Author Archives: Jeff Cain

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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110%PlayHarder Katalyst Review

 110%PlayHarder provided their Playmakers with their brand new Katalyst shirt (and I’m really happy about that, by the way).  This is another one of those products in which I didn’t quite know what I was getting.  It’s a performance garment, but unlike any other that I’ve ever worn.  To be forthright, I’m still not completely [...]
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Re-review of Reebok Super OCR Shoe

My  Reebok Supers have now been battle-tested in 2 pretty difficult races (Indiana Spartan Sprint and Mud Guts & Glory).  As promised, I have more to add to my initial reactions.  I’ve read virtually every web review and comment about these shoes, so this review will touch upon what have been issues for some. Sand/silt [...]
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Reactions to Spartan Race Edict on Race Attire

The following email message sent yesterday from Spartan Race to those competing at Tuxedo sparked emotions and debate across the obstacle racing interwebs. “We will require that those entering the start corral for the professional elite wave wear sensible athletic wear designed for running or trails. You are representing the future of the sport, and [...]
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Mud Guts & Glory May 2014 Race Review

Through its first 2 events, Mud Guts & Glory remained a hidden gem of a race, nestled in the hills and trees of southeastern Ohio. I suspect, however, that the secret will be out following the 3rd event that just finished yesterday. This series, established on a permanent course on the grounds of King’s Domain, [...]
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#Blessed

Early this morning while on a training run under dreary, rain-producing clouds, my mind pondered why I was putting myself through this.   I have made it clear that I do not consider myself a runner because I am not a fan of running for running’s sake.  I also really don’t care anything about running in the rain with blurred vision [...]
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2014 Indiana Spartan Sprint Review

One hour ago I was sitting in an ice bath, teeth chattering, starting the recovery from a race that is a veritable terror to knees, hamstrings, and IT bands.  Five and a half hours ago I watched my daughter and dozens of other kids give everything they had on their own 1 mile obstacle course.  Eight and [...]
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