Is Lindsay Webster The Greatest Of All Time?

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Lindsay Webster just got back from sweeping the NORAM OCR Championships. She won the 3k, 15k , and team championships. On today’s podcast we talks about:

  • Winning when it counts.
  • Drug testing in OCR.
  • Being under rated.
  • Why World’s Toughest Mudder is NOT her favorite.
  • Coming out of the shadow of being “Ryan’s girlfriend”.
  • Having the eye of the tiger.
  • Globe trotting this year and in 2019

Plus: More earworms!

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HOKA ONE ONE Evo Jawz Review

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I first saw these blue beauties on an Instagram picture Ryan Kent. I thought I must get my hands on them. They are gorgeous, have giant lugs, and are made by a name that I trust in, Hoka.  

I have been hearing about ultra runners swear by Hokas for years and had a great experience with the last pair I reviewed in the Hoka Challenger ATR.  I was ready to try my next pair, this time with some that are made for grip, the Hoka Evo Jawz

HOKA ONE ONE Evo Jawz Features

Vibram outsole with multidirectional lugs.  – 6mm, multi directional mega grip outsole. These things are clearly made for some serious trail running and mudding.

Thin upper – This is a “stripped down” Hoka, rather than feeling like the massive bubble of protection like most of the “moon boot” line, these are super light at 7.2 oz (204 grams). It also drains water very fast while being breathable as well.

HOKA ONE ONE Evo Jawz Usage

I first tested them at the Red Bull 400 in Upper Michigan. As soon as my feet hit the long grass at the base of this event, I felt these shoes dig in. I ran around to get my legs warm and a smile was immediately brought to my face. Brand new shoes can feel like driving a brand new car (or even a rental car on the newer side) that you really enjoy. You can’t put your finger on it, but it just feels great. On this day, feeling my feet tear up the grass felt amazing.

While a 400 meter race straight up some grass and ski slope aren’t the ideal test, the trails and an OCR certainly are. Upon returning to my home town, I went out on the Sweetwater Trails, which are some of my favorite local technical running trails, and the shoes performed super well. Next up was the Jailbreak OCR. It has water crossings, various types of muds including some slippery hills, and all of the other accoutrements one needs to test out shoes at an obstacle race. The Evo Jawz performed well in every aspect.

HOKA ONE ONE Evo Jawz Durability

These shoes are brand new to the market, having been rolled out for the Spring 2018 line. So far, I have had no issues, nor have I read of any from other early reviews, or other OCR friends who have been running in them. There is a strange issue that I have encountered and that is bleeding of the blue color after any time in them. One downside is that the blue from the upper material did discolor the socks I was wearing and even all the way through to my feet.


  • Light weight
  • Killer lugs
  • Drain well


  • Smurf Feet
  • Very Little cushioning if you looking for that “Hoka feel”
  • non speed laces (which I prefer whenever possible)

HOKA ONE ONE Evo Jawz Conclusion

I love these shoes, easily my 2018 favorite. I give them a slight nod over the 2018 Merrell All Out Crush 2.0 and they definitely overtake the Reebok All Terrain, my previous favorite. I am a huge fan of aggressive lugs when done right, and they certainly did these right. I found these shoes to run true to size, unlike brands like Salomon and Icebug where I have to buy a size up, these worked great for me at an 11, which is my preferred trail shoe size.

People often cut out the toe boxes for Hoka as they run too narrow for them. I get that “hot spot” on the outer part of the right food regardless of shoe brand for any runs in the 20 plus mile range. I will update this article if these shoes become “must cut” above and beyond my normal hot spot.

The Hoka Evo Jawz is certainly a must buy for the 2018 obstacle racer.

Matt B. Davis

is the host of the Obstacle Racing Media Podcast and the author of "Down and Dirty-The Essential Training Guide for Obstacle Races and Mud Runs". He is also the only (known) #wafflehouseelite obstacle racer.

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2018 NORAM OCR Championship Results

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The first ever North American Obstacle Course Racing Championships (aka NORAM) took place over the weekend in Stratton, Vermont.

The weekend is put on by Adventurey LLC, who are also the event producers behind the Obstacle Racing World Championships (OCRWC), which has been held every October since 2014. You may recall that Adventurey launched a United States OCR Championship last September in Texas. However, that event was scrapped in favor of a North American Championship this year.

The races were dominated by Canadian Super Couple, Ryan Atkins and Lindsay Webster. They both won the short course (3k) on Friday and the long course (15k) on Saturday. On Sunday, they put a co-ed team together with Nicole Mericle and won that. It should be noted that Ryan also put himself in the men’s team category and finished up his leg in enough time to get back to help the women win that category. He settled for 2nd in the men’s team category with fellow Candians Marco Bedard and Benjamin Morin Boucher.

If you are keeping score at home, that’s 7 podiums including 6 firsts over the weekend for the duo.

Here are your official results for the 2018 NORAM OCR Championships.

3k (Friday)

1. Ryan Atkins – 18:23
2. Veejay Jones – 18:38
3. Jesse Bruce – 19:13

1. Lindsay Webster – 21:51
2. Nicole Mericle – 22:38
3. Alexandra Walker – 24:48

15k (Saturday)

1. Lindsay Webster 1:48:01
2. Nicole Mericle  1:54:35
3. April Cockshutt 2:04:07

1. Ryan Atkins  1:33:03
2. Mark Batres  1:36:30
3. Jesse Bruce 1:38:39

Team (Sunday)

1. Team Platinum Rig – 58:47 – Samuel Hebert, William Brouard, Jesse Bruce
2. Team NorthMen – 59:19 – Marc Andre Bedard, Ryan Atkins, Benjamin Morin Boucher
3. NexGen OCR – 1:01:24 – John Penland, Veejay Jones, James Nair

1. Mom Squad – 1:21:57 – Julie Hartjes, Rachel Corigliano, Ashley Samples
2. Bad Ass Masters – 1:35:26 – Darla O’Connor, Heidi Williams, Lisa Nondorf
3. Strong As a Mother – 1:38:21 – Chrisa Dustman, Cynthia Campanaro, Heather Gollnick

1. Team Suunto & Benji – 1:07:10 – Ryan Atkins, Lindsay Webster, Nicole Mericle
2. Conquer the Gauntlet Pro Team – 1:15:23 – Evan Perperis, Matt Willis, Amy Pajcic
3. Team Hotwheels MudGear – 1:22:06 – Alexandra Walker, Mark Batres, Natalie Miano



Gooey Gooey Garfield

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Garfield made his own races before working for multiple OCR companies, and eventually landing with Spartan Race. Let’s learn about what happened before that… Casino dealer? Club DJ? Arms dealer?

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Rugged Maniac –  Use Code ORM for 10 percent off all 2018 races!

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Salty Hunter

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Hoonter talks TMX, OCR broadcasters, and more.

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Hunter’s Salty Nuts.

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Eric Schranz – Ultrarunner Podcast

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Eric runs a website and podcast about everything in the ultra running world. Like not just the big names and/or big gear etc. So he’s sort of the Obstacle Racing Media of the Ultra world. Except that he came first, so I am the OCR Eric Schranz. Anyhow, we had a cool chat about similarities and differences, and whatever else came to mind about OCR and Ultra.

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Ultrarunner podcast

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