Category Archives: Race Review

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 […]
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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 […]
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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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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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2015 OCR World Championships: From the Sideline

She approached Tip of the Spear, cradling her arm with a look of pain on her face.  Fifteen seconds later that look changed to one of bitter defeat. Pent up emotion flowed through the tears at the realization she had come this far, but ultimately would be losing her band. Ten minutes later cheers erupted […]
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2015 Barkley Fall Classic – An Adventure

Lazarus Lake (or Gary Cantrell if you prefer) lit his cigarette and the jittery mass of ‘crazies’ trotted down the asphalt toward their foray into Frozen Head State Park.  And so it began.  Suddenly, without warning, one idiot dropped his water bottle and in cartoon-like fashion darted backwards against the flow of runners, narrowly avoiding […]
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Battlefrog Cincinnati Race Review

Battlefrog is for real.  You can question the business model and long term prospects, but the challenging nature of this obstacle race is undeniable.  This was my first Battlefrog, which took place on the Mud Guts & Glory course outside of Cincinnati, Ohio.  For various reasons, it was also my first time running an open wave since 2011.  Unlike […]
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Great American Fitness Challenge Review

If not for the fact this event was 30 minutes from my house and filled a void in my summer racing schedule, I would have let the Great American Fitness Challenge in Lexington, KY slip on by without a second thought. I didn’t though, so here is an abbreviated version of my thoughts. They had an interesting […]
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Mud Guts and Glory Race Review 2015

Mud Guts & Glory fools me EVERY SINGLE TIME.  Five times total I have toed the starting line with a light heart and high spirits.  Five times total I have had moments of regret for doing so and wondered if the hills and obstacles would ever end.  MGG lures me in with its family atmosphere, its encouraging volunteers, […]
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2015 Indiana Spartan Sprint Review

  Thanks to Friday night rains, what once was a hard-packed trail primed for speed across the quick up and downs of Haspin Acres, turned into a sticky clay mud skating rink.  From the opening gun to the last fire jump, this was the slipperiest 4.9 miles I have ever experienced.  Traction was at a premium and even […]
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