Grit Coaching with Faye Stenning and Jess O’Connell


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Grit Coaching Faye and Jess

Faye Stenning, one of the best female obstacle racers around, and Jess O’Connell, an Olympian runner and record holder come on the show to discuss their platform, Grit Coaching.

Did we mention Lindsay Webster just chose them as her strength program coaches for 2020? Let’s dig in!

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First Court Date Set In Tough Mudder Bankruptcy Case

Tough Mudder Bankruptcy Case

We finally have the first date on the judicial calendar for the Tough Mudder Chapter 11 Bankruptcy case.  Chief Judge Christopher S. Sontchi will hear from the parties at a status hearing on Friday, January 24th. The creditors and Joe Desena had hopes to be heard as soon as this week, but were unable to speed up the process.

One of the reasons for the delay could be the Borden Dairy bankruptcy proceedings, which is also being heard in Judge Sontchi’s court.

We will keep you posted with the most up to date information as we cover this industry changing story.

Read the most recent articles, and how we got to this point here.

Will Dean Concedes To Bankruptcy Process – Kyle McLaughlin And Creditors Hopeful For Faster Resolution

Spartan and Tough Mudder Kyle Mclayghlin Joe Desena

This morning Will Dean filed a Notice of Consent To Order For Relief And Appointment of a Chapter 11 Trustee. The motion states that he  “…will cooperate with the trustee to preserve value for the creditors” and that the Board “consents to a sale of the business to Spartan Race Holdings. Inc., via a court approved order.”  This essentially means that Mr. Dean will not fight the recent filings of debtors against Tough Mudder.

Will Dean and the debtors believe this motion removes obstacles which will speed up the process towards a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This type of bankruptcy will allow Tough Mudder begin to pay debtors, and reopen Tough Mudder for business.

Will told us in an exclusive statement “I am very pleased that we have brought this matter to resolution. I wish Kyle and Joe all the best and am very pleased that the Tough Mudder brand and community will live on. I appreciate it has been a stressful time for all – not least the TMHQ team who I acknowledge have been put through a great deal. I am looking forward to turning my attention back to my new venture and wife and family.”

 

Obstacle Racing Media reached out to Kyle McLaughlin who told us: “Seeing Tough Mudder consent to the bankruptcy process is an encouraging sign, and in my view, an acknowledgment from Will Dean that the community’s voice has been heard: people want to see Tough Mudder continue on, and support the Spartan merger. — With the court’s support, hopefully Tough Mudder will be able to quickly facilitate a return to normal operations. I’ve been blown away by the strength and support of the Tough Mudder and wider OCR communities rallying to support a positive outcome for TM, and assuming Tough Mudder can clear the remaining obstacles in front of it— I think it’ll be back stronger than ever before”

Spartan CEO Joe Desena added that he “has been super impressed with Kyle’s hard work and the community standing with us through all of the legal proceedings.”

We also reached out to a spokesman for the creditors who had “many conversations with Will Dean. The man did the right thing, he apologized, and said he never thought it would go to this.  He really didn’t realize how hurtful is actions were.”

There has already been a petition filed to speed up the normal 21 day process to have a Trustee assigned. All parties involved are hoping the court moves fast to choose a Trustee, and with all parties in agreement, can move toward a sale which will put the company essentially in Joe Desena’s hands. Joe has stated his immediate goal is to “Put Kyle back in charge and get everyone back to work as soon as possible”

Joe Desena and Kyle McLaughlin plan to release a social media post later today with an update.

Will Dean Signs Letter Of Consent

Read the most recent articles, and how we got to this point here.

 

Tough Mudder Sale To Spartan Getting Closer?

Kyle McLaughlin, former CEO of Tough Mudder, wrote Tough Mudder ambassadors with a message of hope this afternoon. The post informs the community that he has been working behind the scenes with Spartan CEO Joe DeSena on a solution to get Tough Mudder back in business.

A week ago, 3 creditors filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition against Tough Mudder. 2 days later Spartan filed “In Support of Emergency Motion of Petitioning Creditors To Appoint A Chapter 11 Trustee”.  This motion asks the court to speed up the process for a 363 sale. It states in part:

“There is significant risk that the value of the Alleged Debtors will evaporate if a sale is not consummated in the near term. Upon appointment of a chapter 11 trustee, Spartan would immediately engage with the trustee to discuss the terms and conditions of the previously negotiated LOI and the framework for a potential section 363 sale. Such potential sale to Spartan may allow previously scheduled Tough Mudder events for the 2020 season to occur, thereby preserving many jobs and providing a return to the Alleged Debtors’ creditors.”

What does this mean for the OCR community: The hope is the judge rules in favor of the bankruptcy, the sale moves forward with Joe as the buyer, and ticket sales get reopened. Then Joe reinstates Kyle and his TMHQ team and we get a full 2020 Tough Mudder season. Our video from Friday explains it a bit further.

Kyle’s complete post is below:

Hey Ambassadors—

Thank you SO much for all the support, love and positive vibes over these past few challenging weeks. I know the lack of information and the drip feed of news reports and rumors must be just as frustrating for you as it is for me.

I’m a volunteer now, and as you’ve seen in the reports, Joe and I have been working diligently on a plan to save Tough Mudder and keep this experience we all love alive.

And the good news is, we’re making progress. There are still several obstacles to overcome, and we’re crossing our fingers that the courts move fast.

But I have hope— and a belief that if we get another crack at this, that the community is going to rally back stronger than ever.

Keep up the #SaveToughMudder posts and stories— it truly has been making a difference.

I’ll leave you with this thought from the one and only Teddy Roosevelt:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

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Tough Mudder and Spartan legal update. #TechCorner and more. – Obstacle Discourse with Davis and Chace


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Obstacle Discourse with Davis and Chace – A weekly news show with Josh Chace and Matt B. Davis discussing items of the week for Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, and all other OCR related news.

This week’s topics: Tough Mudder and Spartan legal update. The new 24 hour Rig Championship. #TechCorner and more.

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