READING ROUNDUP: BFX24 launch, Fuego y Agua rebranding and Pak’s win in Malaysia
Today’s post brought to you by Sleepy Hollow – all the fog made the forest where we went trail running yesterday positively creepy!
You’d think that as the season wraps up, things would be slow in the newsland, but NO! The news just keep on coming.
Ready for your Sunday reading? It’s all about BattleFrog this week. 🙂
BattleFrog Launches BFX24 // Obstacle Racing Media
Extreme endurance continues to be the trend in the sport – BattleFrog caused some waves in the community earlier this week, when they announced a 24-hour looped course, designed by Ryan Atkins.
The event will take place on March 4, 2016 – interesting choice for the event date, as this gives athletes less than three months to train. Thankfully, the Miami location promises that the cold will be less of a factor.
According to the BF press release, “there’s only one question left… are you ready for battle?”. I would say that the only question left is…. is longer better?
BattleFrog Announced As New Fiesta Bowl Title Sponsor // NBC Sports
The Fiesta Bowl is an American college football bowl game played annually at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Previous sponsors of the event include Frito-Lay, Sunkist and IBM.
Another article describes the new title sponsor as “a new and relatively obscure host of obstacle race events”. Ouch? The partnership is said to last at least a year.
The Fiesta Bowl will take place on January 2, 2016, and I, for one, am interested in what exactly this sponsorship mean for the sport (if anything). Obstacle racing and fooball = match made in heaven? Would love to hear your thoughts.
Best of OCR Nominations // MudRunGuide
It’s that time of year! The MudRunGuide is taking YOUR nominations for best OCR athlete, best race series, best OCR blogger (woot!), and more, until December 9th. After that, you will be able to vote for the short-listed nominations.
You should go and put in your nominations. Now. I’ll wait right here. Good? Awesome.
Fuego Y Agua Events has not only officially rebranded as Fuego Y Agua Endurance, but has also announced the partnership between Josue Stephens and Christian Griffiths. Christian, who has participated in multiple FyA events in the past, and has recently left a position at GORUCK, will be acting as a marketing director for the race series.
Equally exciting is the announcement that Fuego Y Agua 100K race in Nicaragua is now a UTMB qualifier, earning you four points (new scale system) as of 2016. This is a huge nod to the race being recognized in a wider ultra running community. So… tempting…
Junyong Pak Takes First At Viper2Four In Malaysia
Pak took first place at Viper2Four – a 24 hour obstacle race in Malaysia, covering 140km. Major kudos, Junyong!
From the website: “Viper 2 Four is Asia’s only 24 Hour Obstacle Endurance event. There are 3 categories in this event (Male, Female and Team) and the objective is to complete as many rounds as possible within a 24 hour time period”. [Wait… another looped race? It’s like there is a trend or something!]
Interestingly, the regular Viper Challenge makes a point to NOT identify as a race (this is, of course, reminiscent of Tough Mudder): “Viper Challenge IS NOT a race. It is a personal challenge where you will aspire to complete each obstacle set out successfully and make it to the finish line with a sense of achievement and satisfaction! If it were a race we would be timing you but you will notice that you will not see a record of time anywhere along the course.”
I also found it endlessly entertaining that the non-timed category is referred to as “normal”. So, you can either run “elite” or “normal”. Bahahaha. Perfection.
Elite runners face mandatory obstacle completion and receive a different medal from the….normals.
Growing Beyond Traditional Running by Joe Desena // Obstacle News
Spartan Race was one of the title sponsors of The Running Event 2015 – the conference and trade show for running specialty retailers, that took place in Austin, Texas on December 1-4, 2015.
Joel Getty from Inside Obstacle News was able to broadcast the entire talk on Periscope – Joe talks about the new markets in Asia, the target demographic for obstacle racing, and getting the Spartan Race into the Olympics. You can watch the replay of the talk on Katch.
In addition to your classic mud runs and obstacle races, there have been indoor obstacle races, and winter obstacle races. Parkour gyms and zombie runs. Here’s a new twist – a water obstacle race! Rubber duckies, and all.
Am I just a tiny bit skeptical? Sure. Would I give this a shot next time I’m in Montreal? Absolutely. 🙂
Whatcha doing tomorrow (Monday, December 7th 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? I scoped from Dominican Republic and showed you some gorgeous orchids (and my new swimsuit!). 🙂
You can still watch it!