Son two on the Spartan podium

Pre-Laughlin Spartan Thoughts

Seems as if it has become somewhat customary to jot down a few pre-race thoughts with an upcoming OCR (obstacle course race). This is not a rah-rah, beat-my-chest, let’s-kick-some-ass type post. Just some random thoughts going into Sunday’s Spartan Sprint. To date I have completed, I believe, nine Spartan Races. It is a bit weird…

Barzan obstacle

Rugged Manic, 2019

From top to bottom, Rugged Maniac is easily one of the best obstacle course race (OCR) series out there. From the obstacles and volunteering to prices and the community – I love Rugged Maniac and look forward to each time they come to the area. I would also say that their finisher shirts are among…

Rangar Relay series logo

Rangar Relay. Oh hell no?

Recently a friend of mine attempted to plant a bug in my ear about the upcoming Rangar Relay here in Arizona (scheduled for November 1-2, 2019). Honestly, I’m not all that familiar with Rangar myself except that it’s something like a 100+ mile relay done by teams of 8-10 people. My immediate response was a…

The Muddy Millers at the Terrain Race in Flagstaff

Spartan Strong

For a couple of reasons, I’ve long said that that my favorite obstacle course race was the Terrain Race in Flagstaff back in 2016. It was the debut of The Muddy Millers and it was on that day that the twin sons jumped up from the half-mile Mini-Monkey race to the full 3.1 mile big…

Spartan tire flip in Arizona

Arizona Spartan Super 2019: Recap

A few weeks ago a fellow Spartan suffered a heart attack while on the course in Chino Valley, California. Though fellow racers and emergency personnel worked to resuscitate him, their efforts proved to be in vain. He passed away soon after. His name was Brian and his bib number was #1741. This racing season, Spartans…

Jumping over the fire at the finish line at the SoCal Spartan Sprint

Obligatory Spartan Pre-Race blogpost

Seems as if it has become somewhat customary to jot down a few pre-race thoughts with an upcoming OCR (obstacle course race). This is not a rah-rah, beat-my-chest, let’s-kick-some-ass type post. Just some random thoughts going into Sunday’s Spartan Super. It has been two years since I last ran the Spartan Super (an 8+ mile,…