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375. Alisa Petrova on Hero Race, Winning Tough Mudder Infinity AlUla, Government Games, and More!

Obstacle Running Adventures

Release Date: 03/10/2024

390. Spartan Citi Field with Elites and Vendors! show art 390. Spartan Citi Field with Elites and Vendors!

Obstacle Running Adventures

Mike was able to return to (still refuse to say Stadion), only this time he was able to run it as well which he has been wanting to do over a decade now! Without Katelyn helping, coverage ability was more limited but there is still a pretty good episode put together for you with 16 athletes and 6 vendors interviewed along with some start line audio to put you, the listener, in the stadium with us! 0:00 – 4:41 – Intro 4:41 – 7:11 – Quick News 7:11 – 8:32 – Content Preface 8:32 -13:07 - Announcements, Anthem, and Start 13:07 - 47:49 - Athlete interviews (, , , , , , , , , , , and...

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389. Gaylord Gauntlet Live Coverage with Tara Knapp, Dr. Steve Holland, AWDs, and More! show art 389. Gaylord Gauntlet Live Coverage with Tara Knapp, Dr. Steve Holland, AWDs, and More!

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We all know Mike loves a good small local race so we drove down to the to experience and cover it for the first time! This race is 3.3 miles long with mud and over 20 obstacles.  We knew that but we had no idea the extent to which the event has benefitted members of the adaptive community for the past 10 years. In the last decade the Gaylord Gauntlet 5k has raised over $800,000 for the Gaylord Sports Association which provides adaptive sports for individuals with physical and visual disabilities, as well as our Military Veterans.  You'll hear from athletes with disabilities (AWDs),...

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388. 388. "Not Too Late", New Book By Gwendolyn Bounds!

Obstacle Running Adventures

In the past and doing so opened up options for future book related interviews! 's publicist, Brianna Kusilek, reached out to us back in April but it took us a while to find a time to release a potential episode with her.  Luckily we made room this week and Katelyn interviewed her for the show! Katelyn and talk about changing perspective on life, growing older, overcoming adversity, golden retrievers, and much more. 's .  If we want more attention given to the sport that we love, then we need to support books written about the sport we love! ! 0:00 – 5:44 – Intro 5:44 –...

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387. Vivien Tran on Spartan US National Series, MudGear-Hannibal Race Pro Team, ASCO Spartacus Dash, and More! show art 387. Vivien Tran on Spartan US National Series, MudGear-Hannibal Race Pro Team, ASCO Spartacus Dash, and More!

Obstacle Running Adventures

We had yet another athlete on the show, ! We have been keeping an eye on her as an athlete ever since she joined their team and we have not been disappointed.  Some accomplishments are winning a Axe, a , doing well in the , and achieving podium placements at many local events such as , , and ! We discussed how she found the sport, thoughts on the rest of the women's field, her experience in the sport so far, what she has planned for the rest of the year, the perks of being on a pro team, and much more! Follow along with her via  or ! 0:00 – 3:26 – Intro 3:26 – 9:14 – Quick...

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386. Hawk Call on Growing Up in OCR, Big Bear National Series Race, Preparing for Broken Arrow, and More! show art 386. Hawk Call on Growing Up in OCR, Big Bear National Series Race, Preparing for Broken Arrow, and More!

Obstacle Running Adventures

When started getting into some big Spartan Races a few years ago it got a lot of us who have been in the sport for a long time pretty excited!  This is because many of us remember who is almost always in the conversation of who historically is one of the best men in the sport of OCR. is his own own athlete though, and I didn't want to have him on the show just to talk about his dad.  It didn't take long for him to start to make a name for himself though, and it quickly became more of an issue of having an open weekend for the show and have him on for his own episode. Following his...

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385. Evan Perperis on Toughest Mudder Philadelphia, 100 OCR Podiums, and What is Next! show art 385. Evan Perperis on Toughest Mudder Philadelphia, 100 OCR Podiums, and What is Next!

Obstacle Running Adventures

is no stranger to the show due to his frequent appearances at our favorite OCR event to cover every year (World's Toughest Mudder), as well as our interest in his ultra OCR fundraising efforts over the years! We discuss , which podiums stood out to him the most over the years, how the recent Toughest Mudder East went along with the new changes to the team format, Lebenese food, and what he plans to do in both sport and life moving forward! , and , , and ! 0:00 – 2:45 – Intro 2:45 – 12:56 – Quick News 12:56 – 13:25 – Content Preface 13:25 - 1:05:30 - Interview 1:05:30 - End –...

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384. Sweat Check, MudGear-Hannibal Race Pro Team, UltraHouse Tryouts, and More with Noel Medina! show art 384. Sweat Check, MudGear-Hannibal Race Pro Team, UltraHouse Tryouts, and More with Noel Medina!

Obstacle Running Adventures

We have been aware of and his sweat checks for a while now but it was him joining the that really got our attention! There wasn't good timing to have him on the show before now but when we saw that he was traveling to the Ultra House in Durango, CO to train with we figured it was a great opportunity to learn more about him and plans moving forward! We discuss how he found the sport of OCR, a bit of his life before, his most memorable accomplishments in the sport so far, how it feels to be added to a , why he made the trip to train with , and much more! Follow along with him via , , or...

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383. 400+ Spartan Races, Pinoy OCR, Buc-ees, and More with Tom Maming! show art 383. 400+ Spartan Races, Pinoy OCR, Buc-ees, and More with Tom Maming!

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We were unsure as to what to do for this week's episode until we saw ! His name is and I was excited to reach out to have him on the show to hear more about him, his achievement, and what he has planned for the future. We discuss how he first got into OCR, Pinoy OCR, #eatmorerice, favorite moments in the sport,  Buc-ees, favorite venues, and of course his impressive milestone! Follow along with him via , , or ! 0:00 – 5:19 – Intro 5:19 – 14:36 – Quick News 14:36 – 15:05 – Content Preface 15:05 - 1:05:10 - Interview 1:05:10 - End – Outro Next weekend we have an interview...

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382. New England OCR Expo! (Part 2: Athletes, Speeches, and Staff) show art 382. New England OCR Expo! (Part 2: Athletes, Speeches, and Staff)

Obstacle Running Adventures

Once again, we just had the third and it is easily the most involved Mike has been!  In 2020 we were just vendors with a table, last year Mike helped with getting athletes to show up and give short talks.  This year Mike was on the board, attended biweekly meetings for months, and worked to help get more vendors and sponsors out to the event! We are splitting up content from this event into two so we can have an easier week next week and Mike can focus on his own race but in this part two you will hear from some athletes, the  speeches, and from some of the staff that made this...

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381. New England OCR Expo! (Part 1: Vendors) show art 381. New England OCR Expo! (Part 1: Vendors)

Obstacle Running Adventures

It's the third New England OCR Expo that has been put on and it is easily the most involved Mike has been!  In 2020 we were just vendors with a table, last year Mike helped with getting athletes to show up and give short talks.  This year Mike was on the board, attended biweekly meetings for months, and worked to help get more vendors and sponsors out to the event! We are splitting up content from this event into two so we can have an easier week next week and Mike can focus on his own race but in this part one you will hear from the vendors (see below) We hope to get registration...

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We have been wanting to have Alisa Petrova on the show for a while now with us first reaching out to her back in December 2022 to talk about the Spartan World Championships that year!  Her being 9 hours ahead of us made it pretty difficult to plan a good time to record but it was worth recording at 5am our time to finally have her on the show!

Alisa talks about how she wasn't medically allowed to engage in sports at a young age but eventually got into speed walking and later became involved with Hero Race. In more recent years she has continued to prove herself to be a podium threat at many championship events including the Spartan World Championships.

Within the past month she took on a new challenge in the form of an ultra by competing and winning Tough Mudder Infinity in AlUla.  We discuss the barriers of fueling, pacing, and dealing with poor race day communications at the event.  Also, her experience at the Government Games in Dubai this year!

0:00 – 6:35 – Intro

6:35 – 16:00 – Quick News

16:00 – 16:40 – Content Preface

16:40 - 51:46 - Alisa Petrova Interview

51:46 - End – Outro

Next episode is planned to be with Paul LaChance who recently ran his 200th Spartan Race at the age of 82!

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