Mike Morris – How cold is too cold?


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Mike Morris, VP of Operations at Spartan Race, on how Spartan makes decisions on cold water and rough weather decisions. We also attempt to shed some light on the “Athlete Committee”.

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Spartan World Championships 2019 – Finish Line Tahoe


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The 2019 Spartan World Championships in Tahoe! Live from the finish line with:

Ian Hosek 5th
Jon Albon 3rd (this link includes his excellent, detailed write up of the race)
Nicole Mericle 1st
Lindsay Webster 2nd
Rebecca Hammond 4th
Mimi Guilott-Boisset 3rd
Alex Walker 5th

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Obstacle Discourse with Davis and Chace – Triple Wide Tahoe Edition


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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:Why did they make us go in the water? Why was Jon Albon singled out? Will my wife have to wear a turban in the UAE? Who is The OCR Onion?Josh’s mountain traversing coverage. Tom Holland is back! Was Sunday a good idea? Tahoe bracket busters and more.

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The Spartan OCR/CrossFit FaceOff 2019 Results

Hunter McIntyre LogWod

Today, the first ever OCR/Crossfit FaceOff took place in Squaw Valley, CA, where the Spartan Race World Championships are taking place. The idea was to have 4 OCR based athletes compete against 4 Crossfit athletes over the course of the day to determine individual and team winners. Check out our article from earlier this week which discussed the inception in more detail.

The first event of the day was the 13 mile, 30 obstacle Spartan Beast course. The Crossfit athletes left at 7:00am and the OCR athletes left 30 minutes later. All runners would be chip timed but there were points to be gained or lost by catching/being caught.

There were no surprises in this event as the OCR athletes made a clean sweep. Matt Kempson came in first, followed by Hunter and Isaiah. Jacob Heppner, Sean Sweeney, and Chandler Smith. All 3 OCR men caught and passed all 3 CrossFit men. Corinna Coffin was faster than Emma Chapman but was not able to catch Emma on the course.

Jacob Heppner posted on his IG shortly after the race “All I remember was I couldn’t breathe, swam in 40 degree water, didn’t fail a single obstacle, met some cool folks. And now I have the worse Fran cough of my life”

I asked Chandler Smith before the WODs began, if the Spartan Beast met his expectations. “It wasn’t as ridiculous as I thought since I have run some half marathons. But I failed 6 obstacles (which require 30 burpees per failed obstacle) so I have already done a lot of fitness today.

Chandler Smith Tahoe WOD

The first afternoon afternoon event was a WOD called “Throw Down”, which was 4 Rounds of the following:

– 12x RAM Thruster (55lbs/33lbs)
– 20m RAM Overhead Lunge
– 2x Deadball Over the shoulder (150lbs/100lbs)
– 2x Deadball Over the Wall
– jump over 4 ft wall and 6 foot wall.

The order of finishers was Hunter, Sweeney, Heppner, Vidal, Smith, Kempson for the men and Corinna over Emma for the women. Some additional video coverage of this workout can be found hereand here.

The 2nd WOD was called “Hells Hill” which was 4 rounds of performing 5 deadball – ground to overhead (100lbs/70lbs). Then running increasing distances up a hill with double sandbags (120lbs/80 lbs). First round was 25 meters up the hill, 2nd round – 50 meters, 3rd round – 75 meters, 4th round – 100 meters.

Isaiah was the winner of this event. Hunter finished in 2nd with Sweeney in 3rd and Matt Kempson hot on his heels. Chandler Smith did not finish this event as the temperatures were dropping and he was having issues with his hands.  Corinna beat Emma in this event as well.

Watch some Facebook Live coverage of this event.

Corinna Coffin Sandbags

The 3rd WOD was titled “The Lumberjack” which was a 400 meter run on a TruForm treadmill, followed by max log flips (4oolb/280lb) in a 6 minute workout. Deadlifts were originally scheduled, but were swapped out because of anticipated rain.

Jacob Heppner LogWod

Sean Sweeney won this event, followed by Hunter, Jacob, Isaiah, and Matt. Corinna again beat Emma in this event.  Some live coverage captured here.

The WODs were originally planned for a 4:00pm start but were moved to 1:00pm to attempt to get ahead of the weather. Unfortunately, organizers were forced to make the call to cancel a 4th WOD as lightning and snow moved in.

Final scores:

Hunter McIntyre – 18 points
Isaiah Vidal – 13 points
Sean Sweeney – 12 points
Matt Kempson – 9 points
Jacob Heppner – 8 points
Chandler Smith – DNF due to injury

Women
Corinna Coffin – 4 points
Emma Chapman – 1 point

By having more overall points, Team OCR beats Team Crossfit as well.

*All photos provided by Anthony Yepez

Jack Bauer – Spartan Tahoe Picks


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Jack Bauer comes on to discuss the mens’ and women’s field for The 2019 Tahoe Spartan Championship.

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Davis Chace and Pence – Too Hot For Itunes


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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: Is anyone fat in 2019? Plus Josh introduces a new term – #HobbyLobby

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