Author Archives: Jeff Cain

Get your FREE Spartan Race here

Here is yet another chance to win a free entry to a 2015 Spartan Race (US races only).  The giveaway is being administered by Rafflecopter and instructions for entering are in the link at the bottom of this post.  I could ramble on and on about how this would be a great experience, but I will spare […]
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Inside the Broken Skull Ranch with Alexander Nicholas

Spartan Pro athlete, Alexander Nicholas, stood on the dusty sands of the Broken Skull Ranch anxiously awaiting the signal to attack the 1/2 mile Skullbuster obstacle course.  His mental calculations told him that if gave 70% effort and avoided careless mistakes, he would easily beat the previous best time. It was the last day of filming […]
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Obstacle Racing Blogs: Must-Read Posts from 2014

Another year of obstacle racing has passed, leaving a big dust trail of stories behind it.  It was a year of world championships and record numbers of competitors.  The sport frequently found itself the subject of online article and blog posts and here is the third annual compilation of must-read posts from the year.  A few […]
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What’s new at Spartan

If nothing else, Spartan Race is always making news.  Things change and they change quickly.  In case you ‘ve been sleeping through all of the recent announcements, let me catch you up.     Annual Race Pass New year.  New type of season pass.  The price is $550 (if you have an existing pass you can […]
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Raising Spartan Kids

There is a story of a motivated, intelligent, talented, and accomplished high school athlete who had the world in his hands.  He seemingly had the life of which every high schooler dreams.  At least he did until he started college, and for the first time in his life, encountered academic difficulties and struggled to perform […]
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Siri Englund went to America

Siri Englund went to America and won a world championship.  What sounds like a tale from some story book fantasy actually came to life for this young Swedish female.  As with all good stories, fate played a role. If not for a chance meeting in the airport with Swedish obstacle racer, Anna-Lee Markstedt O’Dwyer, this story would […]
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2015 OCR World Championships: Looking forward and looking back

The 2015 OCR World Championships will be held October 17-18, 2015 in Oregonia, Ohio, returning to the site of the inaugural race to improve on an already fabulous event.  Now that the race has established its validity as a world-class event, expect it to sell out.  A limited number of pre-registration spots are available.  Grab them quickly, […]
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2014 OCR World Championships was Monumental

The flags stopped waving.  The yelling and cheering faded to silence.  Everyone said their goodbyes.  The foreign accents left for home.  The race site in rural Ohio was abandoned. After all that there was only one thing left.  That one thing was the realization in most people’s minds that the inaugural OCR World Championship was […]
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Why the OCR World Championships is important for the sport

From the perspective of the casual outsider it would be easy to dismiss the OCR World Championships on October 25-26 as just another capitalist venture attempting to cash in on the sport’s popularity.  However, having watched this event develop from the ground up, the OCRWC is clearly not “all about that money” nor is it […]
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Off Course by Erin Beresini

Skillfully woven into her personal story of tackling the inaugural 2012 Spartan Ultra Beast , Outside Online columnist Erin Beresini, takes an inside look at the obstacle racing industry.  She tells stories of the companies, events, and people in a manner interesting even to those who already know them.  At appropriate times throughout, Erin vividly describes the sights […]
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