Recently I have started to cross over into obstacle racing and I have found that these people are no different than our running community. Maybe it’s because they are also runners. Running is still a huge part of the races. Or maybe it’s because like us runners these people are in a sport that sometimes will beat you down. Occasionally you find yourself on a course that is very challenging, and you find yourself in front of an obstacle that seems impossible. More often than not you will get help from other participants who will help you over the obstacle. That is the beauty of obstacle racing, unless you are racing in the elite race you can have assistance. When I ran the Battle Frog race I came up to a cargo net and saw people holding it from each side. I asked what was going on, and was told the net was very loose and if we pulled from all sides we could make it tight and let each other go over one at a time. It was great we all took our turns holding the net and helping each other over, and as more runners came to it they just waited until it was there turn to hold the net.
The Obstacle Course Racing World Championships (OCRWR) has done a small tradition in NYC and has now gone international. The tradition is known as Rucksgiving. Rucksgiving is when obstacle racers and runners from all over will do a run and hand out holiday leftovers or sandwiches to people less fortunate. There is already 19 cities that are currently taking place in this, but if a city is not on board yet, you can nominate your city and start one there. So on Saturday, November 29th I will be doing this with other racers in Pittsburgh. Chris Proctor and Brent Dames are the people in charge of the Pittsburgh run and are currently trying to finalize a time and location for the run. From looking at other cities it looks like it will be 3-5 miles.
A lot of obstacle races have really got on board with this and will be giving free entry to races, swag and other things to participants. Obviously not everyone will get things since there is so many people, it is basically a random thing. Who cares though if you don’t get anything, this is a great thing and it just shows what awesome people the running and obstacle community really is. If you would like to check and see if your city is one of the ones doing it you can click here. Remember you don’t have to be an obstacle racer to do this. You just have to want to help someone less fortunate, and be able to run a few short miles.