For Reno, NV resident Josh Peukert, it started as a personal endeavor to conquer a single OCR race and have some fun. However, OCR has ultimately become a lifestyle – a journey to embrace and capture the competitive spirit. More importantly, it has become a way to make an impact and stay connected with a growing community of fellow OCR athletes and friends.
When It All Began
My first OCR was the Lake Tahoe Sprint in 2016. A group of friends who I met for the first time at the race (we were Fitbit friends) decided this Spartan Race thing looked like a good time. I actually remember thinking, “People pay to do this?” When we finished, I was cold, hypothermic, miserable, and couldn’t wait to find out when the next race was.
There From The Beginning
My best race finish to date is 6th overall in the Competitive Division at the Spartan Sprint in Sacremento, CA in 2017. I also placed 2nd in my age group, a close 45 seconds after the first place finisher.
The Reasons Behind It All...
I started racing because I wanted to see if I was capable of actually completing the race. I spent over a decade smoking cigarettes and not participating in any type of physical activity.
When I quit smoking, I regained that competitive spirit that I had when I was younger. OCR has given me a way to stay competitive and regain my fitness levels. I always look forward to seeing people I have met through social media and catching up with them.
What Do I Want To Be Remembered For?
To sum it up, my 2018 goals consist of qualifying for the Spartan Race North American Championship (happily, this has already been accomplished!), qualifying for Spartan Race World Championship in Lake Tahoe and earning at least one podium in an Age Group race.
Images courtesy: Josh Peukert. For more, connect at @jpeuk_ocr