Wed, 11 March 2015
Episode 121 - McCauley Kraker (Mac) grew up in an athletic family. He would go on to become a collegiate runner with some success. Then he decided running wasn't for him and spent a lot of time on the couch. Eventually, his older brother Brakken (who had been tearing it up on the OCR circuit) convinced Mac to try a Spartan with him. He finished 4th despite having not run for a year. He has picked up the pace and was recently named to the Spartan Stadium Pro Team.
Listen in to learn more about McCauley's journey which includes his days as part of a Midwest blackjack card counting crew, and his recent trip to to the Middle East for the first ever Spartan Race in Dubai.
Mac's Blog-Blue Highways
A great book about card counting - Bringing Down The House
Thu, 5 March 2015
Episode 120 - Before Amelia. Before Pak. Before Olof Dallner, Shelly Koenig, or Mark Webb. There was Stefanie Bishop. Stefanie was the overall winner of the Peak Races Winter Snowshoe "Death Division" in March of 2010. A few months later it was renamed the Death Race, and she was the first female finisher for the Summer version. (Joe Decker was the first male and overall winner).
In this interview Matt talks to Stefanie about those early adventurous beginnings, why she disappeared for a couple of years, and why she’s back. She just received another skull at the Mexico Death Race and then won the brand new Gauntlet in Macon, Georgia, the very next weekend. We also get her first hand account of this year’s Winter Tough Guy and why it was her first DNF. Oh, and they talk about ice cream.
You also may hear Matt’s children in the background as this interview was recorded in his home office.
Thu, 26 February 2015
Episode 119 - Today’s first interview is with Scott Keneally. For those that don’t know, Scott broke the story that rocked OCR back in November of 2012 about the history of Tough Mudder. A few months later, he parlayed that into a piece about OCR for 60 Minutes Sports. Since then, he has been hard at work at producing Rise Of The Sufferfests, a documentary which examines OCR as a whole, and what it says about our culture.
The 2nd interview is with Julia Webb. We talked to her shortly after she placed third at the Warrior Dash World Championships (WDWC) back in October. Julia discussed why she signed up for WDWC, setting baby stroller running records, and her OCR plans for the future.
Please support the sponsors of this episode:
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Fri, 20 February 2015
Episode 118 - Today’ episode is with two guys named Dr. Bob.
The first, Dr. Bob Dalton, owns Highlands Chiropractic. We sat down over some noodles for this talk a few weeks ago. This Dr Bob came highly recommended from several people when I told them about the debilitating pain I was experiencing while running. He has extremely unconventional methods that get phenomenal results. Some patients have seen him for 20 plus years and many drive an hour or more to his office which is walk in only (no appointments). We have a great chat about running, his interesting methods, why people see him when everything else fails, and much more.
The second interview is with Doctor Robert Pruni. He has been on American Ninja Warrior on two seasons and owns NinjaKour, a massive warehouse converted to a crossfit gym and ANW obstacle playhouse. We talk about how he trains, his advice for getting on ANW, and what cross fitters need to un-learn when they want to become Ninjas. He also treated some big rock stars back in the day so we touch on that.
Today’s episode is brought to you by Savage Race. Use code ORM for 10% off.
Wed, 4 February 2015
Episode 116 - On today’s show we bring you one of the first in-depth interviews with Force of Nature co-founders, Michael Epstein and Laird Hamilton.
Michael has been building obstacles for a very long long time. First, as part of The Hi Tec Adventure Racing Series from 1997-2002. His company then produced Muddy Buddy for about 10 years. They continued on to bring us one of the first “true” OCR’s to go nationwide, known as The Down and Dirty Obstacle Race.
Laird has been a household name for decades as a big wave surfing legend, author, and more recently, as a standup paddleboard designer. He hooked up with Michael and MESP for the Force of Nature Mind Body Challenge. A 10-12 mile obstacle race which debuts in Southern California on April 26.
Tune in to learn about what brought these two together and hear about their vision for this new obstacle series.
Today’s show is sponsored by Down and Dirty Obstacle Race. Save $5 when you use code ORMDD15 at registration.
Sat, 3 January 2015
Episode 113 - Mark Jones did the 2nd ever Spartan Race in Brooklyn NY, back in 2010. His performance got him free entry into Summer Death Race. He finished, but swore he would never do it again. Find out how his path brought him back to Pittsfield again and again until he finally moved there in 2013. We also talk about he trains to not just finish, but win, The Death Race, World's Toughest Mudder and Joe Decker's Suck and Ultimate Suck. The only thing Mark hasn't finished is the grueling GORUCK Selection. We talk about what went wrong in previous attempts, and how he plans to finish the next time around.
Mon, 8 December 2014
Episode 110 - Kristin and Yishai Horowitz put on adventure races and triathlons through their company, All Out Events. Back in 2007 they also got the idea to put on a mud run. In OCR years, 2007 makes 2010 look like 1985, so they were waaay ahead of the curve. We talk to them about a proposal they wrote which shows what the mud landscape looked like 7 years ago. We also learn about how they've successfully carved out their own race community and avoided the boom/bust of many other companies that failed around them.
Today's episode is sponsored by Udder Mud Run. Udder Mud Run returns to Covington Georgia on Aug 8, 2015. Use Code RUNORM for $10.00 off.
Wed, 26 November 2014
Episode 108 - In today's show, we talk to with 3 top finishers from this year's World's Toughest Mudder.
Allison Tai is like many Canadian athletes we have met in recent months. She's sweet, humble, and really good at obstacle racing. She won the Edmonton Spartan Sprint in July and the Canadian Spartan Ultra Beast in September. She then turned in an impressive 4th at the Spartan Super in Sacramento a few weeks later. At WTM, she beat all but 24 of the men and bested every woman other than Amelia Boone, completing 14 laps and 70 miles before time ran out.
Despite great credentials, Miguel Medina and Hunter McIntyre showed up under the radar to WTM with Team Wolfpack Spartan. They then spent the next 24 hours (plus) fighting off Under Armour Team Australia to take home the 1st place team prize.
Today's show is sponsored by Mad Anthony Mud Run. Mad Anthony was known for his tenacity, intensity and character; we hope that you will bring those same attributes as you complete this adventurous challenge including numerous “battles” that will confront you along the way.
Wed, 19 November 2014
Episode 107 - We are in Las Vegas and nearby Henderson, Nevada for Part One of this year's World's Toughest Mudder Coverage.
Listen to pre WTM interviews with:
Hanna Copper - First timer with big goals
Matty Gregg -Big money raiser and WTM Community Admin
Mandy Baskin -4 time WTM competitor
Shenoa Creer - Representing ORM
Team Under Armour Australia - A strong team favorite featuring last year's female winner Deanna Blegg
Matthew Hanson - Last year's 4th place finisher
Amelia Boone - Lover of Poptarts
Team 3AM Waterfalls - Last year's Team Winners
Ken Jacobus - Founder of WTM Community
Junyong Pak - Post race arm wrestler
Jim Campbell - The Goat
Nolan Kombol -Tough Mudder Director of Process Innovation and WTM Course Designer
Will Dean -CEO of Tough Mudder
Nickademus Hollon - Barkley's Winner, Ultraracing Super Badass
Thu, 23 October 2014
Episode 103 - In today’s episode, we spoke to Kimber Mattox and Renee Baillie, two women who drove down from the runner’s haven of Bend, Oregon to crush the recent Warrior Dash World Championship. Listen in to find out how Renee almost didn’t show up at all, and how both of them had very different predictions about the outcome. You will also hear the exciting news that they have now caught the OCR bug.
Learn more about Kimber Mattox here.
Learn more about Renee Baillie here
Click here to see MudRun Guide's coverage of the women's Warrior Dash Championship Race. (Also to see what I was talking about at 6:35 of the podcast)