Episode 75 World’s Toughest Mudder Part III

You may want to listen to Parts One and Two before proceeding.

Part 3 picks up where we left off, early Sunday Morning, November 17th in Englishtown, NJ.
We talk to the following people at or near the end of the race.

Team 3 AM Waterfalls
Megan Jaswell
Junyong Pak
Deanna Blegg
Ryan Atkins
Amy Pajcic

A few days later, we checked in via phone with Deanna, The guys from 3AM, and Pak to see how they felt after the race.

This means there will still be a Part IV to get more post race reactions.

See some more previously unseen photos from WTM here.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Extreme Nation.

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Episode 74 2013 World’s Toughest Mudder Part II

We pick up on the World’s Toughest Mudder on Saturday morning November 16th prior to the start of the race. This episode will take us through to about 5am on Sunday the 17th. You will hear from some of the folks featured in the previous episode plus:

Nele Schulze
Laurence Borst
Team Sons of Posieden
Team Four Horsemen
Todd Sedlak
Team Shark School
Amelia Boone
and
Some volunteers and staff from TMHQ.

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There are loads more photos, many of them previously unseen here.

Ruckus Race is Done

Obstacle Racing Media is predicting that Ruckus Sports, LLC will announce that they are permanently out of business in the next few days if not sooner. On October 30, they abruptly announced that their event scheduled for 3 days later in Marshfield, MA near Boston was postponed.

A promised medal many will never see.

A promised medal many will never see.

In an article ORM released on the 30th, we reported that Active.com was not allowing for any 2013 or 2014 Ruckus Race registrations, despite the fact that those dates were still on the Ruckus website. This included the race in Lake Lanier, Georgia scheduled for less than two weeks from today.

Some in the community have been saying that Ruckus could be the next race to go under as they have had a string of cancellations/postponements. With only 9 days notice, Ruckus Sports decided to postpone their Fall 2013 DC Ruckus Run which was to take place on September 28th.

Similarly Ruckus Races that were scheduled for St Louis (October 12th) and Houston (October 26th) were abruptly canceled a few weeks prior. It appears the final Ruckus Race was the Pittsburgh area event which took place on July 13th.

Various members of the OCR community have attempted to contact Ruckus via email, the Ruckus Facebook page, and by phone. To date, Ruckus has not responded. In addition, Ruckus employees that ORM had relationships with were told to stop working and go home the same day the Boston “postponement” went out. None of them would speak to us on record with anything official.

Getting no clear answers from Ruckus or Active, ORM reached out to Steel Sports, which announced an investment deal with Ruckus back in March of this year. We were successful in reaching Steel Sports, but got a firm “No comment”.

Ruckus LLC was also producing The Walking Dead Escape, a zombie run that produced events this year in New York and San

Upset fans attempt to warn others in the community.

Upset fans attempt to warn others in the community.

Diego. Obstacle Racing Media reached out directly to AMC, the network which produces “The Walking Dead”. AMC has yet to get back to us at this time. We will keep you posted as we find out more.

 

 

In the wake of the many racing cancellations, ORM will feature an article discussing how to dispute charges and get refunds on your credit and debit card. Stay tuned.

It’s Electric!

Tracy Trombley aka Tracy at MudRunFun reviews her first race for ORM.

Music, lights and high energy; those are the three words I would use to describe the Electric Run that I attended in Atlanta, GA on May 11th. Take two favorite things I enjoy about life, running and a club’s atmosphere (minus all the

Pre Race Shot.

Pre Race Shot.

drunk idiots), smoosh it together and I got myself a hella’ good time! I originally came up from Florida to Georgia to attend the Savage Race in Dallas but, thanks to the good folks at Obstacle Racing Magazine, I was able to snatch up a registration for the Electric Run for later that night. “Yes! Two events in one day!”

When you first arrive to pick up your packet, it is painless. I’m used to the packet pickup nightmares that you occasionally experience at some of the mud and obstacles events. At Electric Run, you walk up and show your ID, they find your name, hand you a bib (bibs are not assigned to registrants, just handed to you as you check in) and then you get your shirt, blinking bracelet and glow stick glasses. The glasses kept falling off my face so I gave them to Davis being his didn’t even work. After that you mingle around, maybe get yourself a drink and take some pics in front of the photo backdrop.

This year’s Georgia Electric Run was held at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, where part of the course takes you on the actual speedway itself. It was pretty cool to run on this stretch of track at night, where I have to admit, like a child I made car engine noises as I ran as fast as my legs could take me as I passed up other runners. Throughout the 5k you come across several different “lands”, as they call them, where each one has a different set up and mood to it. We’re talking neon trees that change color, tunnels filled with bubbles, pond with lights floating all over, tunnels with moving lights, (think a cheesy ‘80s vortex in some goofy movie that sucks you into another dimension-pretty awesome) glowing arches, floating umbrellas in the trees and much more. Not a bad way to liven your typical 5k night run.

I think one of my favorite lands is the bubble tunnel. I recall them playing this “mystical wonder-land” type music as all these bubbles floated around. It was pretty neat, although the occasional bubble did find a non-suitable landing place in my eye. I will have to admit though that I was expecting a little more at each land. I was imagining a mini club at each destination, with lights galore and music and strobe lights and dancing people everywhere.

The people too are high energy; if they are not running or walking, then they’re dancing their way through each land.

Typical color scheme for most runners.

Typical color scheme for most runners.

Everyone is dressed up in their best blinding neon color clothes and accessorized with glow sticks and blinking lights. I do not recall seeing any crazy costumes that I have seen posted from previous events, but then again I wasn’t really looking either. We did see this dude with a unicorn head…that was cool. After you cross the finish line, you are lured over to the main stage where the DJ is playing the latest club hits and you can continue the night’s entertainment. The crowd is pumped up where people are dancing and are doing their best glow stick light show. Every now and then, one of the staff members would throw glow necklaces, foam blinking wands or feather boas with lights in them into the crowd. As usual I didn’t catch anything, but that’s okay because I collected all the glow necklaces that fell off other people and stuck them in my mesh bag during the run. HA!

Overall, the Electric Run is a great way to spend your night. There is an event coming November of 2013 down in Miami which I will be sure not to miss. I know quite a few people that would love to spend their night this way. The combination of the music and the light displays are a creative and fun way to tackle a 5k. And you do not need to be a runner to attend this event. Heck, you will probably see more if you walked anyways. Also, this event does not have an age requirement, so you can bring the kiddies too! So hit up your local party store or go online and purchase yourself a variety of glow necklaces, lights, body paint, etc. and get wild and creative with your dress up.

Electric Run Night Shot

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Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge in San Diego

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If you are looking for a quality fun race that will put a few smiles on your face and miles on your running shoes, the R.O.C. is for you! The Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge certainly lived up to its name. Some of the obstacles there were unlike any race I’ve completed.

Alpha Warrior meets R.O.C.

Alpha Warrior meets R.O.C.

There were quite a few things I loved about this race. Location, location, location, they R.O.C. was held on the Del Mar Fairgrounds which means 2 things, plenty of party space as well as a lot of ground to cover. Another great aspect of this race is the amount of fun everyone is having. There were so many costumes that I felt as if I were at a Halloween party. I saw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Fairies, Trolls and even the Hamburger Helper Hand.

The obstacles were fun and well constructed to the lay of the land. Some of my favorites were, cool running (an inner tube carry to a water slide), Tarzan Swing which is exactly what it sounds, Aqua drag which is an inflated contraption where the goal is to run as fast as you can and slide all the way to the other side on your stomach. R.O.C advertises a tire mile however it’s not a full mile, not even close however if you know how to maneuver tires it’s certainly a breeze.

The R.O.C. also paired up with Alpha Warrior for an obstacle. R.O.C. called it “40 Bounces to Freedom”. It was a few trampolines broken apart by platforms to jump up on. This was definitely unlike anything I’ve seen and look forward to going to Alpha Warrior’s event June 15th in San Diego.

Near the end of the race the R.O.C. packs their top 3 obstacles. The worlds largest moon bounce. Which is what seems be 50 yards long. The wrecking ball, which is 55 gallon barrels, strung together floating on water to get across. Which seems to be easy right? Run as fast as you can on the middle of the barrels. This would be the case , however, there are 2 wrecking balls swinging around hoping to knock you off. And the world’s largest inflatable water slide, after a climb up is a slide down right across the finish line.

 A couple other great things about this race are, the medal that is definitely earned, the after party and the Dr. Bronners

Very few got this medal all day,.

Very few got this medal all day,.

Foam Experience that I will tell you about in a moment. A medal is only given to few, biggest team, best costume and anyone who can make it across the wrecking ball. I would like to say as a seasoned obstacle racer I made it through but I did not. However my best friend who I ran with did. Here he is displaying his medal proud in front of the wrecking ball. It even doubles as a belt buckle.

 The after party was awesome as well. Alpha Warrior was there with their salmon ladder offering free entries to anyone who can conquer it. Many attempted but only few conquered. If the 2 set ups I saw from Alpha Warrior have any indication of what their event is going to be like. I’m going to need grip tape and a lot more training.

 

Perhaps my favorite part of the after party was Dr. Bronners Magic Foam Experience. About 100 at a time we were shuffled into a Plexiglas container of some sort. After we were in club music started to play, a countdown was had and we were all sprayed with foam/soap to get ourselves clean. This was definitely different from the hose and lack of water pressure I have seen at other races. After we were soaped up and clean, we were hosed down with warm water.

Dr. Bronner's Magic Foam Experience

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Foam Experience

Overall, I think this is a great event that I look forward to doing again. There are however a couple improvements I would like to see. One area I would like to see improvements is the wait time at obstacles. I’m sure there weren’t many wait times earlier in the day, but when I ran having a good start in front of the crowd didn’t payoff when arriving at a line to wait for the first obstacle. I certainly can understand each race brings a different demographic and this race certainly brought the party crew. I don’t know what can be done and nor do I claim to, all I know is that those running for time may experience disappointment should they race later than the first heat.

The other is water stations. I don’t recall seeing many, 2 if I am remembering correctly. Not that I need water quickly but there are folks out there who are just getting active, out there to have a good time and who may not be the experienced racer or runner that I am. My best friend had never run more than 1 mile before this race and could have used some hydration early. There may have been others in the same boat, perhaps one at each mile? Maybe, I’m a firm believer that hydration is a top priority for any race, and extra precaution should be used for new racers at fun events.

 

Savage Race in Georgia, Part 2

We believe there are two very distinct types of runners in the obstacle racing and mud running world. The every day OCracer and the very competitive OCRelite, we like to give perspectives from both sides whenever possible.

Earlier today, we gave you a recap of the Georgia Savage Race from an OCRacer. Here is a recap from the same race from one of our OCRelite contributors, Alec Blenis.

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This weekend I had the opportunity to run an obstacle race that was new to me: Savage Race. While new to Savage, I’ve run plenty of obstacle courses and knew what to expect. Except this time, I wouldn’t be running in the competitive wave*; something quite unusual for me. As some might say, I ran as part of the “90%”, getting to experience Savage Race the way most racers do, in an open heat.

First Impression: getting to the race was pretty easy. Surprisingly, the venue wasn’t in the “middle of nowhere” as so many are, and its location was very convenient for those driving from nearby Atlanta. Parking cost was a standard $10 and close by to the festival entrance. I arrived near the end of the day, but the check-in process seemed to be running smoothly. Much of the course was visible from the start/finish area, so the race was more spectator friendly than many others. One problem I could see already was a huge line at one of their obstacles; I’m not sure what they call it, but Tough Mudder’s version is Everest. I was bummed that I registered too late to receive a timing chip, but there’s no point in having one when you spend half the race in a line.

Running: my GPS measured the course around 4.6 miles, while my calibrated foot-pod** measured 4.8. I thought it was a great entry-level course, but I expected more since the website implied 6 miles. “The course designed to kick your ass” is a bit dramatic. The terrain was far from easy though, with 915 feet of elevation gain according to my watch’s altimeter – an average grade of 3.6%. Compare this to 4.5% for Superhero Scramble Dalton, and 2.8% for the Conyers Spartan Sprint, Georgia’s other short distance obstacle races. Elevation gain doesn’t tell the full story though… Savage Race had more mud than the hillier Superhero Scramble, but the Spartan obstacles were by far the most challenging and time consuming. The Savage Race terrain was not technical at all, but mud did add to the challenge; Superhero Scramble was very hilly and moderately technical; Spartan Race was the least hilly but most technical.

Obstacles: the obstacles at Savage Race were all very well built and some quite theatrical. Names like “I’m so thorny” and “kiss my walls” are hard to take seriously, and most were not too difficult. Their version of a traverse wall was probably the most difficult I’ve done, but most others were simple. The monkey bars were my favorite – even with the incline, they felt easy (I think it was a narrower bar than I’m used to). Savage Race did a great job at having very wide obstacles to avoid lines, with the exception of two obstacles, the balance beam and quarter-pipe. One of my favorite sections was a series of 5’ walls with barbed wire – not an uncommon obstacle, but here there were at least eight in succession instead of the usual two or three; they actually started to get tiring! Near the end of the race, we faced a series of two electroshock obstacles, something I despise. I’m sure I’m in the minority here, but I like physical challenges that test my athleticism, not stuff like that. It’d be like having an “obstacle” where you just get slapped in the face. No thanks.

Finishing: after the electric shocks and final barbed wire crawl, it was over. Their wash station was broken, but there was a lake to rinse off in and changing tents were available if needed. The shirts and medals are pretty cool, so overall I’d say Savage Race did a great job. Had I run in the competitive wave, I’m sure I would complain about the lack of obstacle penalties, but it didn’t affect me in the open heat. If they want to have prizes and real results, they absolutely must enforce obstacle rules and assign penalties for those unable to complete them. They should also make the balance beam and quarter pipe obstacles even wider to prevent long lines.

Thoughts: Will I race it again? For sure. Overall, as an open heat runner, I give Savage Race Georgia an 8 out of 10. I didn’t run competitive so I can’t say for sure, but as a competitive runner I would probably give Savage Race a 6 out of 10. I’m a tough critic, so a combined total of a 7 is pretty good. There’s always room for improvement though.

(*earlier in the day, I had put on a weight vest, ran to a local 5k, won the race, then ran home to prepare for Savage Race)