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Are Themed Runs Done?

In the last two years, millions have signed up and participated in a new genre of themed fun runs. For a short while it appeared that if you had any combination of the words Color, Glow, Night, Girl, Electric, Foam, Neon, Rave, Zombie, or Wet in an event name (and the obligatory Groupon to go with it), thousands of people would show up. Some of these events were A-plus experiences put on by top notch companies, others were less than stellar. With all of these events happening, it appears Read more [...]

Obstacle Reviews

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Spartan Review- PAC NW

Having been to three consecutive PNW Spartan Sprint races, it’s interesting to see how they have progressed, though in some areas digressed. Don’t get me wrong, Spartan will probably always be one of my staple races and remains as one of the smoothest running, well organized events I’ve attended. But, the world of Spartan is growing, and it shows. First, let’s just recap this year vs last year. The obstacles were nearly all the same, though the course was much longer. Thankfully, they Read more [...]

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Mudderella: A Ball in Chicago

When I became a runner it was one of the most powerful and inspiring experiences to cross that first finish line. With each new distance added or PR achieved we get that same rush and feeling of accomplishment. Every once in a while though you experience something new altogether that changes your perspective. There’s a joke that running is cheap therapy. If you’ve ever paid for a season of races and shoes to match you’ll realize it isn’t really as cheap as we’d like to think it is. For Read more [...]

Obstacle Racing Podcast

Episode 97

Episode 97 – Mark Webb and Joshua Gustin Grant

Mark Webb has done several Death Races and has a few skulls. He has also done almost 50 GORUCK Challenges, Lights, and Heavies (including the first GORUCK Selection). A few days ago he was in a motorcycle accident that left him without part of his left leg. Ever the positive dude, he is already looking forward to the races and events he can do next and the people he can have an effect on. Joshua Gustin Grant is an obstacle racer and Death Racer. He also recently won an arm wrestling national Read more [...]

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Episode 96 – Pete and Val-Death Race Finishers

Val Smith and “Crazy” Pete Coleman trained very hard leading up to the 2014 Summer Death Race. This resulted in both of them finishing and getting skulls. Matt B. sat down with them for some dinner conversation a few weeks after the event. Topics include some insight into the shitshow that was Saturday night, what they did over at Peter Borden’s on Sunday, how deep they had to deep to finish, and if they ever thought the race would end. There is also some never heard before bonus footage Read more [...]

More OCR News

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5KFoam Fest – Another OCR/Themed Race Casualty?

It’s no secret that the OCR industry is booming – and we’ve got a checkered history of events that simply didn’t make it. Each time it happens, the warning signs are consistent. It starts out with a fall from grace. The races that people loved turn sour. Maybe attendance is terrible, or the organizers start to make slip ups with the course. Backlogs and parking disasters. It could be several things, or one thing – but it’s out of character for the event, and they get bad publicity Read more [...]

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Death Race Forever: More From Andy Weinberg

On July 1st, Spartan and Death Race Co-Founder Joe Desena declared he was done with the Death Race. His DR co-founder quickly responded saying Registration for 2015 was still open. Today, he reached out to us to further explain his position. Here is what he sent: Death Race was started years ago to challenge athletes mentally, physically, and emotionally. It was started in Pittsfield, VT and our goal was to find extraordinary people who were willing to step out of their comfort zones and face Read more [...]

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Death Race Update : Andy Speaks

After this morning’s story in which Joe Desena pondered closing the Death Race for good, there was a lot of speculation. Many in the community thought it might be part of the “gamesmanship” that makes up the Death Race. Others offered up that it was merely a marketing ploy. ORM reached out to Death Race Co-Founder Andy Weinberg to ask him his thoughts on the article. This is what he communicated with us. Like many companies we have to agree unanimously and we currently have a disagreement Read more [...]

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Death Race No More

This morning we received a call from Joe Desena. He told us he wanted this past weekend’s event to be the last Death Race.  He then sent us the following: Have we lost our way as a society? Have we lost our way everywhere? What is the Peak Death Race? Death Race was started as a metaphor for life. It was started in Pittsfield Vermont for a very specific purpose- to find amazing people. I had spent my life looking for them and they are hard to find. When you do find them they inspire and Read more [...]

Obstacle Racing Podcast

Episode 97

Mark Webb has done several Death Races and has a few skulls. He has also done almost 50 GORUCK Challenges, Lights, and Heavies (including the first GORUCK Selection). A few days ago he was in a motorcycle accident that left him without part of his left leg. Ever the positive dude, he is already looking forward to the races and events he can do next and the people he can have an effect on. Joshua Gustin Grant is an obstacle racer and Death Racer. He also recently won an arm wrestling national Read more [...]

Pete and Val

Val Smith and “Crazy” Pete Coleman trained very hard leading up to the 2014 Summer Death Race. This resulted in both of them finishing and getting skulls. Matt B. sat down with them for some dinner conversation a few weeks after the event. Topics include some insight into the shitshow that was Saturday night, what they did over at Peter Borden’s on Sunday, how deep they had to deep to finish, and if they ever thought the race would end. There is also some never heard before bonus footage Read more [...]

Editorial

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OCR Transformation – The Mud Pixie

Today, ORM presents the first in a series of stories on OCR Transformations. Runners and athletes whose mind body, and spirit have been altered through obstacle racing. We chose Addie Hayes, a transformational story in her own right, to interview our first subject, Kim Easterling-Stewar, a.k.a The Mud Pixie. Mother, wife, obstacle course racer and cocktail waitress are just a few of the hats worn by Kimberly Easterling-Stewart. Easterling-Stewart’s racing alter ego (The Mud Pixie) was born out Read more [...]