Team MudGear Blog
Q&A with Savage Race Co-Founder Lloyd Parker February 08 2017, 0 Comments
Savage Race was founded in 2011 with a course of 4-6 miles that has 25 world class obstacles. They pride themselves on not being your average mud race and guarantee that it will kick your ass. Savage Race lovingly calls their participants "Savages" as racers must prove their inner power and intensity to get through the course.
This year we've also joined Savage Race as the official sock sponsor that will help Savages get through the Colossus, Lumberjack Lane, and many other obstacles. We had a brief chat with Lloyd Parker, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Savage Race.
Q: What makes the Savage Race experience special?
Obstacles, Obstacles, Obstacles. The overall experience is like none other at Savage Race. We have some of the most challenging obstacles in the industry and some that are just pure fun. I think the variety of obstacles and the course length make our race the ideal experience for everyone.
Q: What kind of training do you think is most important for someone who has done a 10K but never an obstacle race?
Grip strength exercises. Most runners don't typically work on grip strength which is really important in obstacle course racing. I suggest kettlebell swings, pull-ups, and farmer's carries to name a few.
Q: Do you have a favorite Savage Race obstacle?
I would have to say my favorite obstacles is Colossus. Not only because of the sheer size, it's also two obstacles in one. First, you face a 16' high warped wall, but after you conquer that, you climb another ladder and are rewarded with a huge free fall on a water slide.
For the 2017 Savage Race schedule, find out more information here.
Q&A with The Battlegrounds Mud Run January 25 2017, 0 Comments
We're excited to announce that MudGear will be an Official Sponsor of The Battlegrounds Mud Run. The Battlegrounds is a fixed course facility near St. Louis that features over 30 fantastic obstacles and a venue worthy of a destination weekend. We asked Bob Holm, Race Director, what makes this race special, and why it should be on your list for 2017...
Q: What makes the Battlegrounds race experience special and different from other obstacle course races?
A: As a smaller – yet permanent – mud run OCR course that holds only two events each year, The Battlegrounds can really focus on creating an experience that is second to none for our runners and spectators. We offer a lot of benefits including nearby free parking, fast registration check-in, a free and easy gear check process, and a motivational start line announcer. Our overall experience involves good, muddy fun at a challenging course that provides reliable timing, a cool finisher medal, runner t-shirts, a free heated post-race shower plus changing rooms to clean up in after the race.
The Battlegrounds is definitely different from your typical race venue. One of our best perks: Our wonderful winery and event venue that is just 500 yards from our course where runners can relax with their friends after the race. Another perk: Our course is designed to be extremely spectator friendly. The Battlegrounds is laid out where runners wind in and out of the main festival area so all can see them eight different times trying to conquer some of our biggest and most challenging obstacles.
Q: What's different about the Battlegrounds race this year? Are you guys trying anything new?
We add a few new obstacles at each and every race, as well as update and change our existing obstacles. This year we are planning to make some big changes in our trail layout and the direction of the course. We don’t want to share this year’s newest obstacles just yet, but we guarantee they will include more upper body strength and plenty of low crawls.
Q: Do you have a favorite Battlegrounds obstacle?
I have three. I really love a heavily wooded cedar tree forest trail cut we made in our backwoods. The trees are extremely tall and completely block the sun. It’s always about five or 10 degrees cooler in this section of our course, and the trail is cut really tight.
My other favorite includes our creek crosses and creek runs. Our course is pretty flat, so the creek’s slopes and crevices add a nice yet challenging change of terrain with lots of rocks, exposed tree roots and, of course, mud!
My other favorite is a crowd pleaser: The Gauntlet, which has six lanes of varying difficulties and is situated over an eight-foot deep water pit. I love watching runners attempt to cross The Gauntlet because it’s near the end of the race, and they are exhausted from the 30+ obstacles they have already encountered. It is a great ending to our very challenging course.
Interested in joining a Battlegrounds race? Here's their 2017 schedule:
- May 20th, 2017 Saturday: Cedar Lake
- Sep 23rd, 2017 Saturday: Cedar Lake
Save $10 for each race with code Mudgear10 at registration with unlimited uses!
Visit The Battlegrounds here on their website for more detailed information.
MudGear Named Official Sock of the 2016 OCR World Championships August 31 2016, 0 Comments
“Water, mud, debris: They can all work against OCR athletes, especially when it comes to their legs and feet,” said OCRWC Sponsorship Director Sandra Sawyer. “Because the comfort of our athletes is of the highest importance, we’re excited that industry leader MudGear will be the official sock sponsor of the 2016 OCR World Championships. MudGear’s high-quality, function-forward compression and trail socks provide unmatched drainage and durability. They’re a virtual fortress for feet and legs against any racing obstacle!”
“OCR brings out the best in people,” said MudGear President Malko Thrasher. “You can see it in the eyes of the first-time racer who crosses the finish line, and it’s in the hearts of the die-hard OCR fanatics who will soon invade the Blue Mountains. The world needs this sport and the OCR community needs this championship. We believe that being a sponsor of the OCRWC is an investment in the future of obstacle racing for all of us. We’re excited to be a part of this year’s championship, and we encourage athletes to join us October 13 for a welcome dinner and everyone to check out our limited-edition OCR World Championships compression sock throughout the race weekend.”
MudGear has been creating outdoor sports apparel for obstacle racers since 2012, using input from athletes to make the best performing products on the market. We don’t run on treadmills and we don’t make gym clothes. We build rugged tactical gear for top athletes competing in OCR, trail running and outdoor endurance events. We believe we were all made to get outside and get dirty. We believe obstacle racing is meant to unleash everyone’s extreme inner-athlete, and we’re proud to supply the gear that helps make it happen.
About the OCR World Championships
The OCR World Championships is the first and only independent global championship event designed to celebrate athletes in the burgeoning sport of Obstacle Course Racing. Held Oct. 14-16, 2016, at the Blue Mountain Resort in Ontario, Canada, the three-day cash-and-prize-filled race will be one of the most diverse and challenging competitive events in the sport, pitting athletes from around the world against one another in grueling competitions on 15K and 3K courses.
About Design Shorty & Company
Design Shorty & Company (DS&CO) are highly respected master brand builders proud to be in their second year working with the OCRWC. Specializing in corporate and event branding and known for their creative passion and client commitment, DS&CO boasts experts in every field of communication. Their crackerjack team of marketers, designers, videographers, writers and editors ensures that all aspects of the branding process, from generating stellar ideas and launching online marketing initiatives to securing sponsorships and executing projects on-site, run smoothly and successfully.
MudGear Launches Gear Partnership with F3 Nation October 17 2013, 0 Comments
MudGear Obstacle Race Apparel is proud to announce a new partnership agreement with F3 Nation to be the exclusive provider of F3 licensed gear and apparel.
Under terms of the new agreement, MudGear will manage all operations of the F3 Gear Store to support the rapid expansion of F3 groups nationwide. In addition to the gear items available today, MudGear plans to produce a number of custom F3 logo apparel items, including race jerseys for mud runs and obstacle races starting later this year. A percentage of all sales in the F3 Gear Store, including MudGear branded and non-branded apparel, will go to support F3 Nation.
“From a growth perspective, MudGear enables us to get high-quality gear with the F3 logo in the hands of our guys all over the country,” said F3 co-founder Tim Whitmire. “MudGear handles our front-end store operations and coordinates the back-end activities of a number of important partners and suppliers.”
“From a brand perspective, it was important to us to have a partner that shares our vision for intense outdoor training and competition. MudGear was born of the F3 spirit and is a perfect fit for us and our mission. Affiliation with some gym brand would not have worked for us. We wanted badass.”
Also in the agreement, the F3 Gear Store will be the first and only place to purchase several first-run Mudgear apparel items, including trail socks and base-layer briefs. MudGear plans to launch its brand and a full line of obstacle and adventure race apparel in 2014 at mudgear.com.
F3 Nation is incorporated as a not-for-profit business in the state of North Carolina. Its mission is to plant, grow and serve small workout groups of men for the invigoration of male community leadership. To learn more, visit http://F3nation.com/about-us.
MudGear is a new brand of strongly functional performance apparel designed for obstacle racers and athletes pursuing an intense, active, outdoor lifestyle. For more information contact Team@MudGear.com.