Author Archives: Jeff Cain

Stories from the first OCR Mission Trip to Mexico

There is a Friends episode in which Joey & Phoebe argue about the concept of “no selfless act” – that there are no actions done to benefit others that do not also benefit the doer.  The inaugural OCR Adventure Mission trip sponsored by Back2Back Ministries (a Christian non-profit group with a mission of providing global […]
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Aid a fellow racer and win

I have always said that the OCR Community is very giving.  I want to do my part in rewarding those givers while simultaneously helping out one of the most giving people in our sport.  Zack Paben, founder of More Heart Than Scars, has sacrificed personal gain in order to help those struggling with major issues.  […]
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Christopher Acord: The Man behind the Beard

Clad in fatigues and hiking boots, Christopher Acord strode across the race grounds, eyes firmly affixed ahead at athletes struggling to complete the Platinum Rig obstacle.  His gait was indicative of one who possesses the power of purpose. That purpose, although sometimes erroneously masked by the “soul-stealing” persona displayed on social media, is one of strengthening […]
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Must-read OCR articles of 2015

Battling my demons: Learning to ignore the numbersThere was a dramatic rise in the number and quality of online articles pertaining to OCR in 2015.  The sporby  (sport + hobby) continued to grow and with it came a number of stories, controversies, and inspirations.  Below is a list of articles that people within the OCR community […]
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Be More Doer than Critic

The OCR community consists of some mighty impressive people accomplishing magnificent feats. We have athletes taking the sport to new heights, people donating to charities, writers crafting inspiring articles, and individuals organizing large teams and enhancing the sense of camaraderie. There are product developers, obstacle designers, trainers, race directors, business men and women, promoters, encouragers, […]
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No Home for the OCR Competitor

I’ve set on this topic long enough. Thanks, John Wall of The Truth Is…There is no Box, for making a comment somewhere on social media that reminded me to finish the draft I started exactly six months ago. Now that national conversation regarding OCR has once again turned to doping, cheating, and prize money (thank you, […]
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What do these symbols of Spartan Race & BattleFrog say to you?

Sports in general is filled with symbols depicting determination, speed, power, honor, victory, pride, etc. as teams and brands use images to weave subtle meanings into the minds of the public.  Obstacle racing is no different and OCR companies take full advantage of social media to send visual messages that become iconic symbols of the brand. To […]
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Accepting nominations for must-read OCR articles of 2015

OnMyWayToSparta.com is accepting nominations for the must-read OCR articles of 2015.  The only criteria are that the posts must somehow relate to obstacle racing, be of great interest to OCR enthusiasts, and published in the 2015 calendar year. Because of the increased exposure of OCR in mainstream press, nominations are not limited to OCR blogs, but can […]
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OCR World Championships Short Course Format Announced

Maintaining its position as one of the top innovators in the OCR industry, OCR World Championships announced a brand new addition to its stable of championship races.  The Short Course Championship will be a head-to-head, obstacle-dense, 3K course. The 2016 Short Course Championships will take place on Friday, October 14, 2016. Athletes will be able […]
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The Will of Heroes

Love him or despise him, Joe De Sena defied magnificent odds to accomplish athletic feats best described as simply remarkable. Physical abilities aside, it was his mental composition that not only allowed him to accomplish his athletic goals, but helped him found not only a successful business in Spartan Race, but arguably the sport of obstacle […]
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