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All USA Based NORAM/OCRWC Qualifiers in Mud Run Guides Newest Book

Posted by Strength & Speed on June 16, 2019 at 12:40 AM

The world of Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) can be overwhelming if you are new to the sport. Even if you have been around a while if you are trying to qualify at a smaller race the options can seem overwhelming.

Mud Run Guide, one of our media partners, recently announced the publication of their newest book, Mud Run Guide’s Ultimate OCR Bucket List. The book, available in hard copy only, includes coverage of more than 100 OCR brands and event types. Included in t...

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#AllTheRaces: Ensuring Success With Multiple Races

Posted by Strength & Speed on June 2, 2019 at 12:35 AM

If you are headed to North American OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) Championships (NORAM) or OCR World Championships (OCRWC) you are probably racing more than once over the course of the weekend. With up to five events occurring in one weekend (OCRWC has 100m, 3k, 15k, Team Relay and Charity Run), your pre/intra/post-race fueling needs to be on point. If you missed the previous articles about fueling for the 3...

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15k Fueling with Hammer Nutrition

Posted by Strength & Speed on May 15, 2019 at 12:20 AM

It’s only 15k, why do I need fuel? Well if you are running the North American Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) Championship (NORAM) course in an hour and a half, you may not need fuel. If you are like most of the athletes on the course spending between two and six hours on the course, you are going to want to carry some fuel with you for the race.


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MudGear Shorts Review

Posted by Strength & Speed on May 7, 2019 at 2:05 PM

If you know Obstacle Course Racing (OCR), then you know MudGear. The brand with the best known, best performing and most stylish OCR sock recently expanded their lineup of products to include shorts. I picked up a pair for use both in the gym, on the trail and on the race course and here is what I thought:

Style: I absolutely love the style. They currently offer two color options, black or grey. Both lo...

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Fuel Up With Hammer Nutrition for the 3k Championships

Posted by Strength & Speed on May 1, 2019 at 12:15 AM

Adventurey is proud to have Hammer Nutrition back as the leading nutritional sponsor for 2019’s North American Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) Championships (NORAM). Whether you are headed to OCR World Championships (OCRWC) or NORAM you’re fueling for each event will look pretty similar. Here’s a complete rundown of what you may want to purchase so you are race day ready:


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MRG Ultra-OCR Bible is now digital!!!

Posted by Strength & Speed on April 21, 2019 at 10:30 PM

Mud Run Guide's Ultra-OCR Bible is now available on digital download for Kindle only.  If you want a hard copy, please head to the online S&S store.  If you want the digital download you can find it exclusively on Amazon via the link below.

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Gear Review: Atomik Balance

Posted by Strength & Speed on January 15, 2019 at 10:25 AM

Atomik Climbing Holds is a known leader in the world of Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) holds and climbing. However, they recently expanded their line of products to include balance products. As someone who previously had balance issues in OCR (2016s inclusion of Z beam at Conquer The Gauntlet Wichita knocked me back into the middle of the elite field), I was curious to see what they had to offer. Atomik has two different versions with several difficulty levels for each.

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Did you lose? Blame it on the booze. Race loss? Blame in on the sauce. Patron won't put you in the zone

Posted by Strength & Speed on January 7, 2019 at 6:05 AM

OCR has maintained the reputation of the party boy/girl lifestyle since the inception of the sport. And let’s face it, after a hard fought race who doesn’t want to celebrate with a few brews and good company in the festival area? Although the occasional post-race splurge is unlikely to dramatically affect performance, drinking in the days leading up to the race may be a concern. Research provided by the US Olympic Committee (USOC) indicates that binge drinking can decrease athleti...

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4th S&S Development Team Window Now Open

Posted by Strength & Speed on December 6, 2018 at 8:05 PM

Strength & Speed is opening the application window for their 4th S&S Developtment Team. Each year has brought success to our athletes with a list of different benefits that change but also expand slightly every year.  2018 included athletes getting their first sponsors, several becoming ambassadors for brands and many hitting new PRs including first Ultra-OCR win, first win, first cash podium, most po...

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Ultra-Strength with Harbinger

Posted by Strength & Speed on November 19, 2018 at 5:50 PM

When I say the word ultra-endurance to people they typically think skinny runner logging a ton of miles that probably can’t do a single pull-up. However, there is a world where you need ultra-endurance running capability combined with ultra-strength in your upper body, it is called Ultra-Obstacle Course Racing (Ultra-OCR). This is the world I train for, enjoy and thrive in.

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