Author Archives: Jeff Cain

Pride melting in OCR

Oftentimes mainstream media would have us believe that obstacle racing is a sport fraught with danger. I would counter with the most dangerous aspect of being an obstacle racer is not threat of injury, but the fact that we are awesome – awesome in our approach to life, in our quest to become stronger, faster, […]
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5 Reasons why the OCR World Championships is the best OCR event of the year

I have been a huge supporter of OCR World Championships since the very first time Adrian Bijanada shared his vision with me. I like to remind him that many of the most ardent OCRWC fans were skeptical at first, but I have always been behind this idea! As we near the second edition of this championship […]
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2015 Barkley Fall Classic – An Adventure

Lazarus Lake (or Gary Cantrell if you prefer) lit his cigarette and the jittery mass of ‘crazies’ trotted down the asphalt toward their foray into Frozen Head State Park.  And so it began.  Suddenly, without warning, one idiot dropped his water bottle and in cartoon-like fashion darted backwards against the flow of runners, narrowly avoiding […]
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Can I finish the 2015 Barkley Fall Classic?

You may have heard of the Barkley Fall Classic.  If not, here is what little I know about it.  It’s the itty bitty brother of the famed Barkley Marathon.  It stretches the length of a 50K to supposedly 34-36 miles, all of which are within the unfriendly confines of saw brier and rattlesnake infested mountains […]
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Reebok Super 2.0 OCR Shoe Review

After training in them for a few weeks, my first racing action in the new Reebok All Terrain Super 2.0 was the Cincinnati Battlefrog – what some are calling the most difficult regular season obstacle race of 2015.  Aside from that one instance during the jerrycan carry in which I buried my legs calf deep in shoe-sucking mud, I didn’t give […]
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Battlefrog Cincinnati Race Review

Battlefrog is for real.  You can question the business model and long term prospects, but the challenging nature of this obstacle race is undeniable.  This was my first Battlefrog, which took place on the Mud Guts & Glory course outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.  For various reasons, it was also my first time running an open wave since 2011.  Unlike […]
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Why the OCR Humanitarian Award is important to the sport

Full disclosure.  I, along with a few obstacle racers and colleagues formed the charitable foundation, For Those Who Would, with the goal of transforming the passion of OCR athletes into a mechanism benefiting society.  Aside from our charitable activities, we have initiated the For Those Who Would Humanitarian Award and will be presenting it along […]
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Obstacle racing charity “For Those Who Would” has launched!

While a national press release is forthcoming, I want to personally announce the official launch of For Those Who Would, Inc. We are a certified 501(c)(3) charity rooted in the obstacle and adventure racing community.

Reebok All Terrain Thunder Review

As a cousin to the Reebok All Terrain OCR shoe, the Thunder has some family resemblances, but differs in several characteristics. The distinctive bright colors invite comments from everyone who catches a glimpse. If you like attention-getters, these will do it for you. The shoes aren’t super heavy, weighing in at 11.4 oz for men and […]
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The good in everyone

Community, relationships, friendship, and kindness has occupied a large portion of my psyche after writing this article about community, reading this one about OCR cat fights, and observing a week of political/societal/cultural upheaval in the United States.  THIS IS NOT AN ARTICLE EXPRESSING MY POLITICAL OPINIONS.  The world has enough unsolicited opinions and this site is about obstacle racing.  […]
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