UltraVirus 12 Hour Race

 

 

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Begin

  • Log Into Race HQ on Zoom Link by 7:30am EST on April 18th, 2020
  • Laptop or Phone or Other Devices needs to face your “Pit Area”.

Lap Format and Awards

  • Run 5 miles any way you can, outdoors. Log in time and photo proof on race website.
  • Each “Timed Lap” will be reset for the start of each 5 mile lap. (You are NOT going to submit a 10 0r 15 mile segment.
  • Race to begin at 8AM (EST) and end 8PM (EST) on Saturday, April 18th 2020.
  • Between “Laps” athlete can receive aid or rest as long as they’d like:
  • Tracking:
    • Each athlete is responsible to upload lap times and photo proof of EACH lap completed, after each lap.
    • Photo needs to be of either watch face OR Strava, Runkeeper, or other tracking app.
    • In case of website failure, verification times and photos to be emailed to UltraVirusRace@gmail.com

Winner is determined by most laps completed in 12 Hour Period. Final lap must be completed by 8:00pm EST

Official RaceTime is from this website time.gov.

  • Only full 5 mile loops are counted. There are no partial loops.
  • If multiple persons complete most total loops by 8:00pm, fastest overall time wins.
  • A lap uploaded short of 5 miles (even 4.99) will not count.

Leaderboard will be live for all participants and spectators!

Matt B. Davis providing commentary with special guests commentating throughout

UltraVirus 12 Hour Race Leaderboard

Prizes

1st prize  “Winner Take All” Cash Award determined by total number of signups.

  • 100 participants – Top M/F   $125 each
  • 125 participants – Top M/F   $175 each
  • 150 participants – Top M/F   $300 each
  • 175 participants – Top M/F   $350 each
  • 200 participants – Top M/F   $450 each
  • 225 participants – Top M/F    $500 each
  • 250 participants – Top M/F   $625 each

2nd prize  2nd place male and female – 1 pair of VJ Shoes – any style.

3rd prize    3rd place male and female – 1 Camelbak Zephyr Vest

 Additional Notes:

  • Race HQ Zoom Link will be provided by April 17th at 12:00pm EST. You need to log on and off then to test your connection.
  • Official RaceTime is from this website time.gov.
  • You may run 5 mile loops, a 2.5 mile out and back, or even laps around your house. Laps may be the same route or multiple routes. As long as you run outside and you check in every 5 miles from your “pit area” with the data and the photo to prove the 5 mile “Laps”.
  • NO TREADMILLS (A future race may have treadmill option)
  • We will not accept anything uploaded less than 5 mile laps.
  • Any additional mileage will NOT count towards the next lap. (So a 5.25 loop, does not mean next lap is 4.75)
  • We will not accept a 10 mile lap and include it as 2 laps, etc. Each lap is reset back to zero.
  • A crew member may assist runners in uploading photos and race times. Please don’t tell us that this is unfair as you don’t have a spouse/friend/pet to do it for you. It’s just like a real looped race. Some do it alone, some pack an RV full of people to help.

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Coronavirus: How I Learned to Cope and Why I Love the OCR Community

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Everything is shut down. All your favorite places. All your favorite races. All of it, shut down. We all hoped it would be a hiccup to the race season and that maybe we only miss a month’s worth of races, and only one major Spartan Race USNS series race. But we’re past that now. We can’t control it anymore. The United States is officially leading the world in confirmed cases and growing exponentially every day. All types of race series are postponing or cancelling events and we are even seeing events in June being affected by this pandemic. Just last week, the famed ultra-running race ‘Western States’ cancelled their race slated to be held at the tail end of June. The Olympics just postponed to 2021. This doesn’t bode well for the OCR scene. Where once we hoped that at most the Seattle leg of the Spartan Race USNS race would be out of play we may now see either a highly shortened pro race series, if it continues at all. Spartan Race has also postponed races in the month of May and may very well be announcing more postponements in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, on the home front, the majority of us are sheltered in place left with a lot of issues to deal with. This global pandemic is taking a toll on every aspect of our lives: Financial, emotional, mental and physical. Frankly, it’s overwhelming. I’ve found myself on the brinks of many a breakdown. Even though it may be tough to see, I think through all the gloom I think there are many silver linings and, for the most part, it can all be boiled down to a single concept: Community.

All throughout the OCR, endurance, and fitness worlds we see that one of the biggest driving forces that makes these things special to us is the community, which makes this “Hey, stay away from each other!” thing so hard on a lot of us.

The amazing thing about people is that they are adaptable and even we are presented with this global obstacle we have found multiple ways to continue being as normal as we can be during this time. In just about every Facebook group you look you’re bound to stumble upon a Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Facetime, Teams and every other video conferencing app meeting set up by community members to keep in touch with those they would normally see at races across the country. I’ve taken part in a lot of virtual meetups over the past few weeks and I see them function almost as group therapy sessions. We get together at certain times to see friendly faces, talk about how we are dealing (or talk about anything else besides cornonavirus because it can all be very overwhelming) and we even sometimes workout with each other. These virtual meetups have helped me cope with being sheltered in place and I know that many of us in our daily chat see it the same way.

The OCR Discord group functions in the same way, minus the video interaction. (Shout out to the DISCORD!) We’ll have discussions throughout the day on all sorts of topics including training, nutrition and whether or not Carole Baskin fed her second husband to the tigers. It’s keeping that community lively that drives us away from stir craziness.

Even Spartan Race has seen that keeping the community together while we have to keep apart is important and the even have their own Zoom meeting that runs 24 hours a day where anyone is welcome to join, chat and partake in regularly run workouts throughout the day and night. Sometimes though, it isn’t just about talking with each other; It’s also about training and competing any way we can, to keep things as normal as we can. Spartan Race has launched the ‘Be Unbreakable’ fitness series where weekly challenges will be posted so we can keep some sort of friendly competition going. Savage Race has their own at home workout series called ‘Savage Anywhere’, where you complete workout challenges to earn the medal and shirt you would have earned come race day. Bonefrog is also running their own virtual challenge with similar prizes as Savage Anywhere. It’s not just OCR that sees the importance of community.

Looking at the Crossfit world you see many gyms starting WhatsApp groups, Zoom at Home workouts, and even many gyms lending out their own gym equipment to keep their community happy and able to continue exercising.

I want to end this with this: It’s tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel when right now it’s a faint light in the distance, and we can’t tell if were getting closer or farther away. But you need to focus on that light because when we come out of this the other side… It’s going to be pretty f**kin’ awesome. I think when all is said and done, it will be like Christmas day every day for a long time. Just think about it… Right now, we can’t enjoy all the luxuries we’ve become so accustomed to in our daily lives. We don’t have our OCRs, our gyms, and in even some cases out trails! Besides your health and safety (which thanks to the million emails over the past month we know is number 1), most people just go through life taking it all for granted. And now? It’s all been snatched from us. We can’t compete. We can’t interact in person. We can’t go to our favorite places, gyms, etc. We can’t go about life in a normal way.

But when it’s all over, you’ll have it all back. You’ll have your gym, your real-life hangouts, your friends (even the irritating ones), your vacations and race-cations all back! And everything is going feel like the first time you did it all. And my hope is people don’t take it for granted when it comes back around. For OCR, my hope is every race is filled to capacity (Not only for the community’s sake, but financially so we continue to see the sport grow). Every wave is filled with people actually EXCITED at the prospect of doing burpees, even though I hope you’re taking this extended off season to work your grip strength, in the cold and wet conditions. My hope is that the excitement level is through the roof at every race in the shortened season. My hope is that people come back to the start line stronger both physically and mentally. My hope is that we continue to build our community as we have done in this pandemic to strengthen one another.

I see that happening now all over the internet, and I hope it continues when I see you at the start line.

Spartan Race Temporarily Furloughs Employees

Spartan Race Covid Update

The impact of COVID-19 has implications on the fitness industry many of us had not previously imagined. Your local gym may has closed, or is going to be mandated to do so. All obstacle racing companies have postponed or cancelled events for March and April of this year. While most in the community hope things “go back to normal” by May/June, there are no guarantees. Last night, we received word from Spartan Race that the company is going to furlough a large portion of their staff, while they wait on word from government and health officials to determine when it is safe to hold large gatherings again.

Here is what they sent to employees:

Dear Colleagues,

First, we hope that everyone is staying safe. Our thoughts and compassion go out to everyone who has, or is caring for loved ones affected by, COVID-19. We recognize the toll that the novel coronavirus is taking on our global community (medical, social, emotional and economic), and we thank you for your continued efforts to support your Spartan colleagues and our customers. Every one of you has been critical to our success over the past 10 years, and you are crucial to our future growth.

As you know, Spartan is an event-driven business and we’re facing unprecedented challenges, much like all other sporting, events, hospitality, travel and a number of other companies across the world right now. While facing the business impacts of such a rapidly-spreading global pandemic, and in order to ensure the strength of the Spartan brand and community, we have to make temporary changes and remain nimble in our operational decisions in the days ahead. We are making numerous adjustments, and have made the difficult decision to place some employees on short-term furlough, in accordance with the need to suspend race operations to protect the health and safety of our staff and customers. All furloughed employees will receive a stipend and will continue to receive healthcare benefits, and we are exploring ways that we can provide additional resources to employees upon their return to work.

In keeping with the spirit of community and solidarity at Spartan, all employees in the company are impacted, and we are temporarily reducing the salary of all other non-furloughed employees as we continue to work through the business challenges raised by the COVID-19 pandemic. If any financial assistance is provided by the federal government or state governments to Spartan, we will do our utmost to ensure employees are reimbursed to 100% of their salaries.

The Spartan Leadership Team will continue to follow federal, state and local government guidelines and will make adjustments to our events and business practices as needed in the coming weeks, keeping you in the know. Please know we do not make any of these decisions lightly, and all decisions will be in an effort to protect the longevity of the business and keep the OCR industry going strong.

We cannot stress enough how important you all are to our future success, and together, we know our strength, resilience and grit as Spartans will bring us back stronger than ever.

Thank you for all of your hard work, and stay safe,

The Spartan Leadership Team

Update – 9:07am – Spartan Race owner Joe Desena spoke on this live video to further discuss the situation. He is hopeful that people can get back to work in May and begin to hire people back for events to be held in June. This discussion begins around minute 23 of the video.

Click here for – All obstacle racing covid-19 related articles.

Has my race been cancelled? Look here! UPDATE: Spartan Seattle and Hyrox World Championship Updates

The cancellations and postponements of races continues to pile up, as the COVID-19 pandemic takes it’s toll on the OCR and Endurance Race industry. Below is a list of races that have been cancelled or postponed. We will keep this page updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: April 2, 2020 12:30PM EST: We have updates from Spartan and Hyrox on postponed events. Spartan’s Seattle Race, scheduled for this upcoming weekend, has now been added on to the Fall Seattle North event September 12-13, 2020 and will now be a full Trifecta Weekend.

Hyrox has also announced the new date for their World Championship event. The new date will be October 10th, 2020 and the event will now be held in Amsterdam.

UPDATE: March 27, 2020 9:00AM EST: Spartan has rescheduled their Tri-State NJ Ultra, Beast Weekend that was slated originally for April 25-26. These events will be moved to the October Tri-State NJ Weekend and will now be a Trifecta Weekend, with the Ultra and Beast being held on Saturday, and the Mountain Series Super will be moved to Sunday.

UPDATE: March 20, 2020 9:00PM EST: Spartan emailed customers tonight announcing their intent to suspend all races through May 15, 2020. This comes one week after announcing a 30-day stop on all events.

Spartan stated in their email that they have full intention of attempting to reschedule these events for later in the 2020 calendar. They also state they’ll be hosting “virtual races; Same day. Same intensity. Different obstacles. More details to come.”

UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2020 12:15PM EST: Tough Mudder has now announced the delay of their first US race of 2020. Tough Mudder Virginia has been postponed from May 30-31, to August 29-30.

UPDATE: March 17, 2020 4:00PM EST: Tough Mudder has communicated upcoming changes to their schedule between April and early July. Our grid below has the full list of impacted events.

UPDATE March 15, 2020 10:00PM EST: Rugged Maniac has announced the cancelled of it’s first three events of 2020 – South Carolina, Arizona, and North Carolina.

Rugged Maniac is offer its customers the option to either switch their registration to any remaining events in 2020 or compete in a “Virtual Fitness Challenge” where you can run your own 5K, and compete a list of workouts, to earn your medal and t-shirt. You’ll also get a code for a $24 registration for another Rugged event, regardless of which option you opt for.

UPDATE March 13, 2020 3:00PM EST: Spartan Race has announced the postponing of all US-based races effective immediately. The temporary suspension will last through April 12, 2020.

This temporary halt on all events will impact races all over the country, including the second stop of the US National Series in Seattle, and the kick-off race of the US Stadion Series at CitiField in New York.

At this time all races scheduled after April 12, 2020 are still considered to be on schedule.

The decision to suspend these events comes after the sudden and abrupt cancellation of the San Antonio Super & Sprint weekend that was scheduled for March 14-15 as well as the postponing of the San Luis Obispo weekend. San Luis Obispo has already been rescheduled for November 14-15, 2020. A full list of impacted races in the US and across the world can be found below.

As the COVID-19 virus continues to impact races all over the world, we will continue to update you here with the most timely information available.

Spartan Race

Date Location New Date
2/15 Hung King Memorial Park, Vietnam 5/16/20
3/13 San Antonio, TX cancelled
3/13-14 Riyadh, Saudia Arabia cancelled
3/14-15 San Luis Obispo, California USA 11/14-15
3/21-22 Las Vegas, NV Date TBD
3/21 Paris, FRA 11/28
3/27 Spartan ME & Africa Championships, Abu Dhabi, UAE cancelled
3/28 Maggiora, ITA 10/24
3/28-29 Okinama, JPN Date TBD
3/28-29 Melbourne, AUS Date TBD
4/4-5 Seattle, WA US National Series Race #2 USNS Status TBD 9/12-13
4/4-5 CitiField, NY US Stadion Series Race #1 Date TBD
4/4-5 Charlotte, NC Date TBD
4/4-5 Atlanta, GA Date TBD
4/4-5 Veszprem, HUN Date TBD
4/6-7 Latrobe Valley, AUS Date TBD
4/11 San Diego, CA Date TBD
4/11 S. Korea Stadion 11/7
4/17-18 Munich, GER 10/30-31
4/25-26 Palm Beaches, CA Date TBD
4/25-26 Tri-State NJ 10/3-4
5/2-3 Bigfork, MT Date TBD
5/2 Jacksonville, FL Date TBD

Deka Fit

Date Location New Date
3/21 Denver, CO Date TBD
5/2 Dallas, TX Date TBD

Savage Race

Date Location New Date
3/14-15 Dade City, FL 11/14-15
3/28 Dallas, GA 9/26
4/11 Cat Spring, TX 10/10
5/2 Kennedyville, MD 9/12

Tough Mudder

Date Location New Date
4/17 Tough Mudder City – North London – Finsbury Park 10/9-10
5/9-10 Tough Mudder London West 9/19-20
5/30 Tough Mudder Virginia, USA 8/29-30
6/13-14 Tough Mudder Midlands / Europe’s Toughest Mudder 8/22-23
7/4-5 Tough Mudder Scotland 10/3-4

Hyrox

Date Location New Date
3/28 Los Angeles, CA USA 9/13
3/21 Munich, GER Cancelled
4/4 Hyrox World Championships – Berlin, GER Amsterdam 10/10

OCR European Championships

Date Location New Date
6/11-14 Val de Fiemme, Dolemites ITA Cancelled

Tough Guy

Date Location New Date
3/29 Wolverhampton, UK 2/21/21

Monster Hydro Stadium Blitz

Date Location New Date
3/14 SMU Stadium, Dallas TX Cancelled
4/18 Ohio Stadium, Columbus OH Date TBD
4/25 Booth Stadium, Kansas KS Date TBD
5/2 Rutgers Stadium, New Jersey Date TBD

Epic Series OCR

Date Location New Date
3/28 Fresno, CA 5/23

Abominable Snow Race

Date Location New Date
3/14 Devil’s Head Resort, Merrimac, WI Cancelled

Rugged Maniac

Date Location New Date
3/21 Ravenel, SC Cancelled
4/4 Chandler, AZ Cancelled
4/11 Rockingham, NC Cancelled

FIT Challenge

Date Location New Date
4/4 Cumberland, RI Date TBD

For any information regarding the postponement, cancellation or rescheduling of your event, please reach out directly to the race via the “Contact Us” option on their websites.

We will update this list as more information becomes available.

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Spartan Race Corona Virus Cancel/Postponed Update

March 13 – Complete Updated List Here.

Spartan Race just announced the San Luis Obispo event, set to take place this weekend will be postponed to a later date. There were 3 OCR distances planned as the Super, Beast, and UltraBeast were to take place.

In addition, the San Luis Obispo Spartan Trail races of 10k and 13.1 miles will also be postponed.

Update March 12, 2020 – San Luis Obispo Spartan weekend is now moved to November 14-15.

Spartan Race postponed the San Luis Obispo races at the recommendation of the County Health Officer. (We have included the local health Officer’s statement below)

We have also included the full release from Spartan which includes this statement about additional races:

“At this time, all other US events will proceed as scheduled unless otherwise noted”.

We are keeping track of all major obstacle race cancellations and postponements on this post, which we consistently update.

Here is the official statement from Spartan Race regarding this location and COVID – 19

Spartans,

As we actively monitor the developments of COVID-19 and comply with local governments, we regret to inform you that after consulting with the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department, they have determined that it is necessary to postpone this weekend’s events scheduled to take place at Santa Margarita Ranch. We will inform you of the new date by Friday.

We are automatically moving all racers to the new date, once confirmed; no further action will be required. If you are unable to attend the new date, you will have 60 days (until May 13th, 2020) to defer your event free of charge. You will be able to defer to any other distance event in the US in 2020 or 2021 that is open for registration. Should you need to defer your event, we will provide information in the next email communication.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our Customer Service Spartans via Live Chat (look for the red help button at the bottom of any Spartan.com page!), or directly via email at: us@spartan.com.

Spartan continues to closely monitor developments pertaining to COVID-19 and operate in accordance with local government policies and/or requests. At this time, all other US events will proceed as scheduled unless otherwise noted.

Spartan Cancelled at Recommendation of County Health Officer .

Health Officer evaluating events on case by case basis; No mass cancellations at this time

San Luis Obispo, CA—County of San Luis Obispo Health Officer Dr. Penny Borenstein has advised the Spartan organization to postpone the Spartan obstacle course and trail running events scheduled for March 13-15 in Santa Margarita. As a result, event organizers have postponed the event to a date to be announced later this week.

Nearly 7,000 participants from 11 countries had registered for the event, including participants from U.S. cities with local transmission of COVID-19 and several countries currently subject to CDC travel advisories. The decision comes as cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in California.

“It is important to cancel this event to protect the health of the participants and, ultimately, the health of our entire community,” said Dr. Borenstein. “This is an event that by its nature includes close physical contact. With attendees planning to participate from across California and across the world, we need to take a proactive approach to prevent the spread of illness.”

The Public Health Department is closely monitoring events scheduled in SLO County and Dr. Borenstein is providing guidance on a case by case basis.

For organizers of events in SLO County: The Public Health Department recommends that event organizers create an emergency contingency plan for how to modify, cancel, or postpone large events if a COVID-19 outbreak occurs in the community. Event organizers should refer to the Mass Gatherings Guidance on Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 from the California Department of Public Health.

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Court Approves Sale Of Tough Mudder To Spartan Race – TM Virginia To Be First 2020 Event.

Tough Mudder Back in Business

Yesterday afternoon, Judge Sontchi of the The Bankruptcy Court of Delaware, approved the sale of Tough Mudder to Spartan Race. As we had reported on Feb 12, The Trustee appointed in this case, had filed a motion encouraging the sale go through based on Spartan’s offer to purchase the company, get employees back to work, and events up and running as soon as possible.

In the two week interim, there were some objections which the Trustee was able to resolve prior to the 1:00pm EST hearing yesterday. One objection was from Navy Federal, who re-signed a sponsorship deal with Tough Mudder prior to the bankruptcy, and wanted to be sure they had an equitable deal for the new partnership moving forward. Another was from Raceway Park, the legendary venue in Englishtown, New Jersey, that has held several Tough Mudder events including the first 3 World’s Toughest Mudders. Raceway Park’s previous arrangement was exclusive with Tough Mudder, and now the venue wanted to be open to holding Spartan events as well.

The Trustee’s recommendation was read to the judge by the Trustee’s council. He read in part, “It is anticipated that Mr. McLaughlin will be named CEO of the buyer and continue to manage the Tough Mudder brand business. Also in the days leading up to this sale, Spartan hired many of Tough Mudder’s former employees and intends to engage several additional key employees of Tough Mudder in order to successfully put on at least six of the previous schedule 2020 Tough Mudder events. He went on to say that “If the sale is approved these employees will become employees of the buyer and have the expertise to perform the obligations under the assumed contracts. These talented employees are familiar with the assumed contracts and assumed events and their know-how provides adequate Assurance of future performance.”

All was well received by the judge who prior to the ruling joked  “Not that you would know it looking at me, but I’ve done a couple marathons”. He went on to say that “I’ve enjoyed watching The Spartan Races on television and that he was “particular impressed with Spartan reaching out to differently abled people”

His ruling stated “The overwhelming uncontroverted record supports the process, supports the noticing, supports the price, supports the assumption of the contracts, and supports the adequate assurance and good faith and appropriateness with regard to approving the sale to the Spartan entities”

He went on to state “I do consider the sale of the business…a resuscitation of this business, to become a growing concern, as a reorganization that preserves jobs, preserves an interesting product, that provides a lot of satisfaction to it’s participants. I am very happy indeed to sign The Order and I have approved it.”

Toughest Mudder Chicago

Entered into the record as you read above was a promise of at least 6 events. As of this morning, Tough Mudder updated their US website to include the following 8 Tough Mudder event weekends. At post time, tickets are yet not on sale, but we have been told tickets could be turned on as early as the end of the week. Here are the current weekends listed on the website.

Virginia May 30-31
Twin Cities July 11-12
Chicago Aug 22-23 (including Toughest 12 hour Chicago)
Tristate Sept 12-13
Seattle Sept 19-20
Dallas Oct 31, Nov 1
WTM Nov 7 and 8
So Cal Nov 14-15

Kyle McLaughlin has been reinstated as CEO and said  “We’re very excited that the court approved the terms of the deal spartan had in play with the Trustee. With that behind us, we’re going to get everyone back to work to restore Mudder Nation and come back stronger and better than ever.”

Joe Desena is currently at the UK Mudder offices and told ORM “Was surreal being in the offices today- love the team- it’s going to be great.”

For questions about Tough Mudder UK schedule, click here.

For questions about refunds for cancelled events, click here.

Stay up to date with all of the Tough Mudder news, and how we got to this point here.

*Cover art by Mike Muday