Date of Birth: 7/25/1983
Born: Fresno, CA
Lives: Clovis, CA
Ultra Distance (18+ miles)
OCR Coach: Walt Gonzales
OCR Team: Synners OCR
Nicole McManus began her Obstacle Course Racing journey in 2015 at the Spartan Super in Monterrey, CA. As a single parent of two girls under the age of two, Nicole initially got involved with obstacle racing to lose baby weight and challenge herself. After her first race, she immediately found herself both challenged and motivated in a way she hadn’t felt in more than a decade.
Although Nicole grew up playing sports and played college soccer, her desire to compete had disappeared as adult responsibilities set in. Her love for fitness and sports and passion for competing began to emerge again after finding OCR as the competitor in her was reignited. Over several months, and then from year to year, she found herself clocking faster race times, getting stronger with obstacles, and dreaming of a podium finish. Her endurance stood out as a clear strength and the longer race formats started calling her. Enter Synners OCR and Walt Gonzales. With specialized strength training and a focused effort, her podium dreams became a reality. In her first ultra beast (Spartan Tahoe Ultra Beast) she took third place earning her first podium spot. Soon after, she earned another podium in the Sacramento Spartan Super - her training and preparation seemed to be paying off.
Not long after she began finding success with racing, Nicole's life would change as she was diagnosed with cancer. After taking time off for surgeries and recovery, she decided to recommit to the athlete path and began hammering away at the challenging training that got her atop her first podium.
What was your first obstacle race and why did you do it?
Spartan Monterrey 2015; I wanted to see if I could even complete a Spartan race...and, I wanted to play in the mud.
What drives you to compete?
Pushing limits of what I and others thought I could do.
If you could run an obstacle race anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Scotland. It's where my family is from and they do a Trifecta+ Ultra weekend there.
What interesting fact do most fans of OCR not know about you?
I've always loved T-Rex's. When I was 10 I told my Mom I was going to marry one!
Who is one of the OCR athletes you admire most and why?
Amelia Boone. She is obviously an amazing OCR athlete but also Ultra trail athlete as well. She has fought through a lot in her career and has an amazing outlook on life.
If you hadn't found OCR, in what sport(s) would you be competing?
Probably trail racing, I love to climb mountains!
What are your goals with OCR?
Earn as many buckles and top spots in Ultra OCR formats as I can.