Brian Gowiski

Age: 28

Height: 5'10

Weight: 165lbs

Date of Birth: 7/23/1989

Born: Arkport, New York

Lives: Charlotte, North Carolina

Course Specialty: 

Mid Distance (6-12 miles)

Long Distance (12+ miles)

Brian Gowiski OCR Obstacle Racing


Brian started obstacle racing with the Spartan Super in Temecula, California in 2012. His sports background includes high school Cross-Country, Track & Field, Baseball and Basketball. Brian served with distinction in the U.S. Marines, having competed two tours in Afghanistan and receiving multiple awards including the Purple Heart.


  • 2017 Spartan U.S. Elite Points Series 2nd Place
  • 2017 Spartan NBC U.S. Championship Series 6th Place
  • 2017 Spartan NBC U.S. Championship Series - Ashville, NC 3rd Place
  • 3x Obstacle Course Racing World Championship (25-29 AG) Champion (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • 2014 Obstacle Course Racing World Championships Team Champion
  • Career: 60+ OCR Podiums


  • Spartan Elite Sprint, OH - 1st Place
  • Spartan Elite Beast, OH - 1st Place
  • Tougher Mudder East Championships, Philadelphia, PA - 1st Place
  • Spartan Elite Sprint #2, Charlotte, NC - 1st Place
  • Spartan Elite Sprint #1, Charlotte, NC - 1st Place
  • Spartan Elite Sprint Winter, Greek Peak - 1st PLace

Q & A

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

Temecula Spartan Race in 2012. I did it because a friend of mine said she wanted to do one race every month for a full calendar year. Spartan Race was the first race she chose for us. 

What drives you to compete? 

It might sound cliché, but I love the competition. I thrive on trying to narrow the gap between myself and the top athletes in OCR. Every day I train with that in mind. 

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

I would say either Italy or Scotland. I'm drawn to the beauty of these countries. 

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

I eat way too much ice cream. I mostly eat healthy, but ice cream is my weakness. 

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

My two buddies Earl Granville and Jonathan Lopez. Both are adaptive athletes but they both are crushing the same course as the rest of us. Earl is missing a leg and Jonathan is missing an arm, but you should see those two do a rope climb. It is simply amazing. 

If you could design one workout that covers the most important skill areas in OCR, what would it look like? 

There are three key areas to focus on. (1) running (2) grip endurance; and (3) carrying heavy objects. The workout would be near a 300-400-meter hill. In no particular order, we would do intervals on flats as well as on the hill. In between those intervals, we would carry one of the heavy objects and then immediately go to a pull-up bar to either knock out pull-ups or dead hangs. 

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

I have always dreamed of being a football player. It's my favorite sport and I would like to think I would have put an effort towards that. 

What advice do you have for people who want to get better in OCR? 

In terms of training, you have to start slow. Running is a major part of OCR so start incorporating some shorter runs into your day. If you’re a runner, you already have an advantage. Other than running, an OCR athlete must have some sort of grip strength/grip endurance. Easiest way to improve on these two is by carrying heavy objects and hanging from a bar. OCR is an amazing sport. The community is extremely supportive of one another. If you have any questions, reach out to me or any OCR athlete and they will be happy to help you!




Learn more