ORM Founders and Staff

Matt B. Davis, Co-Founder

Matt B. DavisMatt is the face of Obstacle Racing Media and widely considered an OCR industry expert.

His office? Knee-deep mud, 8-foot walls, and 20-ft. rope climbs.

Matt doesn’t just write, talk, and produce obstacle racing content, he lives it. Having completed almost every brand of obstacle race and mud run since the very beginning, Matt has had his finger on pulse of the sport of obstacle racing from all perspectives, be it elite athletes, weekend warriors, or first-time race participants.

Matt wrote the book Down and Dirty-The Essential Training Guide For Obstacle Races and Mud Runs and has been published in Men’s Health, Sports Destination Management, Runners’ World U.K., and Shortlist. He has also been hired as an industry expert for several OCR television productions for Spartan Race and The BattleFrog College Championships on ESPN.

You can find Matt sharing his stoke as the talent behind Obstacle Racing’s most popular weekly podcast, or on-location at race events – racing his butt off, blogging, tweeting race results, and uploading race participant photos to the ORM Facebook page.

A former stand-up-comic-turned-athlete, Matt lives in Atlanta, Georgia with his beautiful (and patient) wife, and three kids, Emma, Jax and River.

Reach out to Matt at matt@obstacleracingmedia.com, he’d love to hear from you.

Christian Griffith, Co-Founder

Christian GriffithA longtime surfer, skateboarder, ultrarunner, and all around individual sports junkie, Christian came to obstacle racing as a way to test some of the functional training he was developing as a follower of the CrossFit training methodology; and like most people, fell in love with the sport after the first obstacle.

Unusual people tend to find other unusual people pretty quickly, and it wasn’t long before Matt found Christian (or maybe Christian found Matt), and a media idea was born.

As Senior Vice President of Digital Strategy (read: “geek”) for 10 years at an advertising agency in Atlanta, Christian gained a deep, day-to-day understanding of digital strategy, media, and search engine marketing; and using that expertise, oversees the foundation for which Obstacle Racing Media lives.

In 2015, Christian launched Live for a Living. As more a philosophy than company, Christian is bucking the traditional approach to business and “the work day,” determined to prove that when one puts people and experiences ahead of financial gain and power, great things can happen.

 

Obstacle Racing Media Staff and Contributors

Dario Cantatore – The Guru

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Photo By Ben Hider

Dario, aka “Dario”, has been a runner since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. It turns out that after 15 or so years of running you can get a little bored sometimes. One day a few years ago he bought a Groupon for a Spartan Race while browsing the web late at night. Then he promptly forgot about this until he was notified by email that the race was the coming weekend. It was so challenging and different that he was instantly hooked and within 5 months had completed his trifecta.

When not finding new races to run he is a photographer, web developer, and SEO specialist. Located in NYC but always yearning for the trails – if you have a house outside of the city please invite him to come crash on your couch.

 

Jeff Marier – Video Geek

Jeff MarierStarting out as a video professional in the corporate world, Jeff, filmed his first obstacle race in 2011 – the Tough Mudder in Georgia.

After the experience of watching his buddies kick, slide, crawl, pull, and fight their way to the finish, he became intrigued, and set out to train his body for his own OCR experience. He conquered the next year’s Tough Mudder, camera in hand, and found his niche in the sport.

Once Jeff decided to stop making videos for the ‘the man,’ his skills started to skyrocket. He finally has the opportunity to shoot something he loves – obstacle course racing.

Check out his genius at work on the Facebook Videos Page.

Allison Dacus – OCR Transformations

allisonAllison Dacus, a.k.a. “RunUncensored”, began running one October afternoon in 2012. Although she could barely make it one mile without stopping and walking–she kept trying and eventually ran her first 10k that April. After her first race, she stepped up her training and began racing in anything from 5k, 10k, and half marathons.

She was introduced to obstacle course racing in March of 2014. After her first Spartan Sprint…she was hooked! Her schedule usually allows for one weekend off a month, and you can bet you’ll find her at an OCR event. Allison is a BattleFrog Field Team member, but you most likely know her as the Mistress of Reviews for ORM.

If you are someone or know someone who would like to be featured in OCR Transformations, reach out to allison@obstacleracingmedia.com.