USOCR Championships with Adrian Bijanada

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US OCR Championships

On today’s show we talk to Adrian Bijanada about his new baby the U.S. OCR Championships. Adrian and his company have been producing the USOCR World Championships since 2014. This is the first “secondary” event he and his team have created.

We also get to hear about Matt’s recent incarceration.
Todays Podcast is sponsored by:

Udder Mud Run – Use code ORM for $10 off this race that takes place August 5, 2017.

Obstacle Guard – Code ORM gets you 10% off all orders in the U.S.

Show Notes:

Look back on OCRWC beginnings in this Dec 2013 article.

That fateful run last Friday on Strava.

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Ryan Kent and Logan Nagle from The Selection

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Episode 222

On today’s show, we bring you two more finishers from the TV show “The Selection”. Ryan Kent and Logan Nagle talk about their experiences before, during and after the filming including some behind the scenes talk never heard before.
Todays Podcast is sponsored by:

Savage Race : New obstacles, new locations, new syndicate medal. Check them out at Savage Race.com

Show Notes:

Previous Selection Podcast with Christian Griffith

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DeSena Responds To Podium Controversy

Spartan Podium

We heard from Joe DeSena late yesterday in regards to the recent Spartan Race podium rule changes. Here is what he sent us.

I’m here in Tokyo and find myself wanting to write my friends directly. I haven’t read anything online, but a few people in our organization have said, “Wow, I can’t believe what some people are writing about the new Spartan podium rules.” Even though I never read these ridiculous things, I believe all press is good. 

I realize that I need to offer clarity to everyone who’s confused, frustrated, or simply impacted. I apologize for not contacting each of you directly, but in the interest of time—and because I want to be completely open about this—I thought this email was a better choice of communication. 

So, feel free to share this message. Or not. And also always know that the world has my email address should they want to talk to me.

There’s an old adage: “Before you criticize a person, walk a mile in his or her shoes.” This saying was first coined by the Cherokee tribe of Native Americans as “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.”

Henry Ford also said, “If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”

In other words, when you understand what drives another person’s perspective, you’re not only likely to have a complete view of the subject but are likely to regard the other person’s viewpoint with greater empathy. 

That’s what I’m doing now. I’m walking in the shoes of the elites: What’s the issue with the rule Spartan has put forth and how does it negatively impact the elite athletes we’ve helped develop over the past 7 years? I suspect they’re concerned that if they have to take a photo on our podium in standard Spartan gear, it will hurt their chances of earning sponsorship dollars. I suspect they also believe that being told what to wear is not American. 

These are valid concerns. I realize now that I should have fully explained this rule, along with the reasons for it, before we released it. I take complete responsibility and hope this message helps create clarity around these changes.

Here’s why we are putting this rule in effect: We believe obstacle racing is a sport. We also believe that for it to be recognized globally as a sport—not only by the elites, but by civilians, military, and the Olympic Committee itself—we need to start acting like a sport. 

This is not just an opinion. I have been working for 6-plus years trying to get us recognized by the Olympics, so that we can be included in the Games. I have had countless meetings with individuals who know what it requires, and several who are involved in decisions like this.  

The common themes in all these conversations: professionalism and consistency—in everything from how our elites dress to the branding of our events. To that end, it’s vital to the brand and our sponsors that we not allow our podium to be hijacked.

Your turn: Walk in Spartan management’s shoes for a minute. Imagine how taken aback we are when an elite quickly rips off his shirt to slip into one from another brand in front of our NBC cameras? Or how we feel when we get a call from one of our sponsors, which help finance 200 races in 30 countries annually, berating us. Lets be clear- there is NO Spartan Race without these sponsors. Luckily, we are Spartans. We move past it and don’t get upset. You can forgive in one minute or carry anger for a lifetime, that said- not everyone is like us.

The bottom line is this: We all want this to become a legitimately recognized sport, with participation and spectator rates as high as the other major sports. Together, we can continue to grow Spartan and make the world a healthier place along the way. We are well positioned to take that next step. Professionalism and consistency is a small price to pay. 

In fact, from my perspective, it is logical, and helps us all win. I hope this email will help you begin to see it in much the same way. Stay tuned for more updates. 

Joe- your friend in good times and bad.

Joe@spartan.com

We’d love to know your thoughts on Joe’s statements. Please comment below and let us know.

*Photo credit: Trek and Run

Joe Di and Amelia Boone on Spartan Podium Rules

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Joe Di And Boone

On today’s episode we got on the phone with Joe Di from Spartan to get some clarity on the new Spartan Race rules. Those rules, that were posted earlier this week, concern, among other things, race attire and podium attire. He also lets us know how the first Spartan of the year went, and gives us a preview of the upcoming Greek Peak Winter Spartan.

We also had a chance to catch up with the most decorated female athlete in the sport, Amelia Boone, to get her to further explain her thoughts on the rules and the current state of OCR.

Todays Podcast is sponsored by:

Wetsuit Wearhouse – Save 15% using coupon code ORM on all purchases

Show Notes:

Solo’s thoughts on the new rules

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Christian Griffith – Roster #11 From The Selection

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Christian Griffith Roster #11

Christian Griffith stopped by the day after the finale aired for History Channel’s The Selection.

He talks about how the experience has changed his life for the better. His opening up about his personal history with sexual abuse has already touched thousands if not millions of viewers. Christian hopes he can help even more with the platform the show has provided him.

Listen in to learn all about that, how he promised himself not to leave the competiton in anything other than handcuffs, and much more.
Todays Podcast is sponsored by:

Obstacle Guard –  Get it on because Monday’s a workday! 

Show Notes:

ORM’s recap of all History Channel The Selection episodes.

Roster #11 Facebook page

History Channel The Selection website

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Faye Stenning

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Faye Stenning Podcast

Faye Stenning hops on a call with Matt to talk about, among other things:

  • Running in high school and college.
  • Dominating in Canada before starting to race the U.S. Spartan Pro circuit.
  • Racing a lot before and after the Championship races.
  • If she has any regrets about OCRWC.
  • Quitting a nice day job to become a full time athlete.
  • Her coaching program.

Todays Podcast is sponsored by:

Ascent Protein – Food For Athletes.

Show Notes:

Faye on Instagram

Faye’s coaching website

Faye’s Athlinks

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