Have you completed these iconic Spartan Races

Have You Competed In These Iconic Spartan Races?

Spartan races are the ultimate test of physical strength, endurance, and mental toughness. They are not for the faint-hearted, and only uber-fit athletes need to apply. There are some incredible Spartan races around the world each year, each with its own unique twist. 

The United States is home to some of the toughest Spartan races on the planet. Surprisingly, the Spartan Race in Littlefield, Las Vegas, is not considered one of the hardest despite taking place in blistering heat. Anyone who has visited “Sin City” during the summer months knows how the dry heat saps your strength. 

How many of these races have you competed in or plan to add to your obstacle race schedule?

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“Spartan Death Race” by MudRunGuide is licensed under CC BY 3.0

  • The Spartan Death Race: Pittsfield, Vermont

The Spartan Death Race is the toughest race in the world; even its name strike fear into the hearts of the most seasoned athlete. It takes place across the challenging terrain of the Green Mountains in and around Pittsfield, Vermont, and lasts more than 70 hours!

Founder and CEO Joe De Sena continually alters the race, so it keeps its title of the world’s toughest race. The latest, grueling Death Race included:

  • A torturous 14-hour ruck
  • A 50lb sandbag carry for 26.2 miles
  • Rope climbs with a combined distance of 26.2 miles or 31,000 feet in only seven hours
  • A marathon barbed wire crawl
  • 26.2 miles of burpees (3,000 in the space of 12 hours)

Do not even consider entering the Death Race if you have not fully prepared both physically and mentally. Eric Hutterer was one of only 12 people to finish the 2018 Death Race. He set a new Guinness World Record after crawling under barbed wire for 12 hours, completing the 26.2-mile distance.

  • Spartan Stadion: Citi Field, New York

You are forgiven for thinking a Spartan race in the urban jungle of New York would not be as difficult as treacherous mountain terrain, but you would be wrong. The Spartan Stadion race takes place at Citi Field, New York, the stadium and home field of MLB franchise New York Mets.

Organizers transform the stadium into a Spartan playground, sprawling more than three-miles and featuring over 15 obstacles. Expect to run into the bleachers, over walls, and under nets in this fast-paced event.

  • Asheville Spartan Trail: Asheville, North Carolina

Head to North Carolina if you want to compete in a series of five extremely difficult Spartan races. The races take place in Mount Mitchell, the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains, and features a 10K night race, a daytime 10K, a Half Marathon, and an endurance-sapping 50K race.

The obstacle course starts at 07:30 on Sunday morning and runs along a clay-filled route through dense forest with slippery streams. Speed and agility are the keys to success in this epic battle.


“Spartan Race” by Spartan Race Inc. is licensed under CC BY 3.0 

  • Michigan International Speedway: Brooklyn, Michigan

The Michigan International Speedway is usually home to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but it is also the location of a fantastic Spartan race. The course is on the flatter side because it is a race track at the end of the day, but do not enter this race thinking you will have an easy ride. The course is very obstacle-heavy to make up for the flatter terrain.

The speedway spans 1,400 acres, with the track being two-miles long with 73-foot wide turns. Dozens of challenging stations are positioned around the course to put you to the ultimate test. Monkey swings, rope pulls, sandbag runs, and more take place in view of a 12,000 capacity stadium.

The New Age of F1 Motorsport and Esport

Esport has catapulted the online gaming space to whole new heights. It has steadily become a mainstream venture, and all signs point towards an even bigger influence. FI too has had its fair share of growth over the years even in a world where gamers enjoy a variety of gaming options. The significance of F1 Motorsport and eSports in gaming can only be described as “stormy.” 

Appreciation in the Online Market

The myth circulating for years about F1 is that the game is limited to the young. No, both the old and the youths have embraced the game in current times. A practical example that would suffice this view is the survey conducted recently, which revealed that about 46% of F1 fans constitute of the young generation. This proportion goes higher than football which claims 43% young fans.

In 2018 the cumulative online audience hit +10%, reaching 490.2 million. Additionally, TV cumulative audience boasted 1.59 billion, which represented a 3% increase. Brazil, Germany, and Italy stand out in the cumulative market after China, France, and Indonesia. The number of formula one fans on social media platforms grew by a considerable margin in the same year. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, as well as Instagram users’ number reached 18.5m which was +53.7 compared to the preceding year. 

F1 eSports

Formula one esports remains the only way players can have a gaming experience of utilizing 200 miles per hour speed. A very alarming speed, right? It looked as if F1 was not part of the gaming industry in the early days, but in 2017, the formula one series came into the esport market officially.  In the same year the launching of the world’s fastest racing tournament, the McLaren F1 was realized.

 To the advantage of many young players, the game has attracted a techno-savvy environment. Gfinity and Codemasters collaboration achieved the step by organizing worldwide tournaments that hosted more than 64,000 participants in 2017. Today, it is estimated that eSport claims about 300 million viewership worldwide. On top of that, online gaming is more than a recreation activity. In this era, professional gamers pocket about One Million USD per year is almost equal to well-paid athletes’ salaries.

Support from Fans 

Since the inception of formulae one esport, fans have been fueling its existence by mortosporting virtually. Currently, the F1aSports series proudly claims big success in the world of online gaming. The canceling of the 2020 Grand Prix season in march led to the creating the F1 eSport Virtual Grand Prix Series. About 350,000 views were realized from the virtual events. The significant interest by viewers came to the German Channel RTL notice, a recent broadcaster of Spain’s Virtual Grand Prix. 

Bottom Line


Since the launching of the F1 eSports in 2017, there have been substantial gaming steps. Support from viewers and players cannot go unnoticed while the organizers’ efforts count a lot. In recent times, more and more young fans are getting an interest in F1 eSports, with some of them utilizing the opportunity to build their lifetime career.

Here is a recent video we did with Armen about F1 – Drive To Survive.


Coronavirus: How I Learned to Cope and Why I Love the OCR Community


Everything is shut down. All your favorite places. All your favorite races. All of it, shut down. We all hoped it would be a hiccup to the race season and that maybe we only miss a month’s worth of races, and only one major Spartan Race USNS series race. But we’re past that now. We can’t control it anymore. The United States is officially leading the world in confirmed cases and growing exponentially every day. All types of race series are postponing or cancelling events and we are even seeing events in June being affected by this pandemic. Just last week, the famed ultra-running race ‘Western States’ cancelled their race slated to be held at the tail end of June. The Olympics just postponed to 2021. This doesn’t bode well for the OCR scene. Where once we hoped that at most the Seattle leg of the Spartan Race USNS race would be out of play we may now see either a highly shortened pro race series, if it continues at all. Spartan Race has also postponed races in the month of May and may very well be announcing more postponements in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, on the home front, the majority of us are sheltered in place left with a lot of issues to deal with. This global pandemic is taking a toll on every aspect of our lives: Financial, emotional, mental and physical. Frankly, it’s overwhelming. I’ve found myself on the brinks of many a breakdown. Even though it may be tough to see, I think through all the gloom I think there are many silver linings and, for the most part, it can all be boiled down to a single concept: Community.

All throughout the OCR, endurance, and fitness worlds we see that one of the biggest driving forces that makes these things special to us is the community, which makes this “Hey, stay away from each other!” thing so hard on a lot of us.

The amazing thing about people is that they are adaptable and even we are presented with this global obstacle we have found multiple ways to continue being as normal as we can be during this time. In just about every Facebook group you look you’re bound to stumble upon a Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Facetime, Teams and every other video conferencing app meeting set up by community members to keep in touch with those they would normally see at races across the country. I’ve taken part in a lot of virtual meetups over the past few weeks and I see them function almost as group therapy sessions. We get together at certain times to see friendly faces, talk about how we are dealing (or talk about anything else besides cornonavirus because it can all be very overwhelming) and we even sometimes workout with each other. These virtual meetups have helped me cope with being sheltered in place and I know that many of us in our daily chat see it the same way.

The OCR Discord group functions in the same way, minus the video interaction. (Shout out to the DISCORD!) We’ll have discussions throughout the day on all sorts of topics including training, nutrition and whether or not Carole Baskin fed her second husband to the tigers. It’s keeping that community lively that drives us away from stir craziness.

Even Spartan Race has seen that keeping the community together while we have to keep apart is important and the even have their own Zoom meeting that runs 24 hours a day where anyone is welcome to join, chat and partake in regularly run workouts throughout the day and night. Sometimes though, it isn’t just about talking with each other; It’s also about training and competing any way we can, to keep things as normal as we can. Spartan Race has launched the ‘Be Unbreakable’ fitness series where weekly challenges will be posted so we can keep some sort of friendly competition going. Savage Race has their own at home workout series called ‘Savage Anywhere’, where you complete workout challenges to earn the medal and shirt you would have earned come race day. Bonefrog is also running their own virtual challenge with similar prizes as Savage Anywhere. It’s not just OCR that sees the importance of community.

Looking at the Crossfit world you see many gyms starting WhatsApp groups, Zoom at Home workouts, and even many gyms lending out their own gym equipment to keep their community happy and able to continue exercising.

I want to end this with this: It’s tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel when right now it’s a faint light in the distance, and we can’t tell if were getting closer or farther away. But you need to focus on that light because when we come out of this the other side… It’s going to be pretty f**kin’ awesome. I think when all is said and done, it will be like Christmas day every day for a long time. Just think about it… Right now, we can’t enjoy all the luxuries we’ve become so accustomed to in our daily lives. We don’t have our OCRs, our gyms, and in even some cases out trails! Besides your health and safety (which thanks to the million emails over the past month we know is number 1), most people just go through life taking it all for granted. And now? It’s all been snatched from us. We can’t compete. We can’t interact in person. We can’t go to our favorite places, gyms, etc. We can’t go about life in a normal way.

But when it’s all over, you’ll have it all back. You’ll have your gym, your real-life hangouts, your friends (even the irritating ones), your vacations and race-cations all back! And everything is going feel like the first time you did it all. And my hope is people don’t take it for granted when it comes back around. For OCR, my hope is every race is filled to capacity (Not only for the community’s sake, but financially so we continue to see the sport grow). Every wave is filled with people actually EXCITED at the prospect of doing burpees, even though I hope you’re taking this extended off season to work your grip strength, in the cold and wet conditions. My hope is that the excitement level is through the roof at every race in the shortened season. My hope is that people come back to the start line stronger both physically and mentally. My hope is that we continue to build our community as we have done in this pandemic to strengthen one another.

I see that happening now all over the internet, and I hope it continues when I see you at the start line.

World’s Toughest Mistakes By TMHQ?


Over my seven previous World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) races I’ve seen a lot of changes. Some of these changes are made during the race and others happen year after year. However, a number of these alterations could actually be considered poor decisions or ones made as a knee-jerk reaction to things happening as the race progresses.

The one thing that has remained pretty constant over the years is those people actually running the race for Tough Mudder headquarters (TMHQ) have had a good amount of experience with this event. The racers put a lot of trust in these individuals to make quality decisions that will keep the race both “enjoyable” as well as competitive. This year TMHQ has decided that WTM will no longer be a competitive event. This in and of itself is a pretty big change but, in addition, they have a new race director as well as a new medical team. This event is Different in what way?different than any other on the planet so it leads me to wonder how things are going to go. It’s one thing to watch from the outside as an observer or to read and watch videos about WTM, but the veteran racers who have been there and experienced this event as it transitioned from New Jersey to Las Vegas and then last year to Atlanta will tell you that to extremely”really understand WTM you need experience. How the 2019 WTM will go with the new “replacements” is a real question so I figured I’d put together a few nuggets for these young pups to chew on leading up to their first real go at this.

One of the great genius ideas that TMHQ has come up with over the years as we progressed through a race is that should the weather get extremely cold they will remove water submersion in an attempt to keep us warmer. Back in 2013, racers were told that as long as we didn’t fail obstacles then we would remain “relatively dry.” This of course was ridiculous for almost every racer except for some rookie from Canada named Ryan Atkins who came out of nowhere and destroyed the field.

In theory, keeping us dry would keep us warmer. However, once you’re a little wet the danger of hypothermia increases significantly, so even if we were only getting wet a couple times a lap the danger was there and very real. The difference with WTM versus nearly every other obstacle course race on the planet is that participants are prepared to run overnight in the cold by wearing wet suits. that are showing their ignorance. It should be assumed that WTMers have arrived at the race with the proper gear. A racer who as the proper equipment will be able the handle water no problem. By removing the water submersions TMHQ wasn’t allowing our neoprene gear to do its job.

The reality is that in order for our wet suits to be effective we need to be in the water regularly. The warmest time in the 2012 New Jersey event as well as in Atlanta last year was when we were in the water. When the air temperature is 30° and the water temperature is 50° one could make the argument it’s obvious where are the racers would be safer. I’m sure it was the medical staff that said “cold water is dangerous.” The difference is we were wearing wet suits so after approximately 20 seconds in the water the wet suit has done its job and the water inside the suit is much warmer than 50°. This would allow us to regain feeling in our hands and feet again. Once the swim was removed last year in Atlanta I always looked forward to the Cage Crawl but if I remember right that was eventually removed as well. This meant that we were left relatively wet running/walking around Wakanda in the dark with basically no way to warm up.

World's Toughest Mudder Atlanta

The secondary effect of the water submersion removal last year in Atlanta was that we were running dirty most of the race. Heck we didn’t even have a way to clean off before the pit which means we came into there filthy. Some of us even developed a post-race bacterial rash the was a bitch to eliminate. I contend that an obstacle that allowed us to rinse off you have helped immensely. I spoke to Eli Hutchinson at the brunch after the race last year mentioning that we needed a way to clean off before entering the pit so hopefully that will be addressed this year but who knows. The bottom line is if the water submersions are left in the race and the participants are wearing their wet suits it will not result in them “colder” on course.

Another point of contention I have always had with World’s Toughest Mudder is the use of the medical tent as a rewarming area. While I’m not going to get into a long explanation of how human thermoregulation works in this event for that you can check out the WTM Cliff Notes podcast where I discuss thermoregulation, gear and just about everything else you need to know; I do want to address the use of warming stations. The body has a natural defense to the cold. Most people when exposed to the elements have the immediate thought, “I need to get warm!”

When you know you’re going to be out in the cold for an extended period of time you need to get “comfortably cold” and stay that way. When your body rewarms it decreases this defense system against the cold. As you grow increasingly fatigued this defense system is compromised. By rewarming you essentially shut off the defense system. To quote Admiral Ackbar…

It’s at this time that you may experience “after drop” which is more dangerous and one of the reasons why when you enter the med tent they want to monitor you as you’re in there. If it is your intention to go back out and race again, you’re then asking a now compromised cold defense system to kick back fully.

In the past, Tough Mudder and their medical staff has forced you out of the warming tent after 30 minutes. The reality is if it takes you longer than 30 minutes to get warm you probably shouldn’t be racing anymore anyway. However, if you’re not going to head back out you’re going to face an uphill battle to stave off hypothermia.

When your body sees you as constantly attacked it holds up his defense. If you let your mind get the best of you and you head into the rewarming tent for longer than a cup of Joe then you are becoming our own worst enemy. You are now of weak mind and weak body trying to head back out into a hostile environment. The last thing I would want in a firefight is to go out there half-cocked. This year TMHQ and their Med staff has decided not to remove you from the medical tent and they’ve even doubled down by possibly putting a rewarming tent out with Coach Kyle on course?

It’s my guess this will be placed by The Stacks to get a crowd out there. I recommend that athletes stay out of this area other than to grab food because as stated above you are only going to compound your problems if we have cold temperatures like last year. I remember these on course warming stations back in New Jersey. Walking into one of those was like walking into a tent in Europe during World War I. The racers looked like zombies! I would drink my hot chicken broth, pour a couple cups on my shoes and in my gloves, grab a couple bags of Sharkies and get the hell out of there. You see, as you sit your body temperature drops and in a warmer environment as stated you’re cooling defense decreases resulting in a whole world of shit, but I digress.

World's Toughest Mudder Atlanta

The final area of concern that I’m going to discuss here is regarding reporting injuries to Medical. It has always been a concern of athletes at World’s Toughest Mudder to report injuries fearing getting a “Med Pull” (where the medical will no longer allow you to continue). In more recent years participants have been encouraged by Molly Kenneth to report injuries to Medical citing they will not pull you unless you are in danger. I know of one athlete who actually broke his/her foot during the race last year and didn’t realize the severity of the injury because the foot was numb from the cold. When the racer was done, he/she entered the Med tent to warm up and saw bruising on the foot and approached the Doctor who told the participant that he/she MUST go to the hospital to have it looked at. This racer was not allow to be driven to the hospital. He/she had to go by ambulance. Once at the hospital they confirmed a fractured metatarsal. The racer would have to have it treated when he/she got home. What followed was what I had always thought and feared would happen… An eight month fight with the hospital and the Tough Mudder’s insurance company to get the REQUIRED ambulance ride and hospital visit covered for an injury that wasn’t treated. The persistence of the athlete prevailed ultimately as everything eventually was taken care of, but only after this person just plain refused to pay for it. This athlete told me, “I will never go into the med tent again unless I require immediate medical assistance!”

I am writing this article out of concern about how our “weak in the knees” society may be invading our beloved WTM and changing it and not for the better. Hopefully my fears detailed above are all unwarranted and turn out to be non-issues. Matt B. Davis eloquently stated in a recent ORM podcast (I’m paraphrasing), “Races always say “The safety of the participants is our #1 concern” but we know this not to be true. It may rank highly on the list, but it’s not their #1 concern. They are there to make money and provide a great experience.

I would add they are also looking to cover their own asses. Some of these changes are there to keep the underwriters happy. All the above notwithstanding, Kyle McLaughlin and his staff at TMHQ gave Tough Mudder a fantastic rebirth in 2019 and I hope that continues into WTM but only time will tell. The event is nearly upon us and the racers will be ready.

I only pray Tough Mudder has something amazing and memorable for us! I want this event to be a new beginning for World’s Toughest Mudder. Not the race where we had the WTM funeral at the same place where Tony Stark had his. We shall see!

You Don’t Have A Business, You Have A Hobby.

Is Your Business A Hobby

I sell advertising for our media company. It is how we pay most of the bills around here. The phrase I have heard the most from our potential customers in the last 7 years from new companies we speak with are “We don’t really have a marketing budget”.

Which prompts me to think “You don’t really have a business then do you?”

I am consistently surprised by this notion of a business refusing to put dollars into marketing or advertising. So many self-starters think that by creating a webpage, and essentially “turning the lights on”, that they will be successful.

Many of my potential customers are in the race business. They say things like “I don’t have sufficient enough sales from participants to spend money on an advertising budget”. As if, this is how a business has ever worked. You aren’t massively successful by doing nothing, and then able to snag ever more participants. No magical cash flow was ever created by never promoting your events on the front end.

If you don’t want to put money towards growing your product and only want to spend money on executing your event, which is totally fine. Just know that you do not have a business, you have a hobby.

Nothing wrong with having a hobby. Hobbies bring us a way to put energy towards passions, a way to serve our community, a way to gain self-improvement, and countless other benefits. What they don’t do is make money. Hobbies are things we do because we don’t care if we make money. We do them for a loss or break even at best.

A successful business requires far more effort. It requires looking past just the next event or next quarter. It requires sacrificing time and human capital. It requires getting help in ways one never thought imaginable. It also costs money. So if you want to grow, you need to advertise. Start small, exchange favors, do whatever you can, but do it.  Otherwise, you don’t have a business.

PS When you do purchase some advertising, please do not begin looking for magical ROI.







I Miss The Good Ole Days Of Obstacle Racing

The 2019 Obstacle Racing season is well underway, and from what we’ve seen so far, both participation rates and TV viewing numbers are at record highs. Well, that’s just peachy, I guess.

I should congratulate Spartan. They’ve done the unthinkable: taken a cheesy fad and made it mainstream, leaving opposing companies face-down along the road in their wake like Battlefrog competitors during a double sandbag carry. Joe and company have even persuaded huge mainstream sponsors to buy in and Olympic dreams to swell…but listen, I can’t do this. I’ve made my name as a straight shooter, so I need to be honest with you: not everyone is happy with the progress the major obstacle racing series is making, yours truly included. I’m sure many of you loyal ORM readers feel similar. Progress has occurred at the expense of the community. Do you also remember (and miss) the good old days? Let’s get into it.

Obstacle Racing Media was given an exclusive look at early injury numbers (measured via medic reports submitted at venue) during 2018. These usually cover anything from cramps and IV’s to serious injuries and on-course fatalities. And guess what? They’ve dropped massively in every category this past year, continuing a three-year downward trend.


Back when racing was hardcore

But to be clear, this isn’t just about injuries. I hope you don’t think we’re that obtuse. What this IS about is how soft, how white-washed this sport has become. This is what happens when companies sell out. I know I’m not alone in thinking that by fixating on moonshot Olympic dreams and Yelp reviews, Spartan has left many of its core members in the dust, and in doing so has lost some of the draws it once had. Some industry experts I’ve spoken with agree and worry that Spartan Race is losing its edge. This can be attributed at least partly to recent changes focusing on safety that has sullied the race experience and proven divisive at best.

Many of us miss the good old days before Spartan sold its soul in exchange for TV money and hastened to rid itself of everything that made it great in the first place. First to appear was Reebok- the soulless, trend-hopping, neglected cousin of Nike. Desperate to capitalize on the sport of functional fitness, the brand peppered overpriced gear with our hallowed logo and treated OCR shoes like iPhones, releasing a new, mildly disappointing update each year, with grip one can only assume was directly inspired by a banana peel that had been soaked in warm coconut oil.

Then the gladiators disappeared- which, as many of you remember, led to a nation-wide boycott of races by the cosplayer community. But it’s not just people who like to play dress-up who have been hurt by policy changes.

To have a sweat-soaked, muscular, cape-wearing hunk take you down and dominate you at your most vulnerable…I still get chills just thinking about it. In fact, that rush alone was excuse enough for a season pass for many of us. But sadly, those days are gone.

Chuck Whipley, head of Kermit the Flog, a BDSM club based out of Atlanta, echoed this sentiment during a recent FB messenger conversation.Part of the allure of Spartan used to be the idea that you were paying not just to race, but to be publicly humiliated, both physically and emotionally, and if lucky, sometimes in front of large crowds.” Whipley continued, “I know [fellow club member and OCR industry insider] Matt Davis feels similar, and he’s the guy you should get in touch with.” Through a spokesman, Matt declined to discuss the matter but did deny ever meeting or communicating with Chuck.

And the courses? They used to be TOUGH. In the past, racers were guaranteed at minimum several ravine tumbles, a rolled ankle, and maybe even a few deep slashes across the back, courtesy of barb wire. These days you’re lucky to experience one of the aforementioned if at all, and rumor has it barbed wire is next to go.

Come Monday I used to show up to work an absolute wreck. Mornings were spent limping around the office, regaling anyone within the distance of the tribulations I had undergone while they had spent a lazy Saturday sipping breve lattes or comparing paint finishes at Home Depot. I know they were impressed with me, maybe even a little jealous, even if they didn’t show it. How could they not be? My body was hardened by burpees, my confidence sky-high. Cracked scabs oozed puss through my dress shirt as I bent to fill a mug with my signature brew (bulletproof coffee mixed with one-and-a-half sticks of butter). It was clear I had returned from the edge, from something extreme, having stepped beyond what was normal or expected of a man and emerged better for it. Chafed nipples leaked tiny droplets of blood onto my pastel-striped Brooks Brothers shirt, like Rorshach tests that served to inform my coworkers of their own daintiness. I imagined David Goggins looking proudly down from Heaven, a single tear rolling down his stern face. Editors note: David Goggins is alive and well. I was Ed Norton in Fight Club; bruised and battered, but free, and completely numb to the corporate BS. The opposite of present-day Spartan.

Gone are the threats of sepsis and paralysis, replaced by participation medals and special interest stories on NBC. We ran to honor the flag; now people run for Instagram likes. Which makes me wonder what will happen to participation rates if Instagram actually deletes ‘like’ tallies from photos.

Roots-Stretcher                                Why race when you can purchase the experience from your couch?

I’m sure I sound bitter, but this is just the truth.

Google trends confirmed my suspicions. As of this writing, searches for “How to get feces out of barb wire cut” were at a 4-month low, while queries for “Frostbite on wiener, how to tell?” had grown flaccid at best.

Also gone these days, the ability to utilize the spear throw area to literally gun down competitors. For several years now the spear has been tied via rope to the fence, eliminating the once-fan favorite game of Frogger that would occur while volunteers rushed into the line of fire to retrieve spears from the target.

A higher-up with Spartan who wished to remain unnamed acknowledged my concerns. “We’ve seen some of these early 2018 figures, and yes, we’re a little concerned over the perceived sell-out status of our brand. But in the long run, we believe fans will understand the changes we have made,” he said.

In Spartan’s defense, there are signs it has turned from its foolhardy ways and has even begun to show some common sense by returning back to its roots and core community.

As many of you know, back in 2016 Spartan was forced to indefinitely postpone their second annual cruise after the ship was quarantined following a post-trip coast guard inspection of its pool and hot tub. However –and this will probably be news to most of  ORM’s readers– this August the arduous two-year disinfection of the Royal Princess is slated for completion. Finally!  The official Spartan release stated as much: “We can announce with pride that the hot tubs will officially open again. Spartan and hedonism will once again be synonymous as Spartan and the (recently-unstickied) Royal Princess will return to Stirrup Cay, Bahamas in 2020. Bring your swimsuits…or don’t- anything goes.”

Our sources within the industry echoed that all is not lost, adding that they’ve seen a solid uptick in ACL tears, compound fractures, and rolled ankles over the past 18 months, most of which the industry can thank the Tough Mudder X series for.

Finally, while Warrior Dash’s recent demise has certainly shocked the industry, grassroots races are quickly popping up in its wake and just might sway hoards of disinterested racers into getting back on the course. The front-runners to fill Warrior Dash’s hole include Florida’s Co-ed-Croc race, in which competitors are teamed up with an alligator over a 6+ mile course, and the Black-and-Blue race, a 24 hr enduro event during which racers are tasked with completing as many laps as possible around the Roswell, Georgia police station while donning Collin Kaepernick jerseys.

Do you also miss the good old days of the sport? Let us know in the comments below.