We at Obstacle Racing Media attempt to help new race directors whenever possible, on this one, we are asking for your help.
Today we talked with Benjamin Combs of Chaos Rush. The Chaos Rush website was launched just a few days ago, and was brought to ORM’s attention. We got a call from someone who had some doubts and asked us to look into it. We were happy to oblige and made a phone call to the race director.
In recent weeks, we have already posted a few articles on how to spot red flags when it comes to avoiding new races. This race appears to have some of those flags.
- Nationwide series of events scheduled ? Check.
- No photos of obstacles or anything tangible. Check.
- Dates listed but no actual venues? Check.
- Will take your money now anyway for any of these promised events? Check.
We suggested to them they start smaller, prove themselves and then expand. Mr Combs disagreed. When we asked him if he was aware of races with much larger name recognition closing down for low registration numbers, he said that he was “well aware”. We asked how many racers they were expecting, he said he’d like to get close to 4,000 people.
When we asked him how he planned to produce that many quality events week after week next year, he said that Chaos Rush had a crew of “about 150 people” ready to work as independent contractors. When we asked where these people came from, he told us “mostly friends”.
We also pointed out that, so far, only the Big 3 (Tough Mudder, Spartan Race and Warrior Dash) have pulled of a schedule like the one Chaos Rush is proposing. We then suggested that TM, Spartan, and WD can do that because they have had a 3 year head start along millions and millions in infrastructure and marketing behind them. That did not seem to phase Mr. Combs.
He told us “people are bored of the same old races” and Chaos Rush will have “different obstacles” that are going to bring people out en mass.
Forever the optimists for what OCR can be, we ask that you let Chaos Rush know your thoughts. Since he did not want to listen to us over here at ORM, perhaps you, the OCR community can speak here and make a difference. Maybe, together, we can turn a potential disaster into a success.