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May 19, 2015

The Top 5 Spectator Spots at Savage Race

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Participating in Savage Race is an epic experience, but coming to cheer on your friends and family can be just as much fun. The Savage Race HQ team put together this top 5 list of spectator spots that you absolutely don’t want to miss. Read on for more…

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May 5, 2015

Catching Up With Savage Race by Keith Allen

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Keith Allen, self-proclaimed “OCR Addict” with plenty of experience in the obstacle course racing industry, recently published an article highlighting Savage Race on the Obstacle Racing Media website.

“Savage has come a long way from their first event in 2011. They have added large scale innovative obstacles, an upgraded website with top notch customer service, and most importantly more participants,” says Keith. You can read the rest of Keith’s article here:

Catching Up with Savage Race

“We appreciate the time Keith took to put together this article,” comments Sam Abbitt, CEO and Co-Founder of Savage Race. “He does a great job of showing the heart behind Savage Race, including our strong focus on producing a quality event and our excitement for the future of our company.”

Keith Allen is an Air Conditioning Salesman and an exhausted father of two. When not carrying his children around in Baby Bjorns he is often found cooking delicious homemade quesadillas to fuel his hunger from running OCR’s.

April 7, 2015

Savage Race Florida Results, Photos, Video, & More

Savage Race kicked off our 2015 obstacle course race season with a fantastic event on March 28th and 29th at the Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City, Florida.

Bo Burton, Savage Race’s Event Operations Manager, and his team worked tirelessly on site at the race location in the weeks leading up to the event.

He says, “Having the opportunity to work and host Savage Race at Little Everglades Ranch is great. Watching the sun rise every morning as we start our day is amazing. Where else can you work alongside baby alligators, recently hatched sandhill cranes, and Moo, the farm dog who’s always looking for a free ride across the ranch?”

The Florida event location is certainly stunning, with a great combination of lush Florida landscape and… well… the world’s best obstacles!

Keep reading for race results, free photos, the official race video, and more.

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April 1, 2015

Savage Race: Profile of a Company Doing it Right by Margaret Schlachter

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Holly Joy Berkey, Muddy Mommy (left) with Margaret Schlachter (right)

Margaret Schlachter, prominent blogger and competitor in the obstacle course racing community, came out to last weekend’s Florida Spring 2015 Savage Race to get to know us and experience Savage Race firsthand.

You can read Margaret’s recap here:

Savage Race: Profile of a Company Doing it Right

“Getting to know Margaret was a great privilege,” says Sam Abbitt, CEO and Co-Founder of Savage Race, “and we’re so glad she came out for a visit. Her experience and expertise in the OCR community is far-reaching, and we value her perspective on our event. We hope to see her again very soon!”

Margaret is Editor-in-Chief of Mud Run Guide. She has been part of the OCR Community since 2010. When not working on the next article she can be found running from race-to-race as a competitor or working on the next episode of Obstacle and Adventure Weekly. She founded, an OCR community for women as well as contributing editor for Mud and Obstacle Magazine, and Obstacle and Extreme Racing Expert for She authored the book Obstacle Race Training.

March 10, 2015

The Top 3 Skills You Need to Dominate Your Next Mud Run

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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.

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February 10, 2015

First Free TrainSavage Event a Big Hit in Central Florida

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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 trainsavagerunningthe 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.”

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January 13, 2015

Behind the Scenes at Savage Race: Meet Mac Stone

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The Savage Race team is an extremely talented and passionate group of individuals who love coming together to produce the most exciting day of YOUR life! In this series, we want to bring you behind the scenes and give you an opportunity to learn a little bit more about each of us. What better way to start than to introduce you to the man behind the camera lens, Mac Stone. Read on to learn what it takes to catch Mac’s attention and ensure that he captures your most epic moment (or biggest wipeout) on the course!

-Sam Abbitt, CEO and Co-Founder of Savage Race


Since the humble beginnings of Savage Race, Mac Stone was enlisted to capture the essence of what it means to experience one of the country’s top obstacle course races. His images have embodied the excitement, teamwork, and endurance at every event since the inception of Savage Race, but there’s a lot more to Mac than most participants know.

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April 4, 2014

Muddy Mommy Review: Savage Race Florida Spring 2014

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by Holly Joy Berkey, Muddy Mommy

Savage Race took central Florida by storm, quite literally, the weekend of March 29th and 30th as it returned to the site of its humble beginnings, the breathtakingly beautiful Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City. The stage had been set as thousands of eager participants arrived to embark on a treacherous 7.1 mile journey through mud and swamps, and across miles of rutted fields, to take on some of the most difficult and unique obstacles to be had in the sport of obstacle racing.

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