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OPINION: The Sternum Checker Needs to be Chucked

February 17th, 2017|6 Comments

I am not going to assume that everyone reading this knows what the sternum checker is, so here are some photos. You’ll notice immediately that there is a wide variety of things called “sternum checker,” but this isn’t an op-ed about standardization of obstacles. Not yet anyways.

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Spartan Race Announces Global Championship Series

Fire and grit collide on the racecourse when the world’s greatest athletes compete in the 2017 Reebok Spartan Race World Championship in Lake Tahoe, Calif. September 30 (#RoadToTahoe). The pinnacle event of the obstacle racing season will see a field of 500 elite athletes from more than 30 countries battling the mountainous terrain at Squaw Valley during the 12+ mile (20+ kilometer) Beast-style race. To qualify for the World Championship heat, men and women racers must finish in the top 5 at Spartan Races around the world during the 2017 qualifying season.

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OPINION: Talking Toughness

January 2017 marked the end of an era as the Tough Guy Race in the UK put on its last event. In reading about it and watching videos I began thinking about the idea of “Toughness” and how this notion of being “tough” or at least trying to teach this attribute has actually spawned the entire industry of obstacle racing (OCR). In fact, this belief that an OCR is basically a sport of suffering is eloquently described in detail in Scott Keneally’s documentary Rise of the Sufferfests. Tough Mudder has doubled, actually quadrupled down on this idea with their creation of the Tougher Mudder, Toughest Mudder, and the World’s Toughest Mudder events. The question is what does it really mean to be “tough”?

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Country Archer Jerky Review

February 17th, 2017|0 Comments

I recently met with Country Archer at Outdoor Retailers this winter and got to try out a bunch of their products. After trying their products I sat down with members of their team to talk about the company, which has been around since 1977, and the products they offer.

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OCR News Weekly – Feb-16-2017 – Toughest Mudder Rule Changes, Spartan Race AGOGE, Urban Trials Takes Over BattleFrog Social Media and Your Race Results

OCR News Weekly recaps the top news stories from around the obstacle racing industry. This week, Tough Mudder makes changes to Toughest Mudder rules, Marena Sports partners with Conquer the Gauntlet, The Urban Trails acquires BattleFrog Social channels, Spartan Race’s AGOGE 004, and race results from around the globe.

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OCRTUBE: Warrior Dash Florida 2017

Warrior Dash kicked off their 2017 season in Florida over the weekend. Arnel Banawa of OCRTUBE was on hand to capture all the action of one of the original OCR's in North America. The 5K course featured a mix of new and perennial favorites for racers to take on.

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