It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and mud is in the air at Savage Race. Check out these top 20 sweetest Savage photos of all time!
It’s been a great year, Savages! As we wrap up 2015 and head into 2016, our official Savage Race photographer Mac Stone has picked out his favorite photos of 2015. Did you make the best photos list this year?
His record is remarkable. Thirteen first place overall finishes. Two second place and one third place overall finish at Savage Race. Having placed in the top three overall in all 16 Savage Races he’s competed in, he’s the winningest Savage of all time.
His name is Yuri Force.
But it’s not his Savage Race record or his impressive athletic skills that stand out the most. It’s his character.
Yuri Force, supported by his wonderful wife Carly and his adorable 2-year-old Emory, has a heartfelt reason behind why he races.
Enjoy this Savage Story about Yuri’s background, athletic career, and family, brought to you by NuAquos Sports Drink.
60,000 pounds of ice. Full submersion. Colder than you can even imagine.
If you’ve been around obstacle course racing (or other intense training activities) for awhile, you’ve probably heard about ice baths and their place in speeding up recovery.
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.”
43 feet tall. Muddy. Slippery. Intense. Very intense.
When you approach, your first thought is, “whoa, that’s big!” and your second is, “how in the world am I going to do this?”
A crowd gathers around to watch as you take a deep breath and try and slow your racing heart. You scout out the lane that you think will work best for you. Which one is the least muddy? Which rope looks the longest? Are the knots in the right place? How many people are waiting at the top to help me up and over?
You take one more breath and sprint towards the massive obstacle. One foot slips, but you regain traction. You run forward and up, then go airborne as you lunge for the rope. The person next to you misses their rope and slides back down to the bottom, resting a moment in the mud before trying again. You cling on for dear life and try to get your footing.
A group of wet, muddy, tired athletes triumphantly entered the festival area after completing Savage Race Maryland.
Every staff member began cheering. A couple of us may have had tears in our eyes.
It didn’t matter that this group of brave athletes finished after many others had already picked up and gone home. The smiles on their faces said it all – they did it!
Ben, CJ, Daron, Devonte, Nasim, Shawn, and Taiye completed miles of rugged terrain and dozens of challenging obstacles… that they couldn’t even see.
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