Date of Birth: 6/26/1996
Born: Cold Spring, NY
Lives: Cold Spring, NY
Mid Distance (6-12 miles)
Long Distance (12+ miles)
OCR Coach: Richard Diaz
2017 was Cali's first year racing at the Elite level in OCR. At just 21 years-old, she became one of the youngest females to win a race at the Spartan Elite level. She played competitive basketball throughout high school and Division 1 soccer at Boston University.
What was your first obstacle race and why did you do it? My first obstacle race was the 2015 NJ Spartan Super. I was taking a gap-year from college after leaving Boston University and really wanted something to train for and wanted to challenge myself. I have always loved fitness and training, so my friend recommended that I do a Spartan Race. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made! From the minute I toed the start line, I was hooked.
What drives you to compete? I'm driven mainly by my love for training and the process. To me, the competition is a test of all of the hard work (and fun) that you've put in. Even though it's nerve-wracking, it's so much fun to test your abilities and push yourself to see what you are capable of. Plus, obstacle course racing has some of the best venues in the world. Competing in this sport is an amazing opportunity to see and enjoy new and beautiful places in the coolest way possible!
If you could run an obstacle race anywhere in the world, where would it be? I would love to run a race in Ireland or Germany... or anywhere in Europe!
What interesting fact do most fans of OCR not know about you? I love to sing! When I was in fourth grade, I actually got pulled up on stage at a concert to sing with Pat Monahan and the band "Train."
Who is one of the OCR athletes you admire most and why? I don’t think I could name just one - there are so many incredible athletes in this sport that happen to be phenomenal people as well! For example, I had the opportunity to do a trail run in my hometown with Ryan Atkins and Austin Azar last year and I was blown away by how humble and genuine they both were. I also consider myself fortunate to have been able to spend time with athletes like Faye Stenning, Cassidy Watton, Orla Walsh, Kate Cramer, Alyssa Hawley, Rea Kolbl, Nicole Mericle, and Lindsay Webster. All of these amazing women have been so supportive of and helpful to me as a young athlete in the sport and I couldn’t be more grateful!
If you hadn't found OCR, in what sport(s) would you be competing? I don't want to think about a scenario in which I hadn't found OCR - ha! I'm not sure what I would be competing in if that was the case. I was recruited as a goalkeeper for the Boston University women's soccer program, but I left BU after my freshman year because soccer started to be more stressful than fun and my heart wasn't in it anymore. After I stopped playing soccer competitively, I still trained (for both soccer and general fitness) consistently because I loved it. I feel like it's quite possible that, if I hadn't found OCR, I would just be training to stay fit and feel good!