Akash Garg

Age: 38

Height: 5'7

Weight: 150lbs

Date of Birth: 3/14/1980

Born: Rohtak, India

Lives: Spartanburg, SC

Course Specialty: 

Long to Ultra Distance (12-18+ miles)

OCR Coach: Self




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BACKGROUND

Akash Garg may be a late bloomer in the OCR community but that has not deterred him from already achieving some major milestones. In his time away from OCR and training, Akash works as a chiropractor and professor of Biology. He contributes much of his recent successes to the science of nutrition and exercise physiology. "It is amazing how an ordinary person can be extraordinary". Even as a slightly older athlete he plans to continue to grow and improve in the sport. 

OCR CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • 30+ Spartan Open Wins, with 40+ Podiums
  • 2018 Spartan U.S. National Open Series Champion
  • World's Toughest Mudder Qualifier 2107, 2018
  • OCR World Championships (OCRWC) Qualifier 2017, 2018

2018

  • Utah Spartan Super - 7th place open
  • Asheville Spartan Super - 1st place open
  • Asheville Spartan Sprint - 1st place open
  • West Virginia Spartan Beast - 3rd place open
  • West Virginia Spartan Super - 2nd place open
  • West Virginia Spartan Sprint - 1st place open
  • Chicago Spartan Beast - 3rd place open
  • Chicago Spartan Sprint - 2nd place open
  • Nashville Spartan Super - 3rd place open
  • Nashville Spartan Sprint - 1st place open
  • Lake Tahoe Spartan Beast Sat - 8th place open
  • Lake Tahoe Spartan Beast Sun - 2nd place open
  • Tougher Mudder Nashville - 5th place elite
  • Tougher Mudder Tristate - 7th place elite
  • Rugged Maniac Atlanta - 5th place elite
  • Terrain Race Va Beach - 5th place elite
  • Bonefrog Endurance ELITE, Florida - 1st Place
  • Rugged Maniac Elite, New Jersey - 4th Place
  • Ft. Knox Spartan Sprint – 1st place Open
  • Chicago Spartan Super – 1st place Open
  • Ohio Spartan Sprint – 2nd place Open
  • Ohio Spartan Beast – 1st place Open
  • Socal #2 Spartan Beast – 8th place Open
  • Fayetteville Spartan Sprint – 1st place Open
  • Fayetteville Spartan Super – 1st place Open
  • Tri-State NJ Spartan Beast Sunday – 1st place Open
  • Tri-State NJ Spartan Beast Saturday – 3rd place Open
  • Seattle Spartan Super – 1st place Open
  • Charlotte Spartan Sprint Sunday – 1st place Open
  • Charlotte Spartan Sprint Saturday – 3rd place Open
  • San Jose Spartan Sprint – 2nd place Open
  • San Jose Spartan Super – 4th place Open
  • Las Vegas Spartan Sprint – 5th place Open
  • Las Vegas Spartan Super – 8th place Open
  • South Florida Spartan Sprint Sunday – 1st place Open
  • South Florida Spartan Sprint Saturday – 1st place Open
  • Arizona Spartan Sprint – 1st place Open
  • Arizona Spartan Super – 3rd place Open
  • Socal Spartan Sprint – 2nd place Open
  • Socal Spartan Super – 3rd place Open


2017

  • Spartan U.S. Open Points Series - 3rd Place - 10 1st place finishes
  • Spartan Ultra Beast Open, Lake Tahoe, CA - 2nd Place
  • Central Florida Spartan Beast – 2nd place Open
  • Central Florida Spartan Sprint – 1st place Open
  • Sacremento Spartan Sprint – 1st place Open
  • Sacremento Spartan Super – 1st place Open
  • Carolina Spartan Beast Sunday – 1st place Open
  • Carolina Spartan Sprint – 6th place Open
  • Carolina Spartan Beast Saturday – 2nd place Open
  • Dallas Spartan Sprint – 1st place Open
  • Dallas Spartan Beast – 1st place Open
  • Atlanta Spartan Super – 2nd place Open
  • Lake Tahoe Ultra Beast – 2nd place Open
  • Fayetteville Spartan Sprint – 1st place Open
  • West Virginia Spartan Sprint – 1st place Open
  • West Virginia Spartan Super – 3rd place Open
  • West Virginia Spartan Beast – 1st place Open
  • Asheville Spartan Super – 1st place Open
  • Charlotte Spartan Sprint Sunday – 6th place Open
  • Atlanta Spartan Sprint Sunday – 5th place Open

Q&A

What was your first obstacle race and why did you do it?

I ran a local race known as the Goodwill Mudrun in Greenville, SC. It was just a fun activity to do with friends, but I fell completely in love with the sport from the start! The willingness of other athletes to help one another is amazing! 


What drives you to compete?

The feeling of absolute joy and pride one can achieve when they are pushed to their limits. I truly love seeing just how far I can push myself and the results from it; it makes for an incredible rush and sense of accomplishment. 


If you could run an obstacle race anywhere in the world, where would it be?

This might sound a little kooky, but I would love to run near an ancient landmark like the Egyptian pyramids, or through the Colosseum in Rome. 


What interesting fact do most fans of OCR not know about you?

I am a complete nerd! In my off time, I love to read books such as a Brief History of Time by Hawking, but have to balance it out by watching Rick and Morty! 


Who is one of the OCR athletes you admire most and why? 

I really admire Ryan Woods. He is in my region and to see him perform on some of these extremely difficult mountain course on the west coast is most impressive. It is rare to see an OCR athlete literally attack a mountain! 


If you hadn't found OCR, in what sport(s) would you be competing?

I think I would have chosen to try and compete as an ultra marathon runner or triathlete. Again pushing myself to the limit is always appealing to me! 


What are your goals with OCR?

My goals for this season in an objective sense is to win the Open Series and U.S. National Series for Spartan race. I am currently ranked #1 in both. However, my largest goal for the year will be to obtain the benchmark of 75 miles at World’s Toughest Mudder. Of course expanding into other race brands as an elite and obtaining a few podiums is always on the list of goals! 

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