It’s race week.
Are you ready?
You’ve been running, lifting, and training. You’ve (hopefully) skipped the sugary desserts and the beer. You’ve put together your team.
And now it’s time.
In the final days leading up to your mud run, there are just a few more things to check off the list.
The Air Force Reserve wants to make sure you’re at your best on race day, so read on for five steps that they believe are critical to remember as you prepare for an epic mud run.
March 17, 2015 – Orlando, FL – Savage Race, a 5-7 mile obstacle course race featuring 25 of the world’s best obstacles, today announced the addition of cash prizes for SavagePRO male and female overall finishers at all Savage Race events nationwide.
Cash prize awards in Florida, where Savage Race was founded and is headquartered, will continue to be $1,500 for first place, $750 for second place, and $250 for third place. Cash prizes in all locations outside of Florida will be $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, and $250 for third place.
On his birthday in the summer of 2012, Christian Restrepo made a decision to lose weight and regain his health. Weighing over 280 pounds made exercise extremely difficult for Christian. He couldn’t run without something hurting, whether that be his shins, lower back, or his ego. So he decided to do something about it.
Using Savage Race as both a motivator and a way to track his fitness progress, Christian went on to participate in five Savage Races in Florida over the next three years. Over the course of this journey, Christian dropped 90 pounds with only 10 more to go to reach a total weight loss of 100 pounds. This year, he will complete additional Savage Race events in Florida and Georgia.
Obstacle course racing requires a wide variety of skills and abilities. More physically and mentally challenging than almost any other athletic activity out there, mud run training requires a balanced approach to developing skills that range from having the capacity to run long distances to tackling challenging obstacles which require as much mental strength as physical.
The Savage Race HQ team has a pretty good idea of what it takes to be your best on our course, so we put our heads together and came up with the top three skills we believe you need in order to dominate your next mud run or obstacle course race.
Obstacle course racing (also known as “mud running”) has taken off as a thrilling and challenging way to push physical limits and defeat fears. As the sport has grown in popularity and magnitude, people ranging from elite athletes to weekend warriors, young families, CrossFit gyms, sports teams, corporate groups, and everyone in-between are training for these events.
Although you probably can jump off the couch without any training and complete a Savage Race (with the support of everyone around you, of course), we don’t actually recommend it! Training properly will allow you to get out there and conquer the world’s best obstacles at Savage Race and have a ton of fun while you’re doing it.
Savage Race and South Orlando CrossFit teamed up on Saturday, February 7th to host the first ever free Savage Race training event, TrainSavage. The event drew a crowd of around 200 excited Savages to the Cypress Grove Park in Orlando, where South Orlando CrossFit put on six 30-minute training heats throughout the morning. Participants received a free t-shirt, wrist band, a discount on their Savage Race registration, and a challenging workout that would help them prepare for their next race.
Savage Race CEO and Co-Founder Sam Abbit said, “This was our first time hosting a free training session like this, so it was a bit of a test run for our team. We had a lot of fun on Saturday and so did the athletes. South Orlando CrossFit was extremely professional in their execution of the training event. I’m sure we will be hosting another event like this soon.”
You asked and we delivered! The Florida Spring 2015 Savage Race will be heating up this March as we give out $5,000 in prize money to six top competitors.
The top male and female finishers in the competitive SavagePro heat will win cash prizes. First place overall will receive a whopping $1,500 and the Savage Axe of Fame. Second place overall will be awarded $750 and third place overall will take home $250.
2014 presented some of the biggest races we’ve had yet. I took close to 30,000 pictures and it gets more and more difficult to distill down my favorites into a concise collection. But, this year, I decided to focus less on intense action and more on unique moments to give a glimpse of what it feels like to run one of these races. I tried to capture the scale of these events and then down to the elemental and personal moments: the fear, the failure, the accomplishment, the teamwork, and the eventual celebration.
-Mac Stone, Official Savage Race Photographer
Each year, thousands of teams join together to participate in Savage Race events around the country. We’d like to share some of their stories with you in this series on the teams of Savage Race.
James Stangle and a group of friends ventured in to the world of obstacle course racing (OCR) at Savage Race Ohio in 2013. To their surprise, they placed first in the team competition and were instantly hooked on OCR. Then, just over a year and a half ago, James broke his femur in a dirt bike accident.
Each year, thousands of teams join together to participate in Savage Race events around the country. We’d like to share some of their stories with you in this new series on the teams of Savage Race.
Team Blacksheep, who recently participated in our inaugural TrainSavage event, is a group of athletes who participate in obstacle course races, road races, and weekly team cross-training workouts. Currently 22 members strong, Team Blacksheep was founded in Winter Haven, Florida, but also has members in Orlando, Auburndale, and Lakeland, and as far away as the states of Maine and Michigan.
(Look closely and you’ll see a SAVAGE tattoo on Dustin’s left calf. Read on for more photos.)
After losing more than 100 pounds and completing his second Savage Race, athlete Dustin Adkins decided to commemorate his inspiring journey to health by getting the Savage Race logo tattooed on his calf. “To me,” Dustin shares, “it is a symbol of both my decision to live a healthier lifestyle and the sport that made that possible for me.”
Dustin’s hard-fought journey to achieve health and fitness took over a year of dedicated effort and training. It started with a challenge from a friend to attend a smaller, less intense obstacle course race. Then he was invited to run a Savage Race. After that, he was hooked. Since the spring of 2013 Dustin has participated in three Maryland Savage Race events, with each experience better than the last.
June 7, 2014 marked the most important day so far in the lives of Casey and Jessica Kahsen, who said their “I Do’s” in front of their closest friends and family… and a huge crowd of Savage Racers waiting in the corral to start their race.
What did Jessica think of having her fairytale wedding at an event like this? “I absolutely loved it,” she said. “We joke with everyone that it was just a practice run, and we’re going to do it again next year.” Jessica expressed that part of her missed having a more traditional wedding complete with her dream dress, but at the end of the day, “It was just about marrying HIM. It was totally worth it.”