Author Archives: Jeff Cain

Spartan Fit! Review

If Spartan Up! is a kick in the rear, Spartan Fit! is an instructional manual and then some.  This second book by Joe DeSena, founder of Spartan Race, is the gift you give to that person who is committed to living healthier, but needs a plan – a step-by-step guide. The 30-day workout and life plan […]
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Not a Review of BattleFrog Louisville

There are now more than enough people writing race reviews and I have no reason to think mine are special. I won’t review the 2016 BattleFrog race in Louisville, which by the way was not in Louisville at all, but I will make a bold statement resulting from my experience.  It’s bold for me, so don’t […]
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Making of a college Battlefrog team

Battlefrog has taken some heat for more than a few of their business decisions, but I am of the opinion that establishing the Battlefrog College Championships (and this year’s additional pro championship) was a good move for everyone.  The super-fast, team relay tournament makes for exciting television and reaches a new and relatively untapped market of […]
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Mud Guts & Glory review – May 2016

I have realized that any discussion of Mud Guts & Glory’s (MGG) position in the OCR industry must begin with its mission.  This permanent course obstacle race at King’s Domain was established solely to raise money to support at-risk inner city youth.  Kindness and generosity pours forth from the organization as a whole and through each […]
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Salming Elements – newest entrant into the OCR shoe market?

  In 2011, it was a struggle to find a good shoe for obstacle racing, but fast forward to 2016 and several great options are available. That list of options has grown once again with the addition of Salming Elements. The Swedish company has developed a shoe that meets all the major criteria for great obstacle racing […]
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Joe Desena is at it again with Spartan Fit!

    If Spartan Up left you hungry for more of Joe DeSena’s no-holds-barred approach to life and fitness then you may want to check out Spartan Fit!Spartan Fit!  In Joe’s own words “The purpose of this book is to help you overcome any physical or mental obstacle—and to achieve the opportunity that lives inside […]
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Drowning in the OCR social media wave

Hundreds of Facebook friend requests waiting for approval.  Names are unrecognizable, but supposedly they’re friends with my friends. When I scroll through my Facebook feed it resembles the spinning of a slot machine….a veritable blur of posts until I land on something I actually take time to read. The unique posts are just as rare as winning the slots.  OCR-related blog […]
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Reebok All-Terrain Super OR Review

The weather broke and I suddenly found a Saturday with prime trail running conditions.  I pulled on my 110% PlayHarder compression socks and the brand new Reebok All-Terrain Super ORs and headed to Raven Run.  There are things I like about most of the major OCR shoe brands, but you may already know that I […]
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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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