Profiles In Badassary: Kelly Cameron June 02 2016, 0 Comments

 

MudGear Profiles in Badassary is an article and interview series dedicated to documenting the incredible characters and stories that we come across in the world of OCR and outdoor adventure and endurance racing events. They range from everyday heroes to extreme athletes but all have unique and engaging stories to tell.

How Did You Get Into OCR Racing?

I retired from Roller Derby in 2012 and started coaching. I lost 40 pounds and got my personal trainer certification and I needed more.  Anyone who has spent more than 5 minutes with me knows I'm super competitive about everything and OCR seemed like a natural progression.

 

How do you describe what you do to people outside of the OCR community? (and why you do it)

I do it to see how far I can push myself. I think most people know just nod their head and think of course she is trying this.


What's been your most interesting or memorable moment in your OCR career so far?

That on my first race I was able to do a lot of the obstacles unassisted!


What's the best training or racing advice you've ever received?

Shoes matter.

 

What personal challenges has OCR has helped you overcome?

Fear!  Fear of everything...being too old or not strong enough or monkey bars.


What inspires you?

Me!  lol...No what I mean is there is such a shortage of women who are pushing 50 and have not given into the stereotype that you are a soccer mom or your body can't do extreme things anymore.  Or that you can't at this age have the best body of your life.  I want people to say, if she can do it then so can I.  I live by the quote...May the space between where I am and where I want to be inspire me.


Any race stats you'd like to share? Any goals for this year?

Before 2015 I hadn't run more than around the block and this year we have four races scheduled so far...I just want every year to push forward farther than the last....maybe I'll be on podiums before 55.


What's something about you that others might find surprising?

That I skated roller derby all over the country under the name of Lemon Drop for 8 years. I didn't start until I was 39. I have a few coaching videos...and 1 music video to my name.  When I traveled for roller derby I rarely got on the line without someone saying...I know you from your videos.  Seriously google Lemon Drop roller derby.


What are your thoughts on the current state and future of OCR?

I think its exploding!

 

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