Monthly Archives: January 2018

A TRUE Obstacle Race – The Purist’s Perspective

Posted on January 12, 2018

Sasuke, the Japanese precursor to American Ninja Warrior, first aired in 1997 – way before Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder were around. The list of obstacles reads familiar – Tarzan Swing, Cliffhanger, Warped Wall and Net Climb. Competitors came from all walks of life – from gym and parkour instructors, and trampolinists to plumbers, and

Dan at 9:49 am Jan 17
I'd also argue that while the Tyrolean Traverse is an obstacle, when found on a course it should be in a format that requires you to cross something - like a ravine, or a gully, or body of water; a Tyrolean Traverse over dry ground (as per Spartan of late) isn't really an obstacle...again, Dead End Race has typically situated their Traverse over a fairly wide pond...

Dear Obstacle Racers… Stop With The Race Recaps

Posted on November 27, 2017

The last time I read a race recap worthwhile reading was sometime in 2013. The only thing less interesting than not doing a race is reading about a race that you have not done. And no Spartan Sprint or Tough Mudder or Warrior Dash or… that has taken place in the last five years needs

Pam at 11:09 am Nov 27
Thinking just because they write em doesn't mean you have to read em😜

OCRWC 2017 – Short Course, and Long Course – Maps, Distance, Elevation

Posted on October 17, 2017

As the dust (read: mud) settles after OCRWC 2017 weekend – a grand finale of obstacle racing season for many, we are speculating wildly, complaining loudly, counting the bruises, and reminiscing in every other way we can think of. Here’s an up close and personal on the short course and long course from the weekend

Samurai Rig – Advice From Those Who Got Across

Posted on November 16, 2016

If you had the pleasure of racing the short course at the OCRWC this year, you’d remember this baby. The Samurai Rig If you have done multiple race series in 2016, chances are this obstacle was not brand new to you – e.g. Savage Race has been known to use this one quite a bit. In

Dear OCRWC Organizers… my letter of disappointment and outrage

Posted on October 28, 2016

Dear OCRWC Organizers, On behalf of entire obstacle racing community, I would like to express my disappointment and (yes!) outrage at the fact that you STILL have not announced the location of OCRWC 2017, and have not provided us with the detailed list of obstacles to be included, as well as course maps. I am baffled

OCRWC 2016 Short Course – Race Review, And The ONE Obstacle You Probably Hated

Posted on October 14, 2016

I think this is the shortest obstacle race I have ever run. I fucking loved it. Ladies and gentlemen, all the ultra running aside, I may be a sprinter after all. The OCRWC 2016 Short Course was short (ha!), fast and furious. Very little elevation (see elevation profile below), and obstacle heavy. Be still, my

XMANRACE Toronto 2016 – Race Recap

Posted on May 24, 2016

I was thrilled to see XMANRACE arrive to Toronto – this race series got nothing but positive reviews from fellow racers in the past, yet all the locations have previously been in Quebec, so I was not able to make it out to one of their events. Until this year! According to the race website:

black cats, black swans and the rise of obstacle racing

Posted on November 18, 2015

“Meow”. “Yes, Casey”. “Meow”. “Yes, baby”. “MEOW!”. “It’s ok, Casey”. This is the conversation happening in my car this morning, as I drive Casey to the vet to get microchipped. Few months ago, we adopted two cats – Casey and Emma, and Casey is an all black, emerald-eyed drop dead gorgeous 18 pounds of wimp.

Paul at 2:00 pm Nov 18
I loved the article. It is funny how as much we have become a soft society, OCR is so popular. For myself, it started after breaking my shoulder and having to go to surgery for a full shoulder replacement. I have let myself get out of shape already, and now this. Then the surgeon asked what I did for a living, which is sit at a desk and write computer software. I remember him saying, "At least you don't make a living swinging a tennis racket or throwing a baseball." I said to myself, "But what if I wanted to make my living swinging a tennis racket or throwing a ball? Are you saying I CAN'T." Boy, that was it. I had something to go for now. I think there are a lot of us that want to prove something but know we are really good enough to when 5K races or soccer games. But we believe we can "stick it out" and finish something hard. That's what got me started.

Monday is Wear Your Medal (And Wristband) To Work Day

Posted on October 26, 2015

One day after OCRWC I was not even sore. Or maybe, I was. I don’t know. It was hard to tell, because belly button down, I looked (and felt) like I was beaten with a baseball bat. I am no stranger to scrapes and bruises, but after this particular race, all the damage was so

Spartan Sprint Tahoe 2015 – Race Recap (and an unexpected bucket list item!)

Posted on October 9, 2015

While the Championship Race on Saturday was the highlight of the weekend, lots was happening on Sunday as well – Ultra Beasters took off nice and early, followed by few more waves of the Beast, and then the Spartan Sprint – including the competitive wave, as well as the charity race, special wave for the



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