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Episode 98 – Yassine Diboun and Josue Stephens from Fuego Y Agua Events

Yassine Diboun is an ultra runner who likes to poop in the woods. He also has put up some great race performances including a 10th place finish at Western States. Matt B. sat down with Yassine when he was in Portland earlier this Summer. They enjoyed a run, several meals, and this great conversation. Josue Stephens runs Fuego Y Agua events, which are extreme endurance races that take place all over the globe. In this episode, Josue talks about what happened with The Celts over in The U.K. Read more [...]

Obstacle Reviews

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TransRockies Run 2014- Part Four (The Highs and Lows)

In this multi-part series, contributor Aaron Maas will take us on his journey from preparation to (we hope) completion of the 2014 Transrockies Run. A 6 day multi stage race that takes place in Colorado in August. Need to catch up? Read parts one, two, and three here! In today’s installment, we discover the highs and lows of the TransRockies Run. I managed to maintain a pretty good pace over the 6 days. My father encouraged me to “Negative Split” the whole event and try to keep something Read more [...]

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TransRockies Run 2014- Part Three (Half Way Point)

In this multi-part series, contributor Aaron Maas will take us on his journey from preparation to (we hope) completion of the 2014 Transrockies Run. A 6 day multi stage race that takes place in Colorado in August. Need to catch up? Read more in parts one and two. In today’s installment, we are introduced to pre-travel hiccups and the first days of the event. Before I start I should admit something.  Good or bad I run around 50 miles a week. Sometimes more,sometimes less. I run 8 miles on Tuesday 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

Ep98

Yassine Diboun is an ultra runner who likes to poop in the woods. He also has put up some great race performances including a 10th place finish at Western States. Matt B. sat down with Yassine when he was in Portland earlier this Summer. They enjoyed a run, several meals, and this great conversation. Josue Stephens runs Fuego Y Agua events, which are extreme endurance races that take place all over the globe. In this episode, Josue talks about what happened with The Celts over in The U.K. Read more [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]