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OCR is not just a sport – it’s a COMMUNITY

You have seen competitions on television, watched clips on the news and read about it all over the web. You ask your friends if they would like to join you and they look at you like you just asked them to dive into a black hole. Clearly you are the adventurous one in your circle, the one who is always game for trying something new and exciting. But diving into something like this alone? That is too much, even for you. Those walls look so high, that sandbag looks awfully heavy, and what fun is doing something crazy like this anyway all by yourself? Enter the power of social media, and the enigmas that are the regional OCR Teams. Weeple Army and Team SISU in the West, Corn Fed Spartans in the Midwest, Lone Star Spartans and Georgia Obstacle Racers and Mud Runners (GORMR) in the South and the...

So You’re Thinking About Signing Up for Your First Obstacle Course Race

So you’re thinking about signing up for your first Obstacle Course Race, intimidated? Don’t be. Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) offers something for everyone. But before you get started, here are a few things to consider: Are you doing this for fun? You have been challenged by a co-worker/friend/family member? You want to lose weight and/or get yourself back on a consistent fitness path? Are you doing this because you want to work toward becoming competitive in the sport of OCR? Are you a high level athlete in another sport looking to transfer over to OCR and quickly learn everything it takes to be competitive as soon as possible? Just about every person who toes the line at an OCR falls in to one of these three categories and there are definitely things to consider depending on what gr...

The Golden Rules of Race Day

On a cold, dark, wet morning in February of 2011, far from home, while horribly under-dressed and with a fractured foot in the mountain trails of Southern California, I raced my first Spartan Race.

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