OCR World Championships: Where does it rank?

Saturday afternoon in the lobby of the Westin Trillium Resort in Blue Mountain Village, someone asked me how I would rank the OCR World Championships against other races. I paused. Then paused some more. I’m sure there was a blank stare on my face. My mind churned as I quickly tried to form an answer. Steam may have come out of my ears as the … Continue reading OCR World Championships: Where does it rank?

How to fight a giant (AKA Barkley Fall Classic)

Fighting a giant is no easy task.  It will hammer you with blow after blow, leaving you yelping in pain and moaning with agony.  However, should you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of fighting a giant, I offer these words of reality that probably will not help you.  After all, you already signed up or are considering registering for the Barkley Fall Classic, proving … Continue reading How to fight a giant (AKA Barkley Fall Classic)

The Endeavor Team Challenge

I’m considering it.  Seriously considering it. It would be good for my soul. The Endeavor Team Challenge offers exactly what drew me (and many of the OGs) to obstacle racing to begin with: more of an adventure and less of an event.  As much as I love obstacle racing and the many improvements in terms of races and obstacles, the days of OCR being an “off-the-grid” sport, … Continue reading The Endeavor Team Challenge

Mud Guts & Glory: a different perspective

I have raced in every single Mud Guts & Glory event since its inception, but for medical reasons, this time I was relegated to spectator status and spent the entire day at the finish line or milling around the festival area.  It provided me a different, albeit a more complete picture of what is still one of the best OCR events in the country. While … Continue reading Mud Guts & Glory: a different perspective

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 get too excited. One of the criticisms that BattleFrog has faced … Continue reading Not a Review of BattleFrog Louisville

Mud Guts & Glory May 2016 podium

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 individual who plays a role in making this race a … Continue reading Mud Guts & Glory review – May 2016