obstacle Racing a Form of Privilege? Why That’s Good

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The conversation on privilege throws the word around like profanity, as if those in the privileged ranks by birth and circumstance are somehow infected with a social form of original sin. The privileged are led to feel guilt, but not offered a solution. Now, some might ague, that list of elitism includes the Obstacle Course […]

Dear Tony: From Enemy to Friend at BattleFrog Charlotte 2016

BattleFrog 2016

  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 […]

Why Average, Out of Shape People Should Stop Obstacle Racing

why average out of shape people should stop obstacle racing

In a society suffocating from the Saran wrap of political correctness, I’m sure the title of this post hurt some feelings. Well folks, the truth often hurts, and I’d rather be whipped by the truth than tickled with a lie.    Stop that, dammit! This is serious. Obstacle course racing is the fastest growing sport […]

Pick Your Poison: Specialization and How the OCR World Championship Just Changed the Game

Pick your poison specialization and how the OCR World Championship just changed everything

As a sport and culture still in its youth, OCR remains a mad evolutionary experiment with wild variation, mass extinctions, and even an early Precambrian-style period which led to its popularity. Now, Mother Mud is at it again, this time with the OCR World Championship as the proverbial meteorite. From OCR World Championship committee: “In […]

On Breaking Things: How to Transform Injury into Victory

Transform Injury into Victory

The 2015 Ft. Bragg Spartan Sprint was an experience which yielded fantastic results. I took 1st overall in the open heat, my wife grew in confidence and athleticism, I met some great fellow Spartans while volunteering… I also broke my freaking big toe and effectively ended the rest of the season. First, I destroyed my […]

5 Reasons You Must Succeed in Obstacle Course Racing

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“Must?” That’s powerful language. Our culture doesn’t respond well to absolutes and social imperatives, however since OCR is God’s favorite sport and his greatest gift to humanity since spiced rum and Southern fried chicken, it behooves us to maximize our potential in the sport. Here are a few reasons why. 1) We Need More Heroes […]

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 […]

5 Reasons to Avoid Mud Runs and OCR

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Each year millions of otherwise normal, well-adjusted humans lapse into temporary insanity and participate in a phenomenon called “mud runs” (as well as “obstacle races”). What is a mud run you ask? According to Mud Run HQ: A mud run is usually a course or trail of between 5 to 10 kilometer’s in distance with […]

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 […]