Date of Birth: 6/23/1993
Born: Kemblesville, PA
Lives: Raleigh, NC
Short Distance (1-6 miles)
OCR Coach: Self
OCR Team Affiliation: Trio Fitness
Luke Hayes grew up in the small town of Kemblesville, Pennsylvania. He was very active growing up but was never involved in any organized sport. His father helped him start weight lifting when he was thirteen, which is a huge part of the reason Luke ended up becoming a Personal Trainer. Luke focused on strength training until the age of twenty-three when he got the itch to compete and decided to focus his training on Obstacle Course Racing. Since then, he has transformed from being 40lbs heavier and greatly lacking cardio capacity, into a solid OCR competitor. After just 1.5 years of OCR specific training, he competed in the 2017 15k and 3k OCR World Championship Pro heats. His goal is to be the absolute best OCR athlete in the world and also help push others to be their best through his coaching business, Trio Fitness.
What was your first obstacle race and why did you do it?
My first race was a Warrior Dash in 2013. I did it with some co-workers of mine just for fun and we ended up having a blast getting covered head to toe in mud!
What drives you to compete?
I want to be the best that I can be with the good health and blessed life that God has given me. I also want to inspire others and show them that with hard work and dedication, you can accomplish things greater than you ever imagined possible.
If you could run an obstacle race anywhere in the world, where would it be?
What interesting fact do most fans of OCR not know about you?
I learned how to ride a unicycle at the age of 12 and it's just like riding a bike, you never forget how to do it.
Who is one of the OCR athletes you admire most and why?
Ryan Atkins. He is extremely well rounded - He has podiumed in the 3k at World Championships and logged over 100 miles at the World's Toughest Mudder in the same year several times.
If you hadn't found OCR, in what sport(s) would you be competing?
Honestly, I most likely wouldn't be competing in any sport. I didn't play sports in high school and I didn't go to college so I thought that my chances of being any type of athlete were over. That's part of what motivates me, it feels like I have been given an amazing opportunity I didn't think I would.
What are your goals with OCR?
Short term, I want to make my name with short courses like Spartan Stadiums/Sprints, Savage Blitz, and the Championship 3k's. Long term, I want be the absolute best OCR athlete in the world.