TJ Szymanski

Age: 37

Height: 5'11

Weight: 170lbs

Date of Birth: 3/13/1981

Born: Flint, MI

Lives: Clinton Township, MI

Course Specialty: 

Long to Ultra Distance (12-18+ miles)

OCR Coach: Self



I grew up playing hockey and practicing martial arts. Over the years I have won multiple jujitsu and grappling tournaments. I have a jujitsu black belt and a green belt in kenpo.

I was adopted at a young age by the best parents I could ask for. I grew up mountain biking with my Dad. I did my first 60 mile bike ride on my 12th birthday and have been hooked on endurance events since. I was never a fan of running until OCR, but now I love it!. I never really found an endurance sport that I enjoyed or was feasible to do until I found OCR. Once I found OCR it was on. I have an amazing 14 year old son (autism Dad) who loves doing events for charity, especially CF.

My focus in 2019 is on raising awareness and money for Rock CF by doing 5k's and 10k’s with my son. My individual focus will be an Togher/Toughest and World's Toughest Mudder.


What was your first obstacle race and why did you do it?

My first race was a tough mudder in 2013. I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie and thought it looked really cool and super hard so I wanted to try it.


What drives you to compete?

My son drives me. Was not about competition for me until the end of last year...the way my training inspired him to be better which in turn really lit a fire in me. 2019 is game on and it’s for him. 

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 have never been a runner and never ran prior to OCR. Until last year I never ran more then 12 miles

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

Ryan Atkins. He is the perfect role model for a new growing sport. When kids see someone like that as the face of what we do, we will attract the right type of athlete for the future.  

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

I would still be competing in Jiu Jistu tournaments.

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