OCR Norway

23. december - Julie Alexandra Wahr-Hansen

Mari Weider

When you race OCR’s and aim for a good Place, maybe especially in Toughest, there is one thing you cannot do - stand on an obstacle and watch somebody else! Never ever stop! Well, I did! In Gothenburg this fall, I knew that Julie raced for a podium Place, it is always crowded in the top 5 postitions, and the ramp always turns out to be the joker. When I came to the Dragonsback she came into the ramp, and I just had to see How she did. I probably missed some places there, and she came 4th! Julie is a fighter; she has had so many injuries, so many disapointments - still she fights her way back, year after year, and she is amazing! As the rest of the girls I have been writing about she is hungry, she wants so much - yet still she is humble and kind. When talking to her in Gothenburg this fall it hits me standing next to her, no wonder she is a good runner - her legs are soooo long, almost reaches the sky. If I were you I would check her IG - it is a fantastic mix of  Pics and inspiration from withouts and races, and in between Pics of an incredibly beautiful girl!

Name/age/country:

Julie Alexandra Wahr- Hansen, 26 years, Norwegian

Instagram/web:

Juliewahr 

How did you get into OCR?

It was a coincidence 3 years ago actually. I preformed cross country skiing at that time and heard some rumors about a fun race coming to Oslo called Toughest. So I joined it and did preform quite good. I went to Denmark 2 weeks later to do another race and placed top 5 in the Elite. I was then asked to join a professional team, and so I did.

Favorite race/obstacle:

My all-time favorite race is The RedbullConcuer The Castle!

I really like “The Wings”

How is Your training?

My training Is 1-2 sessions a day. 70 % is aerobe training and 15 % is anaerobe (running, skiing, roller-skiing cycling and swimming). The last 15 % is heavy strength training, core, obstacle technique/ grip strength and agilitytraing for runners.

Do you have a life motto?

I don’t have any special life motto but I often remind myself when making a hard or important decision to bace my choice on my own instinct and feelings rather than trying to impress or get acceptance from others.

Your goal for 2019:

I got lots of goals ahead, so I would say my main goal for 2019 would be to keep believe in myself and work hard to reach them.

22. december - Rebecca Hammond

Mari Weider

Its a little bit like Chrismas eve for me to present this girl! As we stood in the sun only short after I had finished my race in Lake Tahoe, there was the award seremoni for the elite at the big stage. We knew Lindsay had won…and we saw some of the other elite Girls standing there, but I had no idea who had the other two Places. Of course Zuzana had one of the Places, but when the 2nd girl was called this dark strange girl turned up. I looked at Superman, “Who is that?” Turnes out it was this girl, Rebecca, who started running OCR this year! WOW - just WOW! A real dark horse, and what a girl!! A month later I stood watching the elite Girls running past waiting for my turn to run in the OCRWC, then Rebecca ran past me - I was totally starstruck and blown away. This girl is just amazing, what an athlete, what a Physique! This girl is pure muscle, long legs and reminded me almost more of an animal there she ran past me. The long dark hair flowing, and she ran looking like she was just on a sunday stroll. Lucky us later that weekend we bumped right into her, and she was just as Nice as she was amazing, took her time to talk to the Girls, take Pictures - and now she has not only one mega fan in the Family, we are 3 Girls With a New rolemodel! …and Guess what - she is almost a little bit Norwegian…at least she has lived in Norway a few years ;)

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Name, age and team/country:

Rebecca Hammond, 27, USA


Instagram/web:

@becchamm 

What brought you into this sport:

I used to run mid distance (I ran for Idrettsklubben Tjalve for 2 years when I lived in Oslo!), but quit in med school because I got injured. I started rock climbing but missed the competition and endorphins of track. So I tried an obstacle course race and never looked back!


Favorite race

Spartan North American Championships in West Virginia! It was my first race >15km and was tied for the longest distance I had ever run in my life, so I really didn't know how it would go for me. As it turned out, I survived! And I loved the course - lots of short, steep, off-trail ups and downs made it so it wasn't boring even though it was longer than anything I'd run before.


Favorite obstacle/venue:

I loved jumping over the ditches at OCR WC this year! #simplepleasures


How is your training:

RIght now, I'm taking some time off from running and doing a bit of rock climbing. During this past season (my first OCR season), I aimed for three quality running workouts per week - one long run, one hill workout, and one threshold run. The other days I either did an easy run, crosstrained, or did no dedicated cardio. Later in the season I replaced hill reps with some track workouts (400 & 800 repeats) and added some carry workouts (bucket, sandbag). I also added a couple of lifting sessions per week.


Do you have a life motto you live by:

The best you can do is the best you can do.


Your goal for 2019:

Win World Championships!


21. december - Hilde Rørvik Nordstrand

Mari Weider

Its getting close to christmas, but I have so many more goodies for you. Today I am superproud to present to you one of Norways fineste elite girls. She is filled with energy 24/7, and I think I have never seen this girl without a smile on her face. She is fierce, filled with ambitions - but she is also fair and a good player. Her job is to keep people active, and in the spring/summer/fall you can join her bootcamps…but be awere -most of them includes hillclimbs! …and yeah…her nickname is Super-Hilde!!!

Name/age/country:

Hilde Rørvik Nordstrand, 30 years old- Norway

Instagram:

@superhildern

What brought me into this sport:

Randomly bumped into it- loved it after my first race! Which was Toughest Oslo in 2015

Favorite race:

Toughest and Barskingen

Favorite obstacle/venue:

Flying monkey/Holmenkollen-Oslo

My training:

I train 5-6 days a week in addition to my classes at work. Strength and running is what I do most. Skiing in the winter and mountain running in the summer.

Life mottto:

Live with fire! 😉

My goal for 2019:

Not sure yet. Win 1 race and manage the swing walk obstacle 🙂

20. december - Cecilie B Thomsen

Mari Weider

Finally I can proudly present to you Cecilie.  She is one of the Danish Girls…and we all know that the Danish are one step Ahead of us when it comes to OCR. Thanks to Claus and Carina in DOCRA the Danish are leading in Europe, and also in the world With a lot of amazing athletes. And Cecilie is one of them! Again, I cannot remember the first time we met, but we have Spartan in common, and last year we ran against eachother in the teamcompetition in OCRWC. She is a fantastic human, and a big smile. Always a joke or tree Down her sleeve, and it is impossible not to laugh when you are together With Cecilie. Again I say thank god we are not in the same division…but one can always “compete” against eachother on a friendly way anyhow :)

Name/age/country:


Cecilie Thomsen, 34 år, Danmark

Instagram/web:

@ ceciliebthomsen

How did you get into OCR?


I have always loved running, but needed something new, so I signed up for my first Nordic Race in 2015 and fell in love right away. I absolutely loved everything about the race and Nordic Race has been one of my favorite races ever since. They never stop developing and is still in muý opinion one of the most innovativ OCR races.

Favorite obstacle:

My favorite obstacle is Platinum Rig <3

Do you have any life motto?


I believe life is too short to not follow your dreams, so I live by: Love what you do, do what you love

Goal for 2019?

As I am entering a new AG in 2019 (35-39) I am looking forward to compete angainst some crazy cool ladies at OCREC & OCRWC

19. december - Sarah Greene

Mari Weider

Today we go Back to the Uk and this Sweet girl! She is humble and quiet, but inside she is a fierce girl! We first met up at Isle of Skye at the crazy event Agoge. As most of you maybe know, Joe got into My head and f*cked me up. But Sarah Went all the way and Even got the coin of honour at the end. I miss her like crazy and ate proud to present her to you guys!

Name, age and team/country:

Sarah. 30. UK.

Instagram/web:

eat.run.explore www.eatrunexplore.com

What brought you into this sport:


I did my first ocr with friends in 2013. I wasn’t fast and I wasn’t strong but as soon as I finished, I was desperate to improve. I didn’t do another until a year later, but after a year of training and the buzz of seeing how I’d improved, I was addicted.

Favorite race:

Spartan Race. Normally in a foreign place (although I love Spartan UK!). I’ve been lucky enough to run Spartans in Mexico, Slovakia, Greece, Ireland and the US.

Favorite obstacle/venue:

Sparta! Favourite obstacle is a carry with an epic view.

How is your training:

Crossfit and running (with a running club).

Do you have a life motto you live by:

Do it because you can.

Your goal for 2019:

Keep having fun. Keep travelling and doing epic shit. Keep improving bit by bit.

18. december - Morgan McKay

Mari Weider

Hold on guys! Today is the blog visited by the amazing Morgan McKay or Worlds Toughest Morgan if you want. I started to follow Morgan after last years Ultra on Iceland which she won. I hadnt heard about her, and started to check out her pics and training - and was totally blown away. She is an amazing athlete and a true hero. This year I finally met her when we both came back to Iceland. She is supersweet and the biggest smile ever. This year she came in 2nd, but still a big smile. I must say it is a big honor to meet all this amazing athletes from around the world. After finishing 7 laps on Iceland myself, I know what a big achievement it is to finish 8, so I bow for these crazy girls. And btw - did you know that Morgan draws the coolest drawings from her races??

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Drawing: Morgan McKay

Name/age/country:

Morgan Mckay, 30 from Canada.


Instagram/web:

@worlds_toughest_morgan



How did you get into OCR?

I started OCR seven years ago. I didn’t used to be athletic and my cousin convinced me to do a Spartan Sprint. It was the hardest thing I had ever done, but I felt so accomplished when I finished that I became hooked!


Favorite race?

Favourite race: Worlds Toughest Mudder, it’s the ultimate challenge and I won’t stop trying until I win!

Favorite obstacle/venue?

Favourite obstacle is anything with rings, I love flying though it!

Favourite venue is Spartan Ultra in Iceland, nothing compares to running under the Northern lights!

How is your training? 

I have been training with YancyCamp for over 2 years now. It’s really taken my training to the next level. I am very consistent, and train around 1-3 hours a day, 6 days a week. I do a ton of incline work and tire drags for endurance.

Do you have a life motto you live by?

Life moto: “you can always take one more step” I also remind myself how lucky I am to be healthy and alive, and that I need to take full advantage and experience all of the amazing things life has to offer

Your goals for 2019?

My goals for 2019: Win WTM with 100miles 

 

 

17. december -Marie Kloster

Mari Weider

Here goes! One of my eldest OCR friends, we go way back to when I was a better OCR racer, and all the way up to today where I enjoy seeing how she has evolved to one of Norways finest racers! We have so many amazing memories, and have literally traveled the world together - Andorra, Morzinne, Lake Tahoe, Mallorca - and Rakkestad! Next year awaits the Dolomits, and I cannot wait to open 2019 and write so many more memories! Love you babe!

 Name, age and team/country:

Marie Kloster, 37, Team OCR Norway and HinnaFriidrett

Instagram:

@mariekloster

What brought you into this sport?

I was a bored wife in search of a sport that I could use my energy, and I was lucky I got in contact with both Håkon Frahm Stokka and Mari Weider. I ran my first OCR race, Barskingen in May 2015, I had no clue what I signed up to and I ran with The Weiders… everybody that knows them, will understand that it’s not recommended to run your first ever OCR race with them! Haha but I survived, and were totally hooked, and has been racing ever since.

Favorite race:

Spartan Race, especially the Super distance

Favorite obstacle/venue:

Roman rings, monkeybar. I love races that has technical trail running, I think that is my favorite obstacle.


There are so many great venues that it’s hard to pick one, in Norway I must say Trolljeger`s venue in Sandnes and Barskingen and in Europe it`s Morzine and Edinburg.

How is your training:

I run a lot, almost every day; I have a very good running coach that helps me with my running program. Running is very important at OCR races, especially Spartan Races.


When it comes to the strengths training, I have to be careful; I have a joint disease, so there is a fine line between being ok and overdoing it. I mostly train body weight training and grip. My goal is to be stronger in 2019.

Do you have a life motto you live by:

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional

Your goal for 2019:

Top 15 in Spartan Race European Championship, category elite.

Run a half marathon under 1.30

Run 10K under 40 min

16. december - Helle Skrataas

Mari Weider

Helle! My darling Helle! Were to start and were to end…or well I hope the adventures With Helle will never stop! Helle is my always smiling little monkey. She is amazing in the bouldring walls, at riggs and everywere she can hold on to something the rest of us probably cannot! She is one of the few Girls who kept there bracelet at the OCRWC 2018 and at the Eurochamps in 2017 she took bronze in her age catagory.

My most precious moment With Helle are With no doubt or trip to Spartan World champs in Lake Tahoe 2017. I was suppose to travel With Marie Kloster, but because she got sick, Helle stepped in on very short notice. And oh what fun we had. That trip will always shine like a Diamond in my heart. Another trip I also must mention, is the glamping trip With Superman at Aston Down in 2017! So much fun, and elite podium on Helle and me together!!!! Crazy stuff!

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Name/Age/Team/Country:

Helle Skrataas, 33 years old, Team OCR Norway

Instagram:

@frk_skrataas

What brought you in to this sport:

I saw an evening show on Norwegian TV there one of the hosts and one non-athletic guest was challenged to run the Tough Viking winter edt. in Åre, Sweden. I saw their run and I thought, WOW! That looks though, I want to try!!

I googeled Tough Viking and discovered OCR! Ran my first OCR in May 2015, the Tough Viking at Tryvann in Oslo, it was cold, rainy, even snow in the air (in May!), but it was fantastic!! I managed all the obstacles and I was hooked.Since then I have run a lot of races and the good sportsmanship is just extraordinary for this sport! Everyone helps and cheer each other on throughout the course, and that makes me so happy!!

Favorite race:

There is hard to pick one! There are so many cool races and they all got their own charm! Since I love obstacles, I really like Bootcamp survivor, Toughest, the European Champs course and the world champs course, they are just packed with a lot of cool obstacles. But I also must mention Spartan races, the really make you work hard with lots of hills, carries and technical obstacles.

Favorite obstacle/venue:

Give me a multirig and I’m happy! Give me several rigs and I’m as happy as a little girl at Christmas!

How is your training:

I don’t really follow a plan or program with my training. I do what I like to do. So I run 2-3 times a week, trail running, interval running, and some times I run to/from work to squeeze in a little session on a busy day. I also love to climb, and that is excellent for your grip strength.  I climb 2-3 times a week, now in the winter it’s most sports climbing inside, but in the summer it’s outside, both sports and trad climbing. But I also go to the gym to improve or mostly maintain my body strength.

What I really fancy about this sport is that you must be an allrounder. It demands strength, endurance, agility, technique and mental strength, and that motivates me.

Do you have a life motto you live by:

I have lived, and I have learned a few things. The most important is that you are responsible for your own happiness! If you are not happy about where you are, only YOU can make a change to it. Do what makes you happy and surround yourself with people that loves you and respect you for who you are.

Your goals for 2019:

I will try to qualify for the OCR European and world championship 2019.

15. december - Lillian Dramsdahl

Mari Weider

When you read this I am probably on my way to celebrate my achievement on Iceland with this amazing girl and my first ocr crush Mona Strande. It is Monas Christmas party, and I think this is gonna be crazy fun….like it always is ;)

Lillian - were shall I start...she is so so dear to me. I really love this girl, and she is one of my biggest heros. Plus...every time I see her back, my eyes pop out, my chin falls down...and I start to drool! She just looks like a million bucks...and then some! One time I took a photo of her back when she climbed a rope, showed it to her - and she said “oh is that how I look? I have never seen my back before!” That is how Lillian is...”oh I haven’t tried that, I don’t know if I can do it....” and then she always (!) go and smash it! I don’t think there is one sport that Lillian hasn’t tried...and there is not much she doesn’t ace! I can talk for hours and hours about Lillian...and so can she :) Like in Tahoe when we were interviewed by Coach Joe Di...”I don’t know what to say”, she said....Hehe well that was the joke of the day, because it was Joe Di who didn’t got to say so much!! Lillian was way to bissy telling him about OCR, yoga and underwater rugby;)

My favorite moment with Lillian...I have no idea! I just collect every single one, put them deep into my heart and take them out when I need to smile! 

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Name, age and team/country:

Lillian Dramsdahl, 45, Team OCR Norway, Norway

Instagram/web:

Lillid73

What brought you into this sport:

A friend of mine asked me to join her team for Viking Race in 2013. It was fun, but didn't make me do more runs. The awakening happened in 2015, when I was asked to join a team 2 days prior an X-run race. The race was so much fun! The two guys I ran with, were fantastic! They cheered me on the whole way and were at such a good spirit!! Those guys!! And there I met Mari!! After this encounter, I couldn't get enough of this sport!

Favorite race:

Spartan!! And because I am not a sprinter, they must be 12 km + +!

Favorite obstacle/venue:

Hills and carrying where I get so exhausted that I really feel live! I also enjoy combination obstacles (multi rigs), even though they by far are my strength. Mastering new obstacles outside my comfort zone gives me great pleasure!

How is your training:

Without a plan... A little bit of everything. Running, lifting weights, underwaterrugby, cycling my Fatbike, kettlebell, yoga, climbing... What makes me happy!!

Do you have a life motto you live by:

No, but I have learnt from a good friend to ask myself: Does this make you happy? So I do a lot of what makes me happy. And I also try to do good to others. I feel sad for all those who struggle in life. Both friends, and also my young students. I want them to be happy in life, and to be strong to handle life's struggles.

Your goal for 2019:

Not the same as in 2018, which was crazy!!! In 2019 I want to have fun!! I want to visit my brother and enjoy the mountains in Northern Norway with him both during winter and summer with Randonee, telemark skiing, ice- and rock climbing.  More scuba diving! Maybe some PRs in lifting weights. And of course more Spartan races!!! I want a Trifecta!!!!

14. desember - Rea Kolbl

Mari Weider

I cannot wait anymore. «Save the best for last» - or just bring her in the midle! Or who am I to say who is best or not...at least I am a huge fan of this girl! I have seen her twice in Lake Tahoe, and just finally dared to go up to her and say «Hi» this december in Iceland. And guess what - she was totally as sweet and humble as everybody else!! Its so strange, because to me she is a big hero, but I guess she just sees herself as a normal girl. Still gave me lots of energy seeing her in the middle of the dark night in Iceland. Just a few weeks ago she won the worlds toughest mudder, and still came to Iceland to cheer on and help out in the changing areas!

Name/age/country:

Rea Kolbl, United States, Spartan Pro Team (but originally from Slovenia)

Instagram/web:

@reakolbl

What brought you into this sport? 

I grew up as a gymnast but when I quit after 11 years I gained a lot of weight. To lose weight and get healthy again I picked up running and quickly fell in love with trails. After a few years of slowly building my running mileage, I came across a Spartan Race on groupon and did it with a few of my friends. I loved it but thought nothing more of it as a fun event, until I returned in 2016 and raced in Elite. I did really well and figured I'd give this sport a more serious try :) 

 Favorite race?

Spartan Killington Beast & World's Toughest Mudder

I guess I also like longer race - 8 hour Toughest Mudders are my favorite, but anything over 10 miles is fun.

Favorite venue/obstacle?

Killington & Tahoe. Favorite obstacle: Stacks (Tough Mudder) and Tarzan Swing (Spartan Killington exclusive)

How is Your training?

I run about 80-90 miles a week in the mornings, all an trails and with considerable elevation gain. In the afternoons I do OCR specific workouts that focus on upper body strength, heavy carry abilities, and general strength. Three times a week I follow Yancy Camp workouts; on the remaining 4 days it's a combination of strength, carry workouts, and cross training such as biking or low impact cardio machines.

Do you have a life motto you live by?

There's a silver lining in everything :)

Your goal for 2019?

Go through the season uninjured, have fun at (most) of the races, and be the first person to win WTM three times in a row

 

13. desember - Cathrine Mortvedt

Mari Weider


Lucky me who get to know so many amazing people through OCR! This girl I have followed on instagram for a while but first met her at Navy Race this year. And how sweet she was! A really good person, caring for everybody - and again so humble when it comes to her own achievements. She has worked out for many years, and has gotten to know her body well, and I think that is one of the big secrets to why the more grown up athletes still does so good in this sport. It demands so much on different levels, and when you really know your body good - you perform well too!

Name, age and team/country:

Cathrine Mortvedt, 40 years, Norway

Instagram/web:

@Aktivmamma

What brought you into this sport:

The quest for new challenges. I wanted to try something new and different. I loved it for the first time

Favorite race:

It’s has to be the OCR world championship

Favorite obstacle/venue:

I’m a big fan of the rings

How is your training:

My workout is very versatile. I have a combination of running, strength-training and CrossFit during my week.

Do you have a life motto you live by:

I’m not training to be young, but old

Your goal for 2019:

To keep my wristband in the OCR world championship and to be in top 10 in my age group

12. desember - Nicola Callison

Mari Weider

I think many of you know that a big part of My heart has been left in the UK. Nicola has a little part of it. She is a supersweet girl, who is a machine on the course. We started together with Spartan races, but the last two years she has fallen more and more in love with endurance races, and travels around to run loooong. She had been in Australia, and the last two years attended the WTM! Lucky her! Maybe I might Get lucky and Get to run with her in that race one day! Until then - we always have UK - Thank god! 

Name/age/country: 

Nicola Callison, 27, European reviewer for Obstacle racing media, Scotland🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Instagram/web:

@colacxlli

What brought you into this sport:

I did a Spartan for fun in Edinburgh 3 years ago, I’d never realised OCR was even a sport! After one I fell in love and started competing properly in 2016/17

Favorite race:

True Grit Enduro, Sydney Australia

Favorite obstacle/venue:

Obstacle: Double Rainbow (Tough Mudder)

Venue: True Grit Enduro - the trails are super fun!

How is your training:

My training is very erratic due to my job- I’m an auditor/qualified accountant by day and it takes up ALOT of my time! But mostly I do hard HIIT circuit training, I don’t run as often as I should as I have so many knee and ITB issues that I find I can never keep up a structured running programme unfortunately (but most of the races I do well in fall into ultra distance OCR category purely because of my mental grit to get my head down and slog on- guess it’s not all about pounding the pavements getting the mileage in prep)

Do you have a life motto you live by:

‘What doesn’t challenge you won’t change you!’

Your goal for 2019:

Top 10 Pro women @ OCRWC Enduro

65 miles WTM/Top 15 female finish

11. desember - Toril Egner

Mari Weider

Finally we come to the girl that defined OCR girl crush for me. I first met Toril at Farm Ninja Challenge, but didnt talk so much with her. She was a shy and quiet girl. But the more time I spend with her the more respect I got for her. She is funny and Sweet - and eventually turns out to be quite a monkey! One day we were in Hinderskogen practicing for the OCRWC when she suddenly turns up. In 2XU tights that really looked smashing on her. She had me already there, with her long blond hair and big smile! We were playing with the stairways to heaven, and Superman did it his way. He took one step at the time with his hands, and then Toril said - that looked easy! Then she took off her jacket, still in her smashing tights and now a tight top too...and as I stood there drooling she flew up the stairs just like Superman. And I was like...”I’m in love!”

I am super proud to present to you this definition of OCR girl crush, a smashing hot woman, a strong and superb monkey!!! 

 Name/age/country:

Toril Egner, 35, OCR Norway

Insta:

@torilegner

What brought you into this sport?

I have always done a lot of different sports, skiing, climbing, swimming, but I’ve never been really good at anything. When I joined a colleague and his team at Toughest Holmenkolenin 2017 I had so much fun. I figured OCR is the perfect sport for me. Now I’ve done quite a lot of races this season and I love it even more. I want to see how good I can get.

Favorite race:

Toughest races, because I like technical obstacles. And I like the fast line concept.

Favorite obstacle:

Multi rigs, monkey bars

Training:

I think climbing and doing “ninja stuff” is the most fun. I have two girls, 8 and 10, and we do a lot of playing together. But I need to work on my running so I plan to run or go cross country skiing at least three times a week this winter.

Life motto:

Finding a balance between fun training, family life and just chilling.

Goal for 2019:

Top 20 at Toughest races, dear to do the flying monkey at races and run 10 k in sub 45. Try some new Norwegian races and also I would like to try a Spartan race.

8. desember - MariNetta

Mari Weider

«Tøffeste fjellvetta med fletta!» 

Today I am actually going to be so rude as to take the blog for me and Anette. The wait is over, its been almost 365 days for us to Get our revench. We both have a thing or two to get even with her on Iceland. Plus - I think we are pretty awesome taking on this challenge one more time.

To speak for myself, I fell a little bit in love with the long, crazy races last year. I am not the fastest one in the course and I am not the most teqniqual - but I can keep on going, for hours and hours. That is why I enjoyed every moment last December in Hveragardi. I am gonna miss my girls, but this year I need to focus on my self and my goals. I am always afraid to say my dreams out loud - but still - they are my dreams and this year I have 3 pretty hairy ones:

  • make the 50 miles patch
  • Make the podium in age
  • Qualify for Spartan European championship and OCRWC

Time will show if these goals are over ambitious - they probably are, and I am going to fight for them. But I am willing to give it a fight!

About Anette - she is our girl in the elite start, and I am super excited to see what she can make of today. She is faster than me, she is filled with energy and she is ready to get her revench from last year. She slept for a few hours last year, but this year she has pit crew and going to be pushed hard. To make the 50 miles for her will be “easy” (nothing is easy in Iceland!), but the question is - can she push beyond the 50 miles, and can she reach top 5??

She too has a few hairy dreams, and since she probably is long gone into the competition zone I will reveal them too here:

  • perform so that I am satisfied with my own job
  • At least make the 50 miles patch
  • Top 5 elite

To make our dreams come true we need to work and push all through the night, so please follow us on @ocrqueen and @netta_netto    and give us some positivity through the dark hours!

Aroo!

 

7. desember - Marwa Al Wadhahi

Mari Weider

While I am on my way to the cold north of Iceland, we are getting exotic and warm here on the blog. Of course I know most girls from Scandinavia, but I also have met many other amazing women on my journeys around the world. Maybe some of the people that I have met and that have made the deepest impressions are the men and not least women of team Oman and UEA. While we take it for granted to run OCR´s, it is not such a sure thing for these girls. They are so proud to be able to race, and proud to show that also girls can do the same as the boys. Last year a girl got injured during the team event, and I think there was not a dry eye in the whole of Lake tahoe when team UEA, team Oman and team Kuwait finished as ONE. They walked the whole way, backed eachouther up, and crossed the finishline with their flags high above their heads. I was so happy to meet some of the same people again in Lake Tahoe this year, and Marwa was one of them. Please enjoy and pay special attention to her words. Thank you Marwa!

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Name, age and team/country:

Marwa Al Wadhahi, 27, Oman


Instagram/web:

Instagram: maw91


What brought you into this sport:

My love for challenges, sports and trying my things. I’ve seen OCR in social media in a neighboring country and thought it was interesting and is something I would love to take part in. Luckily, shortly after that in 2016 the first OCR (Spartan) came in Oman and the sport started growing in the country & region.


Favorite race:

Spartan World Championship in 2017, it was my first OCR international experience. I loved it, I did two races (one individual, one team). It was amazing, the long grueling terrain going up and down multiple mountains was definitely tiring but worth it, a distance which I never ran before, new obstacles, long painful carries, the cold weather & the swim in the ice-cold water was a first time challenge for me as I come from a country that is hot most of the year. I overcame some fears such as hypothermia but thankfully I managed to complete the race and maintained positive thoughts.

The pride of representing Oman in the first ever World Team Championship along with my teammates was indescribable. Being part of teams deciding to unite & support each other throughout the team race due to injury was exemplary of community & support in sports. Meeting people and running against professional athletes from around the world was awesome. The cheering crowd at the finish line, my experience in Tahoe was unmatched overall. BEST RACE EXPERIENCE EVER!


Favorite obstacle/venue:

I love challenging obstacles that I almost can/can’t do and other obstacales that allows team work in non-competitive heats. I did an OCR for women only last year and this year, coming from a conservative community, the feeling of taking a team women doing OCRs for the first time and completing it. The amazing feeling of kick-off their OCR journey & making them know that they can achieve such great things and have fun at the same time, seeing people transform and go hard later is just heart-warming and so motivating.

My favorite venue would be Lake Tahoe, it’s was very different from the regional races, Simply amazing!


How is your training:

I train regularly almost every day with some rest days. I practice multiple sports such as OCRs, Crossfit, Soccer & Pole fitness. I lift weights, do obstacles, climb ropes, run, jump, do pullups, gymnastic kind of moves and various things from time to time.


Do you have a life motto you live by:

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you”


Your goal for 2019:

- Competitively compete in the Spartan World Championship & other regional races

- Continue to participate in the Women only race and empower more women to join the community and get active

- Participate in more OCRs (Spartan, Tough Mudder, National obstacles series, Wadi Adventure Race…etc.)

- I’d love to do something different and special to help grow fitness & outdoor sports more in the community

6. desember - Hanne Morken

Mari Weider

Finally today I am proud to present to you Hanne! I cannot exactly remember the first time we met, but what I cannot forget is the fire in her eyes when she danced through the obstacles of OCRWC 2017. How she got stuck and roared out “move”! to the poor guy who was too slow in front of her. Hanne is a humble and quiet girl, yet she is never afraid to speak her mind, and you dont pick on her! She knows what she wants and she goes all inn. She is a warmhearted person, and she is easy to fall in love with. I am so happy for all the supercool memories I have with this girl in 2018, and I am excited about what 2019 will bring for her. (but I was most proud seeing her in OCRWC 2018 running in the teamvest for team OCR Norway - so proud to have you on our team Hanne!)

Name, age and team/country:

Hanne Morken, 22 years old from Norway 

Instagram/web:

Hmorken on instagram

What brought you into this sport:

It started with a challenge from a friend in 2016. My first race was Tough Viking in Holmenkollen, and lets say it has been some races after that 🙊

Favorite race:

I haven’t tried so many different races yet, but I am a huge fan of the concept in Toughest. But this year I want to try more Norwegian races! 

Favorite obstacle/venue:

Hm, I think that must be Stairways to heaven or Nunchucks. Difficult and hard obstacles, but even better feeling to beat them!

How is your training:

Pretty much everything I want to! I try to do a lot of running sessions, some times swimming and a lot of strength and climbing

Do you have a life motto you live by:

Attitude is everything! 😎

Your goal for 2019:

Right now am I injured, so I just hope to be injured-free before the season starts. Then my goal is to qualify for the OCREC and OCRWC

5. desember - Maja Wellner

Mari Weider

Now Maja is a girl I dont really know so well. I first met her at a ninja competition at Farm Ninja Challenge. We just called her “the Swedish girl”. She was too good…. In the beginning of the competition we didn’t follow her so close, we just noticed that she was really good - and a fast monkey! Of course she managed to easy get from stage 1 till stage 2, and of course also to stage3. But know there was a a lot of grips and more technical challenges, which all the girls struggled a bit with. So that actually made it a little bit more exciting…but still she beat us - not so easy - but still! Her team is Team Kroppslabbet, so that of course explains it, but still it is an achievement to be a good monkey. And also to combine it with running, gives her that extra respect. As I said, this years 15 km course in age groups at OCRWC was brutal, but this girl not only finished with her bracelet - she finished nr 23 in PRO! Well done Maja, and I hope to get to know you better at the next Ninja competition ;)

 Name, age and team/country:

Maja Wellner, 22 years old, Team Kroppslabbet, Sweden


Instagram/web:

@majawellner

What brought you into this sport:

It seemed like a great challenge and I liked that it required you to be both a good runner and have good strength to able to succeed on the obstacles.

Favorite race:

Toughest and OCR World Championship.

Favorite obstacle/venue:

Spinning wheels and rigs.


How is your training:

My goal is to train 5-6 days every week, with a mix of running (both intervals and slow pace distance) and strength with mostly focus on grip, core and pull ups of different variations.

Do you have a life motto you live by:

All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to peruse them.”

Your goal for 2019:

To compete in the OCR World Championship once again.

4. desember - Anette Heimli Jokstad

Mari Weider

So this girl is amazing! Like all the other ladies I have picked for this calender! She is humble and a bit shy, doesn’t think much of herself, quiet - but then she finds a rig - you are blown away. We first met the day before X-run in 2016, and she was curious of the sport. She was a former footballplayer, and wanted to try OCR. A year later she placed 15 (!) in Toughest Oslo! She is not only a great obstacle racer, but she is also fast! Unfortunatly she has been out with injury this season - but now she is back playing monkey were ever she can, and she is also back in the running shoes. I am so looking forward to seeing what 2019 will bring. And btw…did you know she could fly??? Her PB flying monkey at Farm Ninja Challenge was with 2.6 metres…and she made it look easy!!!

Name, age and team/country:

Anette Heimli Jokstad, 30, Team OCR Norway and Velledalen IL

Instagram:

@anetteheimlijokstad

What brought you into this sport:

I have always loved different kind of sports, and after watching an OCR race in 2015, I became very fascinated by all the versatile athletes. I got a knee injury in in 2015 that forced me to stop playing football. I had to do something else and OCR was therefore the natural choice for me. The combination of running, strength and fun is perfect!

Favorite race:

Toughest and Bootcamp survivor Hønefoss

Favorite obstacle/venue:

Flying monkey and roman rings

How is your training:

Mostly running and one or two sessions with fullbody strength every week. I often use different outdoor gyms called “tuftepark” for grip strength. In addition to this my boyfriend and I also visit different OCR facilities around Oslo, such as Farm Ninja Challenge, Bootcamp Hønefoss and Hinderskogen.

Do you have a life motto you live by:

Think less, live more

Your goal for 2019:

Top 5 in a Toughest race and stay injury-free

3. desember - Linda Pilerud

Mari Weider

It is getting close to Spartan Ultra World Championship 2018 on Iceland. There is one girl missing, who should have been there - Linda. She is my Spartan-girl-crush. She is a fierce girl, not afraid to show off her muscles, and she loves a good carry. After many Spartan Championships I have learn to grow a deep love for this girl, she is so kind, down-to-earth and easy to be around. Also she is a great athlete - unfortunately for me she is in my age-group from 2019, so I need to step up my game to keep head to head with this Spartan Chick! Bring on 2019 Linda - cant wait to travel and explore the world further with you!

Name, age, country:

Linda Pilerud, 40 years old, Sweden

IG/ web:

@lindapilerud on IG and FB

What brought you into this sport:

I got a ticket for Tough Viking in Stockholm 2016 as a gift for Mothers Day, I was hooked from the start!!

Favorite race:

Since I love long, gritty races I have to say Spartan!

Favorite obstacle/ venue:

Favorite obstacle is ring walk..andropes… and heavy carries.. :D I love all venues that include steep climbs and technical trail running.

My training:

I work out more or less everyday because I love and it keeps me sane… I run 40- 60 k every week, mixed with a lot of crossfit and traditional weight training.

Life motto:

“If it excites you and scares you at the same time, it probably means you should do it”

Goal for 2019:

Next year I will hopefully do more longerraces, both Ultras and 24 hour races. I love mountain running so hoping to do a lot of that, would like to improve my trail running!

2. desember - Adna Tahirovic

Mari Weider

So today I am giving you a little treat! This girl is an up-and-coming star. She is young and she is hungry. I am actually not quite sure when I met her the first time, because she is very quiet and does not make a lot of fuss around herself. But after having spent some time with her, my respect for this girl is fast growing. We had an amazing trip together to Toughest in Gothenburg were she placed 23 of all girls - and for those of you who does not know Toughest, that is an awesome placement! She placed 7 in the qualifier heat too! And after qualifying for OCRWC she raced the 15 km with amazing results. Just 11% of the girls finished with their bracelet, she managed - but unfortunately came in 8 (!) minutes after the deadline of 4 hours. Next year Adna - I know 2019 will be a crazy year for her - and I cannot wait to follow her journey!

 

Name, age and team/country:

Adna Tahirovic, 24 years old. I´m living in Norway and running for Team OCR Norway.

Instagram/web:

On my instagram@adnatahirovic I share photos/videos from my training, races and my daily life.

What brought you into this sport:

I had my first OCR race in june 2018, on Tough Viking in Oslo. I saw some videos on You tube from the race, and wanted to challenge myself. Then I persued a friend to go with me. From this day I was addicted. It has never since been option to not do OCR races again. On the race I also qualified for European Championships in Esbjerg. Then my more serious approach to OCR racing started.

I played handball when I was younger, and have always worked out. I love all kind of sport, but OCR was something different.It wake up a passion in me I didn´ t know I had.

Favorite race:

I haven´t tested out so many different kind of races yet. I ran Tough Viking, Toughest, Navy race, OCREC and OCRWC. I liked them all. If I need to pick one I would say OCRWC 15k.

Favorite obstacle/venue:

hmm..this was a difficult question…The strange thing with obstacles is that you hate them so much when you can´t figure out how to complete them, but then after completing the obstacles… It´s like….one love <3

How is your training:

I don´t have a strict training plan. I have always worked out a lot, running both intervalls and longer running sessions combined with strength training. I have also trained Krav Maga, but stopped when I started with OCR (needed to save my hands for OCR haha).

Now I do the same as before, but I do more grip training in my strength sessions. I also try to do more of the long running- sessions than before.

Do you have a life motto you live by:

Do whatever makes YOU happy, and don´ t let anyone or anything stop you ;)

Your goal for 2019:

My goal for 2019 is definitely to run more races than in 2018. I also want to try some Spartan races. One of my goals must be to try to complete all obstacles during races, to avoid penalty rounds or burpees (not my favorite excercise).