The OCRWC Podcast

Looking for insights on training, that OCR pro life, or a sneak peek into the OCRWC course?

From the biggest names and most intriguing characters in Obstacle Course Racing, to the topics you’re asking about, host Fran Chiorando breaks down the sport we all love.

New episodes drop frequently, leading right up to championship weekend, October 4th-6th, 2024 in California.

Season 4 / Episode 3 – Rose Wetzel

Rose Wetzel has been on the OCR scene since the early days and has seen a lot of the changes that have happened in the sport, as well as going through many herself.

We talk about learning to hold your head up high, how your childhood can impact how you deal with the obstacles in life and out on the course, and how she’s found a passion in public speaking.

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Season 4 / Episode 2 – Veejay Jones

Veejay Jones has been on the scene long enough to know the ins and outs of the sport.

Well regarded as someone who when he showed up he would perform, Veejay took the decision to take some time off from OCR to recover from a bug. He came back with a bang at Spartan World Championships in Abu Dhabi and has big plans for 2024, that aren’t just limited to performing at races!

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Season 4 / Episode 1 – Kevin Gregory

Kevin is well known on the OCR scene as Bubbles the Clown, we’ve all heard the high pitch voice and seen the antics of the neon green bedecked rubber masked man… But there’s a lot more to him than just entertainment.

After an insanely impressive performance at Deka World Championships it was time to get him on and talk about his love for Hybrid racing, explore a little more about what it actually is, and why he is so good at what he does.

We also delve into mental health and the importance of caring for yourself and others, and how OCR has played a huge role in so many people’s MH.

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Season 3 / Episode 21 – Cali Schweikhart

If you’ve ever wondered what running World’s Toughest Mudder is like then this is the episode for you.

Cali suffered from hypothermia in 2022 and vowed to come back in 2023 better prepared. As one of only a handful of women to ever run 90 miles at WTM she certainly fulfilled that goal.

Join us in this fascinating chat about setting goals, how the type of goal you set impacts your mindset, and what it’s really like to run a 24 hour race competitively.

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Season 3 / Episode 20 – Joshua Fiore

Joshua Fiore has been a familiar name since before most of us got into OCR. We talk about his entry into the sport and his progression to becoming the first winner of the Spartan Ultra in 2017, to his recent stellar performance at WTM.

He talks us through the mindset of Ultra, the importance of fitness in your forties, and what his plans are for 2024.

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Season 3 / Episode 19 – Signy Karoline Kolstoe

Norwegian athlete Signy Karoline took on her first OCRWC in London in 2019. Since then she’s moved up the ranks from Age Group to Pro, this year competing in all four competitive races, taking the win in the 100m.

We chat about her journey into OCR, and where she plans to go in the future.

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Season 3 / Episode 18 – Ian Hosek

In this episode we catch up with 4 time OCRWC 2023 podium placer, Ian Hosek.

As an OCR coach, athlete, and head of USOCR Ian has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the sport. We talk the highs and lows of OCRWC 23, how it feels to compete alongside athletes he trains, and what it’s like running a national federation.

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Season 3 / Episode 17 – Ryan Kempson

Hot off the OCRWC podium in 2022, Kempson hit 2023 running with multiple wins in the Savage Pro series.

He joins us to talk about his year so far, the current landscape of OCR, and what he hopes to see for the future.

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Season 3 / Episode 16 – Team Stream, Martin & Sara Backstrom

Familiar faces on the European OCR scene, married athletes Sara and Martin Backstrom, better known as Team Stream, have steadily worked their way up the ranks.

From their first event where they came top 50th, to today where they both in August had multiple podiums and this weekend are competing at the Fiso World Champs.

We catch up with them to talk about competing and working as a married couple, and how they go to where they are today,

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Season 3 / Episode 15 – Anna Trimble, Cycle Syncing

In this episode we’re joined by Anna Trimble, a passionate advocate for women’s holistic health, who has a knack for the art of cycle syncing.

With a background in Kinesiology, Anna has combined her love of fitness and wellness to explore how harnessing the power of the menstrual cycle can optimize women’s fitness training.

What sets Anna apart is her practical understanding of how this method can be simply implemented for women of all training levels.

We discuss her method for cycle syncing to improve her health and wellness, and how she was influenced by “In the FLO: Unlock Your Hormonal Advantage and Revolutionize Your Life”

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Season 3 / Episode 14 – Jonas Drescher

Jonas has been completing in OCR for the last ten years, and he parts of his success down to how vibrant the scene in Denmark is. We talk about the local races and championships in Denmark, and what OCR in Europe looks like right now.

We also discuss his experience at the rent OCR European Championships, and what success in competition looks like to him.

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Season 3 / Episode 13 – Manuel Dufaux

In this episode we are joined by Swiss athlete Manuel Dufaux.

Having performed well at OCRWC in recent years; in 2022 coming 4th in the 15k, he decided to commit to the US Spartan 3k series after the European series was cancelled.

Despite changing distances, he’s had an impressive run and is currently sitting top of the US Elite standings.

He has big goals for OCRWC 23, and the way things are going, he’s in with a chance.

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Season 3 / Episode 12 – Ulrikke Evensen

Hot off her incredible multiple wins at the 2023 FISO European Championships, we caught up with Danish athlete Ulrikke Evensen.

She’s worked her way up through the years, often missing out at the last moment, but this weekend she proved she is worth her mettle and pulled several great performances out of the bag.

We chat about the event itself and how it differs from other championship races, her performance, her journey here, and everything in the world of OCR today.

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Season 3 / Episode 11 – Nicole Mericle

Seasoned OCR athlete Nicole Mericle took a long break from OCR after surgery on her ACL. The journey back has been long and not straightforward, but on her return to OCR she took the first event of the Spartan 3k series by storm by placing 1st.

We catch up with what she’s been up to since we last spoke, how her recovery has progressed, the experience of returning to competition, and what the Spartan 3k is all about.

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Season 3 / Episode 10 – Garfield Griffiths

With years of OCR experience under his belt, including already having been the Race Director for OCRWC in Ohio and Blue Mountain, Garfield, currently Senior Director of Special Events at Spartan has been brought on board to be the Race Director for the 2023 OCRWC event.

We talk about his history in OCR, where he learnt his biggest lessons, his love of the sport, and what to expect at Mammoth Lakes, California.

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Season 3 / Episode 9 – Alex Walker

Alex has been going from strength to strength and she’s already taking 2023 by storm.

We sit down to chat about her motivation behind becoming a competitive athlete and she got there. We also cover media coverage, body image, and what we can do to keep our bodies strong as we age.

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Season 3 / Episode 8 – Will Hicks

Like most of us who work in OCR media, Will’s journey began with a desire to share and learn more about the sport, and a frustration at lack of information out there. Starting with World’s Toughest Podcast, named for his favorite event, his dedication to media grew into the OCR Report.

With OCR ramping up post pandemic, The OCR Report is geared up alongside to bring as much coverage of what happens each weekend to you at home, from the new Spartan 3K series, to the Stage series, Deka, and beyond.

With a new initiative to support the sport, Will also shares exclusive details on you can be involved, earn discounts, and take part in something very exciting, designed to honour and recognise age group racers.

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Season 3 / Episode 7 – Joe De Sena & Adrian Bijanada

After the huge announcement of a partnership between Spartan Race and OCRWC, the rumor mill has been running wild. Fran sits down with Joe & Adrian to talk about why it happened, and what it really means for the sport and the event.

But most importantly, they discuss whether burpees will be making an appearance at OCRWC…and will they…?

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Season 3 / Episode 6 – Rylan Schadegg

After an impressive end of 2022 including performances at OCRWC, TWC, and Spartan WC, Rylan has kicked off 2023 at the top of the OCRWC rankings with strong hybrid events.

We catch up with him to talk about Gov Games, Hybrid racing, coaching, and most importantly his personal development and goals.

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