The 50 Most Inspirational WOMEN in Obstacle Racing

By SOLO

You know obstacle racing is a legitimate sport, when we finally have the 50 most influential people post. Now we can start pouting, bitching and complaining about who made it and who should have made it instead. Aaaaaand, GO!

On a more serious note, while the list included some of my favorite people ever (and some people I have never heard of), I was a little peeved to discover that only 6 of the 50 people listed were women. Amelia Boone (and other awesome women), anyone? ANYONE?

So, here’s my own list. To every single woman on this list – thank you.

The 50 Most Inspirational WOMEN In Obstacle Racing

1. Selica Sevigny

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Selica is the heart and soul of Spartan Race in Canada and UK. She truly cares about the sport of obstacle racing, and wants to share its joys with the world – encouraging people to return to the days of running in the woods, and pushing themselves outside their comfort zone.

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2. Andi Hardy

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Andi sports bright green hair, bright green clothing, and a smile. You probably have seen her leading Spartan workouts, or doing  a handstand – anywhere and everywhere. Andi and I have shared many Spartan races, at least one Spartan podium, and more recently, carried bananas, climbed a volcano, and swam in the same lake during the Survival Run in Nicaragua.

3. Ella Kociuba

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This cheetah of a woman lifts rocks, chops wood and loves peanut butter. She is not afraid of showing her scars to others (check out her book here). And if Ella and I decided to arm wrestle, she would win. Every single time. #allthingsella

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4. Amelia Boone

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Amelia is the woman every little girl wants to be when she grows up. Smart and beautiful. And better than most boys at sports. #doingitright

5. Rose Wetzel-Sinnett

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Rose is a runner and personal trainer, who is not above wearing a tutu once in a while, if it puts a smile on people’s faces. As someone who once ran a race in a dress, while carrying a birthday cake, I am all about not taking yourself too seriously. Kudos.

6. Rachelanne Gladden

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This awesomeness of a human being comes in a package with beautiful red curls and hugs that rival my own. Rachelanne often plays an integral role of support and crew at extreme endurance events.

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7. Carrie Adams

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Carrie is the power behind Chicked Nation – the largest all-women obstacle racing group on Facebook. She continues to provide support and inspiration to this community.

8. Aliza Lederer-Plaskett

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Aliza’s cheeky comebacks and potty mouth made her near and dear to my heart. Strength, sense of humour and no bullshit attitude all rolled up in one. As you can imagine, we get along. Really well.

9. Juliana Sproles

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Perhaps, the biggest smile in obstacle racing belongs to the Shark – a fierce competitor who is actually sweet and huggy. This woman also has the first title of the World’s Toughest Mudder to her name.

10. Margaret Schlachter

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Margaret hardly needs introductions – the first blogger in the sport, and the woman behind Dirt In Your Skirt. She is also one of the first racers to have left her job to pursue OCR as a career. Oh, and she as a wicked green thumb and beekeeping skills. Anything she can’t do?

11. Heather Gannoe

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Heather has been blogging about the sport of obstacle racing (and running, and nutrition, and gear!) for as long as… well, there has been a sport of obstacle racing. Check out her blog here.

12. Johanna Lopez

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Johanna, aka JoLo, aka Bear Cub, is a familiar face to many on the obstacle racing circuit. She has crewed, supported and shadowed as many (or more) races as she ran herself.

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13. Holly Joy Berkey

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Whenever a new racer asks a question about gear or nutrition, Holly is always one of the first to answer. She also writes for the Spartan Blog, and her articles about motivation, training and strong women continue to empower.

14. Jen Milligan

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Canadian hurricane of a racer took the racing circuit by the storm in the last two years, and continues to conquer one race course after another. She has completed Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge this year, running the Boston Marathon and then the Big Sur Marathon mere days later.

15. Tanya Logan

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Inspiration to moms everywhere, Tanya is also one of the master minds behind Canadian Mudd Queens – the largest Canadian all-women obstacle racing team.

16. Lindsay Webster

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Another luminous smile coming at you from the Great White North. Lindsay is as fast as she is humble (this girl is a big deal, yet she does not think she is a big deal – what a gem!) – trail running and mountain biking experience makes her unbeatable on many obstacle courses – like recent BattleFrog races.

17. Cassidy Watton

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Cassidy is proof that strength pays off in obstacle racing. If you have not seen this girl go through obstacles, you should. Pull up a chair. Although, never mind – you better remain standing, otherwise, you’d miss her. She’s that fast.

18. Helene Dumais

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I had an honor of racing with this awesome Canadian woman in a recent Survival Run in Fuego y Agua. Helene is a fellow health coach, and while I DNF’d after about 15 hours, she kept going, and going, and going. Force of nature, this one!

19. Camille McCue

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Camille is one sharp-tongued badass (and a new mom) with a heart of gold who serves in the U.S. army. And you should see this girl with an axe. #mesmerizing

20. Amie “Live Wire” Booth

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Amie is a power house and a fire cracker, all rolled up in one. She can frequently be found running for hours and winning, climbing volcanoes, and demonstrating some wicked twerking skillz.

21. Melody Hazi

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Melody is passionate about all things racing and adventure – obstacle racing, adventure racing, and simply adventuring (is that a verb?).

22. Jane Boudreau Coffey

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Jane never stops. In fact, she seems to find peace and serenity in pushing her body to the limit. She is determined, relentless and has iron will. And she shares my (borderline clinical) obsession with coffee.

23. Corinne Kohlen

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Corinne is one of few women who routinely takes on the Fuego y Agua events, including the Hunter Gatherer. The most gruelling races do not shake her calm attitude and a smile. She makes a mean pair of sandals too!

24. Leyla Di Cori

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This Wonder Woman can rock a pair of sky high heels, recommend a bottle of wine, and then kick your butt getting across the monkey bars. This gal did the Spartan Death Race before most thought the Death Race was cool.

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25. Angela Emily

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Angela probably takes the cake for the most inspirational occupation – she is a flight nurse, which means a) she gets to be in a helicopter on a regular basis, b) her uniform is crazy hot, and c) if you ever wanted to impress 7-year olds at one of those “what do you do for a living” talks, you’d want to bring Angela. Oh, and one word – motorcycles.

26. Shenoa Creer

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Shenoa manages to combine a sunny disposition with a spirit of passionate competitor. I finally had a chance to meet her face to face in Nicaragua, where she took on the Survival Run.

27. Deanna Blegg

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Deanna races, lives and breathes with a smile on her face. I busted some moves with this awesome Australian on the dance floor after one of the Vermont Beasts. It. Was. Awesome.

28. Ande Wegner

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Ande runs fast, long and hard. She is an accomplished triathlete, a Death Race finisher, and she saves animals every day (as a veterinarian). Ande is also a semi-professional hugger. Swoon!

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29. Sue Luck

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This Mini Beast is an inspiration. I have first met her while doing Ultra Beast 2012, as she climbed out of the water and towards the Tarzan swing right in front of me. We officially met at the finish line later that day. Sue’s tenacity is only exceeded by her humility.

30. Morgan McKay

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Morgan boasts too many podium finishes to count, but most of all, she never takes herself too seriously. That earns major brownie points in my books!

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31. Angela Kalal

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Angela is not only a fast racer with multiple Spartan Race podium finishes, and events like Hunter Gatherer Survival Run under her belt, but a talented climber as well.

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32. Nele Schulze

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Nele is friendly, soft-spoken, and unstoppable. Every time I race by her side, I am both impressed and intimidated. Extreme endurance is her jam – twenty, thirty, forty hour events? Bring them on.

33. TyAnn Johnson Clark

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TyAnn is a mom and an elite Spartan athlete, with many Spartan podium finishes to her name. She credits her success to training, determination, and high pain tolerance, rather than natural ability.

34. Tiffanie Novakovich

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Tiffanie’s athleticism is an inspiration to women, and especially mothers everywhere. She lives, and trains in Alaska, all the while taking care of four children.

35. Paige Bowie

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Paige is a firefighter, and the only woman to ever finish Goruck Selection, one of the most gruelling physical challenges on the planet. Many amazing and strong women have attempted Selection, yet to this day she remains the only one who has ever lasted the entire 48 hours.

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So, I lied. This is not the list of 50 most inspirational women in obstacle racing. Not yet.

THIS IS NOT ALL! Yet I am human, and I forget things and people, so I need your help!

It is currently the list of 35 inspirational women, and I need your help finding 15 more awesome women within the sport of obstacle racing.

Who inspires you?

Leave a comment with the name of the woman you think should be on this list, and why you think she deserves the spot.

Help me complete the list!

P.S. If you are on this list, and you’d rather not have your name here – just let me know! I’m more than happy to adore you anonymously. And if you want me to replace the photo that I have used (all these were stolen from FB), I’m happy to do that too! Do you have a photo of us together? Send it my way! Caught a mistake? Let me know.

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SOLO

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Posted May 26, 2015

69 responses to “The 50 Most Inspirational WOMEN in Obstacle Racing”

  1. I want to recommend my mom for this list. She is the MOST inspiring person in OCR. She has been through two severe back surgeries, did nothing but take care of my grandfather full time and work a full time job for two years. She still found the time to do intense endurance workouts and place top 10 at EVERY race she goes to in her age group. We started racing just two years ago and we are climbing the ranks together. She is gawked at by volunteers and people who see us racing together, she is a 50 year old nana who kicks complete ass at any race she attends. Whenever we finish our races we cheer on our fellow team mates who are finishing up and even during the races that we compete we tend to help people who look like they are struggling.The sad thing is that she doesn’t even know how awesome she is, and I want her to know. People look up to her, I would love for her to see that.

    I hope someone see’s this. Thank you for reading 🙂

  2. Chris Nelson says:

    Frayah Bartuska – Because I’m stunned she was left off

  3. Maria Schwarz says:

    Amanda Sullivan, Misty Diaz

  4. Bob Mulholland says:

    Corinna Coffin – She came out of nowhere while still in college to not only blow away BattleFrog female Elite but also Spartan female Elite. Also, participated in the BattleFrog College Championship, a first of its kind.

    Brenna Calvert – Not only does she stir up controversy by being a victim of #shirtgate she also does her best to place in the top at many OCRs.

    Laura Messner – The face of OCR as well as an Avenger at the Spartan Kids Race and a proponent of autism on the course as well with her brother being autistic.

  5. Terry mccormack says:

    Candie Bobick.

    A spartan racer. Death racer, one of the 4 founding members of Team Illuminati. An avid Jameson drinker. Single mom. NPC competitor. Ultra runner and has swept more courses pushing those who thought they couldn’t finish to the end.

    Nicole Winget
    Navy LT. Spartan racer. Another founding member of team illuminati. Even while deployed to Afghanistan for 6 months Nicole pushed her team mates and followers to keep striving for more. She consistently is being called by spartan to build courses as a staff member at a moments notice. She is also a public defender.

  6. Casey Jindra says:

    Orla Walsh and KK Paul.

    Those 2 are HUGE on my list.

  7. Janice Marie Ferguson says:

    1. Claude Godbout!! No explanation needed!!
    2. Jackie Rust–She’s supportive with always a kind word for everyone, but a fierce athlete when the race starts.
    3. Valerie Smith–So much awesome in one person–OCR, CrossFit, Death Race, she does it all!

    I could go on: Karlee Whipple, Brittany Duckworth, Tonya Stogsdill, Leslie St. Louis, Elise Fugowski, Ang Reynolds, Jennifer Sullivan, Gretchen Krueger, Jenny Tobin, Heather Cammarata, Leah Erickson, Samantha Guthrie, Emily Fowler, Laura Hunt, Ashley Martin, Crystal Welch, Leah Rush are all amazing women in their own ways! Maybe you should do top 100! 🙂

  8. Sidley Helphrey says:

    Jennifer Jarvi
    Diane Case McCarl

    Both of these women need to be on this list.

    Jennifer has pushed and helped me through so many courses including a GoRuck. She will help anyone and everyone on any course.

  9. Cliff Cunningham says:

    These are women that inspire a lot of others in our community.
    Diane Case McCarl: has been fighting heart failure with multiple open heart surgeries. Her goal is to get back on the course someday when she beats this.
    Amanda Sullivan: she has been a major inspiration to a lot of people who have doubted their disabilities.
    Jennifer Jarvi: she has been a role model for the heavier ladies to push then selves and know that their size doest define who they are. Their hearts do.
    Sarah Pozdal: a single mother who has had huge success as an elite athlete and a big impact on our young ladies in OCR.

  10. Alex Guerrero says:

    Don’t forget Laura Messner!!! Elite Spartan runner.

  11. Ben Killary says:

    Claude Godbout and Corinna Coffin for sure make this list

  12. Jacqui Reed says:

    Laura Messner and K.k. Stewart-Paul should def be on this list

  13. Anna Arsenault says:

    I believe as woman named Anna Arsenault should be on this list. She is a mom of four and broke out on to the OCR scene last year. She is only 29 from alabama and completed a triple trifecta last year. This year she has captured a podium and earned her a spot in the world championships in October at Lake Tahoe.

  14. Erin Cranstoun says:

    Amanda Sullivan

  15. Jimmy Daresta says:

    Laura Perry Lunardi. She is a mother of 5 kids and works while still placing in the top 6 Spartan women’s elite. Proof that even working mom’s can still be champions.

  16. Jimmy Daresta says:

    Also Amanda Sullivan and Misty Diaz. They are both adaptive athletes that take on OCRs, half marathons, etc. and do amazing. They show women who have had physical challenges can still compete with the best.

  17. Nikki says:

    Hey! Great list!! Have you heard about MomStrong?
    Anna is the new director for #womenofspartan – an arm of Spartan Race. (We are working on that tab for our website currently and the official Spartan announcement is TBA).
    She will be at 11 races this year. Her next one is Breckenridge. Last year she consistently placed 10-15th. This year she already has one podium and received her Coin for Worlds!
    Anyway– I wanted you to know about her. She not only is a fierce OCR athlete, but she had a huge heart for women and is an inspirational figure in fitness.
    Check out her Facebook: momstrong

  18. Rhino Tough says:

    Julie Johnston! Known as “Mama Rhino” she started one of the very first obstacle course training gyms in the nation, Camp Rhino in Las Vegas! She has opened her gym to any and everyone who wants to be part of her Rhino family and “never be bored working out again”! Julie and her coaches have encouraged thousands to run their first races and to become better, healthier versions of themselves! She also started the whole thing to lose 60lbs herself. She has kept it off and proves to be an example and leader daily!

  19. Crystal Centifanto says:

    My Mom Michelle Corrigan has got to be one of the most inspiring people I know, she has gotten many people I know to Run Obstcale races even when they dont think that they can. this year she is planning on trying to run in the elite division for some of her races and then run again to help other complete their race.

  20. I would say the most inspiring among these athletes in the world of OCR is Sabrina Savoie.

    I will post her Facebook Fan Page and will let you discover her and her great talent… not the top the women in the world… but the most inspiring one I must say.

    Student at the CPA, mother of two, great wife, Full time Price water House Coopers employee as a tax expert and still already managed to qualify for Lake Tahoe in the first three races of the season here in Canada.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sabrina-Savoie-Running-Busy-Athlete-Mother-Professional-Student/845539902176118?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser

  21. lennie says:

    Stacie W. Preston. death race finisher, obstacle course racer, and badass

  22. Liza says:

    Hanna Copper and Leah Erikson absolutely also deserve to make the remaining 15 spots!

  23. Casey Jindra says:

    oh – and Sarah Pozdol

  24. i would like to please add Sabrina Savoie! A mother, a fighter and one of most caring woman I know. Sabrina accompanies her mother battling MS through various Spartan Races and they will be doing the Beast next! Impressive and inspirational daughter mother duo!!!!

  25. […] sure, I was included in Ekaterina Solovieva‘s (a badass woman in the world of OCR) post,  The 50 Most Inspirational WOMEN in Obstacle Racing.  Though absolutely humbled and honored to be included with the likes of Amelia Boone, Margaret […]

  26. Oh Sweet Solo, thank you dear fellow driven woman for the mention!
    Everyone at some point inspires someone else, which is a beautiful thing. But to name just two here for their great performances and their kindness: Claude Godbout and Corinna Coffin.

  27. Ross DeFalle says:

    Kerrie Byrd, she has battled since birth, most notably with lung issues (lungs operate at about 70% of capacity), but that hasn’t stopped her from taking on Death Race, WTM this fall, BattleFrog events, and a Spartan Trifecta. She’s an educator (elementary PE), a boot camp instructor, and a certified personal trainer. Not too bad of a resume for someone who wasn’t supposed to partake in athletic endeavors during their life for medical reasons.

  28. Amanda says:

    Laura Messner for sure!!! #strikeamessner

    She is the most humble and sweetest woman I have yet to meet!

  29. Jason says:

    Where is Frayah?

  30. Van Aguilar says:

    Amanda Sullivan
    Maggie Legan
    Corrina Coffin
    Laura Messner
    April Dee

    Those are 4 solid people who definitely set the bar and break it.

  31. Shel M says:

    Laura Perry Lunardi!
    A mother of 5 with multiple podium finishes under her belt. She’ll also run a second lap to help teammates accomplish their goals. There isn’t a better woman out there!

  32. Amie Booth says:

    Wendy Paben, co founder of More Heart Than Scars. She has made so many dreams.come true for adaptive athletes. She inspires women of all fitness levels to try OCR and change their lives. That is inspirational! Oh, and she helps kids who are at risk for a living. 🙂

  33. Amie Booth says:

    Also Liz Rivera, Lizzie Martinez, and Sasha Chapman…founders of women of obstacle racing. Doing great things for women in the industry.

  34. Manon Phillips Brisebois says:

    The most inspiring Athelete to me is Sabrina Savoie. She’s not only an athelete, she’s a mother of two, a graduate student, a full time accountant (60+ hours a week) and yet she still finds the time to train for OCR’s. Although she as not yet climbed on the podium, I’m certain she will in the near future.

  35. Anna-Lee says:

    You’re missing Hanneké Dannhauser from SA, Jessica Fridlund, Maria Welin and Siri Englund from Sweden, and Corinna Coffin and Laura Messner, @Magic Pajcic from the US. To mention some from the top of my head.

  36. Colleen says:

    Cannot believe that you have left out Claude Godbout from Quebec, Canada!!!
    Unknown powerhouse is Jodie Fleming from Durham, NC. This 5ft quiet,blonde, PhD ranked 30th last year on Spartan list. She is a force to be reckon with!

  37. Kimberly Stewart says:

    Laura Messner, Jackie Rust, Melanie Chargulafe, all the women on the WOR Pro team.

  38. CLAUDE GODBOUT for sure! She’s one of if not the best in the sport right now, legit world-class biathlete, SUPER nice and approachable, and Canadian. She MUST be on this list.

  39. Rick Baird says:

    I have a few ladies to nominate from our team that I coach:
    Alison Rava, a single mom of two boys, full time job as a school counselor at a local elementary school. Alison runs in open division of Spartan races and does very well, usually top five in her age group and top 30 for overall women. She inspires the ladies on our team to work hard and do their best and I know a lot of the ladies look up to Alison as Alison is usually at the finish line cheering them on as they finish and then enjoying a tasty adult beverage with them, when everybody is done! Nobody reading this nomination will really know who Alison Rava cause she doesn’t have a fan page up, isn’t vocal in ten different fb OCR pages, and rarely posts her results/pics on her page. But for those that know her, she inspires them to work hard in class and out on the course.

  40. Rick Baird says:

    Marion Schuler-Powell is also another lady from our team I would nominate.
    A couple years ago Marion could barely finish one of my classes I taught, now a couple years later she is quadruple Trifecta finisher, finished a regular Hurricane Heat, unofficial 12hr Hurricane Heat in LV, 12hr Suck finisher, completed 27hrs of 30hrs at the SISU Iron recently, competed in the 2014 WTM, and in four weeks will take on the Death Race. She will also run her race and then go right back out in the course and help random strangers that are struggling get though their race.

    So please consider Alison Rava and Marion Powell for your list of top OCR ladies, they personify what you are looking for.

  41. alderaic says:

    missing two time world champion Claude Godbout,
    the list does not make any sense without her, the sport is 5 year old (for what matters anyway) and it’s missing one of the strongest contender

  42. Serge Provencher says:

    And Claude Godbout ???

  43. […] you may be aware, Ekaterina Solovieva has created a list of the most inspirational women in obstacle […]

  44. Damien Langlois-Verret says:

    Claude Godbout! You forgot Claude!

  45. Chris C says:

    Misty Diaz and Amanda Sullivan!

  46. Colin Spafford says:

    georgina edge ….aka Mrs Reaper , not only is she the force behind Reaper Events UK but also a regular OCR, trail and marathon runner.
    Whether it’s testing new obstacles or encouraging newbies at her obstacle trading centre called The Obstacle Gym , she is known to support and literally prop up ladies .

  47. Emily says:

    i am seriously appalled that KK Stewart Paul isn’t number one here. She is the most incredible athlete I have ever seen probably, and kicks so much ass at all the races.

    April dee as well, Kate Cramer. R

    Can’t forget corinna Coffman who blows most competition out of the water

  48. Hey says:

    Oups… where’s Claude Godbout the best OCR female?

  49. frederik ranger says:

    Where is Claude godbout?

  50. Sabrina Savoie says:

    claude godbout! She’s one heck of an athlete and the nicest, humblest, down to earth woman I know.
    Your list isn’t complete without her

  51. Valery Ashley Giovannini says:

    I vote Sabrina Savoie. She has somehow managed to balance being a mom, a student (cpa), an employee (Price Waterhouse Cooper), and an athlete.

    Not to mention she’s kicked my lazy butt into shape more that once and that’s no easy task.

    She starts off her race day in the elite heat. Then does the kids race with her two boys. Following that she redoes the race with her mother who has MS and sometimes needs help.
    Then rinse and repeat the next day.

    She has managed to convince me (someone who failed first semester gym every year of high school because I refused to run 2km) to do a Spartan super this summer (July). A few years ago she got me to do my first initiation triathlon.

    So honestly I think she is your best candidate for this list as she really does inspire people (not just myself) to do their best in anything and she has been bringing more and more people to the obstacle racing world all the time. 🙂

    • Valery Ashley Giovannini says:

      Oh and I forgot that she did the ultra beast at Mont Killington in Vermont last year. Honestly it’s hard to see her at all during the summer because she is always of doing some race or another. Xmen / Spartan / etc

  52. Sabrina Savoie says:

    An amazing mother, student and athlete.

  53. Wino Rhino says:

    Supplementing Rhino Tuff above, Julie Johnston AKA Mama Rhino AKA Jul-eesi, Mother of Rhinos.

    Julie has done so much to encourage fitness and health in Las Vegas, she should be included here. Julie’s tenacity in body, mind, and spirit gets you moving and won’t let you quit, even when you want to. Julie has ran multiple OCRs, making it look easy. Her best quality on the course, though, is the care and encouragement she gives her team. Julie also challenges us Rhinos to help and support any strangers on the course in need of a hand or just an encouraging word. Julie is truly an inspirational OCR woman. Thank you!

  54. Wino Rhino says:

    Also, another vote for Amanda Sullivan. She is an inspiration to us all. Thanks!

  55. Steve Becharf says:

    Definitely Claude Godbout from Canada, 2 times Spartan world Champion at killington, she is currently on a roll and pretty much unbeatable on an OCR course, very humble women, a true Beast !!

  56. Lora Monachino says:

    The list is missing Shaun Provost. A Sgx coach, top notch trainer and podium finisher, Shaun embodies all that is best in OCR: grit, integrity, fortitude and athleticism. While she strives for her personal best, she is always looking out for others. In my mind, what Shaun offers is the heart and soul of this sport.

  57. david denis says:

    Claude Godbout !!!!

  58. Mike Collins says:

    Laura Messner
    Sarah Pozdol
    Amanda Sullivan
    Misty Diaz
    Candie Bobick
    Missy Morris
    Jennifer Jarvi
    Sheena Speaks
    Charla Wewers
    Katy Greenbauer

  59. Mike Mcguinn says:

    Amanda Sullivan. She’s about as inspiring as possible.

  60. Jim Popowski says:

    Misty Diaz

    She’s been mentioned a few times above, She’s an adaptive athlete that is truly amazing. What she does while having Spina Bifda is a real inspiration to not only adaptive athletes, but also regular joes like me. Her Heart, Desire, and drive are second to none!

    Go Misty!

  61. Tormuse says:

    Psst… Solo… you forgot to include yourself in the list! I think you’re pretty awesome. 🙂

  62. Marisa says:

    Amanda Sullivan. Hands down.

  63. Brent Williams says:

    Your list is devoid of older folks, with one or two exceptions.

    I’d suggest you look carefully at my friend Louise Schneider of Connecticut. She’s 51 years old and holds down a demanding professional career while also being a single mom to a daughter who’s already tearing up OCR courses in her own right. Her results are very solid for anyone of any age, but she’s an absolute monster when you consider her available training time and her age.

    Louise was the #2 woman of any age in the 2013 season points standing for Spartan Races in the open division, besting tens of thousands of other competitors, and that was while nursing a nagging muscle tear in one leg all season.

    This season is still young but Louise is doing well, with a #1 in her age group in the New Jersey Spartan Beast in April, beating almost 98% of all women of any age. Keep an eye on how her season unfolds over the next month or two. She’ll be doing more Spartan races and a couple of other races as well.

    Louise would be embarrassed to know that I’m nominating her because she’s terminally self-effacing and modest. But to get an assessment of her “badass quotient,” you can also check with some of the usual suspects in the New England Spahtens where she’s relatively well known.

  64. Bob Blenis says:

    You have to include IRENE CALL. One of the first elite women of Spartan racing.

  65. Greg Johnson says:

    I think K.k. Stewart should be on this list for sure

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