Strength & Speed

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Strength & Speed Event Teams

Our athletes compete under the Strength & Speed brand since 2013 usually at least once per year.  We give priority to team members first but occasionally reach out to friends to fill in gaps on the team.  Here are some of the events we have been a part of along with the results.  

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Cumulative Team Results

2x World Top Ten (OCRWC)

1x Regional Win (Toughest Mudder)

1x Regional Podium (Toughest Mudder)

3x Local Win (CTG Team, Hammer Race, The Siege)

3x Local Podium (Atlas Race, Terrain 24 hour, CTG Team)

Check out the team featured on Mud Run Guide and MUDGEAR.

2022 Siege Race

Team Mudgear-Strength & Speed finished 1st place in The Siege 5k OCR.  The team consisting of Thomas Plush, Kim Welch, Evan Perperis and Paul Muckenthaler ran to the win after Tom, Kim and Evan had run the competitive wave sweeping the podium (1st, 2nd and 3rd). 

2022 Toughest Mudder Central (Indianapolis)

Strength & Speed finished 3rd with a cumulative 90 km at Toughest Mudder Central (Indianapolis).  The team consisting of Phil Hucke, Akash Garg, Evan Perperis and Scott Wierzycki ran 12 hours through the night holding on to 3rd place against a fast field.  

The winning team finished with 100km and second place finished with 90 km as well but with a faster time.  The team's average age was 41 showing that through persistence and hard work they can still hold their own against younger and faster competitors. 

2021 Conquer The Gauntlet Team Race

Strength & Speed, consisting of William Shell, AC Hale, Trevor Zimmerman and Nick Cerone competed in 2021's Conquer The Gauntlet Team Challenge.  The team finished 2nd overall in a unique and challenging team competition that stressed strength, speed, balance and patience as they maneuvered through the 4 mile course with some of the most unique obstacles available. 

2019 Toughest Mudder West

Akash Garg and Evan Perperis raced Toughest Mudder West (Las Vegas) as "Strength & Speed".  In a tight race for first with multiple lead changes, the two held on running 60 miles in a relay format over the course of 12 hours in the middle of the night.  

2019 Hammer Race (Spring)

Strength & Speed went to Minnesota for one of the most unique OCRs in existence at the time, The Hammer Race.  As a team the five man element was required to run 10k with a 10 lbs. sledge hammer while doing obstacles.  

Strength & Speed consisting of Jacob Stone, Rob Greer, Brian Fisher, Scott Wierzycki and Evan Perperis held on to the lead finishing in first place

2017 OCR World Championships- Pro Coed Team

Team Strength & Speed entered the Pro-Coed Division of the 2017 OCR World Championships.  With Evan Perperis on the speed leg, Ryan Owen on the strength leg and Kat Ratcliff on the technique the team walked away with a top 10 finish in the world.  

2017 Conquer The Gauntlet- Tulsa Team Race

Strength & Speed fielded a team for the first ever Conquer The Gauntlet Team Race in Tulsa, OK.  A team made up of Conquer The Gauntlet Pro Randi Lackey, Link Endurance/24hr Terrain Relay athlete Miles Keller, Freddie Thompson and Trevor Zimmerman had a strong showing finishing 2nd overall.  To hear about the event, check out Strength & Speed podcast Episode 27 with Randi Lackey.  

2017 Terrain Racing 24 Hour Relay Team

Strength & Speed finished 2nd at the first ever Terrain Relay 24 hour.  After closing in on first several times throughout the night, closing the gap to six minutes at one point, the first place team finally pulled away at hour 20.  

The team including Miles Keller, Chris Polito, Ryan Owen and Evan Perperis performed great covering 140+ miles between the four athletes.  Don't miss all the details on Episode 12 of the Strength & Speed podcast.  

Miles Keller

Miles Keller is a competitive OCR athlete whom resides in Keller, TX but is from all over the south. Miles started out to get fit and then evolved into pursuing OCR podium dreams with a passion, drive, and burning desire to keep going that he can't explain. When Miles Keller isn't competing for the podium in the first wave of the day, he enjoys going back through the open waves to take pictures for race reviews, and most of all helping everyone along the way. First two podium finishes were last year at terrain ft worth, and an external trail run. If you ever ramped off a guy's back to get over the wall, that was probably Miles' back. Miles Is an Obstacle Warriors pro team member and regularly competes in ninja competitions. Miles Keller also co-hosts the Link Endurance podcast. With the words "yell at me" usually in sharpie on his chest and back he truly is an OCR addict

Chris Polito

This father of two and endurance enthusiast training with Yancy Camp is ready to crush the course. His motto of "always chasing the win and never giving in" Will be needed this weekend.

Recent race highlights include:

2016 Rugged Maniac 3rd place finisher

2017 OCRWC Pro Qualifier

2017 11th place 50k Aravaipa Coldwater Rumble 50k finisher

Ryan Owen

This up and coming OCR athlete is still young but already has a couple of podium finishes to his name including Rugged Maniac and Terrain Race.

2016 OCRWC Relay Team

S&S Ultra finished 35th overall in the Pro Men Division at the 2016 Obstacle Course Racing World Championship.

Check out the 2017 announcement video with S&S Ultra at around 2:18 and 2:22 into the video. 

2015 Obstacle Course World Championship Teams

Strength & Speed- Mid America
S&S Mid-America finished 27th out of the Elite Male Teams at the 2015 OCRWC.  

Cody "Manbun" Peyton:

2015 Highlights

Conquer the Gauntlet Tulsa: 2nd
Conquer the Gauntlet Little Rock: 3rd
Mud Run Guide's Summer Splash: 3rd
Rugged Maniac Kansas City: 6th
Conquer the Gauntlet Wichita: 6th
Spartan Race Chicago: 8th
Savage Race Ohio: 8th
Battlefrog Cincinnati: 18th

Devin Roberts:


Conquer the Gauntlet KC

Conquer the Gauntlet Wichita

Master's in Exercise Science

NCCPT- Certified Personal Trainer

2014  AFPA Heartland Championship- 1st Novice Lightweight Bodybuilding, 1st Overall Novice Bodybuilding, 1st Novice/Open Men’s Physique Class B

Nathan "Napalm" Palmer:

2015 Race Highlights

Conquer The Gauntlet Kansas City- 1st
Austin Spartan Sprint-1st...
Warrior Dash Tulsa-1st
The Fugitive Run; Mud Obstacle Course- 1st
Conquer the Gauntlet Wichita-1st
Conquer the Gauntlet OKC-2nd
Austin Spartan Sprint-2nd
Austin Spartan Super-2nd
Conquer the Gauntlet Tulsa-3rd
Austin Spartan Super-3rd
Atlas Race KC-7th
Spartan Race Stadium Sprint-8th
Spartan Super Chicago-10th
Battlefrog Dallas-11th

Strength & Speed- ERA
S&S ERA finished 10th out of the Elite Female Teams at the 2015 OCRWC.
On the individual day Ashley Samples won her age group and Erin Brooks finished 4th.  

Erin Brooks


2nd Mud, Guts and Glory

5th Spartan Stadium Sprint Tampa

7th Florida Savage Race


World Championships

Warrior Dash- 8th

OCRWC- 15th

1st Warrior Dash Ohio

1st Spartan Super Ohio

3rd Mud, Guts and Glory

Barbara Bass

Joining Strength & Speed from Team Sinergy is competitive athlete and ultra-runner Barbara Bass.

Ashley Samples


2nd Spartan Super Austin

3rd Battlefrog New Jersey

Currently ranked 4th in the Battlefrog Point Series 

Strength & Speed- Ignite
S&S Ignite finished 20th out of the Elite Male Teams at the 2015 OCRWC.  

Jordan Smith

193 mile Run Across Michigan in 3 days

3:10 Marathon PR

1:30 Half Marathon PR

7th Mud, Guts and Glory

25+X Tough Mudder

65 miles at World's Toughest Mudder 2014

Adam Baylor


2nd Rugged Maniac Southern Indiana

63rd Spartan Beast Ohio


4th Rugged Maniac Southern Indiana

4th Spartan Sprint Indiana

Icebug-OCRGear Sponsored Athlete and 2014 Strength & Speed OCRWC Athlete Kevin Righi

See below for previous race highlights.

2015 Atlas Race KC Team

Evan Perperis:  See highlights in the S&S Founder Section.

Paul's 2014 Individual Race Highlights

2nd place age group finish in Waikiki Swim Club Biathlon Series 2014
7th place overall (3rd in age group) XTERRA Kauloa Ranch Trail Run 10K 2012
5th place overall military heavy Bataan Death March 2007
Numerous top three age group finishes in Olympic triathlons, sprint triathlons, 10k runs and 5k runs
Finished Inaugural Assault on Pikes Peak 2010 (bike ride up Pike’s Peak), Warrior Dash Colorado, MCBH Swamp Romp and Little Creek Mud Run

Paul's Team Accomplishments:

Ran Anchor for the 9th place team at the Honolulu Rainbow Ekiden relay race 2014
9th place 4 person open Adventure Xstream Moab 2011
Member of the 2010 Check Point Tracker National Championship, 4 person open champion team
Member of the 2nd place overall male team in the 2010 Pikes Peak Fall Series

Strength & Speed finished 3rd Overall in the Elite Teams at the 2015 Atlas Race Kansas City, taking home a cash prize of $400.  

Eric's 2014 Race Highlights

The Munson Mayhem duathalon (5K 10mi bike, 5K), overall winner
The Spirit race 5K, overall winner
Double double road race (10k, 5k in the same day), Age group winner 35-39
DOT to DOT 10K, overall 3rd place
Great Escape Run 5K, overall 2nd place (beaten by S&S team member Juantonio)
Plaza 10K PR 38:43, 61st out of 3325

Rusty's Race Highlights:

6th in Age Group at OCRWC

For more race highlights see his profile below under the OCRWC team.

2014 Obstacle Course World Championship Team

Rimas:  1 Goofy's Challenge Completed (Full marathon on Saturday and Half Marathon on Sunday)

6 Marathons Completed
7 Half Marathons Completed
1 Tough Mudder

Evan Perperis: See highlights in the S&S Founder Section.

Rusty Palmer (Follow him on Facebook here)

Messerfit/ Crossfit Lebanon Sponsored Athlete
1st place overall Mudocalypse
2nd place overall Heaven and Hell Gravel Mine Challenge
3rd place age group Tampa Spartan
6th place overall, 1st in age group at Mud Ninja
8th overall Warrior Dash
3x Tough Mudder Finisher

Kevin Righi:  1st place SuperFit East Coast Championships 2014 (male/female scaled)
1st place team scaled SuperFit Roanoke 2014
2nd Overall Spartan Citizen Bank Sprint 2014
2nd place Team 2013 Summer Capital Affiliate League
2nd in Age Group Smith Mountain Lake Sprint Triathlon 2014
6th place at 2013 CMC race at Bryce Resort
9th overall August 2014 Mud Guts & Glory
Countless obstacle races including 3 Tough Mudder finishes
Crossfit Level 1 Coach & certified ISSA Fitness Trainer
Collegiate Lacrosse Player

2013 World's Toughest Mudder

Competed under the team name ALTER EGO

The four athletes that make up the team competing at the 2013 World's Toughest Mudder, a 24 hour obstacle/mud run.  Powered by Under Armour's Alter Ego Gear.  Check out some of their race highlights below:

Sean Sharpe: 2010 Baltimore Half Marathon Champion
1/2 Marathon PR of 1:11:26 (Austin 2006)
10 Miler PR 52:18 (PHI Broad Street Run)
4 Marathons completed (ATL, CHI, Anchorage, PHI)
2008 Hood to Coast Relay Team Member
Muddy Buddy World Championship Finisher (26.2mi Mud Run)
Harry Harp: Ranger Qualified Iraq War Veteran
Completed multiple JFK 50 mile races
Goofy's Challenge (1/2 marathon on Sat, full marathon on Sun)
2011 Ironman Louisville
Variety of other races including Nashville Marathon, Muddy Buddy, Atlantic City Half Marathon and assorted short races
Joe Morgan: Iraq War Veteran, EOD technician
Atlanta & Prague Marathon (PR 3:31)
2013 Tri-State Tough Mudder Finisher
Experienced open ocean swimmer
Rowed on Heavyweight Crew in college

David Stakel: 7 time Ironman Finisher (PR 10:12)
(Wisconsin, Canada, Louisville, 2x Lake Placid, 2 Coeur d'Alene)
Countless half iron distance, olympic and sprint triathlon finishes.
2008 Hood to Coast Relay Team Member
2012 Mid-Atlantic Tough Mudder
Alter Ego finished the 2013 Tough Mudder after completing a total of 50 miles.  An ultra feat of endurance through obstacles and mud. 

Interested in joining the team?  Check out the criteria section.  We welcome all athletes with goals of improving Strength, Speed or both.  Join today and a set a goal because that will bring the best results.  


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