Date of Birth: 3/14/1980
Born: Rohtak, India
Lives: Spartanburg, SC
Long to Ultra Distance (12-18+ miles)
OCR Coach: Self
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.
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!