Jill Hillegass

Age: 47

Height: 5'4

Weight: 120lbs

Date of Birth: October 13

Born: Sellersville, PA

Lives: Round Rock, TX

Course Specialty: 

Short Distance (1-6 miles)

Mid Distance (6-12 miles)

OCR Coach: Yancy Culp

BACKGROUND

Jill is one of the true warriors of the sport of Obstacle Course Racing, and a role model for managing a complex home/work/sport life with a smile. She successfully balances being a mom to 3 kids, a partner to her husband, a busy professional in her law career, and a top masters athlete with a demanding OCR training and race schedule. Coming from a competitive sports background in swimming, field hockey and horseback riding (dressage, show jumping & 3-day cross-country events), Jill had a solid base as an athlete to move into OCR with its all-around physical demands. A constant masters podium threat in competitive OCR, Jill continues to push her limits as an athlete. 

OCR CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Overall

  • Qualified for Obstacle Course Racing World Championships (OCRWC) 2016, 2017, 2018

2017

  • Bonefrog Open division 3rd place
  • Spartan Elite Master Austin Super 6th place
  • Spartan Elite Master Glen Rose Beast 3rd place
  • USOCRC Pro Division 14th place
  • Rugged Maniac 3rd overall female

2016

  • Spartan Elite Master Houston Sprint 3rd place
  • Rugged Maniac 1st overall female
  • Spartan Elite Master Dallas Stadium Sprint 2nd place
  • Spartan Elite Master Alabama Super 3rd place

Q&A

What was your first obstacle race and why did you do it? 
2015 Spartan Austin Sprint was my first race. A friend asked me to do the race with him. I did the race excited for a new way to push outside my comfort zone. 


What drives you to compete?

So many things. You will never find a better more passionate, competitive, driven, and all around super human community of people. I feel like this sport prepares me for whatever is around the next corner for me in life. 


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

Hawaii


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

I'm uncomfortable being the center of attention...so I'll let my athlete profile speak for me! :)


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

Amelia Boone. I admire her ability to juggle a career, training, and competing at a high level in OCR. I also admire her honesty in describing her journey back from injury. 


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

Triathalon


What are your goals with OCR?

To continue racing and training as long as I am able, and to inspire others and support the growth of the sport as a whole. Oh, and if I happen to grab a podium spot or two, that would be okay too :) 

Jill's favorite ocr products