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 […]
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The Essentials of Obstacle Race Training – a review

Many may recognize the name David Magida for his recent role as an announcer for NBC Spartan Races.  Others may know him as the owner of Elevate Interval Fitness – a high energy gym in Washington, D.C.  Still others, like myself, may know him more as the hotshot obstacle racer and one of the earliest […]
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7 reasons why OCRWC is our Olympics

While many in the obstacle racing world look toward a future when OCR might be included as an Olympic Sport, the OCR World Championships is steadily inching toward becoming the sport’s own Olympics.  I will give you 7 reasons why. Racers from 42 different countries are competing this year, giving it the largest and most […]
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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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Inside the OCR Bubble

Yesterday’s news of Battlefrog’s race cancellations  and new emphasis on television reverberated throughout the OCR world like none other that I can remember. The veiled admission that their current business model was not viable didn’t come as a big surprise, but shockwaves were still felt.  It was like we were all inside a snow bubble and […]
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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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