- What does “OCR” stand for?
- Is there a time limit to the races?
- What if I wear glasses?
- Why would I want to do an Obstacle Course Race?
- Should I bring my family?
Corn Fed FAQ’s
- Why Corn Fed? Where did the name come from?
- Why should I join team Corn Fed instead of going alone?
- How will team Corn Fed Spartans help me through the course?
- Why do you consider Corn Fed family?
- How do I buy one of those sweet CFS Jerseys?
- Are post race parties acceptable? More importantly – where is the post race party?!
Race Day FAQ’s
- What if there is an obstacle I can’t complete/don’t want to do?
- Will there be water stations?
- If there are water crossings and I can’t swim do they provide life vests?
- Where do I put my stuff while I am racing?
- Will there be shower facilities?
- What is the best way to clean mud/sand/dirt from my clothes/gear?
- Post race recovery – what should I do?
- What should I wear?
- What type of shoes should I wear?
- What exactly is a hydration pack and should I wear one?
What does “OCR” stand for?
“OCR” is an acronym that stands for Obstacle Course Race.
Is there a time limit to the races?
There is no time limit to most races.
What if I wear glasses?
This would be a great question for your eye doctor. They may be able to provide more useful information. Some racers have opted to wear goggles, while others have decided to risk it and wear their glasses in conjunction with some kind of an athletic band to ensure they stay put. Contact wearers typically go ahead and wear their contacts. There are water stations as well as medical crews who will be able to assist with the flushing of eyes in case you get mud or dirt in them.
Why would I want to do an Obstacle Course Race?
Why wouldn’t you want to do an obstacle course race?! The sense of accomplishment you feel after completing one of these races is indescribably. Like the Spartan Race tagline says, “You’ll know at the finish line”!
Should I bring my family?
You should ABSOLUTELY bring your family. There is a strong family environment at Obstacle Course Races. Some events even have kids races for the children! Come out, make it a family affair!
Why Corn Fed? Where did the name come from?
The team originated in Indiana. It was the mission of several members to bring Spartan Race to the Midwest. In April of 2012 that demand was fulfilled by Spartan Race and the Indiana Founders Race was held in Laurel, IN on a very cold April day.
Why should I join team Corn Fed instead of going alone?
There are many reasons to join a team such as the Corn Fed Spartans. There are some obstacles at these races that are FAR easier to conquer with the assistance of teammates. The Corn Fed Spartans help one another through these race courses time and time again, strengthening our bond more and more with every race.
How will team Corn Fed Spartans help me through the course?
The Corn Fed Spartans will help you physically overcome any obstacle that the course can throw at you. But the assistance goes much further than that. The Corn Fed Spartans will also be there for you mentally and emotionally. Words of encouragement to push yourself past your self perceived limits is what this stuff is all about. Corn Fed Spartans know that better than most, and we all hold one another to high standards. You’ll often times see Corn Fed Spartans also helping other racers who aren’t on our team. One of our missions is to complete these races, another one is to make sure everyone we come across has that same opportunity whether they are on our team or not. Corn Fed Spartans will always be there to lend a hand to a fellow racer.
Why do you consider Corn Fed family?
Pushing our teammates past our self perceived limits lends itself to forming a special bond with each other. This bond is in many ways like that of family members. For more on why we consider Corn Fed family, check out Maribel’s account of her first Spartan Race at Fenway!
Are post race parties acceptable? More importantly – where is the post race party?!
Post race parties are most certainly acceptable. They are another GREAT way to bond with your teammates…your family! As far as finding out where the parties are, you’ll have to join the Corn Fed Spartans on Facebook to get that information. Stop in there, join the fun and introduce yourself!
- A photo ID. This will be necessary to pick up your race bib/timing chip.
- Change of clothes. You’ll want to change into something before getting into your vehicle.
- Baby wipes. Sometimes the showering situation isn’t all that great.
- Sandals or flip-flops. They are easier to put on than socks and shoes.
- Trash bags. You’ll want somewhere to put your muddy gear for the ride home.
- Cash. You’ll probably want some merchandise and maybe some food!
What if there is an obstacle I can’t complete/don’t want to do?
At most races if you can’t complete an obstacle or simply do not want to, you can just pass it up. At a Spartan Race, however, there is a penalty for failing to do an obstacle or deciding to pass an obstacle. This penalty is the highly regarded BURPEE. 30 of them per failed or passed up obstacle!
Will there be water stations?
Unless stated otherwise on the race specific website, there will be water stations provided. It is the opinion of Corn Fed to always be prepared and bring your own water to longer races, especially if you tend to go through a lot of water during your training. Some Spartan Races have been “self supporting”, meaning that they expect you to provide your own water source such as a hydration pack.
If there are water crossings and I can’t swim do they provide life vests?
If there are water crossings and you can’t swim, you can opt out of the obstacle. In most races this will be a penalty free opt out and you just proceed to the next obstacle. However, if this is a Spartan Race, you will be expected to do 30 burpees for not completing the obstacle. At this year’s Spartan Ultra Beast, a 26.2+ mile race, they did have some life vests available for those participants wanting to attempt the obstacle but weren’t completely comfortable with their swimming abilities.
Where do I put my stuff while I am racing?
Most races will have a bag check area for you to check a bag prior to your race. Typically these cost around $5 to use. It is suggested that you leave all valuable items locked away in your vehicle during the race.
Will there be shower facilities?
Most races will have a “showering” area. This is typically some garden hoses set up with less than ideal water pressure. Some races have fire trucks on hand to assist with hosing down participants. And some races either don’t have shower facilities or they run out of water, so the only way to get “clean” is to rinse off in a nearby creek or use water you’ve brought along with you. This is where it’s a good idea to bring some baby wipes with you so you can at least clean your face and hands.
What is the best way to clean mud/sand/dirt from my clothes/gear?
The best thing to do is to try to knock off as much mud as you can following your race. Then place all of your muddy, sandy, or otherwise dirty gear into a trash bag that you remembered to bring with you. Once you get home, swing by you local car wash. Lay your gear out into the self-wash bay and drop in a few quarters. Use the floor mat hangers to hang your gear, this will stabilize it once you hit it with the high pressure water. Use the high pressure hose to get most of the mud and other grime out of your race gear. Bag your clean-ish gear into a different trash bag and then wash it like normal laundry. This can either be done at home, or at a laundry mat.
Post race recovery – what should I do?
There are many differing opinions on post race rituals. One important thing to remember is you just ran a race. As such, your body has used up valuable nutrition as well as hydration. You’ll want to get some more of both of those in you soon to aid in recovery. Most races will provide a banana and some water as soon as you cross the finish line. Some even offer coconut water as well. The idea is to get potassium into your body to aid in muscle recovery and to prevent cramping. Another good idea is to do some light stretching. Once you’ve done that, you’ll want to get cleaned up and head to the after party – CFS Style!
What should I wear?
The answer to this question is as different as there are number of people running the race. Everyone has their own race wardrobe. We recommend staying away from anything cotton. Cotton will absorb water and become heavier throughout the race. For those who like to run with shirts on, we here at Corn Fed Spartans recommend getting yourself one of our amazing LegendBorne Corn Fed Spartans race jerseys. These are made of a material similar to that of Under Armour, but far tougher. These jerseys will take a snag from barbed wire and keep on performing. As far as shorts, many racers wear some kind of running shorts or CrossFit WOD shorts. These shorts are typically made from materials other than cotton, again, chosen because they don’t retain water like cotton ones would. As far as footwear, many choose some kind of wool socks. This is to aid in the prevention of blisters. Shoes, there are several different brands that racers choose. The important thing to remember is you’re going to want something comfortable on your feet and something that’s going to provide you amble traction in muddy, wet, slippery conditions. More about this in our next question.
What type of shoes should I wear?
As stated in the question just previous to this one, you’ll want to wear a shoe that has some decent tread on it. You’re going to be traversing some muddy, wet, slippery terrain. Your shoes will get wet. They will get muddy. They may even have some sand or rocks in them at times. A lot of racers wear different versions of the inov-8 brand shoes. They are great for water evacuation and they also provide the grip you’ll need to climb those muddy hills. Other racers use Solomon or New Balance that have the same characteristics as the inov-8 shoes. The thing they all have in common is they offer excellent tread. If this is your first race, it’s ok to throw on your old pair of running shoes or the shoes you’ve used for years to mow the lawn. Once you do one race though, you’ll become addicted and you’ll end up having a closet full of specialty shoes.
What exactly is a hydration pack and should I wear one?
A hydration pack is a type of hydration system built as a backpack or waist pack containing a reservoir or “bladder” commonly made of rubber or flexible plastic. There are several different brands out there. Commonly seen at races will be CamelBak or Geigerrig. Hydration packs are typically recommended for longer races where you think you might need water between water stations. Smaller ones might even also be recommended for doing shorter races but in hotter weather. It is important to stay hydrated for many reasons; one of which is to prevent muscle cramping.
What is a burpee?
Spartan Race’s own – Hobie Call demonstrates a proper burpee. If you’re short on time, he actually doesn’t get to the proper burpee until 2:44 into this 2:55 video. Feel free to watch it all, or fast forward if you’d like.