Hey Savages! Today we’d like to give you an inside look at how we’re committed to continually improving your experience at Savage Race.
You already know we have the best obstacles, and that our race is the perfect distance. But did you know that we have an internal focus on always making Savage Race better?
We work hard to connect with you, our growing Savage community, and then put on an amazing event that you just can’t stop talking about. Then, we review a number of metrics to measure the success of each event. We consider what worked well and what we could do better next time. After that we make adjustments (sometimes big ones!) and repeat the process.
The end result is a better Savage experience each time you come out to one of our events, and we’re darned proud of that.
Savage Race isn’t just about getting muddy and conquering obstacles. We’re not just about accomplishing goals and overcoming fears. And we’re not just about fun and fitness and making memories of a lifetime.
No, Savage Race is about so much more than that.
What makes Savage Race so great is YOU and your support of one another before, during, and after the race.
Savage Race is about community.
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We’ve all asked ourselves at one time or another, “who is Matty T?” I did it yesterday actually.I mean sure, we all know Matty T, the fuzzy faced, hoody rocking, backwards hat guy who always wants us to “get Savage”, and looks badass in a lab coat. But do we truly know ……… Matty T? …. You will. I dug deep on this one and left no stone unturned. It’s due time to shine the spotlight on this gentle giant and learn all his secrets. So without further ado… Let’s get Savage.
Check our newest installation of Inside the Obstacle!
Deciding what to wear to your next mud run or obstacle course race can make make a big difference in how you feel on race day. Wearing the wrong clothes or shoes can cause serious discomfort and chafing. This can ruin your race experience, so use the following information to plan ahead and choose wisely!
Matty T the Race Emcee is back again with an insider look at our all-upper-body obstacle, Sawtooth. Check it out…
It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and mud is in the air at Savage Race. Check out these top 20 sweetest Savage photos of all time!
Just before his 16th birthday, Luis Santana was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in his left leg. His dreams of getting a wrestling scholarship to Ohio State were put on hold as he spent the next seven years wrestling cancer instead.
It came back three times, advancing further and further up his leg each time. At 19 years old he was told that amputation was the only option to save his life. But his doctor didn’t give up and they tried a new form of radiation therapy. At 23, his prayers were answered and he was completely cancer free.
“I fought depression, anger, and spent many months alone not wanting to be close to anyone fearing I could die at any moment,” remembers Luis. “Without my faith in God and my family to support me, I wouldn’t be alive today.”
Matty T the Race Emcee spent some time showing us a behind-the-scenes look at Savage Race’s biggest obstacle, Colossus. Check it out…
Florida Savages, check out some awesome things to do while you’re in Pasco County! Some of the many activities include boating and fishing, golfing, hot air balloon rides, zip lining, and skydiving.
We recently went behind the scenes with Matty T the Race Emcee to get pro tips and an insider look at Savage Race’s newest obstacle, Wheel World. Check it out…
Savage Race and NuAquos Sports Drink are giving away two VIP packages with free race entries, merchandise, parking, food & beverage, exclusive behind-the-scenes access, and more!
Winners will be announced on Instagram on March 1st.
NuAquos is a functional beverage that rehydrates with all 6 base electrolytes, promotes recovery with 12 grams of protein, and restores nutrients with 19 vitamins and minerals – all with unparalleled taste.
(updated March 7, 2018)
Overall – Athletes must complete all obstacles as specified in the SavagePRO Rules in order to be eligible for cash prizes, which are awarded to the Top 3 Male and Top 3 Female athletes competing in the SavagePRO heat.
GORUCK is teaming up with Savage Race for a special GORUCK Tough Challenge on the grounds of the Savage Race Maryland. That means your Special Forces Cadre will have access to Savage Race’s 27+ obstacles for you to lead, follow, and overcome adversity as a team, by night, on an obstacle course closed to everyone else until morning.
They’ll be sleeping in their warm beds. You won’t be.
This is Class 001 of the Savage Race x GORUCK Tough Challenge. Come and earn it.
Savage Race Obstacles
Note: Parking after 5pm is free for this event
Date and time
Saturday, May 5, 2018 9PM
Savage Race Maryland
13003 Turners Creek Road, Kennedyville, MD
What To Bring
Ruck gear is required. Visit GORUCK’s event page for more information.
How to Register
Registration is limited to 100 slots only. Register at GORUCK’s event page.
If you are looking for the Savage Race Maryland or Savage Blitz Maryland page, and reached this page in error, click here to visit the webpage for those events.
Dear Florida Savages,
I owe you an apology. The photo gallery we released after the Florida Spring ’18 event was not satisfactory. Many of you had very few tagged photos, if any at all, and there was no way for you to simply browse the photo zones by time of day. We expected the system we presented to be a major upgrade, but it didn’t work as well as we hoped.
Today, we released a new gallery (same photos on a new platform) that will allow you to search for your photos by facial recognition, and search each obstacle zone by time of day. The facial recognition software and time stamp search by photo zone should help you find more photos, but if all else fails, you can browse the entire gallery, picture by picture.
What we are going to do moving forward to make your photo experience better:
At Savage Race, we want to take care of our customers better than any other race series. The fact that we botched the photos in Florida this year has been a source of emotional distress for me and other SRHQ team members. Moving forward, we plan to use the new platform with facial recognition search capability. This new platform allows us to take a new approach to capturing your photos. Because the new system allows you to search by facial recognition, our photographers can shoot for faces, instead of shooting for bibs. The best part of that is that it opens up our photographers to capture photos at many obstacles that we could not cover in the past. For example, bibs are almost never visible while you are in Shriveled Richard, but with facial recognition, we can capture lots of great photos there, and you will be able to find them. Unfortunately, in Florida we shot for bibs, not for faces, so the photo experience still won’t be optimal this time around, even with the new platform. In the future I am hopeful that your galleries will turn out much, much better.
In Georgia this past weekend, we had terrific photo results using the new platform, with our photographers shooting for faces instead of bibs. We also had the photos uploaded and ready to go by Sunday morning! Wow! We are hoping that we can continue to consistently deliver at all events with excellent photos, just like we did in Georgia last weekend.
In summary, I am sorry about the Florida photo mess, and I promise to improve. I hope that you are able to find more photos of yourself using the new platform. Our mission to take care of our customers better than any other race series never ends.
Dear Georgia SavagePROs,
I have some good news and some bad news for you. Which do you want first? Ok I will start with the bad news.
The Bad News:
Due to shipping issues, we will not have SavagePRO podium medals for this event. If you podium this weekend, we will NOT have the gold, silver, or bronze medals to give you at the award ceremony.
The Good News:
If you podium on Saturday, we are doing a few things to make up for the fact that we won’t have your SavagePRO podium medal on time. 1) We will mail out all of the SavagePRO podium medals after we receive them. We don’t have a solid timeline on this yet, but expect 3-4 weeks. 2) Since we really, really, really don’t want you to be angry with us, we will hand you a fully comped voucher to any future SavagePRO event, which will never expire. You will collect this at the award ceremony in lieu of your medal.
What were the shipping issues? Why won’t you have the medals?
We ordered the medals in early January, and our shipment arrived on time at a California port on March 2nd. Unfortunately, that’s when our cargo was stopped by US Customs officials for an extensive exam. According to the limited information they shared with us, agents moved our container to a new warehouse where they could perform a piece-by-piece exam of our shipment, which consisted of about 30,000 medals. The exam ended this week, and our order is scheduled to be officially released next week sometime. US Customs won’t really tell us much about why our cargo was picked for this month-long exam, but it was, and there was no way to expedite it. This is the first time in our eight year history that any of our shipments have been subject to an exam like this.
I am very sorry that we will not have the podium medals for this event. Despite the reasons, Savage Race takes full accountability for not having your medals on time. If you win, we hope that you will accept our offer of mailed medals, and comp passes for future SavagePRO vouchers as a reasonable substitute and forgive us.
Savage Race Co-founder & CEO
If you have additional questions, hit us up at our contact center.
We WILL have standard finisher T-shirts and medals for you and everyone in the open waves as usual.
We WILL have axes for 1st place overall male and female as usual.
Savage Race offers free race photos for all runners. Read these tips to make sure you get amazing action photos at any Savage Race!
How to make sure you get good photos at Savage Race
1. Make sure you know where all photographers will be on the course! The official photographers will all wear bright yellow vests. You will receive an email before the event that details all of the photographer locations.
2. Always wear your race bib facing forwards, and make sure it is clean and visible.
3. Seek out the photographers and make sure they take your photo!
4. Write your bib number on your body using a body marking pen. (optional)
We take tens of thousands of participant photos at each event, so it takes several days for our staff to review and tag them all. Some of your photos might be immediately available after the event, but it is unlikely that all of your photos will be ready until Thursday.
There are two ways to download and share your photos. Option 1 is faster, and requires that you give an app share access to your Facebook account. Option 2 does not involve Facebook at all, but the photos will not be available as soon.
Option 1 – Pic2Go
Option 2 – High Resolution Downloads
How does photo tagging work?
We are able to tag pictures of you using a three part process: automatic bar code tagging, manual bib number tagging, and RFID tagging. These three methods are explained below.
Back in December, CEO Sam Abbitt spoke to Paul Jones over at New England Spahtens on the exciting launch of Savage Race Boston! Sam and Paul discuss the success of Savage Race and the excitement of the upcoming 2017 race season with new obstacles, new medals, and the continuation of the Savage Syndicate program. Click below and enjoy the podcast.
The New England Spahtens are an OCR community group based in New England providing an online source for race information, race reviews, and more. Check them out at www.newenglandspahtens.com.
As we look back on 2016, it turned out to be quite a year! Check out some of our favorite photos from the past year below. Did you make the cut?
There’s exciting news for 2017. We’re adding two NEW locations! Charlotte, NC and Boston, MA are both open and waves are filling up fast.
2017 is gearing up to be the best of the best! We have NEW finisher medals, NEW Syndicate medals and pins, and brand spankin’ NEW obstacles. We unveiled Twin Peaks and Hangarang as prototypes last year and both had rave reviews. We have more obstacles in the works. Stay tuned!