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January 30, 2019

New Savage Bling for 2019!

Post by Sam Abbitt

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
Savage Race HQ

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

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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January 17, 2017

Interview: Savage Race CEO Sam Abbitt Discusses OCR, New Obstacles, and the Future of the Sport

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


February 16, 2016

Savage Race Presents “Inside the Obstacle: Sawtooth”

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Matty T the Race Emcee is back again with an insider look at our all-upper-body obstacle, Sawtooth. Check it out…

Inside the Obstacle: Sawtooth

Sawtooth is one of Savage Race's most unique obstacles. Find out why only 40% can complete it.

Posted by Savage Race on Tuesday, February 16, 2016
January 26, 2016

Savage Race Presents “Inside the Obstacle: Colossus”

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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…

Inside the Obstacle: Colossus

Go behind the scenes with OCR's biggest obstacle...

Posted by Savage Race on Monday, January 25, 2016
January 13, 2016

Savage Race Presents “Inside the Obstacle: Wheel World”

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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…

Inside the Obstacle: Wheel World

Check out the first part of our newest video series Inside the Obstacle with Matty T

Posted by Savage Race on Tuesday, January 12, 2016
October 8, 2015

What Did You Get Yourself Into? Savage Race Recaps Tell All

Whether you’re brand new to obstacle course racing or you’ve been training and racing for awhile, you probably get just a wee bit nervous when you think about your upcoming race.

Are we right?

C’mon, admit it. Maybe it’s the giant 15 foot leap into Davy Jones’ Locker that gets your heart pumping. Or maybe our new obstacle Wheel World makes you nervous. You may have even heard how challenging Teeter Tuber can be when conditions are extra wet and muddy.

If you’ve never done a Savage Race before, you probably want to know what you’ve just gotten yourself into.

Check out these recent race recaps that will give you a good taste of what Savage Race is all about, and we’ll see YOU in the mud!

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September 3, 2015

Savage Race Named 2015 Florida Company to Watch

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Orlando, September 3, 2015 — Savage Race has been named one of the top 50 Florida companies expected to continue to see significant growth over the next several years. Savage Race was selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to Watch, a statewide program managed by economic development group GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation.

“We’re honored to be named a Company to Watch in Florida,” said Lloyd Parker, COO of Savage Race. “With strong ties to the central Florida area and our largest Savage Race taking place twice a year in Pasco County, it’s great to be recognized here. We continue to innovate and bring the world’s best obstacles to new parts of the country, but Florida will always be home and our participants and spectators here definitely represent what the Savage spirit is all about.”


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August 12, 2015

Savage Race Ranked 266th Fastest-Growing Private Company in America by Inc. Magazine

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ORLANDO, August 12, 2015 — Inc. magazine today ranked Savage Race NO. 266 with a 3-year growth rate of 1,709% on its 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Savage Race was also ranked the 7th fastest-growing company in the Orlando metro area. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs.

“We’re honored to be recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in America,” says Sam Abbitt, CEO and Co-Founder of Savage Race. “From the very beginning, we’ve focused our efforts on sustainable growth and providing the best possible experience to our race participants. Our goal has always been to produce the world’s best obstacles, and we’re continuing to do that. The team behind me at Savage Race, including friends and family who have volunteered many hours to support our business, has been an invaluable part of the company and Savage Race wouldn’t be where it is today without them. We’re going to continue to grow, innovate, and offer an experience that you just won’t get anywhere else. We’re excited about the future of Savage Race.”

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August 7, 2015

Savage Race Supports Downtown CREDO’s Get Fit Weeks with Orlando Boys & Girls Clubs

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It was a hot summer day in the Parramore neighborhood of Orlando when a group of about 30 school-age kids gathered in a grassy field outside of the John H. Jackson Community Center. They were excitedly waiting for the opportunity to race one another through the mini obstacle course set up on the field.


At the blow of the whistle, two boys tore away from the starting line and then leapt over and crawled under a series of wooden barricades. Then they climbed up and over a stack of hay bales, navigated their way across an agility ladder, carried a large log across the field together, and then dove into a mud pit set up on a bright blue tarp. Finally, they raced back to the starting point and took turns climbing a slippery rope. Their trainer called “time” and then sent another team through the course.

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