Mile 28: 2016 OCR Outlook

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2016 is going to be an exciting year for The Running Dead and for me as an individual. This year race season starts earlier than ever before. The first race we’ll be at is the Spartan Beast on April 30th in Vernon, NJ. We couldn’t have picked a harder race to start the season. The Spartan Beast is 12+ plus and 30+ obstacles! Did I mention the location is the highest mountain in New Jersey?! We are in for a grueling experience, but once we cross the finish line (don’t worry we will!) we’ll be one step closer to our first Spartan Trifecta. That’s our biggest team goal this year!

Individually my goal is to race for 35 medals this year. Unfortunately, they won’t all be OCR medals. I’ll also be participating in a lot of virtual runs for training purposes in between events. A virtual run is a race you can complete whenever and wherever you want. This is relatively new to the running world and myself, but I think it’s a lot of fun. Currently I’m running virtual races for US Road Racing and the Hogwarts Running Club. Both groups offer unique medals and a portion of their registration fees are donated to charity. In a way I’m running for charity I guess. Over the course of my short running/OCR career I’ve become a collector of medals. Completing all these races gives me a chance to increase my collection and display. If all goes well I’ll be at 50 medals by the end of the year!   

Going back to OCR I’ll be attempting a total of 10 races this year! I’m really excited about this, but nervous at the same time. I’ll be attempting some races solo this year (Rugged Maniac, Terrain Race and Warrior Dash). I like running with the team, but this year another goal of mine is to try some races as an individual for a different challenge. Remember, each year you have to set different goals for yourself. I could also meet some new friends along the way too! Below is the official list of races for 2016. Let me know if you’ll be at any of them.

Spartan Beast: Saturday, April 30th in Vernon, NJ

Savage Race: Saturday, May 7th in Kennedyville, MD

Tough Mudder: Saturday, May 21st in Coatesville, PA

Rugged Maniac: Saturday, June 11th in Mohnton, PA

BattleFrog 8k: Saturday, June 18th in Stanhope, NJ

Spartan Super: Saturday, July 16th in Blue Mountain, PA

Terrain Race: Saturday, August 6th in Englishtown, NJ

Warrior Dash: Saturday, August 27th in Long Pond, PA

Spartan Sprint: Saturday, September 24th in Philadelphia, PA

The Zombie Fun Run: November 12th in Lancaster, PA

In the next mile I’ll give some helpful pointers on what to look for before registering for an event.

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