Yancy Culp: Man of the People

The curly locks. The positive outlook.  The mouth that runs like a Ferrari.  The person who could encourage even Tony Robbins to accomplish things beyond his belief.  There are some people who you know are just good to the core before you even meet them. That would be Yancy Culp. The uniqueness of his name even hints at the special place he holds within the obstacle racing … Continue reading Yancy Culp: Man of the People

Faye Stenning: Looks can be deceiving

Dressed in jeans and a jacket vest, Faye Stenning looked like your everyday twenty-something with an attractive smile and glittering eyes. You know the kind.  One of those peppy girls fresh out of college who will spend an entire weekend shopping for shoes that she thinks will make her the envy of all the other females. One of the girls who watches every episode of the … Continue reading Faye Stenning: Looks can be deceiving

Jon Albon: Unplugged

Less than four hours removed from his third straight OCR World Championships win, Jon Albon sat sprawled out in front of me, seemingly oblivious to the awe being bestowed upon him by the international obstacle racing community.  Although self-described as nervous and shy as a kid, he appeared to be neither as we chatted comfortably for nearly an hour – interrupted periodically by congratulatory fans. … Continue reading Jon Albon: Unplugged

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 and empowering others.   While he doesn’t come right out and admit … Continue reading Christopher Acord: The Man behind the Beard

Inside the Broken Skull Ranch with Alexander Nicholas

Spartan Pro athlete, Alexander Nicholas, stood on the dusty sands of the Broken Skull Ranch anxiously awaiting the signal to attack the 1/2 mile Skullbuster obstacle course.  His mental calculations told him that if gave 70% effort and avoided careless mistakes, he would easily beat the previous best time. It was the last day of filming for season 1, so run a clean course and he … Continue reading Inside the Broken Skull Ranch with Alexander Nicholas

Siri Englund and Swedish obstacle racers in Cincinnati

Siri Englund went to America

Siri Englund went to America and won a world championship.  What sounds like a tale from some story book fantasy actually came to life for this young Swedish female.  As with all good stories, fate played a role. If not for a chance meeting in the airport with Swedish obstacle racer, Anna-Lee Markstedt O’Dwyer, this story would have remained a mere fantasy.  Yet Anna-Lee was able to … Continue reading Siri Englund went to America

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 and sounds of that iconic weekend in Vermont in a … Continue reading Off Course by Erin Beresini