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February 5, 2019

Savage Race x GORUCK Tough Challenge – Charlotte, NC – May 18, 2019

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GORUCK is teaming up with Savage Race for a special GORUCK Tough Challenge on the grounds of the Savage Race Charlotte. 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.

10-12 Hours
15-20 Miles
Savage Race Obstacles
Note: Parking after 5pm is free for this event

Date and time
Saturday, May 18, 2019 12:01AM (Between Friday night and Saturday morning)

Start Point
Savage Race Charlotte
3900 Rocky River Rd. Charlotte, NC 28215

What To Bring
Ruck gear is required. Visit GORUCK’s event page for more information.

How to Register
Register at GORUCK’s event page.

REGISTER NOW AT GORUCK.COM

If you are looking for the Savage Race Charlotte page, and reached this page in error, click here to visit the webpage for that event.

Savage Race President Sam Abbitt, still smiling 8 hours into GORUCK Georgia 2018

We did some of the obstacles with our rucks on.

For some of the obstacles, the Cadre let us take our rucks off.

All Savage Race GORUCK events are led by a special forces Cadre. In this photo, Cadre JC Jordan shows off his ruck and the patch that we all earned upon completion of the event. (5 people out of 28 did not complete the event and did not earn the patch)

The class doing lunges up a hill

Slippery Incline Wall, with rucks

Block Party

The Cadre gave us a few minutes to rest underneath a sprinkler head.

Doing bear crawls, nine hours into the event.

We completed the obstacles as a team.

The entire team made it up Colossus! We were allowed to keep our rucks off for this one.

Finish line!

Savage Race GORUCK Tough Class 004 – Georgia Fall 2018

Savage Race x GORUCK Tough Challenge – Kennedyville, MD – May 4, 2019

Post by Alex Brown
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GORUCK is teaming up with Savage Race for a special GORUCK Tough Challenge on the grounds of the Savage Race Maryland Spring. 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.

10-12 Hours
15-20 Miles
Savage Race Obstacles
Note: Parking after 5pm is free for this event

Date and time
Saturday, May 4, 2019 12:01AM (Between Friday night and Saturday morning)

Start Point
Savage Race Maryland Spring
13003 Turners Creek Rd. Kennedyville, MD 21645

What To Bring
Ruck gear is required. Visit GORUCK’s event page for more information.

How to Register
Register at GORUCK’s event page.

REGISTER NOW AT GORUCK.COM

If you are looking for the Savage Race Maryland Spring page, and reached this page in error, click here to visit the webpage for that event.

Savage Race President Sam Abbitt, still smiling 8 hours into GORUCK Georgia 2018

We did some of the obstacles with our rucks on.

For some of the obstacles, the Cadre let us take our rucks off.

All Savage Race GORUCK events are led by a special forces Cadre. In this photo, Cadre JC Jordan shows off his ruck and the patch that we all earned upon completion of the event. (5 people out of 28 did not complete the event and did not earn the patch)

The class doing lunges up a hill

Slippery Incline Wall, with rucks

Block Party

The Cadre gave us a few minutes to rest underneath a sprinkler head.

Doing bear crawls, nine hours into the event.

We completed the obstacles as a team.

The entire team made it up Colossus! We were allowed to keep our rucks off for this one.

Finish line!

Savage Race GORUCK Tough Class 004 – Georgia Fall 2018

Savage Race x GORUCK Tough Challenge – Dallas, GA – March 30, 2019

Post by Alex Brown
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GORUCK is teaming up with Savage Race for a special GORUCK Tough Challenge on the grounds of the Savage Race Georgia Spring. 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.

10-12 Hours
15-20 Miles
Savage Race Obstacles
Note: Parking after 5pm is free for this event

Date and time
Saturday, March 30, 2019 12:01AM (Between Friday night and Saturday morning)

Start Point
Savage Race Georgia Spring
2462 Harmony Grove Church Rd. Dallas, GA 30132

What To Bring
Ruck gear is required. Visit GORUCK’s event page for more information.

How to Register
Register at GORUCK’s event page.

REGISTER NOW AT GORUCK.COM

If you are looking for the Savage Race Georgia Spring page, and reached this page in error, click here to visit the webpage for that event.

Savage Race President Sam Abbitt, still smiling 8 hours into GORUCK Georgia 2018

We did some of the obstacles with our rucks on.

For some of the obstacles, the Cadre let us take our rucks off.

All Savage Race GORUCK events are led by a special forces Cadre. In this photo, Cadre JC Jordan shows off his ruck and the patch that we all earned upon completion of the event. (5 people out of 28 did not complete the event and did not earn the patch)

The class doing lunges up a hill

Slippery Incline Wall, with rucks

Block Party

The Cadre gave us a few minutes to rest underneath a sprinkler head.

Doing bear crawls, nine hours into the event.

We completed the obstacles as a team.

The entire team made it up Colossus! We were allowed to keep our rucks off for this one.

Finish line!

Savage Race GORUCK Tough Class 004 – Georgia Fall 2018

February 4, 2019

Sawtooth Training Tips by Chris Marhefka (B3 Gym)

Post by Sam Abbitt
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Last week I dropped into B3 Gym in Gainesville, Florida to meet with owner and head trainer Chris Marhefka to get some training tips for completing my personal arch-nemesis obstacle, Sawtooth.

In the video, Chris shows me how I can use pull ups, dead hangs, one handed hangs, fat grip progressions, and other training techniques to conquer Sawtooth and other upper body strength oriented obstacles.

Oh! And I should mention that I hit a dead hang PR in this video (1:21). Haha!

Chris Marhefka is the founder of B3 Gym in Gainesville, FL and co-founder of Eat the 80, a healthy meal delivery service in Florida. He has worked with more than 2,000 clients and has 10+ years experience as a personal trainer, CrossFit instructor, and nutrition and lifestyle coach. He holds a Certified Personal Trainer certification from the American College of Sports Medicine and is a CrossFit L1 and L2 certificate holder.

I Will Conquer Sawtooth in 2019.

One of my deepest secrets is that I can’t complete Sawtooth. That’s right, the founder of Savage Race can’t complete one of his own trademark obstacles. I’ve had eight years to do it, and every time I try, I end up falling in the drink.

A few months ago, I decided that 2019 would be the year that this would change. I know that conquering Sawtooth will require hard work and dedication. The two biggest factors keeping me from successfully completing Sawtooth are 1) I am overweight, and 2) my upper body is not strong enough. Both of these issues will need to be addressed to enable me to accomplish my goal of defeating Sawtooth.

Being overweight makes obstacle course racing a lot harder. The way I think about it is that for every extra 10 pounds of fat on my body, I might as well be wearing a weighted backpack filled with 10 pound plates. To address this issue, I’ve been eating clean for the past few months. I follow a Paleo-ish diet, and I’ve experimented with intermittent fasting and ketosis too. I’ve found that if I limit my carbs to 50-100 grams per day, I can steadily lose weight, and it really doesn’t require a lot of effort or will power. Another tactic that works well for me is to challenge my friends to weight loss and fitness challenges. Savage Co-founder Lloyd Parker and I both lost about 30 pounds in three months participating in one of these challenges. So I’m down 30 pounds, and have about 15 to go. I think I’m on track in the weight loss department.

To address the strength issue, I’ve been hitting the gym to get stronger. I have a great garage gym at my house that makes it easy for me to get the work in. Even more important, is good programming, so I hired a remote coach, Sean McGovern to create an individualized training plan for me and to hold me accountable. Following Sean’s plan, which is specifically tailored to help me reach my goals, I’ve been breaking PRs in the gym that I haven’t come close to in eight years. So I think that I’m on track in the strength department, too. If you think that having a remote coach could be a good fit for you, I highly recommend you contact Sean.

January 30, 2019

New Savage Bling for 2019!

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Ahhh yeah… A new year = a new set of medals. In this video, I show off all the new goods.

My favorite is the HUGE new Savage Syndicate medal, featuring spinning action and a lovely mirror finish. As usual, you will get a lap pin for every paid lap you ran to earn your Syndicate honors. This year we made separate Savage Race and Savage Blitz pins, to distinguish which type of laps you ran. These pins are larger and nicer than any we’ve had in the past, and will replace the state pins that we have given out in the past. To learn how to earn the Savage Syndicate medal, follow this link.

For those of you SavagePRO and BlitzPRO athletes out there, you gotta check out the new PRO award medals. These are what you will earn if you win age group or top team honors. Instead of the standard round medal design we’ve given out in prior years, the latest PRO award medals are Savage Axe replicas, complete with a custom SavagePRO/BlitzPRO lanyard.

Of course, we also have some great new medals for the standard Savage Race and Savage Blitz finishers!

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m completely fired up for the 2019 season. I’ve been training hard to have my best year of health and performance, so you can bet that I’ll be earning my medals this year right along with you.

Much Savage love,

Sam Abbitt
President
Savage Race HQ


SavagePRO and BlitzPRO award axes, Savage Syndicate medal and pins, Savage Race finisher medal, Savage Blitz finisher medal (left to right)

January 21, 2019

Savage Race x GORUCK Tough Challenge – Dade City, FL – March 16, 2019

Post by Alex Brown
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GORUCK is teaming up with Savage Race for a special GORUCK Tough Challenge on the grounds of the Savage Race Florida Spring. 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.

10-12 Hours
15-20 Miles
Savage Race Obstacles
Note: Parking after 5pm is free for this event

Date and time
Saturday, March 16, 2019 12:01AM (Between Friday night and Saturday morning)

Start Point
Savage Race Florida Spring
17951 Hamilton Rd, Dade City, FL 33523

What To Bring
Ruck gear is required. Visit GORUCK’s event page for more information.

How to Register
Register at GORUCK’s event page.

REGISTER NOW AT GORUCK.COM

If you are looking for the Savage Race Florida Spring page, and reached this page in error, click here to visit the webpage for that event.

Savage Race President Sam Abbitt, still smiling 8 hours into GORUCK Georgia 2018

We did some of the obstacles with our rucks on.

For some of the obstacles, the Cadre let us take our rucks off.

All Savage Race GORUCK events are led by a special forces Cadre. In this photo, Cadre JC Jordan shows off his ruck and the patch that we all earned upon completion of the event. (5 people out of 28 did not complete the event and did not earn the patch)

The class doing lunges up a hill

Slippery Incline Wall, with rucks

Block Party

The Cadre gave us a few minutes to rest underneath a sprinkler head.

Doing bear crawls, nine hours into the event.

We completed the obstacles as a team.

The entire team made it up Colossus! We were allowed to keep our rucks off for this one.

Finish line!

Savage Race GORUCK Tough Class 004 – Georgia Fall 2018

August 9, 2018

Savage Race x GORUCK Tough Challenge – Dade City, FL – November 10, 2018

Post by Alex Brown
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GORUCK is teaming up with Savage Race for a special GORUCK Tough Challenge on the grounds of the Savage Race Florida Fall. 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.

10-12 Hours
15-20 Miles
Savage Race Obstacles
Note: Parking after 5pm is free for this event

Date and time
Saturday, November 10, 2018 12:01AM (Between Friday night and Saturday morning)

Start Point
Savage Race Florida Fall
17951 Hamilton Rd, Dade City, FL 33523

What To Bring
Ruck gear is required. Visit GORUCK’s event page for more information.

How to Register
Register at GORUCK’s event page.

REGISTER NOW AT GORUCK.COM

 

If you are looking for the Savage Race Florida Fall page, and reached this page in error, click here to visit the webpage for that event.

Savage Race x GORUCK Tough Challenge – Dallas, GA – October 6, 2018

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GORUCK is teaming up with Savage Race for a special GORUCK Tough Challenge on the grounds of the Savage Race Georgia Fall. 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.

10-12 Hours
15-20 Miles
Savage Race Obstacles
Note: Parking after 5pm is free for this event

Date and time
Saturday, October 6, 2018 12:01AM (Between Friday night and Saturday morning)

Start Point
Savage Race Georgia Fall
2462 Harmony Grove Church Rd, Dallas, GA 30132

What To Bring
Ruck gear is required. Visit GORUCK’s event page for more information.

How to Register
Register at GORUCK’s event page.

REGISTER NOW AT GORUCK.COM

 

If you are looking for the Savage Race Georgia Fall page, and reached this page in error, click here to visit the webpage for that event.

Savage Race x GORUCK Tough Challenge – Grandview, TX – September 22, 2018

Post by Alex Brown
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GORUCK is teaming up with Savage Race for a special GORUCK Tough Challenge on the grounds of the Savage Race Dallas. 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.

10-12 Hours
15-20 Miles
Savage Race Obstacles
Note: Parking after 5pm is free for this event

Date and time
Saturday, September 22, 2018 12:01AM (Between Friday night and Saturday morning)

Start Point
Savage Race Dallas
10736 County Road 102 Grandview, TX

What To Bring
Ruck gear is required. Visit GORUCK’s event page for more information.

How to Register
Register at GORUCK’s event page.

REGISTER NOW AT GORUCK.COM

 

If you are looking for the Savage Race Dallas or Savage Blitz Dallas page, and reached this page in error, click here to visit the webpage for those events.

May 3, 2018

WEATHER UPDATE CENTER

Post by Sam Abbitt
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UPDATE: Saturday, 9/22/18, 5:00 PM Central Time
Grandview, TX - Click here for current weather conditions and forecast.

SATURDAY STATUS - All Saturday race heats are cancelled due to destruction from flash flooding.

SUNDAY STATUS - Event is not cancelled. Saturday runners, join us!

5:00PM UPDATE:

10AM UPDATE:

5:30AM UPDATE

The flood waters have receded quite a bit over the last few hours. We are working hard to salvage our festival area and rebuild our course in time to open up for an improvised Savage Race / Savage Blitz on Sunday. Please watch the 10am video for latest update.

Summary and FAQ:

  • We are redesigning and remarking the course today.
  • The course will be a blend of Savage Race and Savage Blitz. More than likely, the course will be approximately 5 miles, with an optional turn off point for folks who want to run a shorter distance. The course construction is still underway, so this is not finalized.
  • Heats are 9am (pro only), then every 20 minutes from 9:20 until 11:40. Waves will be capped, but we will get everyone through the course.
  • This isn't exactly a Savage Race, and it isn't exactly a Savage Blitz. It's an improvised, new kind of thing.
  • This will be one hell of a muddy course tomorrow.
  • For the folks who registered for Saturday who cannot attend the make-up race on Sunday, we will transfer you to any other event of your choosing at no charge.
  • The will be a 9am pro wave. The distance is undetermined, but it will happen, and there will be cash prizes and podium awards.
  • There will be one SavageJR race at 11:00am.
  • We will have many of our premium Savage Race obstacles in Sunday's race. (e.g. Colossus)
  • An incredible number of you have asked if you can come volunteer to help us get the course reset. You are truly an amazing community. At this time we do not need anymore volunteers on Saturday. We could use volunteer help tomorrow. If you are interested in volunteering Sunday, please email [email protected]
  • We cannot provide refunds for events forced to cancel due to flooding. Your registration fee was spent on the production costs for this event. We will transfer you to any event of your choosing, or you can run tomorrow (Sunday).

 

 

6am Message to Savages
Savages, it is with great disappointment that I must announce that our Grandview, Texas event has been cancelled for Saturday. Due to the enormous volume of rain in the area, the stream that runs through the property has swelled so high that our entire festival area is now under two feet or higher of moving river water. Our main parking lot is also covered by the river. We apologize for the unfortunate circumstances but the safety of our participants, crew, volunteers, and medical personnel come first. Please do not come to the venue for your safety.

We have not officially cancelled Sunday, but as of the time of this post (6:30am, Saturday) it seems likely that Sunday will be cancelled as well. We will add new updates as information unfolds.

 

-Sam Abbitt
SRHQ

Foul Weather FAQ

Will you suspend or cancel Savage Race due to rain, lightning, or thunder?
We will not suspend or delay Savage Race for rain only. If it's raining, we are running. If it's lightning or thunder, we are waiting until the storm clears the area for 30 minutes before opening/reopening.

What should I do if I'm on the course and lightning or thunder strikes?
Please head immediately to the safety of your car, and check this page for updates. We will make every effort to re-open the course back up after the lightning clears.

If the race is stopped, will I be able to run after the weather clears?
Our number one priority is your safety. Our number two priority is to make sure that everyone gets to run and has a good time. We will make every effort to allow you to run after the weather clears, on the day you registered. In the event of a foul weather postponement, status updates will be posted to this page.

What if I can't wait around for the weather to clear?
If the weather forces us into a prolonged holding pattern, and you cannot wait onsite until the weather clears, we will offer free transfers to any future event. All you will have to do is write in to us during the week after your planned event. We will not offer refunds of any kind due to weather related cancellations or postponements.

But I signed a death waiver... I thought this was Savage Race?
We understand that you signed a waiver, and that some of you are so tough that you don't care if you die in a lightning storm. However, this isn't only about you. We have an obligation to the safety of our volunteers and staff, and we cannot clear them to safety until you are off the course. Believe us - we absolutely hate stopping or postponing events more than you do.

UPDATE: Saturday, 5/19/18, 8:00 AM
Charlotte, NC - Click here for current weather conditions and forecast.

To all participants,

Due to afternoon storms in the forecast, please arrive as early as you can today. We have room in earlier waves due to last minute cancellations. If you can’t get here earlier, that’s ok too. We plan to keep all waves running as scheduled, weather permitting.

UPDATE: Tueday, 5/15/18, 2:43 pm
Charlotte, NC - Click here for current weather conditions and forecast.

CURRENT STATUS – Savage Race and Savage Blitz Charlotte events are scheduled to occur as planned. No changes to the race schedule have been made.

We are tracking the weather for this weekend’s event closely. The current weather forecast indicates showers for most of the weekend with the potential for lightning. We will not cancel or change event plans due to rain only. We will continue to monitor lightning risk as the event approaches and during the event. If we suspect that the threat of lightning is imminent, or if lightning does strike in the vicinity of the race course, we will temporarily suspend the event until the lightning risk has left the area. If this does occur on race day, please seek shelter in your vehicle and follow this page for updates.

As of now, no changes to the race schedule have been made. Please check this page regularly for updates.

-Sam Abbitt
SRHQ