Posted on Leave a comment

Renegade Run – year three!

This year will see the third rendition of the Renegade Run, put on by Type One LLC. I made it to their first year, and was ice stormed out of the second year (seriously, while you were all running, I was sitting at the side of the road, unable to go forward!).


I’m hearing already that the wave they’ve set aside for the New England Spahtens is pretty full, and with code NESPAHTENS getting you $10 off the ticket price, why not run with the best OCR community out there?

Where: Wompatuck State Park, Hingham, MA
When: SUNDAY Oct 26th, 10am

– It’s been a busy time for Type One – with the American Heart Association and Mass Mayhem projects – how many of those events are part of your full time calendar?

It has been a fantastic year so far! We are coming off of extremely successful events, Mass Mayhem and The American Heart Association Heart Challenge! The positive feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive, and it energizes us to continue to produce these races, and make each one better than the previous! We are focused on this year’s Renegade Run at this time, and will soon after look to schedule our next events. We have every intention on repeat performances of both Mayhem and the Challenge in the coming years!

– Renegade Run was bigger and more badass last year – how do you plan to top it again this year? What lessons were learned?

Renegade Run 2014 course map
Renegade Run 2014 course map

This years’s Renegade Run will be starting and finishing at the Campgrounds of Wompatuck, which allows us to chart an amazing course that includes some pretty impressive elevations! We have increased the course to 5 miles and it will be taking runners up and down Prospect Hill, which has some very technical wooded trails, with difficult terrain changes, as well as some paved trails. We have a slew of new obstacles and some old favorites that everyone will enjoy. We are always learning how to build upon our last event, both through our experiences and by listening to our participants, and we find room for improvement with each obstacle race we host. We know what makes a good race since we have participated in many, and do our best to incorporate all those elements we find to be outstanding. We strive to constantly evolve and give our runners an amazing and challenging workout, and a overall memorable experience! Complacency holds no place in this business and we have learned to constantly mix things up and creatively push the limits of our events.

– How much money have you raised for you chosen charity to date?

Our company’s mission is to raise money and awareness to cure type 1 diabetes. 25% of our profits are donated directly to the Faustman Lab at MGH to find a cure. The Faustman Lab is leading the way with their clinical trials to regenerate the pancreas in diabetics! While we have donated thousands of dollars to date for this cause, what is equally as important is to raise awareness to the masses, and we can say for sure we have touched upon tens of thousands of them! Many of our followers have also donated directly to Dr. Faustman’s research as well!

Posted on 1 Comment

Renegade Run, 2013

Type One LLC’s first Renegade Run was a fun event in late 2012, and gave us a fun short race, with a nice heated tent and plenty of food – a really neat way to finish up the race calendar.


Happy to announce, they have opened up registrations for their 2013 event!

The venue is the same, and a featured review of 2012 can be found here

2013 is promised to be a longer course, and I’m already signed up! December 1st, here we come! for full information, and code NESPAHTENS to get a team discount 🙂

Posted on Leave a comment

Featured Review – Renegade Run

One of the founding goals of the New England Spahtens was to promote, grow and support local races as much as we do the big national series – if not more so. This runs risks of course – a small event isn’t going to have the big production values of a Spartan Race, and the course and obstacles won’t always be as challenging, as grueling or as epic. Regardless, we’d always give them a chance, work with the race director, provide our input and suggestions where welcome – and always provide our feedback.

Type One LLC on Facebook
Type One LLC Renegade Run website

So, when Type One LLCs inaugural event – Renegade Run – hit the radars, I reached out to the race director Tyson, and asked him if he’d be open to a large group of Spahtens showing up, running his race, and showing our OCR love.

Not only was he all about it – he got us a great deal on race entry, and was super flexible when the 10:30 heat sold out, getting several NE Spahtens in anyway. This was what made me really excited to work with Type One – they were super responsive, engaged in a pre-race interview, helped us out with registration costs, and seemed to be genuinely interested in what we were doing. Oh, and we raised money for an excellent cause too.

Type One was founded with the sole purpose and objective to increase public awareness and to find a cure through research for Type One Diabetes.

Race day came around, and it looked like we would have a good showing of Spahtens in the 10:30 wave. I was bringing my wife and father along with me, and Google Maps claimed it would be close to a two hour drive, so we hit the road early. Google lied, and it took us more like an hour and 20, and Wompatuck State Park was super easy to find. Being so early, we had no trouble finding a parking spot either, and we could literally spit on the start line from our parking spot. Oh, and parking was free, which is increasingly rare at bigger events.

Type One LLC had scheduled this event over thanksgiving weekend. In New England. That means it was going to be cold at the very least, and of course, it was cold. Like, really cold. Happily, registration was indoors – broken into alphabetical lines by last name, they flowed really quickly – we were in and out in minutes, clutching a baggy with our race bib, pins, voucher sheet and a really nice tech blend T with the event logo on the front and some sponsors on the back. In my usual tradition, I’m wearing it on the following Monday back at the office, and it’s a nice shirt – it’ll go into my “regular wear” rotation (which is more than I can say for some much much bigger events shirts …)

10:30 rolled around, and we headed out from our warm corner in the building to the start line in the parking lot. It was clear, quickly, that the New England Spahtens had almost locked out the 10:30 wave – we had Spahtens on the start line ready to run for time, and Spahtens at the back jumping up and down trying to stay warm. Type One had a team of cheerleaders doing their thing for us (and looking very cold doing it!), music, an MC – a shout out to our own Shannon Lynne who was running on her birthday – a quick countdown, and we were out.

I made the mistake of trying to keep up with the front runners! I’m still recovering from a bad sprain I picked up at Fenway, and was running in my trail shoes (Inov-8 x-talon 190s) – and the first half of the course was all nicely paved path – one comment from another Spahten was that I sounded like a horse, clomping along in my cleats! We already knew that the obstacles weren’t there to break us, just to slow us down – so when we hit the collection of normandy walls, we hopped over the middle and were through. Next up, a nice series of wooden horses to duck under, and crash barriers to climb over – this was where I aggravated my ankle for the first time, and lost the front runners.

We then had a series of smaller obstacles – some balance beams with ropes across them (really liked this one!) and a series of webbing ropes to navigate – also an unofficial obstacle of some dog walkers, who hadn’t realized they were walkin head on into a pack of crazed Spahtens, before we turned off the pavement and into some trails – cue rolled ankle #2! I really backed off the throttle now – no race is worth aggravating an injury for.

The trails turned out to be a ton of fun – some steep hills, some tunnels to pull yourselves through, some pretty technical terrain – then we were crossing a road – throwing yourself over a big pile of soft hay bails (are you reading this, Rebel Race? SOFT hay!), then the finish line, where I met a bunch of the guys I’d been tailing for the first part of the race.

My finish time was quick, and a check with the GPS watches showed that the total race length was more like 2.8 miles – maybe a generous 5k, rather than the 4 miles advertised, and if I had one piece of criticism, this would be it. We had expectations of fun obstacles coming in, but certainly front runners were expecting to pace for and hit 4 miles, so to be finished so quickly was a bit of a disappointing moment for them.

I turned around and started walking back up the course to find my dad and wife – and run in with them – my dad passed pretty quickly, then my wife came in with another Spahten – she lost a contact at the second obstacle, and basically ran the whole race 1/2 blind, and with no depth perception – hard core! Of course, I immediately rolled my ankle AGAIN and had to hobble back in 🙂

The post race party was the spot that Type One showed they mean business. They had some excellent caterers bring in brats, burgers, mac and cheese, ribs, more cookies than the entire event could eat and some good hydration choices. They also had this served in a heated tent, and opened up a large meeting room for folks to hang out and stay warm – hugely appreciated, and the reasons so many folks hung out.

Tyson read out the awards, and top 5 men and women won pretty good prizes – the Spahtens represented well here too 🙂

In conclusion – Renegade Run isn’t going to test your limits, nor is it going to bust your balls – but it has the pleasure of being the last race of the season, run in the cold weather (and maybe worse conditions in the future?) and is the perfect price to bring out the large groups. Extremely well run, and apart from the hiccup of the distance being under delivered – something I strongly suspect won’t happen in the future – this is going to end up being a permanent fixture on the New England Spahten calendar, simply for the fun factor. Good job, Tyson, and the crew at Type One! See you in 2013, and thank you for hosting the Spahtens!

Posted on Leave a comment

Reminder: Renegade Run coming!


Reminder – this Sunday is the final obstacle course race of the 2012 calendar – and it’s going to be a good one … Renegade Run is a small, fun, locally managed event to support Type One diabetes research – you’ve missed the group discount code by now, but it’s not too late to sign up!

Check out the interview Jess did with them


Join the Facebook event:

and check out their website:

We’re in the 10:30 wave, it’s not too late to join us, and burn off that turkey from Thanksgiving!


Posted on Leave a comment

Interview: Renegade Run

Tell me a little about your organization and it’s background. How big is the team behind the idea? Do you have an official website for Type One?

Our organization was founded in 2012 by three friends and professionals, Tyson Sunnerberg, Paul Foti, and Eric MacIntosh. We have spent the last few years running, jumping, climbing, and crawling through many challenging obstacle courses, mud runs, and road races so we have decided that we would love nothing more than to dedicate our time, efforts, and lives to this passion. We are also equally determined to fight for a cure for Type One Diabetes. With that said, we have named our organization Type One, LLC and will be creating exciting and fun fitness challenges throughout the USA while increasing public awareness and raising money to fund existing promising research projects to put an end to Type One Diabetes. Tyson is a Type 1 diabetic and together we would like to end his and all other type one diabetics’ dependancy on insulin, constantly checking sugar levels, requiring the use of needles, and injections for survival.

We are partnering with the Joslin Diabetes Center and couldn’t be happier with our choice as Joslin is “The world’s preeminent diabetes research and clinical care organization.” We will be working directly with our choice of researcher and project so that our donations can be charted and we will be able to see the impact we will be making on the push to end this disease!

The most current information about Type One and our first event can be found on our website promoting the Renegade Run at

What made you want to organize an Obstacle Course Race?

As avid fitness individuals, we have participated in numerous obstacle challenges such as the Tough Mudder, Spartan Races, Rugged Maniac, and the Warrior Dash among others. We have witnessed the rapid growth of this sport over the past few years and feel we have something unique to add to this type of event. We also see it as an opportunity to take something we are passionate about and love to do and create a tremendous platform to cure Type One Diabetes. Nothing could be better for us than to create and host challenging events while we raise awareness of Diabetes!

Have you organized any other races, of any variety? If so, what have you offered?

The Renegade Run is our inaugural event! We have received overwhelming support and a positive response in a very short time and we are already planning for our next event in 2013 so keep your eyes on us!

What are your goals for 2013?  

Type One will continue to grow and expand in 2013.  We are currently looking at some unique and exciting venues for our next event.  The sky is the limit in this industry and we are looking to provide the most unique, fun, and challenging experience for all of our participants.  As participation in the sport continues to grow at a rapid pace so does our platform to raise Diabetes awareness and funding for research. Ultimately our goal is to cure Type One Diabetes and in 2013 we will be making a big step towards that goal.

Tell us more about the Renegade Run.

The Renegade Run will be a 4 mile run through the paved and dirt trails of Wompatuck State Park in Hingham MA on Sunday November 25, 2012. Runners will weave their way through the trails while overcoming a series of obstacle challenges. The event kicks off at 10AM on November 25, 2012 and will be followed up with a post run celebration for everyone! We chose the end of November for the Renegade Run so we could close out Diabetes Awareness Month with a challenging yet fun race for all to participate in!

Do you have an official Renegade Run website?

Yes, we do.

Where do you see the sport of OCR going in the future?

We expect the future of obstacle course racing will continue to grow and innovate, and we see OCR as something people will not tire of anytime soon. These obstacle runs add an element to a person’s life that has them training for the event as it will test their strength, stamina, and mental ability, and whether it’s run as an individual or with a group, it gives them a sense of accomplishment they just don’t get with ordinary day to day activities and decision making. This is why OCR will show continued growth in the future. We’ve seen this industry explode in conjunction with workout regiment’s such as Crossfit, TRX, and Boot Camps. We expect the competition to stiffen significantly and it’s likely that additional regulations will be implemented as safety is always a top priority. Our goal is to continue to provide quality events for our participants while building a loyal base following. Above all else, we want everyone to be safe and have fun! We can see OCR as becoming a professional sport, where courses could be recognized as official and maybe there will even be a governing body. It has the potential of becoming something like and Ironman or perhaps even a winter and/or summer Olympic event.

Posted on Leave a comment

Type One Renegade Run

One of our goals for the New England Spahtens is to promote obstacle course racing. This immediately brings up mental pictures of Spartan warriors, and Tough Mudders – maybe even the Warrior Dash logos and helmets.

But the OCR world is bigger than the big three. There are hundreds of small races put on by local businesses, or raising money for local charities.

Today, thanks to Spahten Katie Webber, we stumbled across one of these!

The Renegade Run is in it’s first year and has a goal of raising money and awareness of Type One diabetes – and when I contacted the race director, Tyson – he really liked what we were doing – he’s also an OCR fan, and has run them all too – so he’s not coming from “outside” this sport – he was also really open – this isn’t going to be a Tough Mudder like challenge – his goals aren’t the same – but he would still love to see the NE Spahtens show up and help light up the course.

So – if you’re interested – the details:

  • When - Sunday, Nov 25th
  • Length - 4 miles, with obstacles and terrain challenges
  • Where - Wompatuck State Park, Union St, Hingham, MA
  • Signup - Put code Spahtens in at checkout and get a $35 entry - this expires on Nov 11th! Full price sign up will still be available.

Myself, my wife and my father are registered to run in the 10:30am wave, and with the registration fee, the total cost was still under $40! I hope we can wrap up the New England Spahten 2012 OCR season in style with a good showing, some great support and of course, lots of NE SPahten shirts representing 🙂

Who’s in?