READING ROUNDUP: the dangers of the sport, why races are so freaking expensive, and Tough Mudder’s new sponsor


I know what you have been doing this weekend. Scrolling through endless photos on Instagram and watching Periscope streams from WTM in Vegas, that’s what.

Or maybe, it’s just me.

WTM is happening RIGHT NOW, so we still have few hours of killing time before the internet explodes with the news. Chad and Amelia seem to be on track for the win right now, and Team Sinergy is looking strong.

Until then, your Sunday paper.


Tough Mudder Introduces Merrell as Presenting Partner For Global Event Series // PR Newswire

Merrell is a fairly well known entity in the trail running world, so the partnership definitely makes sense. Meanwhile, Tough Mudder Gear online store still continues to sell UnderArmour apparel with Tough Mudder branding. Other partners currently include Cellucor and Gameface Media (free event photography).

Why The Hell Are Obstacle Races So F***ing Expensive? // The Race Guy

The Race Guy, aka Garfield Griffiths, better known as the mastermind behind the course design of OCRWC, talks about the logistics of putting on an OCR event. My favorite part? The detailed budget for a typical event – you may be surprised at what you see.

Popular Weekend Sport Poses Serious Dangers // NBC Los Angeles

“Broken bones aren’t the only hazard. This past June, more than a thousand people that took part in an adventure run in France got sick. Investigators believe they ingested mud that was affected with norovirus.”

I never quite know how to react to articles like these. On one hand, they are factually accurate. On the other hand, they seem to misrepresent the actual danger of getting injured. Can I remind y’all that the absolute number of participants in obstacle races in the last couple of years is higher than that of participants in marathons and triathlons?

The important point of discussion, especially with WTM happening as I type this, is the consideration of how much is too much? When does an event cross the line from “challenging” to “dangerous”? And, who the hell calls them adventure runs anyway?

The Will Of Heroes // On My Way To Sparta

Looks like there is another book in the works about Joe De Sena – this time to be written by someone else. Colin Robertson is a performance psychologist, who just finished a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise $12,000 for this project. Robertson promises to discuss JR Rowling, Steve Jobs, and Mozart in addition to De Sena. Tall order, indeed.

Interestingly, the book seems to have run into its first obstacle already – the book’s editor picked up another project during the fundraising process, so the release date may be delayed. [Thanks to Jeff Cain for sharing this on his blog!]

Allison Tai // Vancouver Fitness Expo

A shoutout to a great Canadian female obstacle racer, Allison Tai, who will be talking about How To Train Like a Spartan at the Vancouver Fitness Expo on November 22nd.

Great interview with Allison after she came in second at last year’s WTM.

Interview With Solo // The Obstacle Dominator Podcast

Wait, aren’t I Solo? Right! I spent some time chatting with Ben Greenfield, the co-host of the Obstacle Dominator podcast. We talk about how obstacle racing is like mixed martial arts, and whether the sport will make it to the Olympics. It turned to be a great interview, if I say so myself!

Whatcha doing tomorrow morning?

I will be discussing the latest Reading Roundup blog post on Periscope tomorrow (Monday) at 8am EST. Join me @k_solovieva.


See ya there?


Posted November 15, 2015

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