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The Corn Fed Spartans is a group of like-minded individuals whose primary goal is to get people off the couch and into a healthy lifestyle through fun and challenging activities. We strive to lead by example and provide unwavering support and motivation to encourage both our members and the community at large to become a better version of themselves, be that in life or on the race course.

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WARRIOR DASH: THE ENTRY-LEVEL OCR FOR THE MASSES
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Battlefrog Tri State New Jersey
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MUD NINJA 2014
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How I Became a Spartan
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TAME THE TERRAIN: THE MONSTER OF SOUTHERN INDIANA

WARRIOR DASH: THE ENTRY-LEVEL OCR FOR THE MASSES

Warrior Dash is the premier entry-level OCR. As one of the big 3 racing groups, alongside Spartan Race and Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash has identified their target market and the service they offer.  When you sign up for Warrior Dash, you are signing up for a 3.1 to 3.5 miles distance trail race with up to 12 obstacles.  All obstacles are designed to provide a basic challenge to someone who has just been ripped of the couch and will be entering their first OCR.

Warrior Dash has been conducted in August or September in Crawfordsville, IN for the last 4 years.  Registration for 2015 is already open.  Prices for Warrior Dash are very reasonable.  Entry fees start at $40 the first week of registration and end at $90 on day of race.  Parking is $10.  For your entry fee, you are given the following free items:  medal, t-shirt, fuzzy helmet, and a beer.  You also get free pics and free bag check.  Registration and bag check are very smooth.  I’ve never saw an issue each year I’ve ran.  Something that makes Warrior Dash really worth the value is unlimited laps.  Warrior Dash is super flexible with heat times.  You can pretty much run whichever heat you like and as many as you like.  You receive a medal for each lap finished.   For return on investment, I give a rating of a 5.

The spectator area.  You will find your food and gear for sale, as well as a band playing.  Much to our disappointment, Warrior Dash has a pretty firm policy that they do not allow team tents.  Maybe they just haven’t figured out that the racing teams are the ones that bring in the most revenue.  Without allowing any team tents in the spectator area, I give this a 2.

As far as obstacles, expect relatively safe but also easy obstacles.  Warrior Dash posts on their website all obstacles that they may choose to use on each course.  Warrior Dash has added a new, capstone obstacle, Goliath, which is good.  It is a multi-level, several stage obstacle involving plank crossings, cargo net climbs, and a large slide into a pool of muddy water (be careful not to get this water up your nose or in your mouth).  Again, Warrior Dash is designed as an entry-level OCR.  For difficulty, I give the obstacles a 2.

The terrain of warrior dash is primarily conducted on trails in the woods.  There are a good amount of hills, so the terrain isn’t all flat.  With only 12 obstacles, sometimes Warrior Dash feels like a trail run with a few obstacles rather than a challenging OCR.  For the entry-level OCR racer, the terrain will be more challenging than a standard street 5K or trail race 5K.  I give the overall course a 3.

To summarize, Warrior Dash has defined their target market and they do a good job designing a course for that market.  For all of us who do many OCRs each year, to include more challenging courses, such as Dirt Runner, Tough Mudder, or Spartan Race, Warrior Dash still can fit into our schedules.  For new OCR racers, Warrior Dash is a great starting point.  Given the price ranging from $40 to $90 not counting any discount codes, Warrior Dash is an excellent race to consider for the race calendar.

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Battlefrog Tri State New Jersey

The NJ venue was the well known Englishtown Raceway Park – home of the past three Worlds Toughest Mudders. This meant it was super easy to find on the GPS and there tons of local signage to find your way to the parking lot once you got there. They had plenty of parking ($10 per car) that was a short walk to the main entrance of the festival.

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The race started out with a short run on pavement to the over-under-through section. From there the course went to a dirt bike track. Since it was raining at the time, the track was a muddy sloppy mess and it was very difficult to keep your footing. After running around the track for a bit we came to the jerry can carry. The cans were filled with water and weighed 40-50 pounds each. We had to carry the cans around more of the track including up some very slick, muddy hills. These small hills caused trouble for many racers, especially those without good footwear. Upon completing the jerry can loop we had to climb a very large A-frame ladder wall where the rungs were quite far apart. The obstacle was made harder by the fact that it was covered in rain and mud.

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MUD NINJA 2014

     Mud Ninja is a “must run” obstacle course in the sleepy area of South Salem, OH. Located west of the city of Chillicothe, OH, the town of South Salem offers great terrain and a very nice landscape for Mud Ninja. Don’t expect to run through a stream during Mud Ninja, but rather expect to consistently trek up & down hills on a very narrow path. When rating this course, 1 will be the lowest rating for a category and 5 will be the highest.

     Mud Ninja is conducted one weekend each year at the end of July. It’s 5K and consists of approximately 25 obstacles. Upon arriving at Mud Ninja, you can expect good organization with parking followed by a smooth check-in at the different registration booths. One unique aspect about Mud Ninja is the registration process. When you register, you can either choose to be timed or untimed. Upon arrival at the registration check-in tents, there are separate tents for timed and non-timed runners. If you’re a non-timed runner, you very quickly move through the registration process. This kept both tents moving quickly. I’d rate the registration a 4 for efficiency.

     Mud Ninja has several unique obstacles. To keep with the “Ninja” theme, you will go over 2 slack line obstacles. Unless you’ve got good balance or have been practicing, you may end up wet. For anyone who does not like traditional monkey bars, Mud Ninja introduces you to Gorilla Bars. Instead of swinging bar-to-bar, plan on traversing a pit using 2 horizontal bars. And for the signature obstacle, Mud Ninja brings to you the obstacle they’ve named “American Ninja Warrior”. This obstacle was inspired by the Jump Hang from the American Ninja Warrior TV show. For this obstacle, get a running start, jump off a spring board across a ditch and onto a very short cargo net. This cargo net is intentionally short, forcing you to rely solely on upper-body strength to muscle up to the top of the platform. Just like in the American Ninja Warrior TV show, keeping your arms locked in at 90 degrees as you climbed the cargo net preserved upper-body strength. Climb to the top of the platform, feel like a champ for a minute, then down the other side to continue the race. These race-unique obstacles get an overall rating of 5 for both difficulty and uniqueness in an OCR.

     In addition the race-unique obstacles, expect to see many of your favorite obstacles, such as the Troylean Traverse, balance beam logs, ditches and hills, etc. For the terrain, one word: HILLS. The hills in Mud Ninja were definitely challenging. You spend a good amount of time going down or climbing up hills at decent grades. Upon completing the race, each finisher, whether timed or untimed, received a finisher’s medal consisting of a throwing star on a ribbon. For all timed runners, there were many different categories to win in, between top 3 overall and top per age group. Many of the top winners were awarded a ceremonial Samurai Sword. I give the overall course and race rewards a 4.

     To summarize, Mud Ninja presented a good combination of unique obstacles along with more familiar ones with their own twist. For an overall rating of an OCR, Mud Ninja deserves a 4. Mud Ninja does not rise to the difficulty of Spartan Race or Tough Mudder, but is an excellent and very challenging OCR. Given the consistent hilly terrain and price ranging from $27 to $69 not counting any discount codes, Mud Ninja is an excellent race to consider for the race calendar.

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How I Became a Spartan

It was winter of 2012. December I think. I had checked in at my gym at anytime fitness for the 500th time. I had lost a bunch of weight, and was feeling pretty darn good about myself. To say I had become a little over-confident wouldn’t be overstating at all.

Well, a good buddy of mine, Teddy Kuschner, had decided to inbox me and tell me how proud he was of me for all my progress and that I looked great! He then told me I should join his team and do a spartan race with him. Me being over-confident, I agreed without doing any research.

 I said,”Hell yeah, I am in”.
I said,”Hell yeah, I am in”. Well I then started doing a little research and thought to myself, what in the world have I gotten myself into?

See, I have always been athletic, and competitive. But I have never raced anything in my life. I have always been a power guy. Lifting heavy stuff. Hitting a ball really far. Stuff that required very little stamina. I guess a meat head at heart.

Well it was time for me to make a bigger change. It’s time to start running. I joined the team, and from the start it was the most incredible experience I had ever experienced. I started building my friends list of OCR racers because I wanted advice on everything!!!!

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TAME THE TERRAIN: THE MONSTER OF SOUTHERN INDIANA

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ucked away in North Vernon, IN is Muscatatuck Park (http://muscatatuckpark.com). Muscatatuck Park is almost perfectly centrally located between Indianapolis (1 hr 20 min south/southeast), Cincinnati (1 hr 30 min northwest), and Louisville (1 hr north). Known for it’s bouldering, rock climbing (yes, even in Indiana), mountain biking, and trails, the terrain at Muscatatuck Park is a perfect choice for an OCR. If camping or kayaking is your thing, Muscatatuck Park has this too. It’s an all-around treasure for outdoor activities.

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