OCRWC Announces US Championship

This morning, Adrian Bijanada and the OCRWC announced a United States Championship to take place Labor Day weekend in Texas. Keeping with the #ocrunited theme of the World Championships, The U.S. only version already has several races on board including Savage, Green Beret Challenge, BoneFrog Challenge, Warrior Dash, Terrain Racing, Conquer the Gauntlet, and more. These races will all be qualifiers for this new Championship. They will all, in theory, be donating obstacles for the actual race this Fall as well.

The complete press release will follow at the bottom of the page.

But first…Some quick Q and A With Adrian Bijanada

ORM: Is this event being produced with your partners from OCRWC?

AB: Yup, 365 Sports will be one of the partners helping to bring this to life.

ORM: Is this event open only to US Citizens?

AB: We are following the same path as similar competitions like US Track and Field. You must be a U.S. Citizen or a something called a “U.S. National”. A “National” is someone who has lived here for at least 3 years and has the ability to represent the United States in other competitions.

ORM: Will there be a journeyman category?

AB: No, because there is currently no qualification for the Open divisions.

ORM: So, to clarify, anyone can sign up for the Open (Non-Pro) division?

ABFor the inaugural year, and presently, there is no qualification for the Open divisions.

ORM: What about prize money? Will it be for all divisions?

AB: Cash prizes are definite for the Pro, we are currently determining the feasibility for age groups (Open division) prize money.

ORM: Can we expect maybe a U.K. version of OCRWC? Or perhaps a European version?

AB: We currently have no plans for additional events beyond this and the OCRWC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UNITED STATES OBSTACLE COURSE RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS TO TAKE PLACE IN TEXAS ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND

New York, NY, January 12, 2017 – Adventurey LLC, organizers of the independent Obstacle Course Racing World Championships, announced today the launch of the first United States Obstacle Course Racing Championships (USOCRC) to be held on Labor Day weekend, September 2 & 3, at Y.O. Ranch Headquarters, Mountain Home, Texas.

The two day event will consist of a 3k short course competition on Saturday, September 2, followed by a 15k long course championship on Sunday, September 3. Both distances will feature a Pro Division for qualified athletes as well as Open Divisions for Age Group competitors. Qualifying criteria will be available at http://USOCRChamps.com in the coming days. Additionally, qualifying spots for the 2017 OCR World Championships will be awarded for top Pro and Age Group division finishers.

“The sport of obstacle course racing continues grow at an amazing pace with the support of many like-minded companies and individuals looking to take it to the next level,” said Adventurey CEO Adrian Bijanada. “With enthusiastic community support, strong partnerships, and a deep bench of professionals willing to work together for the betterment of the sport, the U.S. Obstacle Course Racing Championships is poised to be another incredible experience for obstacle course racers from all over the country.”

In an effort to serve the growing community, the 2017 USOCRC will feature obstacles from many United States-based partners, including: Green Beret Challenge, Savage Race, BoneFrog Challenge, Warrior Dash, Terrain Racing, Conquer the Gauntlet, Indian Mud Run and more. Additional details will be available shortly on http://USOCRChamps.com.

About Adventurey, LLC

Founded in 2013, Adventurey, LLC is a New York City based company whose holdings include eCommerce, Event Production, and Marketing companies specialized in the endurance sports industry.

Media inquiries may be sent to HQ@USOCRChamps.com.

 

 

5K Foam Fest Returns To The United States

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5K Foam Fest, which has had recent success across Canada, is bringing 9 events to the United States in the spring of 2017. 365 Sports (the same company currently partnered with the OCR World Championships), initially purchased the series from Round House Racing. After touring the country with 20 plus events in 2013, Round House cancelled all races mid year and officially closed for business in July of 2014.

365 have spent the last 3 years producing 5K Foam Fest in Canada to rave reviews, and are now ready to bring it back to the States. The website currently lists dates and venues for Nashville, TN, Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX.

There are an additional 6 events (Boston, Detroit, South Carolina, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Ohio) listed as “coming soon”. When asked about finalizing those cities, President Jesse Fulton told ORM “We are getting them done now. Some are firm but we can’t announce until our permits come through”.

For those asking “Where’s my money from the cancelled events from Round House Racing from 2014?”, 365 Sports will honor those tickets as free admission to a 2017 event with proof of purchase.

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The complete press release is below.

In 2014, Utah based Round House Events who operated the American 5k Foam Fest went bankrupt. Days before their ticket holders were expecting to attend events. Ticket sales continued until the day of bankruptcy, and no one was issued a refund.

In a statement to the press, Round House pointed out that 5k Foam Fest Canada
(owned and operated separately) would remain in business. With the immediate shuttering of Round House, all inquiries both press and angry customers were pushed to 365 Sports Inc., a small Canadian company based in the Blue Mountains, Ontario (2 hours north of Toronto).

After a phenomenally successful 3 years of bringing the foam fest to more than 150,000 people all across the country; the team at 365 Sports Inc. has decided to re-launch 5k Foam Fest in the USA. In order to sweeten what was soured by the acts of former Foam Fest owners, 365 Sports Inc. is honoring tickets purchased for 5k Foam Fest USA in 2014. Any person that was affected by the lost ticket price is invited to attend the event by showing proof of purchase and event cancellation.

“We decided to return to the USA because of an overwhelming amount of interest. We also felt that people needed to see and experience how fun this event truly was. In addition it will raise money for Charity in the USA and the biggest reason was because every time we had US participants participate in the Canadian events they all made a point to let us know how much they loved it and suggested we come back down. The US events will run as its own entity with a great trusted staff down there! Looking forward to getting south of the boarder to see all our American friends and family!” – Jesse Fulton, President & Founder of 365 Sports Inc.

In addition to raving American fans, the 5k Foam Fest reviews prove that 365 Sports Inc. has captured the hearts of thousands.

“We had an amazing day and many many laughs. It was well organized and the run is set up for all fitness levels.” – Lori, Moncton

“My boyfriend and I have done many runs, and so far this is our favourite, we are already signed up for 2017!” – Kenya, Vallee du Parc

The Foam Fest is a non-competitive, non-timed 5k obstacle course that is suitable for participants 8 years of age and up. Both participants and spectators are welcome to partake in the events activities, featuring a kids’ zone, a 20-foot “sky fall” drop onto a stunt bag, bouncy castles, the world’s tallest portable inflatable water slide, food and drink vendors, and an on-site DJ.

Running or not, there truly is something for everyone.

For more information or to register please visit: www.the5kfoamfest.com

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2016’s Highest Earning OCR Athletes

How much are the top racers in the obstacle racing world making?

In making this list, we used only official race pay-out information from the 2016 season. We did include TV shows winnings, but only those that had a substantial OCR element.

We did not include any sponsorship, affiliate earnings, or undisclosed payouts. Keep in mind many of these athletes receive podium bonuses from sponsors, along with appearance fees, per diem, coaching fees, and shared sponsorship revenue from TV races. On occasion these combined totals can match or exceed race winnings for an athlete.

We also did not include final points standing payouts from Spartan as they have not yet been officially announced. These payouts normally start around  $4-5,000 for 1st and drop $100 or more for each spot going down.

These USD-converted figures are at best rough estimates and should be treated as such.

 


5. Laura Messner/Beni Gifford

SPARTAN: ULTIMATE TEAM CHALLENGE -- "Spartan Season One Championship" -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt Campione, Beni Gifford, Lynnae Kettler, Ian Deyerle, Laura Messner of "The Comeback Kids" -- (Photo by: Mark Hill/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

SPARTAN: ULTIMATE TEAM CHALLENGE — “Spartan Season One Championship” — Pictured: (l-r) Matt Campione, Beni Gifford, Lynnae Kettler, Ian Deyerle, Laura Messner of “The Comeback Kids” — (Photo by: Mark Hill/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

2016 Race Winnings: $51,500+
Biggest Payday: Spartan Team Challenge, $50,000

Laura Messner and Beni Gifford, along with teammates Matt Campione, Lynnae Kettler, and Ian Deyerle, were the inaugural winners on The Spartan Team Challenge. With that title came $250,000, or $50,000 each, as well as a Spartan Pro Team position for Deyerle.

The two Yancy-Camp athletes are in a virtual dead-heat for the 5th spot in our rankings, both earning $1500-2000+ this past year on top of their TV winnings to edge out their Spartan Team Challenge Teammates.

Messner

  • 9th-BattleFrog Points Series
  • 1st-Spartan Sprint, Nashville
  • 1st-Spartan Beast, Lake Tahoe, Sunday

Gifford

  • 3x Terrain Mud Run Winner
  • 3rd-BattleFrog Dallas
  • 3rd-Savage Race Dallas
  • 1st-Conquer the Gauntlet

Both Gifford and Messner took substantial steps forward in their goals of racing with the best this year and their race placings, and subsequent winnings, reflect as much.


4. Lindsay Webster

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2016 Race Winnings:  $60,000+
Biggest Payday: NBC series, $19,900

The world’s top female racer has loads of range. Webster traveled to Sweden this winter, where she won the fast-paced Arena Run in a little over 22 minutes. Fast forward to fall and Webster came up just short in her quest to be the Spartan Race World Champion, coming in 2nd in just under 3 hrs. This would be the only North American Championship she would not win in 2016.

  • 1st-NBC series- $19,900
  • 1st- BattleFrog Points- $6,000
  • 2nd- Spartan World Championship- $10,000
  • 1st-OCRWC Short Course- $10,000
  • 1st-OCRWC Long Course-  $10,000
  • 1st- BattleFrog (4 races)- $3,000
  • 1st- Arena Run Stockholm- $1,000

3. Hunter Mcintyre

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2016 Race Winnings: $68,700+
Biggest Payday: Broken Skull Ranch, $60,000

Editor’s note: Hunter is up to 80,000 in winnings from Broken Skull as of December 13th

Hunter shifted his gaze away from Spartan and toward the television side of things the past couple years, but still managed to show up and take 2nd place in the 2016 NBC points series.

After spending a year filming Esquire’s Boundless, he was invited to CMT’s Broken Skull Ranch. As of now he holds the course record on the final challenge, an OCR-inspired course called the “Skullbuster.” Each episode his mark on the final course is not surpassed will earn him an additional $10,000.

Six episodes in and McIntyre’s mark is yet to be eclipsed, netting him a cool $60,000. For Hunter, Broken Skull is the gift that keeps giving.

  • Broken Skull Ranch- $60,000+
  • 2nd-Spartan NBC series- $7,700
  • 1st- SoCal Spartan Super- $500
  • 1st- Arizona Spartan Sprint-$500

2. Jonathon Albon

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2016 Race Winnings: $82,400+
Biggest Payday: World’s Toughest Mudder, 50,000

Jon Albon had a busy 2016, racing 24 times in less than 9 months.

Albon had a huge performance at OCRW in Canada, taking 2nd in the short course and winning the team race while repeating as World Champion in the Long Course, his second consecutive year successfully defending the overall title.

He’s a unique racer in that he’s had great success in athletics outside of the OCR racing world- In 2016 he won the Bergen Marathon in 2:26 and did well on the Alpine/Sky running scene, winning the 2016 Skyline Sky Running series.

  • 1st- World’s Toughest Mudder Team- $50,000
  • 1st- OCRWC Long course- $10,000
  • 4th- Spartan Race World Championship- $4,000
  • 1st- Spartan European Championships- $3,000
  • 2nd- OCRWC Short Course- $4,000
  • 1st- BattleFrog League Championship- $10,000/4
  • 1st- OCR Team Championship- $1,500/3
  • 1st- SkyRunner Extreme Series- $2,100
  • 1st-Toughest- Malmo, London, Stockholm, and Oslo- $2,100
  • 1st-Toughest Series- $3,200

1. Ryan Atkins

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2016 Race Winnings: $99,500+
Biggest Payday: World’s Toughest Mudder, $50,000

The endurance legend showed his range in 2016, winning events ranging from the 3k short course at OCRW all the way up to the 24 hr World’s Toughest Mudder, where he completed 105 miles along with his teammate Jon Albon, and in doing so, earned his share of a $100,000 payout.

Ryan had a duel role with BattleFrog in the first half of 2016, serving as race designer/racer, winning 6 of their events and taking 2nd at a 7th before they shuttered their race series.*

  • 1st-World’s Toughest Mudder- $50,000
  • 1st- Spartan NBC Series- $16,600
  • 2nd- Spartan Race World Championship-$10,000
  • 2nd- OCRWC Long Course-$4,000
  • 1st- OCRWC Short Course- $10,000
  • 1st- North Face Endurance 50-miler- payment n/a
  • 2nd-BattleFrog Points Series- $5,000
  • 1st-2x BattleFrog Regional Races- $2,000
  • 1st- 4x BattleFrog Local Races- $2,000

*Ryan is a 21-time BattleFrog champion. In 2015 a win was worth $2,000.


Other notable individual performances from 2016:

Stefanie Bishop, Trevor Cichosz-

  • 1st- World’s Toughest Mudder Individual- $10,000

Hobie Call

  • 1st- Spartan World Championships- $15,000

Zuzana Kocumova-

  • 1st-Spartan World Championships- $15,000
  • 1st-European Championships- $3,000

Robert B. Killian- (also won 2016 Best Ranger Competition)

  • 2nd- Spartan Race Series- $9,200
  • 3rd- Spartan World Championship- $5,000
  • 2nd World’s Toughest Mudder Team- $4,000

Faye Stenning-

  • 3rd- Spartan World Championships- $5,000
  • 2nd- Spartan Race Series- $10,000

Austin Azar– On top of his Spartan and BattleFrog race winnings, had two very nice payouts:

  • 1st-BattleFrog Points Champion- $7,000
  • 2nd-World’s Toughest Mudder- $4,000

Kate Cramer

  • 1st-Stadium Series- $4,000

All payout info found on the following sites:

ocreurope.com

spartanrace.com

skyrunnerworldseries.com

toughest.se/en/

Thanks go out to Beni Gifford, Battlefrog indo, and Scott Seefeldt for helping us track down European payout info.

Spartan World Champs Back In Tahoe – Confirmed

After teasing us two weeks ago, with a non-announcement, yet visible posting on the Spartan website…

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then a change to the website, a few days later…

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We can now confirm, straight from the Spartan’s mouth, that next year’s Spartan World Championship Race will in fact, be back in Tahoe for the 3rd straight year.

The website as of right now, does not use the word championship. The site does have a new feature showing “X number of Spartans are viewing this race”. Readers will want to qualify and register as soon as possible as the current price is $159 and rising.

Complete Spartan Press Release Follows:

SPARTAN RACE ANNOUNCES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WILL RETURN TO LAKE TAHOE IN 2017

World’s Leading Obstacle Race Series to Host International Field of Elite Athletes Competing For Over $500,000 in Cash and Prizes in 2017

Spartan Race, the world’s leading obstacle race company, announced today that the internationally renowned mountain destination Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe will host the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship at North Lake Tahoe, on September 30, 2017. This will be the third straight year that North Lake Tahoe has hosted obstacle racing’s preeminent championship event.

The weekend will feature races for all types of athletes and families to participate in. The World Championship Beast, as well as the Elite, Competitive and Open category Beast races will take place on Saturday, September 30th. Sunday will play host to the Beast and 26+ mile Ultra Beast.

The Reebok Spartan Race World Championship is obstacle racing’s pinnacle event and the premier event in the global Spartan Race series. In order to qualify for Saturday’s World Championship heat, men and women racers must finish in the top 5 at any Spartan Race around the world during the 2017 qualifying season. Once someone has qualified and finishes in the top 5, the qualification will go to the next finisher.

Known throughout the world for its pristine lake and impressive panoramic mountain peaks; Lake Tahoe features many attractions, world class restaurants and great places to stay, making it ideal for elite athletes, fitness enthusiasts, weekend warriors, and families alike.

“I am thrilled to announce that Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe will once again host the 2017 Spartan Race World Championship,” said Joe De Sena, Founder and CEO of Spartan Race. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Squaw Valley and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association for a third year and look forward to working together to deliver a world class event for our racers. With its Olympic roots and significance in the world of sports, it’s the perfect stage for racers to test themselves against some of the best athletes and most challenging terrain in the world.”

About Spartan Race, Inc.

Spartan Race is the world’s leading obstacle race company and the first of its kind to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 200 events in 30+ countries in 2017, Spartan Race has more than 1 million global participants, and offers open heats for all fitness levels as well as competitive and elite heats. With more than 5 million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, as well as the popular NBC television series, Spartan Race has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports—and lifestyles— in the world. Spartan Race features races at three distances, 3+Mile/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 12+ Mile/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” culminating each year in the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship. Visit Spartan.com for more information, a schedule of events, and to register for a race.

About North Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is a crown jewel of the Sierra. Formed approximately two million years ago, it is the largest alpine lake in North America and the second deepest in the United States. North Lake Tahoe spans two states and boasts two dozen beaches, twelve ski resorts, hundreds of miles of biking trails, half a dozen communities, and a growing number of nationally recognized human-powered events, races and festivals. North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. Visitor information centers are located at 100 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village. For the latest deals, check out the Deals tab on www.gotahoenorth.com.

 

 

 

 

How I got 50 miles at World’s Toughest Mudder

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Lap: 1 (Sprint Lap – No Obstacles) Miles 1-5

Gear
ORM MudGear Shirt
Merrell Buff
Shoes: 
Hydration: 
Start: Geigerrig 500 (2L) filled with H20
Halfway Water Station: 1 cups water 2 cups Cellucor
Issues: Rocks in the shoes
Obstacles Failed: N/A
Time: 1:06:07   (Lap complete at around 1:15pm)
Bonus Fun Fact: Number of Eminem/Slim Shady/PonyBoy Comments: 10
Pit Food prior to next lap: Banana
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Lap: 2 (1st full obstacle lap) Miles 6-10

Gear
Same as previous lap
Shoes: 
Hydration: 
Start: Geigerrig 500 (2L) filled with H20
Halfway Water Station: 1 cups water 2 cups Cellucor
Issues: More rocks in shoes
Obstacles Failed: Funky Monkey Revolution, Kong
Time: 1:52:46   (Lap complete at about 3:10pm)
Pit Food prior to next lap: 1 PB&J
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 Lap: 3  Miles 11-15

 Gear
(Change to) Neptune System Top
Merrell Buff
Shoes: 
Hydration: 
Start: Geigerrig 500 (2L) filled with H20 and a little Gatorade
Halfway Water Station: 2 cups water 1 cup Cellucor
Issues: Slight occasional heartburn
Obstacles Failed: Operation, Funky Monkey Revolution, Double Rainbow, Kong
Time: 2:02:02   (Lap complete around 5:30pm)
Pit Food and Hydration prior to next lap: 1 can of Chicken Noodle Soup,  3 Tums
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Carrying sandbags on one (of many) penalty loops

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Lap: 4 Miles 16-20

Gear
Same as previous lap
Shoes: 
Same as previous lap
Hydration: 
Start: Geigerrig 500 (2L) filled with H20 and a little Gatorade
Halfway Water Station: 1 cups water 1 cup Cellucor
Issues: Slight occasional heartburn, chafing near right arm pit
Obstacles Failed: Operation, Double Rainbow, Funky Monkey Revolution, Kong
Time: 2:08:33   (Lap Complete around 7:45pm)
Pit Food prior to next lap: 1 PB&J, some cookies , Walmart Peanut Butter Trail Mix, 3 Tums
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Hydration: 
Start: Geigerrig 500 (2L) filled with H20 and a little Gatorade
Halfway Water Station: 2 cups water 1 cups Cellucor
Issues: None
Obstacles Failed: Operation, Double Rainbow, Funky Monkey Revolution, Kong
Time: 2:22:18   (Lap complete around 10pm)
Bonus Fun Fact: 4/4 on Twinkle Toes including this lap. Sadly, they closed this obstacle moving forward.
Pit Food prior to next lap: 1 can of ravioli
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Lap: 6 Miles 26-30

Gear

Same as previous lap plus

Shoes: 
Same as previous lap
Hydration: 
Start: Geigerrig 500 (2L) filled with H20 and a little Gatorade
Halfway Water Station: 1 cup water 1 cup Cellucor
Issues: None
Obstacles Failed: Operation, Double Rainbow, Kong
Time: 2:38:41   (Lap complete around 1am)
Bonus Fun Fact: Cliff is Open!
Pit Food prior to next lap: PB&J
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Lap: 7 Miles 31-35

Gear

Same as previous lap plus

BleggMitts

Shoes: 
Same as previous lap
Hydration: 
Start: Geigerrig 500 (2L) filled with H20 and a little Gatorade
Halfway Water Station: 2 cups water
Issues: Sleepwalking
Obstacles Failed:  Grappler, Funky Monkey Revolution, Double Rainbow, Kong
Time: 2:14:41   (Lap complete around 3:30am)
Pit Food prior to next lap: Walmart Peanut Butter Trail Mix
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Lap: 8 Miles 36-40

Gear

Same as previous lap

Shoes: 
Same as previous lap
Hydration: 
Start: Geigerrig 500 (2L) filled with H20 and a little Gatorade
Halfway Water Station: 2 cups water 1 cup Cellucor
Issues: None
Obstacles Failed:  Grappler, Funky Monkey Revolution, Double Rainbow, Kong
Time: 2:24:24  (Lap complete around 6:00am)
Bonus Fun Fact: Number of times peed in wetsuit on this lap : 3 
Pit Food prior to next lap: Honey Stinger Waffle, Walmart Peanut Butter Trail Mix
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Lap: 9 Miles 40-45

Gear

Same as previous lap

Shoes: 
Same as previous lap
Hydration: 
Start: Geigerrig 500 (2L) filled with H20 and a little Gatorade
Halfway Water Station: 2 cups water
Issues: Everything Hurts And I Want To Die.
Obstacles Failed:  Operation, Grappler, Funky Monkey Revolution, Double Rainbow, Kong
Time: 2:50:02   (Lap complete around 9:30am)
Pit Food prior to next lap: PB&J, Walmart Peanut Butter Trail Mix
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Lap: 10 Miles 46-50

Gear

Took off BlegMitts, Cap, and took down wetsuit to waist mid lap due to heat.

Shoes: 
Same as previous lap
Hydration: 
Start: Geigerrig 500 (2L) filled with H20 and a little Gatorade
Halfway Water Station: 2 cups water, 1 cup Cellucor
Issues: I am so glad it’s almost over, all pain is irrelevant.
Obstacles Failed:  Funky Monkey Revolution, Double Rainbow, Kong
Time: 2:58:17   (Lap complete around 12:40pm)
Bonus Fun Facts:
  • I had more than enough of everything including: I purchased $60 worth of food and $30 worth of gus/gels/bars, I ate about 25% of it. I had an additional Hyperflex wetsuit layer I never had to use.
  • I jumped off The Cliff 4 times total (Laps 6-9).
  • I thankfully avoided my biggest fear, which was suddenly having to poop and going in my wetsuit.
  • My Garmin Fenix 3 battery in UltraTrac mode lasted the entire time.
  • The first place we went after the event was Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop. Visit Capriotti’s while in Henderson, tell them I sent you.
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Thank Yous: My partner who was, then wasn’t, yet always is: J.D. Allen. My new bestest lesbian buddy Ashley Conti.  A pit crew of Josh Grant, Yvette Tetreault and several more that took care of me. Kyoul Cha and Jay Bode who did a fantastic job on social media covering for Obstacle Racing Media.

Additional Thank Yous: The following companies provided items specifically for this event Olight, Wetsuit Wearhouse, BleggMitts, Athletics 8/Marena Sport.

Photo Credits:

Featured Photo – Dario Cantatore/Bob Mulholland.

Lap 1 – Ryan Meade GoPro Still.

Lap 3 -Tyra Gruzinga.

Laps 8 and 10 – Kyoul Cha

Tough Mudder Introduces New Obstacles for 2017

Tough Mudder has released details about the new obstacles for 2017, and it is clear that they will keep Tough Mudders wet, disoriented, and dangling in midair. Which is how Tough Mudder likes it.

Most of these obstacles will debut at World’s Toughest Mudder, which takes place this weekend outside Las Vegas, and those who are curious are bound to get glimpses of the new obstacles during the copious live feeds that will be broadcast.

In the meantime, you can also see many of the obstacles in this dramatic video: 

Once you have picked your jaw up off the floor, you might want to know more about the individual obstacles you just saw. The most impressive is called Augustus Gloop. Why is that name familiar? If Johnny Depp is your WIlly Wonka, then you will remember this:

However, if you go old school Gene Wilder, try this instead

Sadly, this obstacle does not involve a river of chocolate. Rather, Mudders will climb up a tube while water rushes down at them. I spoke to obstacle designer Eli Hutchison, who explained that while the tube itself will not be difficult to climb, the force of the water flowing down will make it feel like you can’t breathe. “Just keep your head down”, he advised. Thanks, Eli.


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Another brand new obstacle is called Reach Around, which requires participants to climb almost 20 feet in the air to a point which requires some problem-solving to get past a point before climbing back down. This obstacle combines both the need for upper body strength as well as the need to overcome a fear of heights.

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The remaining two new obstacles are the latest updates on successful obstacles from the past. Arctic Enema was originally just a dumpster full of ice water separated by a fence, requiring you to dunk yourself completely to emerge at the other side (and originally it was called “Chernobyl Jacuzzi”, but that’s another story). Version 2.0 introduced in 2015 forced Mudders to slide into the ice under wire fencing, preventing you from hesitating on your way down. The latest version, Arctic Enema – The Rebirth, replaces the fenced-in slide with a tube, reminiscent of the old obstacle “Boa Constrictor”. The catch? You’re supposed to go down the tube head first, which means you get more submersion, more cold, and a greater element of fear. Well played, Tough Mudder.

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Also updated is Funky Monkey. This was originally just a monkey bar climb over water, and it was updated to add a transition from monkey bars to a pole. If you have finally mastered this skill, in 2017 you get to try Funky Monkey – The Revolution, which adds moving wheels to the mix of items you need to grab to get across. This innovation may or may not have its inspiration from the American Ninja Warrior courses.

Legionnaires, those who have already completed a Tough Mudder, will have more options this year as well. Three obstacles will feature Legionnaire Lanes, where an obstacle has been adapted to be just that much tougher (and get an even more aggressive name). You might call these versions “enhanced”, with the same meaning as “enhanced interrogation”. Augustus Gloop will become Snot Rocket, and Legionnaires will have to approach the entrance to the tube through a wire covered pool of water, reminiscent of Cage Crawl, with only a few inches of water between you and the fencing. The Legionnaire Lane for Reach Around is called Stage 5 Clinger and will require you to climb to the top at an even steeper, more technical angle. Birth Canal has been adapted as Black Hole, requiring you to crawl under heavy bags of water, but this time in complete darkness (WTM insider alert: this obstacle will not be present at Vegas this weekend. Now you know!). Finally, instead of Electroshock Therapy, Legionnaires will be able to opt for something called Kong, which will require you to swing from ring to ring high in the air. The twist is that the rings are spaced farther and farther apart as you cross the obstacle.

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Tough Mudder has shown that it can innovate by introducing new obstacles and keep the event fresh by updating old ones. The focus is on making obstacles that are challenging, but entertaining.I know that I can’t wait to give Augustus Gloop a try. Even if no chocolate is involved.

Bonus: You can hear the podcast with the entire conversation between Eli, ORM’s Matt B. Davis and myself, here.

Tough Mudder Press Release:

BROOKLYN, NY (November 10, 2016) – Tough Mudder Inc., the leading active lifestyle brand, announced today its new obstacles for the 2017 event season which feature four new challenges – a new Legionnaire finish obstacle (for participants who have completed at least one Tough Mudder event) and three Legionnaire-only features. Select new obstacles will debut at World’s Toughest Mudder, the grueling 24-hour extreme endurance race presented by Cellucor, on Saturday, November 12 at Lake Las Vegas at 12 p.m. PST.

Fans can watch the world’s leading ultra-endurance athletes take on these new challenges for the first time and compete for a $100,000 grand prize by viewing the Tough Mudder/CBS Sports’ World’s Toughest Mudder Livestream at ToughMudder.com.

The new 2017 Tough Mudder obstacles are:

New Extreme Obstacles:

  • Augustus Gloop – Participants must enter into a chest-deep pit of water before ascending up a vertical tube. As they attempt to ascend through the confined tube, they must fight off a cascade of water gushing down on them from above.
  • Funky Monkey – The Revolution – A literal “spin” on Tough Mudder’s classic Funky Monkey obstacle. Participants test their upper body strength to complete this challenge while transitioning from monkey bars to traverse a series of revolving wheels – all while dangling over a water pit.
  • Arctic Enema – The Rebirth – Participants slide down a confined, dark tube head first into an icy pool of water, navigate across one section and must submerge themselves yet again under a wall to escape this freezing vessel of ice water.
  • The Reach Around – Playing upon one’s fear of heights and one of the most challenging obstacles on the course, this nearly 20 feet tall obstacle forces participants to climb up and go beyond vertical in an inverted 45 degree angle to overcome it.

For those who have completed a Tough Mudder event, known as Legionnaires, Tough Mudder is providing new challenges – in the form of special Legionnaire-only lanes to enhance their experience in 2017. The lanes will be new twists on classic challenges, as well as an all-new Legionnaire-only finisher obstacle that will test participant’s upper body strength and fear of heights.

Enhanced Legionnaire Lanes:

  • Snot Rocket (Augustus Gloop Legionnaire Lane): Before attempting to enter the vertical tube of this kicked-up Augustus Gloop, participants must pull their way through a steel fence-topped trench while floating on their back with only a few inches of air between water’s surface and the fence.
  • Black Hole (Birth Canal Legionnaire Lane): Participants must crawl and push their way through a confining gauntlet of 100 lb water-filled barriers suspended above them in total darkness.
  • Stage 5 Clinger (The Reach Around Legionnaire Lane): In addition to scaling one of the tallest and toughest obstacles on the course, Legionnaires will have to come up with a new strategy to navigate across a now 90 degree angle to reach its peak.

Legionnaire Finish Obstacle:

  • Kong: Taking Legionnaire finish obstacles to new heights, literally, this giant, 30-foot obstacle will have participants swinging like Tarzan, traversing from one floating ring to another with increasing distance between them.

“The 2017 enhancements set a new standard of excellence in obstacle innovation and showcase the physicality and intensity which makes Tough Mudder unique,” said Will Dean, CEO and Co-Founder of Tough Mudder, Inc. “The mental and physical challenges participants experience is ­­­­what makes Tough Mudder the industry leader. We remain committed to exploring and engineering ways to present new challenges and increase obstacle difficultly to keep our events fresh and exciting. We look forward to welcoming thousands of new and returning participants to Mudder Nation in 2017 to face these challenges together.”

Deemed as “probably the toughest event on the planet,” Tough Mudder tests teamwork, while pushing pushes one’s physical abilities and mental grit limits. With more than 2.5 million participants to date across four continents, Tough Mudder events challenge people across a 10-12 mile course featuring 20-25 signature obstacles.

In addition to the Live Stream of World’s Toughest Mudder, CBS Sports will premiere its series of programs on the World’s Toughest Mudder in December. Viewers can tune into Road to the World’s Toughest Mudder on CBS Sports Network on December 15 at 9:00 PM EST for a behind the scenes, in-depth look at the obstacles, the competitors and preparation leading up to the grueling 24 hour competition. On December 25 at 2:00 PM EST on CBS, viewers will get to experience all the excitement, drama, agony and joy from the 2016 World’s Toughest Mudder. Immediately following the World’s Toughest Mudder program, CBS Sports Network will host a post-event roundtable World’s Toughest After at 3:00 PM EST, featuring the winners and top competitors.

For more information on the 2017 Tough Mudder obstacles, World’s Toughest Mudder, the Tough Mudder CBS Sports special or to register for an event, visit ToughMudder.com. Join the conversation by following Tough Mudder on Twitter at @ToughMudder or Instagram at @Tough_Mudder.

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About Tough Mudder, Inc.:

Founded in 2010 with the launch of the Tough Mudder event series of 10-12 mile obstacle courses, Tough Mudder Inc. has since grown to become a leading active lifestyle company. The brand includes Tough Mudder Half, an obstacle challenge bringing the thrills of Tough Mudder to a 5-mile course; Mudderella, an obstacle course series created by women for women; Fruit Shoot Mini Mudder, a custom event for children ages 7-12; Toughest Mudder Series, the eight-hour, overnight competition series; World’s Toughest Mudder, a grueling 24-hour endurance competition; and an extremely vibrant engaging social and digital destination for leading fitness, nutrition and wellness content delivered across multiple platforms. The Tough Mudder family of brands and online community is united by a commitment to promoting courage, personal accomplishment and teamwork through unconventional, life-changing experiences. With more than 2.5 million participants to date, Tough Mudder Inc. will produce more than 120 events worldwide in 2016 across five continents, including Asia through its partnerships with Seroja and IMG. More than 20 of the world’s leading brands are sponsorship and content distribution partners, including Merrell, Old Spice, Shock Top, Cellucor, Volvic, Jeep, Britvic, L’il Critters, US Army, Virgin Active, Olympus, Bosch, Live Stream, The CW and CBS. To join the conversation, follow Tough Mudder on Facebook at facebook.com/toughmudder, on Twitter @ToughMudder, and on Instagram @Tough_Mudder.

World’s Toughest Mudder

Known as one of the most extreme endurance events in the world, the World’s Toughest Mudder event, presented by Cellucor, is the only competitive event that Tough Mudder, Inc. hosts in 2016. Competitors are eligible to win a total of more than $170,000 in prizing, including a grand prize of $100,000 for teams that complete at least 100 miles together. Like all Tough Mudder events, World’s Toughest Mudder encourages Mudders to work together, help one another overcome obstacles and push past their physical and mental boundaries. While competitive in nature, World’s Toughest Mudder is about finding one’s personal limits and putting teamwork to the test, and hundreds of participants take part in the event as a team. The course is a grueling, five-mile loop featuring diverse desert terrain, steep hills, mud pits and more. Prizes are awarded to participants who complete the most miles within 24 hours, and the team of two or more that completes 100 miles together wins $100,000. Competitors take on 20-25 of Tough Mudder’s most challenging obstacles including The Cliff, Human Operation, and Gut Buster, in this 24-hour, timed event to be deemed the toughest man, woman and team on the planet.

Tough Mudder PR Contacts:
Angela Alfano
(703) 447-5629
Angela.Alfano@ToughMudder.com

Jodi Kovacs
(732) 597-2094
Jodi.kovacs@toughmudder.com