READING ROUNDUP: Spartan Agoge, OCRWC’s short course, and guide for the holidays


This week’s news are coming to you from the sunny Dominican Republic. I am working hard to bring some sunshine back to Canada (fingers crossed they do not stop me at customs).

The past couple of weeks have been all about OCRWC and WTM, so to balance it out this week, a bit Spartan heavy. Ready?


Why Spartan Race Founder Joe Desena Is Not Your Average Joe // The Malay Mail Online

The first Spartan Race in Singapore had great turnout, attracting over 8,000 participants. South East Asia seems like a promising new market for obstacle racing.

“The burpee is the most effective total body exercise you can do and I make sure I get mine in every morning. No ‘ifs’ or ‘buts’; it would not be uncommon to catch me dropping some (burpees) along the way even if I’m travelling, on the go, or on the way to a meeting,” said DeSena, who moved to Singapore in July. 

Well, we already knew how Joe felt about burpees. But wait… what? Joe moved to Singapore??? Perhaps, I am the last person to know about this, but I am now filled with questions. Is Singapore the new home of the Spartan Race?  How do you say “STFU” in Malay? Will there be a General Store on Singapore Island?

Agoge Registration Now Open // Spartan Race

According to the website, “The Spartan Agoge is the culmination of every physical and mental strength as well as everything a person has learned in life. Finishers become innovative thinkers, prudent risk-takers, and expert decision-makers”. I find the latter sentence a bit of a leap, but if trotting through the snow for hours with something really heavy on your back sounds appealing, you will be happy to know that the registration for the next event is now open. $375 worth of fun, lasting up to 60 hours! Tantric racing, perhaps?

The first event took place few months ago, and Agoge 001 will be happening Feb.12-14 in Vermont (where else?). Applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed at least one 12-hour Hurricane Heat (HH12HR) before Agoge.

3k Short Course Championship // OCRWC

The announcement we have been waiting for! OCRWC has mentioned earlier in the season, that they are considering multiple distances for the 2016 championship.

This is officially the shortest distance world championship in obstacle racing. Ground breaking? Yes. But we have come to expect that from OCRWC.

Given the differences in distances (presuming 3k and 15k), we can expect different athletes to rise to the top. Yet, I predict that most racers will still choose to race both distances.

Warrior Dash Challenges Consumers To “Do Something Different With Your Weekend” // Warrior Dash

With that title, they are not selling the event to any obstacle racing aficionados, who HAVE been doing something different with their weekends, for a number of years now.

The most important part of the announcement is buried deep within the public release:

“Warrior Dash is excited to partner with the OCR World Championships for their international championship event taking place on October 14-16, 2016 at Blue Mountain Resort, in Ontario, Canada. Competitive Warriors can qualify by finishing in the top 10 for their gender in any Warrior Dash competitive wave. The top three male and top three female finishers will be recognized on stage at their respective Warrior Dash award ceremony.”

Most racers questioned how this “partnership” will be any different from Warrior Dash/OCRWC relationship in 2015, as Warrior Dash events have already  been qualifying events. ORM has confirmed that the big takeaway from the partnership is that Warrior Dash will NOT be hosting its own championship in 2016. The event has failed to attract large numbers for the two years it has taken place, and now that OCRWC holds a short course championship, those extra speedy Warrior Dashers have a designated event, where they can compete with the best!

Europe Race Calendar // OCR Europe

Did you know there is a Spartan Race in Milan? Their post-race food has gotta be amazing, right?

For those not opposed to traveling, and, perhaps, racing while you are at it, check out the race/event calendar from OCR Europe – recently updated, it is truly a mammoth effort on the part of OCR Europe team. They even have dedicated lists by specific race series – you can search by Spartan Race, Strong Viking or Toughest event. I may have found a little gem there myself (can you spot it?).

A Spartan’s Guide To Going Home For The Holidays // Obstacle Racing Media

David Kalal is as sarcastic as ever in his latest article for ORM – just in time for Thanksgiving. “DO NOT bore them to death with “Your 2016 Trifecta Plan” and the logistics of how it will involve volunteering in six different time zones and skipping the rent for a month so you can earn three identical medals with slightly different color schemes!“, he cautions.

I guess I should not be printing out copies of my freshly finalized 2016 race schedule to go over in painstaking detail with my family members. Well, there goes my strategy of avoiding politics at the table. Who’s got punch?

Whatcha doing tomorrow (Monday, November 30th at 12pm EST)?

I will be discussing the latest Reading Roundup blog post on Periscope – join me @k_solovieva.


Did you miss last week’s Periscope? You can still watch it!


Posted November 29, 2015

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