It’s Championship season in the world of OCR and flanked right between the Spartan Race World Championships and the OCR World Championships is the Warrior Dash World Championships in Esparto, California on the Yolo Land Cattle Ranch.
Since I had been subsisting on a diet made up mostly of meat pies and McDonald’s soft serve while driving through New Zealand, I decided to change it up a bit upon my arrival to Australia.
On Saturday, Spartan Race returned to Vail Lake, California to bring the 12+ mile Beast down to Southern California for the first time.
Since the reality game show series Wipeout hasn’t accepted my audition tape, I decided to grab a couple of my friends and sign up for the R.O.C Race, aka the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge Race, which models itself after the comically difficult game show, where contestants try to make it through a series of obstacles designed to knock them off or down in hilarious fashion.
Last year, I convinced a group of my friends that it would be fun to spend a Sunday crawling through mud, jumping into a giant shipping container filled with ice water and running through a live wires where they would almost definitely get shocked with a dose of up to 10,000 volts of electricity.
In 2013, Spartan Race introduced the Stadium Sprint into its fold of events. Removed from the trails and mud, the Stadium Sprint focused on utilizing the space, seats and stairs of large sporting stadiums like the Citi Field in New York, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and Fenway Park in Boston, as the terrain for their 3-4 mile sprint distance races.
Another week, another race in the books. This time, I woke up at 4:15 am and drove from New York to Philadelphia to run the Merrell Down &
It’s an interesting time in the world of obstacle course racing (OCR). New races are popping up all the time promising new obstacles, greater challenges, and tougher logos.