In partnership with Icebug footwear, we are pleased to announce the formation of the Icebug & OCR Gear Race Team. A diverse collection of individuals from professional to amateur, we are proud to support these amazing athletes for the 2015 racing season.
Brian Gowiski, 25 | Charlotte, NC
AÂ Marine Corps Veteran with two tours in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom and a Purple Heart recipient, Brian entered the sport after a friendÂ asked him to do aÂ Spartan Race with her and her husband in 2012. To this day, he has run between fifteen and twenty obstacle course races, reaching the podium in over half. His mostÂ notable podiums include winning hisÂ age group at OCR World Championships and then winning the team competition the following day with Brakken Kraker, Ryan Atkins, and Jonathon Albon. Outside of OCR, Brian studies criminal justice at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Jen Klentzman, 35 | Austin, TX
Jen is aÂ 35-year-old mother of three little girls and an avid obstacle course racer, personal trainer, coach and bootcamp instructor. During the day, youâ€™ll find herÂ out running and doing burpees somewhere out on the Greenbelt or Town Lake trail. A fan of shorter distance races (4th and 9th at Spartan Sprints, won Savage Race Dallas, and finished 5th at Atlas race), but isÂ successful atÂ long, grueling, grinding, all-day ordeals like the BattleFrog Extreme, which she hasÂ won twice. SheÂ loves sharing herÂ passion for obstacle racing with everyone she meets and believes itâ€™s something that everyone can do!
Shaun Provost, 25 | Las Vegas, NV
Shaun Provost is an elite obstacle course racer, personal trainer, and all-around tenacious athlete. With thirteen years of gymnastics under her belt, she enjoys all the mental and physical challenges that OCR throws her way. Youâ€™re just as likely to see Shaun running an Elite wave as joining in the Open waves to run with friends and teammates.
Kevin Righi, 25 | Fairfax, VA
Kevin is a health and wellness enthusiast, as well as a personal trainer and crossfit coach that is always seeking out the next challenge. He grew up playing a vast array of team sports before narrowing down his focus to lacrosse, in which he played competitively in college. A few years after he hung up his stick for competition he found crossfit and his whole view on fitness, health, nutrition, and what it means to be an athlete shifted. Kevin credits his background in team sports, crossfit training, workout partner (& girlfriend Corinna Coffin), and diet for his ability to quickly learn and adapt to this new challenging sport of OCR.
Lindsay Webster, 25 | Ontario, Canada
LindsayÂ always loved the outdoors and hasÂ competed in endurance sports herÂ whole life. HerÂ fiancĂ©, Ryan Atkins,Â talked herÂ into enteringÂ a few OCRÂ races. She was hooked. The sportÂ combines herÂ love for trail running with the obstacles and various other elements which really test herÂ fitness. A frequent podium finisher, Lindsay would love to become heavily involved in the sport and represent
CanadaÂ as OCR continues to grow.
Chris Cow, 45 | Poway, CA
Chris is a research scientist for Novartis Pharmaceuticals during the week, an avid OCR runner, and an active member of the Weeple Army and Team SISU on the weekends. He and his family can be found at most events in the southwest corner of the US, and he wants to travel more for races, to meet new people, and to experience new environments in the future. Chris is using the sport of obstacle racing and related endurance events to push himself to new levels physically and mentally while hopefully helping and inspiring others along the way.
Laura Lunardi, 40 | West Chester, PA
Discipline, hard work, and dedication. At a very young age, Laura learned these qualities would serve her well not just in competition, but in life. She was a dual-sport (field hockey & lacrosse) Division I athlete, and still coaches & officiates. Always a runner (road, trail, 10K, marathons â€“ you name it), Laura was introduced to obstacle course racing in the summer of 2013 and finished the 2014 racing season ranked the #15 female Elite Spartan racer. When not racing or training, Laura enjoys spending time with herÂ 5 childrenÂ (all under age 8, including 2 sets of twins!).
Lauren Ho, 27 | Kailua HI
Lauren wasÂ born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. She currently works full-time as a research faculty member at the University of Hawaiiâ€™s Center on Disability Studies, with all her other time seemingly dedicated to the sport of OCR - training for and competing in OCR as part of lifestyle that embraces the outdoors and endless challenges.
Domenick Deutsch, 23 | Pittsburgh, PA
23 year old Pittsburgh resident Domenick Deutsch is known in the obstacle course community as Wolverine. A 19x Tough Mudder, 2x Worldsâ€™s Toughest Mudder participant, and of course the #1 Journeyman in the world from OCRWC. From team races toÂ competitive events, Domenick is always racing to his full potential. Not only is he an incredibly dedicated athlete, but he also finds joy in being a positive, inspiring, public figure, as he has come a long road that is far from being over.
Jared Bullock, 30 | Crestview FL
Jared has beenÂ a double amputee since November 2013 when he was in an IED accident in Afghanistan. He now focuses hisÂ time on running obstacle course races with friends and family, giving motivational speeches, and providing inspirational videos of hisÂ training that motivate and inspire other veterans and individuals with similar injuries.
Nikki Call, 30 |Â El Dorado KS
A stayÂ at home mom with 3 kids, Nikki loves fitness (working out, HIIT, Tabata, cross fit) and grew up playing a variety of sports. After starting out withÂ 5k road races in 2010, Nikki fell in love with OCR in April of 2014 and loves running elite heats as well asÂ open heats for fun with friends & family. She also loves encouraging others to try new things and to never be afraid of the unknown and is greatly supported by her husband, family, local OCR group (Mid America Obstacle Course Racers) and friends.
Delaine Anderson, 48 | Norcross, GA
Delaine started her journey into the sport of Obstacle Course Racing inÂ March of 2011, when she ranÂ a Tough Mudder in Cedartown, Georgia. After the first quarter mile after emerging from a freezing cold pond full of pallets of ice, she knew she was hooked and her passion for the sport led herÂ on to other race series, both local and national. In the fall of 2012, Delaine was one of the originalÂ 30 members of Georgia Obstacle Course Racers and Mud Runners (GORMR), which has blossomed to nearly 3,200 members today!
Amy Pajcic, 25 | Brecksville, OH
Amy “Magic” Pajcic has a long standing background as a runner. She ran for the University of Findlay as a pentathlete for two years, then switched gears and completed a 100 mile ultra marathon and an iron man and started rock climbing. Eager for more, Amy ran her first obstacle course race three years ago and has been hooked ever since. Her most memorable race, and her most favorite course of all time, was the first ever Obstacle Course Racing World Championship race last fall. She is out to prove to the world that being short, or being a girl is no excuse, every obstacle can be conquered, and of course have fun doing it. When she is not training or racing, Amy is a veterinarian at the Animal Clinic Northview in North Ridgeville, OH.
Carina Acuna, 32 | Sahuarita, AZ
CarinaÂ immediately fell in love with the sport of obstacle racing back in 2011 after herÂ first Warrior Dash. A few short years (after welcoming her second child!), Carina began racing again the end of 2013. Since then, she has completed 35 races which has brought her to manyÂ different parts of the country and introduced her toÂ people from all over the world. What she enjoys most about OCR is the camaraderie and with her husband created Salsa Picante, one of Arizonaâ€™s most popular OCR clubs. When not racing, Carina cares for her twoÂ children and Â disabled uncle, fitting in training whenever and wherever she can.
Todd Gothberg, 50 | Asheville, NC
Todd is a four-time Ironman, two-time Ultra Beast finisher, with 44 marathon finishes under his belt, 16 of which were at Boston. Heâ€™s a top elite age group finisher in OCRâ€™s, and has competed for Team USA in Triathlon World Championships. Heâ€™s a proud single dad to three daughters (Emily, 24, Alissa, 18, and Caroline, 15) and a niece (Rylee, 18) and recently presided over his daughter Emilyâ€™s wedding. When he is not competing, heâ€™s heading up the Cardiology department at Park Ridge Health where he also is the Director of Organizational Development and Transformation, heâ€™s published author of two books (“No Reservations” and “BELIEVE!”), and heâ€™s an inspirational speaker for many Fortune 500 companies on a variety of topics.
Reagan Cyphers, 19 | Katy, TX
Elite obsticle course racer, MMA and CrossFit athlete, Reagan is always seeking new ways to challenge and better herself. It all started with gymnastics at 3 years old. An athlete her entire life, she played soccer, basketball, volleyball and track. Within the past year, she got involved in Obstacle Course Racing and what started out as a fun and new hobby, quickly became her passion. A fan of being outdoors, running on the different types of terrain, getting muddy, and challenging her body, Reagan loves competing with the most amazing and dedicated athletes in OCR.
Christian Restrepo, 30 | Tampa, FL
Christian started his OCR career in 2011. At the time, he weighed over 280lbsÂ andÂ completing a Tough Mudder was one of the hardest things he had ever done. But since then, he has run over 25 OCRs and uses each one as a fitness measurement to seek continuous improvement and recently qualified for OCRWC, something he never thought possible. Now down over 100lbs, Christian continues to work on his fitness and looks forward to continuing to inspire others in the journey towards an active lifestyle.
RonnieÂ Phifer, 30 | Ruskin, FL
Ronnie was a daredevil growing up so it was only natural that after completing hisÂ first Tough Mudder in 2012, he would be instantly addicted to the sport. WithÂ 60+ OCRâ€™s under his belt since then, Ron is part of the BattleFrog Field Team as well as aÂ community of fellow obstacle racersÂ called MudRunFun. Though he races a vide variety of races from 5kâ€™s and longer,Â hisÂ “never quit” attitude and relentless desire push him towards longer events such as theÂ 24-hourÂ Worldâ€™s Toughest Mudder, which he will tackle for a second time this year.
Ron Lenczewski, 42 | Trenton, NJ
Ron is aÂ 42 year old father of 4, and has been racing for the past four years. For Ron, OCR is a family event with his wife, 9, 6, and 4 year old racing alongside himÂ in events. To date, Ron has over 80 races under his belt with many more on the horizon and is an active member of both the BattleFrog & Spartan Race Street Teams.
Amy Winters, 35 | Meadville, PA
A high school track and swimming star, Amy, now a 34 year-old welder and proud mother of two, lost her left leg below the knee following a 1994 motorcycle accident. Three years and twenty-five surgeries later, her left leg was amputated below the knee. Following the amputation, it took 3 years before Amy could even try to run again. Fast forward to today and Amy is now a force to be reckoned with at almost any race. Not only was she theÂ first female amputee to finish the Badwater Ultramarathon and the Ultramar, she also won her age group at the 2014â€™sÂ OCR World Championships and 10th atÂ Worldâ€™s Toughest Mudder.