Author Archives: Jeff Cain

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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Things you don’t know about Corinna Coffin

You have probably heard of Corinna Coffin by now. She burst onto the OCR scene this summer with multiple podium finishes at Battlefrog, Mud Guts & Glory, & Spartan Race. Her 2nd place finish at the Spartan World Championships in Vermont solidified her status as one of the emerging female superstars of the sport. You [...]
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Michelle Warnky: Ninja Obstacle Racer

The smile that greeted me at our first introduction was the same smile that greeted America at the top of the American Ninja Warrior warped wall.  Although Michelle Warnky has garnered national acclaim as one of America’s top ninjas, that smile tells a story beyond what is seen on television. The little girl who wanted [...]
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2014 Rugged Maniac – Paoli: Race Review

Infuse substantial amounts of cash into an obstacle race that was already pretty solid and the result is an improved race with bigger and better obstacles.  The fortunate recipient of cash from Shark Tank investor, Mark Cuban, Rugged Maniac stepped up its game, while still remaining within it’s market niche of a notch just slightly above entry level. I [...]
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Mud Guts and Glory delivers again!

I love watermelon.  I love my family.  I love Kentucky basketball.  I love Mud Guts & Glory.  I have yet to encounter another race in which the passion for the event is in the heart and soul of everyone involved.  From management to the race director to the construction crews to the race staff to [...]
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Free entry to the OCR World Championships

      I have the pleasure of giving away a free entry to the OCR World Championships being held on October 25-26 outside of Cincinnati, OH.  This promises to be a world class event with an international cadre of world class athletes. To enter this raffle administered through Rafflecopter, go to the OnMyWayToSparta Facebook page, click [...]
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2014 Connecticut Spartan Sprint Review

Close your eyes for a moment.  Imagine that you just got busted for counting cards at the Mohegan Sun Casino and that you ran out through the parking lot attempting to elude 2 security officers with thick Boston accents.  Now imagine that you turned the corner and darted into the parking garage to get away from them.  Now [...]
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