Date of Birth: 2/15/1989
Born: Astoria, OR
Lives: Astoria, OR
Short-Long Distance (1-18 miles)
Coach: Ian Hosek
I grew up not playing organized sports until I was in high school. Some of my best childhood memories come from playing outside in the woods with friends, building forts, roller blading, biking and everything else that active kids do. In high school I ran Cross-Country, played basketball and competed in Skimboarding.
After College I coached and competed in CrossFit for 3 years before transitioning into OCR. I knew right away that obstacle racing was the sport for me. Looking back I guess you can say that my lifestyle and varied sports background provided a strong foundation for the sport of OCR. OCR combines all of my average talents into one, making me a better athlete in obstacle racing than I am in any other single sport. I have a long way to go in terms of reaching my potential as a racer, but so far the journey has been exciting, fun and rewarding.
What was your first obstacle race and why did you do it?
The Portland Warrior Dash in 2014. I was training with a buddy who was joining the Navy Seals and he asked me to do the race with him. After the race I was hooked and my OCR journey began.
What drives you to compete?
Competing brings the best out in us which raises the standard for what an individual is capable of. I want to race the best, train with the best and learn from the best so that my standard is raised, that is why I compete.
If you could run an obstacle race anywhere in the world, where would it be?
The Swiss Alps
What interesting fact do most fans of OCR not know about you?
For a few years during and after High School I competed in Flatland Skimboard in the Northwest.
Who is one of the OCR athletes you admire most and why?
Chad Trammel because he lets his racing do his talking. Chad used to work out at my local CrossFit gym and he got me into my first Spartan Race. You won’t hear much of Chad throughout the year on social media but you will most likely see him on top of the podium.
If you hadn't found OCR, in what sport(s) would you be competing?
Most likely it would be another endurance sport like trail running or mountain biking.
What are your goals with OCR?
Top 10 finishes in the 2019 U.S. Spartan Elite Championship Series.