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Spartan Race Palmerton Sprint: Fun in the Sun – Spartan Style!

Well Howdy frickin do Obstacle Diary? It's been awhile since we last spoke and I've missed you so. Last weekend my lovely bride and I ran the Spartan Palmerton Sprint together, and we had oodles of fun! Here's why: That moment when Bae wakes you … [Read More...]

Obstacle Race Reviews

Rugged Maniac – What You Don’t Know, Won’t Hurt You – NJ Review

With many two day events there will usually be several differences from Saturday to Sunday. If you’re not running both days, then you won’t miss or appreciate what you do or don’t have on the day you run. This is a good thing and bad thing depending on your expectations entering the event. Variances can range from parking locations, altered obstacles, even different medals or shirts (if they run out of one from Saturday to Sunday). Often times if Saturday is shuttle parking, Sunday may be on site Read more […]

GoRuck Alaska: Back-to-Back Tough and Light

“No, it’s not a group suicide…” Shortly after sunrise, 26 weirdos were standing at the edge of a steep bluff on the Alaskan coastal trail ready to rappel down a hundred or so feet to the rocky shore. We were covered in mud, wore heavy rucks, and literally smelled like crap. A drunk couple yelled down to us to ask if this was a group suicide. Everyone laughed and reassured them we were okay, but once we reached the shore we did an exercise in the surf that simulates drowning in ankle deep Read more […]

Obstacle Racing Podcast

BattleFrog Brass

On today’s show we talk with two of the top men at BattleFrog Series. Kevin Jones is an engineer by trade, but two months ago, he joined the ever growing list of OCR fans turned OCR employee. On his drive from Ohio to Miami, he stopped by the ORM offices to chat with Matt about it. Learn about his start in OCR, and the wild ride since that has led to him becoming the Chief Marketing Officer at BattleFrog. Next up is a call with BattleFrog CEO Ramiro Ortiz. (Kevin joined Read more […]

Amine Dib – Hannibal Race

Matt B. traveled to Lebanon last week to cover the Puma Hannibal Race. In this episode, he talks to Amine Dib, co-founder of the race. Topics in this podcast chat include: Amine’s work ethic His impressive fitness career Learning from Billy Blanks How he and his team are putting together an international obstacle race series. And more. Today’s show is sponsored by: Obstacle Course Training – Training plan’s from the world’s best obstacle racers. ORM15 Read more […]

More OCR News

Ryan Atkins Answers Critics About Toronto BattleFrog Win

It was announced in September of last year that Ryan Atkins, along with BattleFrog Pro Team member Marco Bedard, would begin designing some of the 44 race courses that BF would have on the calendar for 2016. Ryan has been the most consistent male athlete in OCR, winning 90+% of the races he’s entered since the end of 2013. This includes back to back individual titles as World’s Toughest Mudder in 2013 and 2014, and heading up the WTM Team Champions last year. A sample of Ryan’s recent Athlinks Read more […]

Conquer The Gauntlet Cancels.

Conquer The Gauntlet put on their first 2 races in 2012. They went on to add one event a year, for the last 3 years. At the beginning of 2016, they announced 9 events. Many of these are locations often overlooked by the larger race companies such as Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Wichita, Kansas. On May 27, 2016 they sent out the following email to registered participants for their Lubbock, Texas event, scheduled for October 15th. After much thought, we regret to Read more […]

Tough Mudder #ObstacleWeek – No. 1: Block Ness Monster

It’s no surprise that Block Ness Monster has taken the No. 1 spot for Tough Mudder’s #ObstacleWeek. Officially debuting at World Toughest Mudder 2015 (beta runs occurred throughout 2015 at a few local TM events), Block Ness Monster (then called Roll the Dice) was an instant hit. At an event where teamwork and camaraderie are valued above course time and Mudders pledge to help fellow Mudders complete the course, Block Ness Monster is a dream obstacle…and it’s hella fun! Everyone is instantly enchanted Read more […]

Tough Mudder #ObstacleWeek – No. 2: King of the Swingers

Fan favorite #2 for Tough Mudder’s #ObstacleWeek, King of the Swingers, is a realtively new Tough Mudder obstacle introduced at World’s Toughest Mudder 2014 that instantly earned its place in Mudder hearts. King of the Swingers continued to receive rave reviews through the 2015 Tough Mudder season, so it’s no surprise it landed at #2 on the #obstacleweek list. AIR TIME King of the Swingers is a hybrid skill/fear obstacle that pairs the fear of heights (ala Walk the Plank) with the skill of Read more […]


OCR Transformations- Tarren Soukup

ORM presents the series of stories on OCR Transformations. Runners and athletes whose mind body, and spirit have been altered through obstacle racing. Author’s Note: The following transformation story is being told by Tarren herself. No better way to see the impact of someone’s story than through his or her own eyes. Enjoy this month’s OCR Transformation brought to you by Tarren Soukup! TARREN’S STORY My weight was never something I had to work at. I was always little. 5’1 and maybe 105 Read more […]

OCR Transformations- Jason Gelleny

ORM presents the series of stories on OCR Transformations. Runners and athletes whose mind body, and spirit have been altered through obstacle racing. Jason grew up playing all types of sports. Weight lifting and baseball were his main concentrations through high school and he had hoped to earn a scholarship. However, a major back injury during his senior year eliminated his chances for a scholarship to the states to play University baseball. Without a real back up plan from playing sports, Jason Read more […]

Fast Sets Up ‘n Coming Track and OCR Star

Delayed or diminished development is common among people on the autistic spectrum.  In Aaron’s case, his affected areas are physical and social.  Although in many ways he is physically like any other typical teenage boy, there are differences.  For instance, he is extremely aware of his body.  Each visit to the doctor requires more time than we expected because Aaron needs to dig in to all the details by exchanging volumes of information with the doctors.  This actually pleases the doctors because Read more […]