Monthly Archives: June 2015

Montreal Spartan Sprint 2015 – distance, elevation and new obstacles you may encounter this year

Posted on June 18, 2015

In Canada the first few Spartan Races of the season took place in May at Mont Tremblant Ski Resort. As you are training for the remaining races (perhaps, I will see you at the Toronto Sprint?), here’s a look at the course distance, elevation and map [compliments of Jen Milligan]. Date: May 23/24 2015 Device:

April Fools’ – Tough Mudder vs. Spartan Race Face-Off

Posted on April 6, 2015

Ah, April Fools’. The day of false engagement and pregnancy announcements, declarations of life overhauls and long-term travel (that is just wishful thinking in disguise) and other cliche humour. The companies are almost expected to produce something brilliant and hilarious on that day (although Google is perhaps the only one who seems to be able

#ShirtStorm @ Atlanta Spartan Sprint: Brand Competition Or Violation Of Personal Freedom?

Posted on March 18, 2015

Shortly after the Atlanta Spartan Sprint took place, the OCR Gear posted the following: “Rumor has it Spartan Race forced a female finisher to change out of her BattleFrog Series shirt before taking the podium in Atlanta. Say what??” Armed with hashtags #shirtstorm and #shirtgate, the online community was livid. This was David vs. Goliath

[…] still talking about the Spartan Race and the competitors’ logos in their photos. Yet another #shirtstorm broke out after the Spartan Race has blurred out the BattleFrog logo from Ryan Atkins’ […]

4 key changes to the Spartan Race World Championship 2015

Posted on December 15, 2014

So, it looks like the Spartan Race has finally relented to the pressure from events like BattleFrog and OCR World Championship, and changed the format of its main championship of the year. My Monday morning has been rattled by the latest post from Obstacle Racing Media, discussing the changes to the infamous championship race. Here

[…] everyone and anyone (here and here). The Spartan Race has succumbed to the pressure, and announced qualification requirements for the elite heats in the Tahoe […]

forget holiday wish lists – this is what obstacle racers ACTUALLY want

Posted on December 10, 2014

Norm Koch, the infamous race course director, posted the following on Facebook last week: As my good friend Matthew says: “Ask, and ye shall receive”. Here are the obstacles the racers want to see in 2015 racing season: AGILITY gut checks a la BattleFrog sternum checker downhill tire ride zip line crawl tunnels door knob

SOLO at 3:37 pm Dec 15
Maggie, I agree. :) In fact... health we can train for also!

OCR and things to be grateful for

Posted on October 13, 2014

In lieu of Canadian Thanksgiving, I decided to (briefly!) set aside my usual sarcastic and jaded tone that you came to know and love, and do a 180. Watch out, this may get mushy! This year I am grateful. Dear Warrior Dash, thank you for being my first obstacle race. Thank you for great memories

cannot keep calm

Posted on September 18, 2014

“Taper? What taper?” “I hate rest days!” “Is it the weekend yet?” I have heard every single one of the above from my fit athletic badass obstacle racing friends. They moan and roll their eyes at having to ease off on their workouts before the championship this weekend. Yet… this is all part of the

Vermont (Ultra) Beast 2014 – my prophecy

Posted on September 15, 2014

With Vermont championship coming up on Saturday, there’s been a lot of discussion as to what to expect. What will Norm do this time around? What to expect? What surprises will be waiting for us along the way? I would argue that if you have done the race in the past, you actually have a

[…] know that kind of old. That kind of old leads to jaded posts about your sport, and existential crises during races. The only way I found to manage that kind of […]

king (queen) of the hill – 7 tips for running downhill in obstacle races

Posted on September 5, 2014

“Walk the uphill, jog the flat, sprint the downhill” is an old adage of ultra runners. While I will let you decide whether you, indeed, want to walk the uphill or sprint uphill in an obstacle race, sprinting the downhill is a key skill in improving your race time. Once you master the how, seconds you gain

[…] this post? You may enjoy learning about how to run downhill fast and why squats are the best exercise […]

go, get your medal

Posted on July 28, 2014

*This blog post was written few months ago in response to the announcement about the new Spartan Race medal design. There is something special about the medal. Crossing the finish line, as you barely feel your legs. That slight bowing of the head at the finish line, so someone can place the medal around your

Karen Simpson at 9:33 pm Jul 28
Hi Solo, I recently completed Spartan Sprint (June) and didn't get the fractional medal, just the full one. Trifecta is a goal for me regardless, I just have so many flipping goals in the works right now I don't think it'll happen in the required 12 months. We have a special story about medals in my clan. Jeff, my sometimes better half, will not do a race without a medal. I know for sure now, cause I put him in a race where they gave out Santa costumes to each participant instead of a finisher medal. It resulted in a 50 yr old man having a temper tantrum at the end of the race since only the 1st, 2nd, 3rds got medals. His reaction so inspired me to call the race organizer who I offered to bribe, pay, beg, rob her to send me a medal so I could wrap it for Christmas. I thought it would be a funny gift. Instead, his eyes welled up. He tells people that is his favourite Christmas gift EVER. It's even an ugly one LOL I actually think his reaction has had an impact on my sister's goal setting. She's run 39 Full marathon so far but throws all the medals in a shoe box. She's even thrown out lesser medals in the past. Now her goal is all about medals - 50 by 50. Since the Sahara run only gives out 1 medal (for running 6 marathons) that only counts as one. Geez! "It doesn't matter what motivates someone, it just matters that they are motivated" ~ ME :-) Love your blog!!

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