Strength & Speed

"If you want something you never had, you have to be willing to do something you have never done."

Podcast- 2022 Episodes

Strength & Speed podcast is an Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) focused podcast that aims to bring you the best techniques and training tips in OCR.  

What makes us different is the unique approach to taking lessons learned from other sports and applying them to OCR.  Plus, we try to focus on the smaller or lesser known race series to highlight their unique take on OCR. Subscribe to the feed to keep up with the latest episodes.

We will be talking and interviewing athletes, coaches and race directors from inside the OCR industry as well as athletes from other sports.  

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S&S Podcast Host

Strength & Speed owner, MudGear-Battle of the Lions Pro Athlete and Hammer Nutrition sponsored athlete Evan Perperis.  For full bio click here.

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MudGear-Battle of the Lions Pro Rachel Watters joins Evan to talk about her 105 mile OCR she complete to raise money for Lionhearts Fitness.  Rachel shares the challenges, unexpected change in weather and how she mentally overcame the hurdles to achieve a record setting performance as the most number of OCR miles complete by a female ever. 


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Music provided by Dino Sinos

Athletes from Strength & Speed jump on the call to talk 2023 goals and how they plan on achieving them.  Brenna Clavert, AC Hale, Jaeme Simmons, Phillip Hucke and Ryan Ardigo share some big goals.  If you are looking at some goals for next year, this episode will give you some ideas as well as how to achieve them. 


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Music provided by Dino Sinos

We found Brenna finally and dragged her back on the podcast! Brenna and Evan do a rundown for the holidays offering some gift suggestions for your athlete family and friends.  The two do a full toe to head rundown, talk stocking stuffers and offer some ideas for the OCR athlete that already has "all the stuff".  Use this as a guide for Black Friday through Cyber Monday, but don't wait, the deals only last for so long.


Episode brought to you by MudGear-Battle of the Lions Pro Team sponsors.

Music provided by Dino SInos

MudGear-Battle of the Lions Pro Rachel Watters talks with Evan about her upcoming charity event where she will run 100+ miles to raise money for Lionhearts OCR.  The event takes place Thanksgiving weekend at Casa De Garcia event venue.  The two talk challenges, plans and expectations as well as touching a little bit on the recent World's Toughest Mudder.


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Music provided by Dino Sinos

OCR athlete, ultra-runner and tactical games athlete Zack Wisnowski joins Evan to talk about the Tactical Games and similar events. Zack's an accomplished ultra-athlete who has been involved in the sport since 2010 completing over 300 races!  If there's a race, Zack's done it including things like 6x World's Toughest Mudder, Spartan Iceland, OCR World Championships and more.  He's also the owner of UltraTraining.Net


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Music provided by Dino Sinos

2x American Ninja Warrior finalist, including making it all the way to the National Finals in Las Vegas, Kendall Ortez joins Evan to talk about OCR World Championships.  They share their opinion on 3k, 15k, 100m and Team before diving into Kendall's background.  A 15x+ podium finisher at major race series like Conquer the Gauntlet and Savage Race as well as a Team Pro Podium at North American OCR Championships, Kendall is used to the longer format of OCR.  He talks about his experiences working with Overcoming Obstacles Ministries, a group that brings kids into the sport of OCR/ninja while promoting the gospel.


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Episode brought to you by VJ Shoes, the official shoes of the OCR World Championships.

Music by Dino Sinos

Leaky Hourglass Ultra and beer ultra runner joins Evan to talk OCRWC and his plans to do a very unofficial beer mile at the OCR World Championships.


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Evan explores a concept for an OCR Pro League that spans brands nationwide in this deep dive episode.  How does it benefit brands? How does it benefit athletes? How does it benefit open wave participants?  Is this even feasible?  The topic of an OCR Pro League is explored in depth in this detailed coverage of one of Evan's unpublished articles. 


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Music provided by Dino Sinos

Team Mudgear - Strength & Speed went to The Siege 5k OCR in Garden City, Kansas.  The local OCR in time trial format had individual elite, individual open, team elite, team open and kid's mini-Siege options.  The team consisting of Kim Welch, Thomas Plush, Paul Muckenthaler and Evan Perperis talk about the experience and how a local brand managed to get high quality permanent obstacles as part of their course. 


Episode brought to you by OCR Buddy, the app that saves you money on race registrations and allows you to find unique races in your area.

Music provided by Dino Sinos

Women's Champion from Toughest Central (Indianapolis) and Mudgear - Battle of the Lions Pro Jenny Overstreet jumps on to share her experience at the race.  Plus, Evan's 2 of 3 Evan's Strength & Speed teammates 4x Toughest Mudder podium finisher (3x Team, 1xIndividual) Akash Garg and ANW competitor Phil Hucke join to talk about what they thought of the event.


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Episode brought to you by HYLETE providing great pre/intra/post race apparel and bags for OCR.

Music provided by Dino Sinos

Two amazing guests:

1. Our beer drinking ultra-runner (and newly engaged) Gary Shaw joins the group to talk about his 24x24x24 record (24 beers, 24 miles, under 24 hours) and then explains what makes the Leaky Hourglass Ultra such a unique event with unique participant swag. (Plus a shout out to Squirrel's Nut Butter.)

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2. Former Pro track athlete that was sponsored by Brooks and physical therapist, William Shell joins the group to talk about Mythic Race.  The 5k and 5 hour option with some of the most unique obstacles in the sport. 

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Music provided by Dino Sinos

Pros Doug Snyder and Lisa Nondorf have been traveling the world for you exploring top level Obstacle Course Racing.  The first half of the episode talks about the European OCR Championships (not affiliated with OCRWC), a race that was once deemed "too hard" by OCR world champions.  Doug & Lisa share their experience, the unique rules and how it went.  Plus, they both recently competed in National Ninja League (now World Ninja League) World Championship and provide their thoughts on that unique event. 


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Episode brought to you by Race Ready Obstacles, making the best OCR grips for events like Battle of the Lions, OCRWC and Indian Mud Run.

Music by Dino Sinos

Tiga Tactics co-owner/co-founder Conrad Bui knows a thing or two about hard work, consistency, discipline and persistence.  Dr. Conrad, a chiropractor during the day, has earned the equivalent of eight black belts (most with multiple degrees) in eight different disciplines including the bladed art of Pentjak Silat Serak, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Kali, Jeet Kune Do and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.  Evan and Conrad talk about lessons from the martial arts world that apply not only to Obstacle Course Racing but life in general. 


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Music by Dino Sinos

After 30+ hours of being awake and pacing Evan up the mountain for OCR Everest challenge at Tough Mudder New England, the crew sits down to talk.  Episode includes filmmaker Bobby Ross, Evan's dad Terry and pacer Daniel Leonard.  The crew talks challenges, unforeseen problems, inside jokes, TMHQ and all things from this year's charity event which had Evan climbing the height of Everest 29,029+ feet while at Stratton Vermont to raise money for Infinite Hero Foundation (mental and physical support for veterans).

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Music by Dino Sinos

Cody James Milne has been involved in OCR since 2013 running everything from Spartan 5ks to FIT Challenge, World's Toughest Mudder and Spartan Ultra Iceland.  He recently took on the "Unholy Grail" a Tough Mudder weekend packed with almost every race distance they offer crammed into two days.  Evan and Cody talk Toughest Mudder Philly 2022, The Unholy Grail, Obstacle Athletics gym in Long Island, FIT Challenge and finally Cody shares a surprising secret in common with Evan.


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Music provided by Dino Sinos

Infinite Hero Foundation beneficiary Richard Carson joins Evan on the podcast to talk about two serious injuries (one an IED in Afghanistan and a car accident) that left him as a quadriplegic.  He recently attended Tough Mudder's Infinite Hero Honor Challenge in College Station TX where he shared some of his experiences with the participants at the venue. 


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Evan jumps back into an episode sharing why he's been absent he talks Tough Mudder's Infinite Hero Honor Challenge, how the Navy SEAL o course compares to Special Forces/Ranger/Air Assault, updates from Hannibal Race, his new book On Endurance details, his opinions on GoRuck Games, Mythic Race shout out and more. 

Plus, a announcement for 2022's charity event OCR Everest taking place at Tough Mudder New England June 4-5, 2022.  Come out and pace, donate to the cause or join the virtual event.

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Music provided by Dino Sinos

Crazy Town's guitarist, Elias Tannous, is also a childhood friend of Strength & Speed owner Evan Perperis.  Elias joins the podcast to talk mastering complex skills, being persistent and how to deal with being a public personality.  Plus, Elias shares some childhood stories from a mutual friend, World's Toughest Mudder champion Stefanie Bishop.


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Music provided by Dino Sinos.  Check out his new songs from the album "Climb the Sky" now up on YouTube:

Female winner of fan favorite local brand, Hazelwood OCR's Valentine's Day Massacre, Alicia Kueker joins Evan to talk about her background, training and future plans.  Plus, the two deep dive into what makes Hazelwood OCRs so great with their 50 obstacles in less than three miles of running.


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Music by Dino Sinos

After completing Arrowhead 135 Jake Ramsby is back to talk about the lessons learned and how the event played out.  Plus, we'll find out if he stepped in his own poop again or has a story that really chaps your ass...


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Music provided by Dino Sinos

Ronald Tortola has made a name for himself by subjecting himself to assessment and selection type events for year after year since 2017.  His accomplishments reads like pinnacle achievements off other people's bucket lists including 2x Death Race, 2x Team Assessment, 2x Pre-Selection, 50 mile Star Course, Spartan Delta, Storm Delta, Master of Endurance Delta and finishing Agoge #005.  Ronald and Evan talk gear choices, mindset, the why behind endurance, drawing strength from others and future plans in the latest podcast.

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Music provided by Dino Sinos

Newbsanity's Ryan Brizzolara has been making big waves in 2021 with 2x Savage Race win and a Pro Coed OCR World Championships Relay win.  Evan and Ryan talk mindset, lessons learned from his college running days and his former side job as a semi-pro triathlete.  If you are curious to learn about the best OCR training group in the USA, this will give you some insight as their members do things like ice baths in January, frozen four mile runs in their bathing suits and a 1,000,000 meter ski erg. 


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Music by Dino Sinos

If you've ever stood on the starting line and wondered who is the barefoot guy and then been upset as he ran away from you once the race started, you were standing next to Thomas Plush.  Thomas is a former competitive paintball athlete who has transitioned to the sport of OCR and is the newest addition to the MudGear-Battle of the Lions Pro Team.  Thomas and Evan talk barefoot OCR, becoming the first person to run OCRWC barefoot, paintball, similarities to OCR and upcoming races like Wichita Gladiator Dash, KC Timber Challenge and Battle of the Lions.


This episode is brought to you by HYLETE, top performance apparel for pre/post race and for a night on the town. 

Music provided by Dino Sinos


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