More than Mud - Francois-Michel Guitard March 30 2017
More than Mud 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?
Looking up some YouTube videos about OCR and I wanted to do something crazy to lose weight. I wanted to be as exceptional as these athletes in those videos. I wanted to find myself... I can say it's mission accomplished! Now everyone/everything in my life is around OCR!
What Are Some Challenges OCR Has Helped You Overcome?
After a breakup with my ex, I was falling into depression. I was overweight and saw some of those videos about Spartan races that seemed impossible to me. But I wanted to try, to prove myself that I was capable of accomplishing something by myself... I signed up for a Super (in 2013) and began a weight loss journey. The race really beat the crap out of me but... I was hooked. Every obstacle I was getting over in that race was like overcoming an obstacle in my life. It really helped put me back on track. I made a 180 degree change in my life and became a personal trainer.
What Does The OCR Community Mean To You?
OCR community is the best in the world. It's all about support and helping each other. I''ll never forget my first race when people helped me. Now it's my turn to give back because I know the impact that I can have on someone's journey!
What’s Your Most Memorable Moment In OCR?
My greatest moment was in Ottawa in 2015 when I completed my first Ultra Beast and my girlfriend was at the finish line to give me that medal. You go through so much in those long distance races. It was very significant for me because I met my girlfriend in a Spartan Race over 2 years ago. Since than, we are traveling a lot for races because both of us are hooked and in love with the sport and camaraderie! We now have OCR friends all around the globe... very useful when you travel to a race haha ;)
Any Goals Or Race Stats To Share?
2x Ultra Beast finisher
1x Navy Seal Challenge Finisher
Over 50 OCR across North America
Best OCR result : 41st Elite Division Ottawa Sprint
OCRWC 2016 finisher with Band (104th age group)
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