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Episode 36: Norm Koch

With his friendly smile, and penchant for designing courses that make you cry – Norm Koch has been a fixture of the Spartan Race world for years – even inspiring his own hashtag and fan club. #effnorm

But, all good things must end, and Norm has left Spartan Race. We caught up with him to talk about why – and what comes next.

If you’ve ever wondered what makes Norm tick, take a listen to Episode 36 of The NE Spahtens Show.
Hint: It’s not the years of innocent racers.

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The NE Spahtens Show: Episode 35

Episode 35! Paul, Sandy and Josh jumped on a last minute, late night Friday recording to talk about Tough Mudder becoming timed, about the latest national and international governing bodies trying to take OCR (coughSpartancough) to the Olympics – and the final nail in the coffin for Battlefrog. Please, stick around through the initial confusion as Josh tries to Live Stream a recorded Podcast – with predictable results :p

Some handy links, if you want to learn more about Team USA and USAOCR and their Olympic bid, (which is not the same as USOCR or USOCRChamps or ORF or IORU – we try to explain on the show, it’s confusing) – check out this Sports Illustrated article – http://www.si.com/edge/2017/03/10/obstacle-course-racing-olympics-sport-modern-pentathlon – and read more over at Tim Sinnet’s Race Sherpa page – https://www.facebook.com/RaceSherpaOCR/

Would you like to buy team gear? Check out our store, http://www.nesstore.com
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ould you like to find more team resources? Check our welcome page out, http://www.nespahtens.com/welcome

We’re on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Join our Mailing List, and maybe even become a 2017 Member and support the community!

Don’t forget to subscribe, and leave us a review in iTunes – it’s the little things that help this podcast continue – your questions, your reviews, your feedback let us know you are out there, and you enjoy the content, and we’ll keep recording for you!

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Episode 33 – Train 180

On this episode of The NE Spahtens Show, Paul talks to Dave Hooper – owner and operator of Train 180 in Nashua NH.

Train 180 have a gorgeous facility with a whole host of obstacles and training tools for you to play with – a full schedule of classes and a new open gym schedule. New England Spahtens wearing team gear get a discount on the drop in rates – call ahead for information.

Learn more about Train 180:

Website: http://www.train-180.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Train180NH/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/train180
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/train180/

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The NE Spahtens Show – Episode 32

Episode 32!

Today we talk Top Golf! About Tough Mudder – the recently aired show, their Toughest rules changes and when Sandy will sign up for Worlds Toughest Mudder. We also talk about Spartan Race and their season pass woes, Battlefrog’s final death knoll as Urban Trials – and the next events on our calendars, Cupids Undie Run, BoldrDash and The Endurance Society’s Snowshoe festival.

As always, we answer a few reader questions at the end, and encourage everyone to subscribe – hit like – leave a comment and generally make some noise and let us know you’re listening – we do this for you, so your feedback is welcomed and encouraged!

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The NE Spahtens Show – Episode 31

The 2017 race season has started! In episode 31 Paul, Sandy and Josh talk about the recent Blizzard Blast event (Featured Review here), the upcoming Polar Bear Challenge and the #racelocal program

We also talk about the end of an era, with Tough Guy having it’s 30th year – and final – event this weekend in the UK. Check out the OCRTube.com video, it’s pretty amazing to watch.

We have a larger than usual batch of listener questions to run through – thanks to Vincent4Vega4, Marie O’Keefe, Michael Braniff, Ben Millina, Flux and Amy LaPanne for those!

And we round out the show with Josh covering the latest in Spartan Race’s T Shirt obsession. You can read more about that here, too.

See you all at Polar Bear Challenge next weekend!

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The NE Spahtens Show, Episode 30 – Fred Smith

On episode 30, we sit down for a chat with Fred Smith – the mind behind several fun, themed events, such as Blizzard Blast, Panic in the Dark, Runzilla and more. We talk about the fast approaching Blizzard Blast, it’s venue change, it’s status as an OCR Worlds qualifier and #runzilla elite points – and we get chatting to Fred, who just completed his first OCR, the VT Beast – and is currently training for the Boston Marathon.

Registration for Blizzard Blast (and it’s unlimited laps option) is fast approaching closure, make sure you get in on that!

We talk about the “Voice from Above” video, which if you haven’t checked it out yet, you should, it’s hilarious 🙂

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Episode 29 – Shale Hill

It’s been almost exactly a year since we last spoke to Shale Hill – fresh off winning the best fixed OCR venue award from Mud Run Guide (again!), Jill joins me on the show to talk about what they have coming up for their 2017 season.

First up, we talk about Polar Bear Challenge. Their signature event – this 8 hours, as many laps as you can race is one of my personal favorite events on the New England OCR calendar every year – and they’re already putting in more obstacles and preparing the all day buffet!

Want to run with us? Join team NE Spahtens and use code “NES15” to get 15% off! Find more info right here.

Next, we talk a bit about their summer plans – many have heard the rumor of a weekend long OCR festival, and Jills lets us in on some of the details (and more is to come, of course) – with a ton of different race formats, it looks like this will be a “must do” for any OCR enthusiast and their families – if you’re not in the New England region, start saving your travel budget now 😉 They plan on offering everything from 72h endurance events, to a simple 1m relay race – and a kids course for the first time. I’ll see you guys there 🙂

Big thanks to Jill for joining us!

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The NE Spahtens Show – Episode 28

Welcome to the first episode of 2017!

In episode 28, Josh, Sandy and Paul cover a wide range of current affairs in OCR – everything from new local OCRWC qualifiers, to the holiday OCR TV shows. We discuss the plans for Spartan Race’s Biggest Team program this year, and take a look at Warrior Dash’s new obstacles and medals.

We cover a whole bunch of things 🙂

MudRunGuide’s article on Warrior Dash: http://www.mudrunguide.com/2017/01/warrior-dash-2017-releases-new-medals-obstacles/

We also answer a bunch of listener questions from Reddit and Facebook.

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The NE Spahtens Show – a how to!

The NE Spahtens Show is now a year old – and we try to bring you the best in OCR news and views, and interviews with the people behind your favorite race brands.

We’ve had breaking news stories – most recently getting Savage Race to New England.

But, we’ve never sat down and given you a “how to” for subscribing to the show, to make sure you get the latest content as soon as it’s available.

Subscribing to a Podcast is actually really easy – but there are a variety of ways to do it depending on your listening habits.

So, here’s a short “How to” to help you join Paul, Sandy and Josh on The NE Spahtens Show, automatically and easily.

If you listen on your desktop, iTunes has you covered. Super easy, too. Simply search the iTunes store for “The NE Spahtens Show” and hit Subscribe.

If you have an iPhone or iPad, they have a built in app just for this – shockingly it’s called “Podcasts“, and searching “The NE Spahtens Show” will find us in there, too.

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and lastly, if these tools don’t do it for you, Stitcher is a free, platform independent, Podcast focused application you can find us on – more functionality, same easy subscribe options.

We publish every episode to our website too, so you can always browse the archives if you miss a show!

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The NE Spahtens Show: Episode 26

As we round out the 2016 season, we took this last show to talk about some of the big changes that happened in the New England Spahtens community – from our formation as a 501(c)(7), and paid memberships – to the end of the 2016 #racelocal season, and some teasers for whats coming in the 2017 season (and a bit of a recap, if you don’t know much about #racelocal)

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