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February 4, 2019

Sawtooth Training Tips by Chris Marhefka (B3 Gym)

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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)

August 9, 2018

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

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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 10, 2018

WEATHER UPDATE CENTER

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We will update this page if there are any changes to the event plan. Please monitor this page as your official source of event weather information.

UPDATE Timestamp: Thursday, October 24th, 12:30 pm Eastern Time
Dallas, GA - Click here for current weather conditions and forecast.


Saturday

The current forecast for Saturday is calling for rain showers throughout the day. The event schedule has not changed and we do not foresee that any changes to the event schedule will be required. We will not cancel or change event plans due to rain only.
If thunderstorms/lightning comes too close, we will postpone the event, but will reopen as soon as we can safely do so. Generally, lightning postponement lasts until 30 minutes after the last lightning strike.
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. This page is the only place to receive official Savage Race weather updates.

Sunday
The current forecast for Sunday is rain showers. The event schedule has not changed and we do not foresee that any changes to the event schedule will be required. We will not cancel or delay the race for rain.

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 know that you are tough, but we don't want you to die in a lightning storm. Also, 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.

April 9, 2018

Savage Race x GORUCK Tough Challenge – Kennedyville, MD – May 5-6, 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 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.

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

Date and time
Saturday, May 5, 2018 9PM

Start Point
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.

REGISTER NOW AT GORUCK.COM

 

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.

April 4, 2018

Apology to Florida Savages

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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.

Click here to search for your photos using facial recognition and/or time of day search

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.

Respectfully,

Sam Abbitt
Savage Race

March 30, 2018

SavagePRO Georgia 2018 Podium Medals Update

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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.

Apology:

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.

 

Sincerely,

Sam Abbitt

Savage Race Co-founder & CEO

 

Contact:

If you have additional questions, hit us up at our contact center.

 

Other FAQ:

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.

November 10, 2017

How We’re Always Striving to Improve Savage Race Based on YOUR Feedback

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.

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