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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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BattleFrog Review – Greater D.C.

BattleFrog Obstacle Race Series is on a roll! This past weekend they hosted their 3rd race event delivering another solid, quality race experience that we are quickly getting accustomed to. BattleFrog is fast becoming the emerging favorite race for many OCR veterans and newbies alike, garnering a loyal following of OCR fans willing to travel to their next calendar event to get that unique “BattleFrog experience” one more time! Launching onto the obstacle course racing scene in June of Read more [...]

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Spartan Beast – Monterey Review

The hills were alive with stampeding Spartans!  As T.C. Carson called the Monterey Spartan Beast to order, as if that’s even possible, the Elites gathered around in anticipation of what lay before them – the opportunity to emerge victorious! Much of the Pro OCR world was focused on Tuxedo, NY, so those who dared take on the first Beast of the season were ready to put feet to dirt, and miles of dirt there was. The story of the day was the terrain. Arguably, the most challenging course created Read more [...]

Obstacle Racing Podcast

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Episode 93 – Death Race Special “Which Bus?”

At approximately hour 48 of this Summer’s Death Race, two busses rolled into Pittsfield. One was a large, luxury, white tour bus and one was a standard yellow school bus. Racers had to choose which bus to get on for what they were told would be a 16 hour journey. Many lessons were learned about these choices as the race went on and long after. Today’s episode is sponsored by Mudgear. Press here to listen to the latest episode, or push the big red button below. You can also find the Obstacle Read more [...]

Episode 92

Episode 92 – Everything but the Kitchen Sink

In today’s show-ORM brings you more obstacle goodness than you can shake a spear at. We’ve got: Paddy McGarry from Tough Mudder telling us about new obstacles and Mudder  Legion. Adam Ruppel from Mud Hero talking about what they do well and how to get the most  mud possible at an ocr event. Don Mann, Hobie Call, Garfield Griffiths, and Alec Blenis from the most recent BattleFrog event   AND  Orla “The Vermonster” Walsh discussing her plan to take over the OCR podium from  the 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

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At approximately hour 48 of this Summer’s Death Race, two busses rolled into Pittsfield. One was a large, luxury, white tour bus and one was a standard yellow school bus. Racers had to choose which bus to get on for what they were told would be a 16 hour journey. Many lessons were learned about these choices as the race went on and long after. Today’s episode is sponsored by Mudgear. Press here to listen to the latest episode, or push the big red button below. You can also find the Obstacle Read more [...]

Episode 92

In today’s show-ORM brings you more obstacle goodness than you can shake a spear at. We’ve got: Paddy McGarry from Tough Mudder telling us about new obstacles and Mudder  Legion. Adam Ruppel from Mud Hero talking about what they do well and how to get the most  mud possible at an ocr event. Don Mann, Hobie Call, Garfield Griffiths, and Alec Blenis from the most recent BattleFrog event   AND  Orla “The Vermonster” Walsh discussing her plan to take over the OCR podium from  the 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 [...]