I have been running on and off since 2008 but I started consistently running last January when I signed up for my first half. Since then I have completed many races, including Falmouth and another half marathon. My favorite race is the Finish at the 50 at Gillette Stadium. I hope to someday complete a marathon.
Former Member: 5/2/16 to 2018
I have always been a competitive athlete but never a runner. A friend convinced me to race a Spartan Super in June 2015 and I had a great time!
The physical and mental challenges at OCRs are great. The OCR course has challenges, comradery, you meet new people, have fun, and earn bling which is my new sport. No bling = No race!!! lol.
I completed my first Spartan Trifecta in 2015 as well as 4 other OCRs. I started running virtual 5ks in 2016 in addition to OCRs. My 2016 goal is to earn a Quadruple Spartan Trifecta and many other races with medals!
Favorite Race: BattleFrog
Favorite Obstacles: Hercules Hoist & The Destroyer
Least Favorite Obstacles: Bucket Brigade
Member Since 11/8/15
Member Since 6/21/17
Three years ago I was dealing with depression and my friends asked me to do Tough Mudder with them. I signed up and started training for it and noticed from all my training and running, my depression symptoms were going away!
Tough Mudder showed me that I can overcome all obstacles not just on the course but in life itself!
Since then, I haven't stopped and do Tough Mudder twice a year as well as 5Ks, half marathons, and soon marathons!
Now I feel great physically and mentally!
Former Member: 3/21/16 to 2018
5 years ago I strongly desired a change. From November 2010 to November 2011, I lost 87 lbs and completely rebooted my body. I joined the army, went to school for free and now major in Nutrition. I now work as a Dietetic Technician at a local medical center. My friends Mike and CJ convinced me to run The Spartan Race in August 2014 and I fell in love. I will run OCRs until I'm physically unable. I'm going to live till I'm 108, tell ya friends.
Favorite Race: The Spartan Race
Favorite Obstacles: Walls, Hercules Hoist, Barbed Wire Crawl
Least Favorite Obstacles: Rope Climb, Monkey Bars
Hi! OCR was first introduced to me during my sophomore year of college when my friend (now boyfriend) Mike introduced me to Spartan Race.
My frist time on the course was a challenge but I enjoyed pushing myself and I loved the feel of accomplishment after crossing the finish line. Since then I have completed my Spartan Trifecta and I've completed over 30 OCRs.
I think part of the reason I'm so hooked on OCR is because of the teamwork and the camaraderie that brings strangers and teammates together to complete races and to deepen friendships.
Favorite Race: Rugged Maniac
Favorite Obstacles: Bucket Brigade, Cargo Net, and Dunk Walls
Least Favorite Obstacles: Cliff Jumps and Rope Climb
I was starting to become very bored with life and I needed to start doing things that I wouldn't normally do. My friend CJ showed me a promo video of a Spartan Race that he wanted to do with me and my first reaction was "Hell No!" but I toughened up and went outside of my comfort zone and ran the Spartan Race in Amesbury back in August 2012 and ever since then I have become obsessed with being a weekend warrior. I never considered myself to be much of an athlete but these races have been extremely fun and I always look forward to the next one.
Favorite Race: Savage Race
Favorite Obstacles: Slip Walls, Block Ness Monster, and 6 Foot Walls
Least Favorite Obstacles: Atlas Carry, Bucket Brigade, and Rope Climb
Member Since 8/30/17
So my name is Chris B Stard from a little town called Perth, Western Australia. We only got this thing called "The Internet" last year. The girlies buy lots of shoes. We blokes look at lots of naked ladies.
I got into Tough Mudder after a good mate showed me a video of folks getting frozen, electricuted and set on fire. I thought "That looks right proper mental, stuff that"
A year later, with an alcohol problem resulting from a bad relationship breakup, that video popped into my head again.......25 Tough Mudders later......
Tough Mudder saved my life. It will change yours and it may just save it too.
Member Since 4/26/17
Former Member: Original Member to 2017
Member Since 8/21/18
Member Since 2/11/18
After 9 years in the Marine Corps I quickly grew to dislike running ... until I did my first OCR. I love the obstacles, and the running is just something I have to do to get to the next obstacle.
I also really enjoy helping other people conquer the obstacles, and I have spent 30 minutes or more pulling people up over a wall in the Tough Mudders that I have run.
Favorite Race: Battlefrog
Favorite Obstacles: Everest 2.0, Monkey Bars
Least Favorite Obstacles: Electroshock Therapy
Member Since 3/13/15
Member Since 4/26/16
I ran my first ever 5k and OCR in 2012. Since then I have completed 6 OCR's, 18 half marathons, and numerous 5K's. Where as I do enjoy OCR's I have to admit they push me further than anything else I have done. At the current moment half marathons seem to be my favorite races; they seem to be the prefect distance!
I also recently got paired with a running buddy though whoirunfor.com. I am so excited to dedicate all my future runs and races to my buddy!!!
Member Since 8/31/18
Former Member: 11/8/15 to 2018
Member Since 8/7/15
My name is Michael and I am nine years old and in third grade. I love playing basketball and baseball. I've run six 5ks and three Spartan Kid Races. I am happy to be on the team and I can't wait until I'm old enough to run the adult Spartan Races!
Member Since 4/17/17
Member Since 3/20/16
My best friend Meagan Rose suggested we run a 5k together in 2012. I wasn't too excited because I had not run more than a mile since high school. At the time I never thought I would be able to run 1 mile let alone 3 miles but I was able to cross the finish line. Once we completed our first 5k we started to run more and more races beyond the average 5K. I can now say I have ran 20+ races that range from 5ks, 10ks, OCRs, and just last year I completed my first half marathon.
The best part of my “running journey” is that it has helped me to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Running has also taught me to be mentally and physically stronger. The feeling of crossing any finish line in any race is the best feeling ever! And earning bling is just the cherry on top. I just love races where you can earn bling.
I have always lived a very active lifestyle by playing sports and exercising. However, I used to think people who did OCR’s were crazy and I had no interest in “getting dirty.” My little sister wanted to try a Spartan race, so I had to run it with her. After I completed the sprint in 2015, I decided to sign up for the Spartan Beast. I still do not like crawling in the mud!
Favorite Race: F.I.T. Challenge and Shale Hill
Favorite Obstacles: Carrying heavy stuff, hoists, and walls
Least Favorite Obstacles: Mud, the multi rig, and barb wire crawl.
Member Since 11/13/16
I've been lifting weights for the better part of 14 years and have always been that guy that pushes myself passed my body's limitations. My best friend/ brother in-law Shon started talking to me about OCR'S. I became very interested in how he was describing the feelings you get from accomplishing your goals alongside people you are close to and complete strangers who become like family on the course.
I love spending time with him at events and motivating each other to always take that next step. I'm still fairly new to the OCR community but look forward to opening up and trying new things with my bro and the awesome people we meet along the way.
Favorite Race : Tough Mudder
Favorite Obstacles: Block Ness, Just the Tip, Kong revolution
Least Favorite: Electroshock Therapy, Devils beard,
Member Since 6/14/15
Member Since 3/13/15
Former Member: 6/9/16 to 2017
After running my first OCR in 2013 I became obsessed with the sport. I completed my Spartan trifecta in 2014 and I have been pushing myself harder and further ever since.
Favorite Race: Spartan Race
Favorite Obstacles: Rope climb, monkey bars, and tractor pull.
Least Favorite Obstacles: Hercules hoist, and gravel bucket.
I have been running on and off for ten years (long periods of off) when I received an opportunity to run the 2006 Boston Marathon in support of Boston Medical Center. That experience change everything.
I fell in love with endurance events as well as the running community! I have been running marathons and half marathons ever sine.
Favorite marathon? The next one!
Member Since 5/1/16
I moved to NH Christmas of 2013 from Florida where I lived my whole life. I had no family or friends here, so I ran my first 5k in February of 2014 and my first OCR July 2014 to meet people.
After running my first Spartan in August 2014, I became addicted! In 2014, I completed ten 5ks and 4 OCR's. My addiction/passion with races pushed me to complete numerous 5ks, 2 half marathons, and a Spartan double trifecta. I will end the 2015 season with over 30 races. I love OCR's and the bling!!
Favorite Race: Spartan Races
Favorite Obstacles: Inverted Wall, Barbed Wire Crawl, and Monkeybars
Least Favorite Obstacles: Stairway to Sparta and Spartan Bridge
Member Since 8/18/16
Member Since 11/8/15
One day I met a crazy guy who did these races where he crawled under barbed wire in the mud and purposely suffered. Then I met a bunch of his friends that did the same thing. I thought I'd never be strong enough mentally or physically to do a Spartan Race.
Thanks to them, I signed up for my first Spartan Race in June of 2016. I got addicted to the feeling of finishing a race and knowing that I was capable of more than I thought. I have and will continue to overcome the physical and mental obstacles that come my way. Being surrounded by the people on this team, it's impossible to doubt yourself and to give up. I can't wait to see where my future on this team will take me.
Former Member: 11/8/15 to 2018
Growing up in south Louisiana I always did outdoors activities, but struggled to be consistent with regular exercise. Overeating was a real issue, and in my late twenties my weight continued to go up. I finally decided to change my habits. I had a group of friends who had similar goals and we all started working out together after work. I dropped some weight and got to where I could actually run.
After 6 months of working out I wanted something more. I got invited to a Play Dirty and a Spartan. After doing both of those I was hooked. Since then I’ve upped my race count every year and have even enjoyed some trail races. Now I am invested even further running the OCR Talk Podcast. I’ve really found more fun in the longer races and continue to push what I am capable of. I’m always looking for ways to grow and better myself, especially in balancing sport and family.
Favorite Race: World’s Toughest Mudder
Favorite Obstacles: Rigs, Anything that is just fun and innovative (something new to figure out how to master)
Least Favorite Obstacles: Ice Baths, Bucket Carries
Member Since 6/14/15
Member Since 11/28/17
Having run well over 160 races from coast to coast over the past 10 years, Ian is no stranger to running. He picked up running after his father, a former marathoner and triathlete and would often go to his races with his sister to cheer him on. A member of the Colonial Road Runners of Abington, Ian averages a dozen or so races a year ranging from 5Ks to half marathons.
On the 30th of September 2015, my son Benjamin was born and from that day on everything I do is for him and my family. In 2016 I moved to Massachusetts from New Jersey and I realized that I needed to change my health habits.
I started to run and eat healthier and found myself enjoying the challenges that both presented. Since then I have lost over 50 pounds and I don't plan on looking back!
About a year ago, I decided to try out the "fun runs" that I saw all of my friends doing. Not being a runner at all, I decided to sign up for The Color Run. After I signed up I decided that I should at least try to prepare a little bit for this 3 mile run that I have never done before so I started running about a mile per day.
About 3 weeks after starting, I was running at least 5 times a week and notices that it was getting easier every time. After successfully completing The Color Run (which I loved) , I decided to keep running because I was noticing that I was a lot less stressed and actually losing weight as well.
May 1st will be a full year that I have dedicated to running at least 5 times a week and I am coming up on my 6th 5k and have even completed a 10k!
Running for me is not a competitive sport, it's something that I enjoy doing with friends!
I grew up in South Windsor, CT and I have been living in Manchester, CT for the past few years. After going through a major breakup, I made it a goal of mine to run the 2017 Manchester Road Race.
I trained with a running coach for several months leading up to the race. Once the race was over however, my running coach told me which race she wanted me to run next. It was at that moment I realized that running was a now a part of my lifestyle, and I accepted this healthy addiction.
Meagan Keefe is a coworker of mine, so I became fully aware of this great running club when she invited me to run a relay race with the team at the King of Pain event in Glastonbury, CT.
Former Member: 11/8/15 to 2018
Former Member: 2015 to 2018
Member Since 10/5/16