Born: Anchorage, AK
Lives: Anchorage, AK
Mid Distance (5-12 miles)
OCR Coach: Yancy Culp
OCR Team: Spartan Select Pro Team
Taylor Turney loves training hard and chasing big goals. Before 2015, and his first obstacle course race, he wasn't sure which sport he wanted to pursue. He had competed in football, wrestling, soccer and track before suffering a season ending head injury during his sophomore year in high school. For health and longevity, he switched to endurance sports and finished out high school competing in cross-country running, cross-country skiing, and track.
Taylor walked on to his college track team, but never found his stride until he discovered OCR. He is currently hammering up and down mountains in Alaska with a renewed passion for all things running, climbing, and obstacle-ing.
What was your first obstacle race and why did you do it?
Spartan Sprint Breckenridge in 2015. My wife ran the Spartan in Fort Carson as I spectated, and I was hooked before even trying one. We were living in Denver at the time and I signed up for the next available race! I couldn’t believe an organized running event would have you crawl uphill, on snow, under barbed wire… I had a blast.
What drives you to compete?
I love the training journey. It challenges me mentally, physically, and spiritually. Competing creates the testing grounds where I can push to my absolute limit among other like-minded athletes.
If you could run an obstacle race anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I would love to run an obstacle course at home in Alaska. We have yet to have a competitive OCR series take advantage of our epic mountains and natural obstacles. One of my favorite things about sport is the community surrounding it. Without a major race to train for and participate in, most Alaskans haven’t had the chance to experience the awesome-ness that is OCR.
What interesting fact do most fans of OCR not know about you?
I’m a new dad! My son motivates me to make the best out of every training opportunity. I not only want to teach him the value of hard work, but also the importance of family time and getting out in nature. Nothing beats pulling him on the trails in our KidRunner jogger and playing at the park during a family training sesh.
Who is one of the OCR athletes you admire most and why?
Mark Batres. He trains and competes at the highest level while prioritizing family and holding down a full-time job. I admire how he and his wife Natalie dominate races while being awesome parents.
If you hadn't found OCR, in what sport(s) would you be competing?
Mountain Running! Since OCR hasn’t found Alaska yet, all my local races are mountain and trail races. My favorite parts of mountain running are the dangerously epic descents. Also, Ridge is actually my middle name.
What are your goals with OCR?
To push my limits and become the best athlete and person I can be. I’m always training to win, but the joy is in the journey!