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Which Playout Game is Right for Me?

Playout is the card/fitness games started by an Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) athlete to get you, your family, friends and kids moving.  With five different options when you go to the website you may be wondering, which one is the best for me?  Here’s a quick comparison of their decks along with some of my

Rugged Goes X-treme: Rugged Maniac X

When I hear the words “multi-lap” my ears perk up immediately.  After all, I’ve built my racing career around endurance running and multi-lap races (reference my book Ultra-OCR Man).  Despite running Rugged Maniac since 2015, I’ve never done their multi-lap version until now.  Here’s what you need to know if you are getting ready for
OCR Buddy has teamed up with the leaders in the OCR Community including: to celebrate the year that was in OCR. After a rough 2020 for the industry, it is time to sit back and celebrate the re-birth of a sport that we love. Nominations are open now through Monday, December 6th, 2021. Voting will
In 2020 the first Rim to River 100 was held; as soon as I heard about this race, I told myself I must do this race. When it was announced, I knew there was no way I could attend the first race as I had other obligations planned for that day. I did know I
“They are not real races.” “You are paying for a medal.”  “You are not a finisher.” We have all heard the debates about virtual races. And most of these arguments I used to co-sign on all the time.  That was until I became an assistant director to a small local non-profit race and COVID hit.
Obstacle racing is, in fact, divisive before we ever get on the racecourse. Open vs. Age Group vs. Elite/Pro Brand vs. Brand.  One race or the other.  Which team should I join on Facebook? Over the past 18 months, I have changed OCR Buddy to a community (see:The Evolution of OCR Buddy ).  I had this vision very
 (overview of speakers) OCR Buddy Founder Russ Blatt was invited to speak at the National Obstacle Sports Conference hosted by OCR Romania. At this conference, he shared the history of OCR Buddy and the growth the app has experienced. (Russ’ presentation) Text of his presentation is below.   Esteemed Guests, Members of the European

How does a Golf Shot Relate to OCR?

Let’s start with an understanding that I am in no way a good golfer. I enjoy it, play it, sometimes I have a little success in it, but I am not who you want advice from with golf. A few years back, my brother, my buddy, and I decided to meet up and play golf.
OCR Buddy is an app. OCR Buddy lists events from around the world and puts them in the palm of your hand. It is the easiest way for you to plan and schedule your races for the season. You have heard the sales pitch. Then, how did an app on your phone grow in popularity

Running Long Distance is Stupid

These are the words that I have said to myself and others probably a million times. There is not much that I hate more than running distance runs. I grew up an athlete, playing 4 sports through high school before being blessed to play 4 years of college baseball. We ran distances throughout my career,

Spartan & Scheduling in 2022

Over the past few years, Spartan has gotten a ton of grief over the scheduling practices and re-scheduling practices. There have been numerous times that dates or locations have been changed so that a Spartan Race was near a competitor. A prime example of this is the schedule conflict between the OCR World Championships and
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