Rehband Partners With Spartan To Bring Injury Prevention To OCR

Press Release

Official Injury Prevention Partner of Spartan Race US

Rehband Establishes Two-Year Partnership with Spartan

Providing the World’s Largest Obstacle Racing and Endurance Brand with Market Leading Products for Injury Prevention and Increased Performance

NEW YORK, NY (March 19th, 2018) – Rehband, the trusted leader in sport braces and supports, has entered a multi-year partnership with Spartan, the world’s largest obstacle race (OCR) and endurance brand, becoming the “Official Injury Prevention Partner of Spartan U.S.” To celebrate the Spartan community and the Spartan athletes’ quest to master the obstacles and cross the finish line, Rehband will launch a licensed Spartan Edition knee sleeve, elbow sleeve, and kinesiology tape.


With a strong foothold in CrossFit®, Rehband now expands its support to the sport and community of Obstacle Course Racing. The demand for premium protection gear at OCR is large. Rehband’s products, developed in the highest durability and function, help to prevent injuries, increase performance and speed up recovery and rehabilitation. Encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle is core to Rehband’s mission and the partnership with Spartan further solidifies Rehband’s strong connection to athletic performance.

“When we came across Obstacle Course Racing we were inspired by the athletes’ aim to excel in every type of mental and physical challenge, always pushing their limits,” says Jerry Manderhjelm, CEO at Rehband. “Partnering with Spartan is a great way for Rehband to enter the world of OCR. Spartan athletes are driven, competitive and they strive to enable their full potential, both on and off the course.


“The athletes face tough challenges and we’re proud to support their quest to cross the finish line. The Official Knee and Elbow Sleeves designed for Spartan Race US are patented and classified as medical devices. They are designed to provide support and protection for the broad and varied exercises OCR athletes face,” Jerry Manderhjelm continued.


“Spartan athletes push their bodies to the limit seeking to achieve higher performance and we’re proud to partner with market leader Rehband, whose products will protect racers’ bodies while giving them the confidence to reach the next level,” said Spartan Vice President of Global Partnerships Ian
Lawson. “We look forward to the partnership and are excited to see more global brands entering the sport and industry, creating products and media specifically for our athlete and fan community.”

Rehband is proud to present the RX Knee Sleeve Spartan™ Edition, RX Elbow Sleeve Spartan™ Edition and the RX Kinesiology Tape Spartan ™ Edition. The RX Knee and Elbow Sleeve Spartan™ Edition will be available in 5mm thicknesses ranging in size from XS-XL and designed with functionality, quality, and style in mind. They are produced based on Rehband’s renowned patented anatomic fit and combine the key benefits of stability, compression, and warmth. With a range of activities and activations at 10 US and 5 European Spartan races, Rehband will offer their products and knowledge to Spartan athletes of all skill levels from beginners up to the elite.


The products are scheduled to launch in selected stores, Spartan.com, Rehband.com and at select Spartan events worldwide on May 14th, 2018.

ABOUT REHBAND:
Rehband has provided athletes at all levels with medically classed and patented premium supports and braces since 1955. At Rehband, we believe that no matter your situation, you can always reach a little bit higher. If you have the will to enable your full potential, there is a way. With 60+ years of medical experience, a fully owned European factory, and revolutionary R&D, you can expect the highest durability and function from all our products.

ABOUT SPARTAN RACE, INC.:
Spartan Race is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand, and the first in-sport to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 200 events across more than 30 countries in 2018, Spartan will attract more than one million global participants offering open heats for all fitness levels, along with competitive and elite heats. The Spartan Race lifestyle boasts a community of more than five million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, training and nutrition programs, and a popular NBC television series, which has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Spartan Race events feature races at three distances, 3+Mile/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 12+ Mile/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” culminating in the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship in North Lake Tahoe, Calif. Visit http://www.spartan.com for more information and registration.

Media Contacts:
REHBAND Katarina Bennich +46 70 946 68 01 katarina.bennich@rehband.com
SPARTAN Jonathan Fine + 1 781.248.3963 jonathanf@spartan.com.

Finding Your True Self Through OCR

Background

Brittney Bagley grew up in a genetically blessed family on a ranch in Florida and had an active lifestyle running track, dancing, and playing soccer and volleyball. But when she was forced to quit the Air Force ROTC in her junior year of college due to health issues, her poster-worthy lifestyle started on a downward spiral of making poor decisions. She started embracing a college life of drinking heavily and eating poorly, which made her reassess where she wanted to be.

“I’m one of four children in my family, one of whom is a twin sister to me. Being so close in age and appearance to my sisters, I’ve always found it hard to find my own identity. That, combined with a string of very unfortunate losses, made me venture out to see what the rest of the world offered,” Brittney shared.

College-Brittney

Brittney’s Travels

At 22 years old, and in her last semester of college, she moved to Alaska for a summer job working at a rafting company. For the next few years, she focused all of her time on traveling and jumping from seasonal job to seasonal job. This lifestyle laid claim to residencies in Alaska, Utah, Colorado, Florida, and even Nicaragua for a short time.

“I remember the first time I ever heard of or saw an obstacle course race was while working a promotion at a Tough Mudder in Colorado. I fell in love instantly but never would have imagined I’d be participating myself one day,” she said.

Heading back to Florida in 2014, she realized that she still wasn’t in a place she wanted to be, and hit rock-bottom finding herself in a destructive relationship and a desk-job she didn’t enjoy.

Her Turning Point

Brittney said, “When I looked in the mirror and didn’t recognize the person looking back at me, I knew it was time to make a change. I had become this lazy person who made excuses, and I had always hated that person. I was known for seeking adventure and tackling seemingly impossible challenges, but I had somehow become this watered-down version of myself. All of my decisions were made based on someone else, and their happiness, and I knew it was time to seek my own happiness”.

She started out with a goal to complete a few 5km races and then was looking for something more to challenge herself. Tough Mudder was coming to her area for the first time so Brittney signed up and convinced a few of her friends to join her. She started running every day after work and even bought lights to put on her sneakers so she couldn’t use the dark as an excuse. In March of 2015, she ran and finished her first Tough Mudder, with her brother and dad watching on.

Brittney’s OCR Experience

“The race was hard on me and I just barely stumbled across that finish line, but it was a starting point for a whole new addiction. In 2016 I moved to Virginia and signed up for another Tough Mudder and shortly after was introduced to my first Spartan Race, and haven’t stopped running since.”

She now has a partner to train with, having met a man a year ago whom she quickly introduced to the OCR life and he found himself addicted alongside her. Together they set out and obtained a few sponsors. They have since signed up for 5 OCRs and 3 runs this season and will be celebrating their anniversary while crossing the finish line and earning their first Spartan Race trifecta in Fayetteville on September 23.

Brittney says some of her favorite things about OCR are watching weeks or months of preparation pay off and each race becoming slightly easier. But her biggest obstacle is without-a-doubt her grip strength in her left hand, having lost the use of her pinky finger 5 years ago playing on a recreation kickball league.

“The camaraderie and teamwork you find in OCRs are things that make the experience even more indescribable because everyone is there supporting one other while also working on their own obstacles.”

“I never want to be the person who wakes up and lives the same day repeatedly, hating every second of it. I always want to be better than I was the day before and I want to spend every second I’m given making memories I can be proud of,” she says.

Brittney-and-Clay

Photos: Brittney Bagley and Tough Mudder
Follow Brittney’s blog at https://thewatercolorwanderer.wordpress.com/