Breast Foot Forward; Optimizing Performance with the Right Gear

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According to the National Runner Survey, female runners compromise an astounding 63% of all running event participants surveyed in 2017. The average miles per week reported were reported 21 miles. With over 6,000 participants surveyed, that translates as thousands of boobs bouncing, slamming, sweating, and sloshing during training and events. And while there is no shortage of marketing campaigns surrounding gear for female runners and gym-goers alike, the modern day sports bra has changed dramatically since the Jockbra of 1977. Gone are the days of two jockstraps sewn together in an attempt to hold the girls up.  Despite the fact that modern sports bras are seen as an adornment, the sports bra has become an essential piece of gear for optimized performance and not just for busty girls either! You spend good money on the perfect pair of shoes to protect your feet and ensure optimal performance, so why would you skimp on a sports bra that protects an equally important asset?

 

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Regardless of your chest size, gravity is working during exercise and I hate to break it to you, but it is NOT in your favor girl. Supporting your chest is crucial to not only performing the exercise correctly and as efficient as possible but also to allow you to focus solely on the exercise without having to worry about being uncomfortable up top. Whether you are performing high impact or low impact exercises, finding the right support is crucial. If you are busty up top and are performing higher impact exercises such as running or jumping, you may need to find a sports bra that provides a bit of compression to keep the girls in place. If you are reading this and think you don’t need to worry because you have a smaller chest, hold that thought! Before you reach for any old sports bra, think about your nipples! Running with a poorly designed sports bra can cause nipple chaffing. Ouch! Some women also experience chaffing from the bottom of their sports bras when they aren’t designed properly. Bottom line is no amount of chaffing cream before a race or event will outperform a quality sports bra, so make sure you choose a sports bra that fits properly that provides support with performance enhancing material. Your boobs will thank you!

Rehband 5mm Knee Sleeves Review


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I was sent the Rehband 5mm knee sleeves to try about a month ago. They came in at the perfect time because I had just started to have some knee “stuff” happening. I wouldn’t call it pain, but hill runs, leg day, speed work, etc. had all become a little too much for my knees, particularly my right one. It just so happened that the Peachtree Road Race was just a few weeks away so my running volume was steady but I played it safe on runs so as to not exacerbate the problem. When I first slipped the Rehbands on, they fit like a glove and provided almost instant relief. These particular sleeves also were branded with the Spartan logo, which gave me even more motivation for my first Spartan Sprint in October here in Atlanta.

Rehband 5mm Knee Sleeves Features

Fit- The knee sleeves contour the leg and fit the knee better than any other sleeve or brace I have used. Once I slide them on, I don’t have to adjust them. The material isn’t as breathable as I would have liked particularly when paired with the Georgia heat, but in order to get the amount of support that these bad boys offer, it is an understandable compromise.

Compression – Just the right amount of compression to provide support without feeling like you have tourniquets on each leg. I was able to run, jump, squat, hip thrust, lunge, and carry heavy buckets without feeling any strain on my knees at all. While the compression is tight, I still had optimal range of motion and never noticed wearing them.

Versatility – Most of us don’t training for races by running alone. To train for an OCR, you are running, lifting, carrying, etc. These sleeves transitioned incredibly well from runs to gym and vice versa.

Rehband 5mm Knee Sleeves Usage

I used the sleeves during runs, Crossfit style WODS, traditional bodybuilding splits, and OCR workouts. Each time I used the sleeves I was impressed at how well they transitioned from one style of workout to the next. Unlike most sports specific gear, such as a lifting belt or wrist straps, I didn’t have to constant take them off and put them back on, and despite the compression I hardly noticed they were on. The only time they were slightly annoying was in the midday Georgia heat. They got a little sweaty but didn’t retain any moisture, they just made me a tad more hot.

Rehband 5mm Knee Sleeves Durability

The durability of these sleeves aregreat. I had them on throughout workouts where I was on the floor, on ropes, etc. and they still look brand new. They also haven’t stretched at all and I haven’t washed them yet (and no they don’t smell).

Rehband 5mm Knee Sleeves Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Amazing compression
  • Fit anatomically around the knee for optimum comfort
  • Transitioned well between sports
  • Felt the benefit the first time I wore them

Cons

  • In 90+ temps, they were a little hot

Similar Products

Iron Bull Knee Sleeves

Rock Tape Knee Sleeves

Rehband 5mm Knee Sleeves Conclusion

All in all, I loved how the Rehband Knee sleeves instantly relieved the pressure when running. I had a hard time recovering in between lifts and runs and wearing these made a huge difference in recovery. I was worried that running without them would be difficult since I had gotten so use to using them, but I ran and lifted without them for a week and while I had to work harder to stabilize, wearing the sleeves doesn’t leave you dependent on them. I ran without any nagging knee tension. The technology in the sleeves has me excited to try other Rehband products, particularly their compression pants when they come out. If the sleeves have this much support and contour, I imagine their pants will be well received. These sleeves are a staple in my workouts now for both OCR training and strength training.



Jennifer Wade

Jen Wade is a former competitive bikini athlete and bodybuilding judge who hung up the bikini in pursuit of functional fitness. She is a certified personal trainer and fitness coach.

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Human Octane Elite Sports Bra and Compression Shorts

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Human Octane’s Women’s Elite Sports Bra and Compression Shorts definitely make you look and feel like a superhero. Immediately after trying on the sports bra and shorts, I snapped a photo to see if I indeed looked like I would be fighting crime or running like a bad ass but alas I looked a little more like a character from Kill Bill. The quality of the material made this brand stick out to me, unlike other shorts or bras that I have tried. The material felt durable and thick, but breathable. While they held up really well, I wasn’t ecstatic about the look. What they lacks in appearance, they more than make up for in durability, yet Human Octane still has work to do with regard to fit and features for women.

Human Octane Elite Sports Bra & Compression Shorts Features

Storage
The shorts provided a large rear pocket which was large and sturdy enough to hold my iPhone 8 plus with little bounce. If you run with a belt or vest, the pocket is just enough to store a little extra. If you run with a handheld, without a vest, or use these in a race, you will be limited to one compartment, but it was plenty large enough to store a phone and a small gel pack. There is no storage in the sports bra.

 

Dry Wick
On my quest for the holy grail of dry wicking shorts or pants, these shorts  came up short. The website boasts moisture wicking as well as anti-chaffing. Well, I got the chaffing and the moisture wicking didn’t exactly pan out either. In fact, it sort of soaked it up. To Human Octane’s credit, the material is high quality and the compression is great, but the material did not wick away sweat or water and was super slow to dry. As a female with a mom bladder, I have talked to countless female runners and now OCR athletes  who also have mom bladders, and trust me- dry wicking for females who have had kids is a HUGE deal. As embarrassing as it is for us moms to admit, there will be those of you out there reading this nodding your head or even virtually high fiving because you know exactly what I am talking about whether or not you admit it out loud. I was disappointed in the dry wicking ability on these because I was sweaty and wet well after an hour and a half after my run was over. The sports bra was made of the exact same material, so again, it didn’t dry quickly or wick away sweat.

Fit
The best part of the fit on the Human Octane Elite Compression Shorts is the mid-rise three inch waistband. It was super comfortable and didn’t feel too compressed at the top. The legs of the shorts fit well but unfortunately did not stay in place during any of the activities I did in them despite claims that the silicone gripper stops legs from riding up. They did indeed ride up, and a lot of riding up at that. The compression felt comfortable but the fact that the legs continued to ride up left me frustrated. I wore a size medium in the shorts and they fit true to size, even in the legs but they just didn’t fit comfortably and I hate to be the bearer of more bad news for the females out there, but these things give you a wicked camel toe! Just trying to keep it real. I was either pulling the legs down or trying to keep the material from embarrassing the hell out of me in public. The good news is that the sports bra fits better than the shorts as it’s nice and snug but stays put. I wore a small in the sports bra because I like my sports bra to fit tight which is particularly important to me when climbing over a wall in an OCR.

Human Octane Elite Sports Bra & Compression Shorts Usage

I wore the shorts and sports bra on multiple runs and climbs and on everything from trails to road, with different climates and altitude. One thing I noticed about both pieces is that they are ultra durable because of the material. After a lot of wear and wash over the past couple of months, they still look brand new. The material is definitely high quality but doesn’t provide much dry wicking as previously indicated. Additionally, the type of material used has a much more stiff feel that other brands. I still had plenty of movement but wonder if this contributed to them riding up so much.

The sports bra provides and opening in the back that looks super cool but was bothersome for me when wearing a chest strap for my heart rate monitor. The sports bra fits well on its own but wearing the chest strap under it made it feel extremely snug and I had some trouble taking deep breaths on my runs.

I kept wearing the compression shorts because I wanted to like them, yet each time I wore them the legs kept riding up and it was really frustrating. I spent a lot of time adjusting the shorts on runs and climbs and eventually ended up bringing an extra pair of shorts to change into to.

Each time I wore the shorts and got sweaty or got them wet, they stayed wet far longer than I anticipated from a dry wicking short. Ultimately the feature that makes this short remotely practical is the pocket in the back, which is big enough to hold my large iPhone 8 Plus.

Human Octane Elite Sports Bra & Compression Shorts Durability

As I alluded to, human octane has it down when it comes to durability. My watch face got dinged up pretty bad during some of the activity that I did wearing the compression shorts and bra and they still look new with zero scrapes and held up through the wash. However, the material just isn’t comfortable.

Human Octane Elite Sports Bra & Compression Shorts Pros and Cons

Pros

  • High quality material
  • Huge phone pocket in the back
  • Extremely durable

Cons

  • The design isn’t as appealing as other brands
  • The Elite Compression Shorts ride up during runs and climbs
  • It takes a long time for both the shorts and sports bra to dry

Human Octane Elite Sports Bra & Compression Shorts Conclusion

I really wanted to love this gear but  the lack of ample dry wicking coupled with the fact that the legs rode up during each activity had me dreading putting them back on. If you’re concerned with durability and need some pocket storage, these may work out better for you. Comfort is a huge deal for me and having to constantly adjust my legs and crotch is a deal breaker.



Jennifer Wade

Jen Wade is a former competitive bikini athlete and bodybuilding judge who hung up the bikini in pursuit of functional fitness. She is a certified personal trainer and fitness coach.

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Orange Mud Gear Vest 2.0 Review

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As a female athlete with a short torso, the Orange Mud Gear Vest 2.0 crushed the competition with regard to fit and comfort. It was released less than a year ago and sold out ahead of schedule. Having tested out its durability and functionality, I see why. This vest is so lightweight, yet packs tons of features and creative storage so you can run without feeling your gear. This pack is a must have for OCR due to its light-weight and ability to remain stable, without any bouncing or sloshing.

Orange Mud Gear Vest 2.0 Features

Storage – Orange Mud’s ingenuity in designing this vest shines through its innovative, yet simple features. The Gear Vest’s front pockets fit 600ml soft flasks or a large phone. I fit my iPhone 8 Plus in the front pocket with no movement and still had room for additional gear in those pockets and the trash pockets.

Orange Mud Gear Vest 2L V2.0

Every single time that I wore my previous vest from another company, I could feel my phone bouncing around, but not with the Gear Vest. This vest also has shoulder pockets for nutrition or endurance gels and is secure enough to hold your id cards or cash in them as well.

Orange Mud Gear Vest 2L V2.0

 

Bounce – The rear compartment holds a 1L Bladder but you can fit a bit more gear in the back without it feeling overly packed. The mesh layers keep the bladder stable with ZERO sloshing. There is a shock cord on the back where I was able to hold my jacket for rainy runs on the trail.

Orange Mud Gear Vest 2L V2.0

Accessibility – The best part about all of these features is that I didn’t have to take my pack off during my run to access anything. Everything was easy to reach, including my gear in the back pocket due to the higher positioning of the vest. On previous vests where my flasks were in the front, I would still have to stop to take a drink because the positioning of the flasks were never accessible likely because of my torso height.

Fit – The Orange Mud Gear Vest pack works phenomenally well for short torso females but scales up for larger frames. The adjustable elastic chest harness makes this pack easy to adjust for runners of varying height and width. I was able to fit into this pack and had my husband who is 3 feet taller than me and 45 lbs. heavier than me wear this to test out the adjustable harness and it fit him like a glove as well. This is something that I am not able to do with other packs I own that are designed for a female without versatility for all sizes, but especially for females. The vest itself was snug but not tight, and I felt like the higher positioning of the vest and the adjustability of the chest straps provided more room to breath during my runs, as opposed to other packs that fit so snugly that it makes it hard to breathe. The pack weighs 8.9oz without the bladder, and even with a full bladder and my gear and phone, it still felt so light that I didn’t even feel like I had it on during my runs.

Orange Mud Gear Vest 2L V2.0

Orange Mud Gear Vest 2.0 Usage

I was able to use the Gear Vest on trail runs to test out how stable it was on hilly, rocky terrain. I was shocked when there was no bounce or sloshing of the bladder. Even when climbing over fallen trees or large rocks, I was able to move freely, without even noticing the pack. I was worried that the water in a 1L bladder wouldn’t be enough on some of my longer runs (12+ miles) but I was pleasantly surprised that it lasted. I also wore this vest on interval runs at the park while hopping on and off monkey bars, rock walls, and other equipment to test the bounce and how it would feel on obstacles. I never felt like I was wearing a pack while sprinting or climbing as it stays in place perfectly and didn’t snag on any equipment. My fuel packs all stayed in place and the hose to the bladder didn’t get caught up either.

In addition to typical trail runs, I took the vest on a work trip to test it out on the beach. It was hot and humid and I was worried about feeling the vest rub more due to the heat. Surprisingly, the vest didn’t rub at all, not even on the chest straps or shoulders. Another great surprise was the fact that after sweating like a beast while wearing this vest and having no way to wash it on a trip, it was completely breathable and didn’t smell after it dried.

Orange Mud Gear Vest 2.0 Durability

While I haven’t ran an OCR with this vest just yet, I have put tons of miles and climbing in with this and it hasn’t shown any signs of wear at all. Despite being dragged in the mud (literally) on trails and obstacle training, it doesn’t even appear dirty. I anticipate that this vest will hold up very nicely over several race seasons.

Orange Mud Gear Vest 2.0 Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Super light weight
  • Extremely comfortable fit with the ability to adjust size to fit smaller frame or larger frame individuals
  • Breathable material makes it feel like you aren’t even carrying a vest
  • Despite its size, it has a surprising amount of room for storage
  • Fits a large phone unlike other brands
  • Items stay secure in their spots and there is No bounce from the bladder

Cons

  • Not enough space for tons of gear if you are planning an endurance event but they have other options for that

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Orange Mud Gear Vest 2.0 Conclusion

As you can see, I can’t provide a list of cons for the Orange Mud Gear Vest, 2.0 as it is hands down my favorite one I have owned. I wasn’t expecting much from such a small vest but going from a vest that weighed me down and was hard to drink from the front flasks without stopping to this light weight, easy to wear vest had been a complete game changer for me.  I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of gear it can store. I tried so hard to find flaws to make you aware of and I can say with 100% honesty that there really aren’t any. If you are looking for a light-weight vest that doesn’t bounce around, you need to get this vest. I plan on buying some other vests from the Orange Mud product line because their designs are perfectly simplistic yet efficient.



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Second Skin QUATROFLX Compression Tight Review

Second Skin QUATROFLX Compression Tight
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Finding the perfect compression pant is like a quest for the Holy Grail. There are so many brands out there claiming to be superior to all the others that it gets exhausting. I stumbled across several OCR athlete’s wearing Second Skin, Marena, 2XU, and Human Octane, to name a few, on social media and in race photos so I had an idea where to begin. I bought a pair of 2XU compression pants to start, however they weren’t super comfortable and I didn’t want to race in pants that I was constantly worried about so I kept looking and stumbled across a pair of Second Skin QUATROFLX Compression Tights at Dick’s Sporting Goods. These pants fit incredibly well. The compression was tight, yet comfortable, providing instant relief for tired legs. The contour waistband was a nice departure from either extreme low-rise waists or muffin top inducing bands on other brands. These pants were so comfortable and effortlessly stayed in place during workouts, runs, and muddy races, that they literally felt like second skin. Cheesy, I know, but so true. These pants also kept me incredibly warm, despite the ice buckets and frigid water I ran in and out of during races. The best part about these pants is I had ZERO chaffing, zero!

Second Skin Women's QUATROFLX Tights Review

Second Skin QUATROFLX Compression Tights Features

Compression

These pants boast double layered panels for support in key areas like quads and hamstrings, reduced chaffing, increased recovery, breathability and a hidden pocket which is great for storing a gel or a key. While there is nothing super innovative, these pants perform as described, unlike competitors who list more features. A prime example is Second Skin’s contoured waistband. Other companies list similar features, yet fall short in fit and comfort when it comes to the waistband. Female athletes deserve a great fitting compression pant that doesn’t leave them looking like a busted can of biscuits at the waistband.

Fit

I really appreciated the length on these. At 5’3, it is difficult to find OCR or running pants that aren’t too long. With a 27.25” inseam and lots of flexibility in the fabric for a compression, these pants are great for shorter females as well as average height. I purchased them in a small and they fit true to size and fit extremely well through the thighs and butt, accommodating those of us who lift weights as well. I really liked the fact that there was no awkward waist gap as well. The compression factor on these was perfect. You don’t have to pry them on and peel them off, but they are definitely tight and supportive and I felt the difference.

Quick Dry

While these pants do a good enough job wicking water and sweat, this is where they have some room for improvement. Wicking is decent, however if you get wet or sweat a lot, they fall short at being a quick dry pant. To Second Skin’s credit though, they don’t claim that the pant is a quick dry, just wicking. I would really love to see Second Skin improve on the dry time on these pants.

Odor Control

True to their word, Second Skin QUATROFLX compression pants never got even the slightest bit smelly even through sweat and mud. I have worn these on runs in temperatures between 80-85 degrees in Georgia and you could tell they had been worn. Odor control comes in handy even more when you wash laundry, as I didn’t have to wash them twice to get the smell out. Anyone who runs races knows that you inevitably get that stinky piece of gear and fortunately these pants aren’t them.

Second Skin QUATROFLX Compression Tights Usage

The design of these is nothing innovative, just another pair of black pants, but they felt like much more than that once on. I broke these in on leg day first with the assumption that if I couldn’t move around well in them doing squats and deadlifts, then I certainly couldn’t run or climb over walls comfortably in them. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t get overly hot while wearing them since I prefer to wear shorts. I was able to perform lifts comfortably and didn’t even notice I had long pants on due to the breathability. I took them on several runs next to test them out to see how my legs felt after some speed work and longer runs. I definitely felt a difference with the compression support, particularly in my quads and glutes. I really felt like I recovered better after wearing these.

I wore them on several runs from treadmill to trail with temperatures ranging from 40 degrees to 82. During the cold runs, the pants get me much warmer with the temperature regulation and provided ventilation during the hot runs to keep me from overheating. I wore these during my first two OCR events this year, the Bonefrog Talladega and The Georgia Spring Savage. During the Bonefrog, there wasn’t any water or mud, but I did get some water on me at a water station, and it took quite a while to dry. While Second Skin never claims that these pants are designed to be quick dry, they are supposed to be wicking. This seems to be the only drawback to these pants, but they wicked well enough for quick dry to not be a major issue on a drier course. I was super grateful for these pants during the rope climb as I didn’t feel one bit of the rope against my skin. I was concerned though, that I would end up with a rip on my pants at some point due to all the wooden walls and logs I had to climb over and under but they held up tremendously. They still looked brand new afterwards.

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Second Skin QUATROFLX Compression Tights Durability

Unlike Bonefrog, Savage was full of water, ice, and mud. These pants were definitely put to the test here. While they never seemed to dry quickly enough, I was pleasantly surprised at how warm they kept me despite being wet. I also had plenty of traction from them when going over walls or up ramps, unlike other brands that get slippery and hinder performance.

I have worn these, washed, and dried too many times to count at this point and they have still retained their original shape. Despite going through two OCRs, being submerged in cold, muddy water, slammed on logs and wood walls, under barbed wire, etc. these pants still look and feel brand new. There has been no stretching of material, no pulling, no nicks or scrapes from wood obstacles, nothing! These pants are more durable than some that are twice the price.

Second Skin QUATROFLX Compression Tights Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Super flattering and functional fit
  • Compress is tight and effective but not suffocating
  • Temperature control is great for OCR races that have extreme temperature shifts
  • Extremely durable against all types of environments

Cons

  • Lacks sufficient quick dry
  • Colors aren’t as innovative as the competition

 

Second Skin QUATROFLX Compression Tights Conclusion

The Second Skin QUATROFLX tights  are a great pair of compression pants that will get through obstacle course races without rips and scrapes. The lack of quick dry wasn’t a deal breaker for me as it provides enough wicking for average sweat during a run. If you are wearing these for OCR, the temperature control outweighs the fact that they take longer to dry since they provide warmth coming out of cold water obstacles and cooling ability for wear during warmer months, even in the south. I will definitely be adding more Second Skin compression gear to my gym bag.

 



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Savage Georgia Spring 2018 Review

Moonlight stables in Dallas, Georgia set a majestic scene for truly one of the most Savage courses I have ever done. While racers froze in ice baths and freezing cold water and challenging their frozen limbs on insanely difficult obstacles, the rest of the crowd enjoyed the vendors and festivities.

The parking was orchestrated incredibly well and they even offered a VIP parking area to be closer to the event. Score! I had no idea how huge this race was going to be.  There were over eight thousand people at the Savage Race that windy day, but the event was so well done that you couldn’t even tell until you got out on the course. If you happened to get a later morning start time like I did, you were met with some pretty long lines on obstacles like Teeter Tube, Sawtooth, and several walls. If you plan to run for time, make sure you register early for your next Savage Race to get the earliest wave time possible.

Obstacles 

Savage Race Wheel World

Savage Race Wheel World

Oh man. There’s something for everyone here. Savage throws you right in the mud out of the gate with Thor’s Grundle. Your fitness was the first thing to be tested during the first three miles as Savage sends you along with your muddy, weighed down shoes through hilly trails with steep inclines with only a few obstacles. If you can keep up on the trails, you’re met with some pretty difficult obstacles after the third mile. Still catching your breath from the hilly run, you’re tested with two new obstacles back to back, the Battering Ram and Pedal For The Medal.

Savage Race Battering Ram

Savage Race Battering Ram

First, you expend upper body energy making your way across the ram, then you pedal as fast as you can to reel in a tire attached a spindle. My legs were jello as soon as I stood up. Then there was the Savage Race staple, Sawtooth, whose transition from the 15th rung proved to be problematic for even some of the most athletic racers.  And man was that water cold!

As if that wasn’t difficult enough the rig was right behind Sawtooth, really testing your upper body. Aside from testing your grip strength, the Savage is a great way to get over your fear of heights, with obstacles like Davey Jones’ locker room, a 15ft jump into the bone-chilling water. Speaking of cold, Shriveled Richard tests your mental kahunas as well, containing 60,000 lbs. of ice.

Savage Race Shriveled Richard Ice

Savage Race Shriveled Richard Ice

It was hard to think when I got out of that one. Luckily a volunteer told me which direction to go and I snapped out of it. It just so happened to be a nice windy spring day with a little chill in the air so I felt a tad bit frozen the rest of the race.

Savage Race Shriveled Richard

Savage Race Shriveled Richard

The latter half of the race had more demanding grip obstacles such as Twirly Bird, Wheel World, and Holy Sheet. The toughest part of the Wheel World was the horizontal rope at the end. Without the ability to use your feet to get there, it proved especially difficult. Holy Sheet is new to Savage and a lot of racers had a problem staying on the sheet, let alone moving from the sheet to each new grip.

 

Final Thoughts 

Savage Race Colossus

Savage Race Colossus

It’s obvious why this race is so popular. It is well-organized and caters to everyone from your group fun runners to elites. Hands down, Savage proved to be one of the most fun, yet toughest grip races out there with its mix of brutal obstacles to test your grit with an epic finale, Colossus. As the name suggested, Colossus is a giant ramp with the giant slip and slide on the other side that dumps you right into a final pool of water before stepping out into the finish. Once the race concluded, participants enjoyed their beer and OCR comradery. I truly enjoyed this race and look forward to getting that syndicate medal.

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