In late 2014, following World’s Toughest Mudder, and numerous conversations about the lack of female representation at obstacle course races and endurance events, an idea was born. Create a team of amazing women and have them travel the globe representing Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) and Endurance Events. Witness the birth of SISU#LikeaGirl! A few comments to some friends and the team was quickly brought together. It wasn’t smooth sailing – injuries and schedule conflicts were cause for some last minute changes, but when all was said and done, a team of four amazing women intent on showcasing what women working together can accomplish was ready to take on the world – quite literally!
The inaugural event was chosen to be Toughest 24hr Xtreme…Europe’s first 24hr OCR. Held in Solvalla, Stockholm in Sweden on June 27, 2015, and produced by the respected Toughest race series, the race was held on a 1km track with 10 obstacles and was a brutal assault on the mind and body. I don’t think a single hand emerged unscathed. The team was not 100% healthy at the time of competition, but SISU is about persevering, pushing through your lowest lows and banding together with brethren when you think you have nothing left in the tank. The inaugural team was composed of Amie “LiveWire” Booth, Leah Erickson, Morgan McKay, and Danielle Ross. They battled bronchitis, hypothermia, fatigue, and were even down to 9 arms between them, as Amie ran the entire race with her left arm strapped to her chest, due to a pre-existing injury. These women fought – shared – laughed – helped – taught – cried! You see – Europe had never seen an endurance race like this. Most of the European athletes (SISU#LikeaGirl was the only team there from the other side of the pond) had no idea how to prepare for a race of this magnitude. I think the ladies will agree, the camaraderie and friendship born beneath the rollers and Dry Robes, whilst sharing Epic Bars and Honey Badger hydration was worth it all!
How to Apply:
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org telling SISU#LikeaGirl about yourself.
- Why do you want to be on team SISU#LikeaGirl?
- What is your race resume?
- What does SISU mean to you?
- Anything else you want to tell the team.
You must have or be able to obtain a passport for international travel.
Fundraising is a large part of the process and you must be willing to participate.
The decision will be made on September 30, 2015 – SO DON’T DELAY!!
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