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Episode 16: Wreck Bag

Wreck Bag LogoThis episode we talk to Lindsay from Wreck Bag – she’s the sale director for Lindon Group, the brain trust behind the Wreck Bag concept. We talk about the inspiration behind Wreck Bag, and their awesome rise in OCR to date – we talk about the product, the associated products, and where they go next.

Note: This is the first episode in the interview series where we don’t record a video alongside this, so we’re going to drop the link and branding. If you’re reading this, and listening to the show, you’re in the right place!

Want to learn more about Wreck Bag, or talk to them about getting Wreck Bag at your event? Check them out.

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Episode 15: Wicked Mud Run

wmrLogoWicked Mud Run is a local, entry level OCR doing lots of things right. Focusing on fun, they do offer a competitive 10k option, and fundraise for some very personal to the founders charities. This is also one of the newest entries to the #racelocal Grand Prix

Take a listen as I chat with Ray Thomson, co-founder of the series.

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Also worth noting: This will be our final episode! But don’t worry, all the content will be merged into our other show, The NE Spahtens Show, and interviews with Race Directors and personalities will continue, but audio only. Make sure you subscribe to the podcast to get them!

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Episode 14: Brian Carney of Bonefrog Challenge!

Brian - picBrian is the Seal behind Bonefrog Challenge – his brain child and labor of love since 2012, Bone Frog provides something thats a bit tougher than your average OCR.

In this episode of, we talk about their humble beginnings, the roots of some of their signature obstacles, their breakout 2016 year and up and coming Georgia event and what the future holds for them.

We also tell you how to handle the Dirty Name obstacle without breaking your head 🙂

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Episode 13 – Lauren Casavant


Lauren is a personal trainer from central MA who entered OCR competitively in 2013, and traveled the country running in and competing in OCRs.

In July, she launched her company, PursuEVENTures – and their first event was the kid focused Obstacle Adventures at Mt Wachusett.

In episode 13 of NESpahtens.TV we catch up with Lauren – learning more about her OCR history, what makes her tick, why she founded PursuEVENTures, and whats next for her and her business.

This episode is sponsored by FIT Challenge, who have their seventh event coming up in November 19th – Code “spahtenfit” will get you the best deal!

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Episode 12: Henry Marte

frameHenry has been around the OCR scene for a long time, and it’s rare not to see him working, volunteering or running at a major event in the region. In this episode we talk about how you get a job at Spartan Race, and why it’s not quite as glamorous as you may think – we talk about his work for Team RWB and Oscar Mike and his most recent venture as a professional photographer for his own company, Marte Photography.

This show was live streamed to Facebook at the time we recorded it, so thanks to everyone who tuned in live!

You can check Henry’s photography work out here:

This episode was brought to you by FIT Challenge!

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Episode 11: Heart Challenge

In this shorter than normal episode of, I talk to Elizabeth Perry of the American Heart Association – they have their annual race, the Heart Challenge coming up next weekend, and we had a chat about the event – one that she feels is a bit of reboot – and with the likes of Fred Smith and GameFace Media behind it this year, I agree!

There is still time to register! Registration closes at noon on Friday the 24th of June, and code NESPA2016 will get you $10 off. Race day registration is also available, but no discount codes! Heats start at 8:30am, and this is a #racelocal Grand Prix event, with options to run multiple laps available.

AHA have been nothing but receptive the entire time we’ve been speaking – make sure you check these guys out!

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Episode 10 – Margaret Schlachter

Check out what happens when two “OG’s” of OCR get together, share a few beers, and talk about the good old days …

Margaret Schlachter, of Dirt in your Skirt, Mud Run Guide, author of Obstacle Race Training and several other ventures and I talk mostly about her journey through the world of obstacle course racing. We talk about the first Spartan Race events, and how they got her heading towards the inaugural Worlds Toughest Mudder. How she accidentally became the worlds first professional obstacle course racer, and ended up training Chris Davis during a pivotal time in OCR. We talk about more current events – and she places her bets for who’s going to win – Hobie Call or Ryan Atkins at the upcoming Utah Battlefrog. Like always, we talk about the future – and she has kind words for #racelocal!

This is a longer than normal episode (we had a lot to talk about!) and if you’re watching the video, please note there are some slight synch issues until about minute 17, when they fix themselves. More video gremlins!

Huge thanks to Margaret for taking time out of her trip to NY state to come visit, and thanks to the Gardner Ale House for fueling us with a growler full of Summers End beer!

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Episode 8 – Robb McCoy

Robb of FIT Challenge revisits the studio for a show and tell, and to discuss his April event, trailfecta series and OCR in general!

Watch the video, listen to the podcast and don’t forget to subscribe on youtube, iTunes, Stitcher …

(apologies for the audio quality again on this show! I know whats going wrong, and will have it fixed for the next one!)

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Episode 7 – Rich Borgatti of Mountain Strength Crossfit

Rich has been part of the New England Spahtens since the early days – providing some of the first OCR specific training classes in our region, he was among the first to become Spartan SGX certified.

(apologies for the quiet audio on Rich’s side!)

You can find out more about Mountain Strength Crossfit here –, and check out his gear and equipment review content here –

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Episode 6 – Lynn Hall of BoldrDash

Lynn visits the studio to talk about BoldrDash, and it’s new Winter offering coming up early March 2016 – we also discuss how a regional OCR handles fits in to the current drive for the OCR industry to go professional. And we tease Rhode Islanders a bit 🙂

Check out their race schedule, right here:

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