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Spartan Agoge: What you should know

When the Death Race and Spartan separated ways, gave birth to a new endurance event called the Agoge (pronounced Uh-go-gee). They have had only one Agoge event, held in the Fall of 2015, as sort of an experimental event. That class was composed of … [Read More...]

Obstacle Race Reviews

2016 Abominable Snow Race

The 2016 inaugural Abominable Snow Race {ASR} was held on January 30th at Veterans Acres Park in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Having raced in other winter OCR events in the Midwest in the past, and feeling that they were lacking, I was pleasantly surprised at what the ASR had to offer. Race designer and local racer, Chad Riffe, really pulled out the big guns when putting together his course. I’d say no expense was spared for his event. From the battle of the bands going on in the festival area, to Read more […]

Blizzard Blast Race Review

January obstacle course races are hard to come by in New England. Enter Blizzard Blast, a five mile winter-themed race that takes place in January at Four Oaks Country Club in Dracut, Massachusetts, put on by SmithFest Events. Blizzard Blast does a good job of filling a niche – the affordable entry-level winter race. At between $40 and $70, it provides good value. Four Oaks Country Club is a nice place to have a winter race. The entire club is open for post-race meals and as a pre- and post-race Read more […]

Obstacle Racing Podcast

Episode 167 – Jesse Itzler

Jesse Itzler used to leave funny outgoing messages on his answering machine back in college. They were so good , they went viral, the old school way. Pre-Internet, people would tell friends, who would tell friends, who would tell more friends. This led him to a record deal with Delicious Vinyl. To many people, landing a record deal is THE dream. Like, we got a DEAL, MAN! This, however, was just the beginning for Jesse. Jesse and Matt discuss how landing this deal led Read more […]

Episode 166 – Jesse Fulton

For starters, as promised, its 15 minutes with Carlo and Amelia to talk NFL Championship games.  Amelia also expands a little on the whole “enjoying dry needling in her butt” that she eluded to on  The Tim Ferris Podcast. For those that hate our football chats,  you can fast right the heck forward. For those that love them, enjoy. The main course on this episode is Jesse Fulton. Jesse was a professional snowboarder for 13 years before going on to coach the Canadian Olympic Read more […]

More OCR News

Beyond The Trifecta

, completion of a Sprint, Super, and Beast, in one calendar year is a proud accomplishment for many OCR athletes. However, now that it’s been around for a couple years, many athletes are looking to go beyond the trifecta. Others have found their own variant of the Trifecta called the Mountain Trifecta, which is the completion of a Trifecta on all mountain courses or an EffNorm Trifecta, which is the completion of a Trifecta on all Norm Koch courses. Recently, Spartan announced the Delta, which Read more […]

Spartan Race announces venue for 2016 World Championship.

Spartan Race announced the 2016 Spartan Race World Championship will be held in Lake Tahoe, California. This will be the second year the race will be in Tahoe after several years in Killington, Vermont. With Warrior Dash discontinuing their championship race this year, there are four major races that make up “OCR Championship Season” for 2016: Spartan Race World Championship, October 1-2, 2016 – Lake Tahoe, CA. OCR World Championship, October 14-16, 2016 – Blue Mountains, Canada World’s Read more […]

Safety Concerns At BattleFrog Series Races

There are inherent risks in obstacle course racing. That’s why we have to sign death waivers. At the same time, race organizers do not want to have to be responsible for injuries, or worse, among their customers; it’s bad for business, so they have incentive to keep things safe. Usually, they do a good job. Will Dean of Tough Mudder regularly quotes statistics showing that his events are safer than marathons. When I have noticed conditions that struck me as unsafe, it has usually been at Read more […]

Spartan Points Series Champs And Payouts

At the end of December, we published BattleFrog’s first ever points series and payouts. Today, we are publishing the latest from and their point series. Although Spartan has been handing out end of the year prizes and awards since 2012, it appears with all the bruhaha of Tahoe and the rest of the championship races, it was never announced who took home their end of the year loot. Some results were what most OCR fans expected: Top Elites: Amelia, Rose, and April are the top three women. Cody, Read more […]


OCR Transformations- Brooke Van Paris

ORM presents the series of stories on OCR Transformations. Runners and athletes whose mind body, and spirit have been altered through obstacle racing. Six years ago, in October of 2009, Brooke’s life changed forever. She was attending Indiana University as a sophomore and double majoring in Accounting and Finance through the Kelley School of Business on a full ride Scholarship. Before college, Brooke had been a gymnast for ten years and even participated in club gymnastics at IU. BLINK OF Read more […]

Getting Your Race Message Right.

Many times I see race companies really struggle with brand and message. It has been said that “The surest way to fail is to try to please everyone”. Yet many race and event companies, living in fear of losing potential customers, do just that. Their message is all over the place. Come and do our SUPER HARD CHALLENGE. of mud and obstacles, yet ANYONE CAN DO IT so BRING THE KIDS for a FUN DAY OF PLAYING at the TOUGHEST 6 MILES OF YOUR LIFE! If you construct a course that is full of bouncy things, Read more […]

Flexing, Sexing and Drama

Sex has been a common theme in OCR Facebook groups this offseason. With daily picture themes such as “ThighThursday”, “FlexFriday”, and “MilfMondays” things have certainly heated up as of late. Generally the OCR offseason consists of heated debates over shoes, price increases, brand wars and race loyalties. A change of pace from the in-season , course markings, venue changes, burpeeVsMOA, course cutting, cheating and of course, shoes. I’ve now witnessed on a weekly basis waves of sexually Read more […]