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Age: 24
DOB: 06/26/1996
Born: Cold Spring New York United States
Height: 5' 11" - 180cm
Weight: 150lbs - 68kg
Born: Cold Spring New York United States
Lives: Cold Spring New York United States

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2017 was Cali's first year racing at the Elite level in OCR. At just 21 years-old, she became one of the youngest females to win a race at the Spartan Elite level. She played competitive basketball throughout high school and Division 1 soccer at Boston University.

In 2018, Cali claimed 6 elite podium spots - three being first place finishes. Cali joined the Spartan Pro Team in 2019 and managed 8 more podium finishes. Cali is now part of the 2020 Spartan Pro Team.

Dennis Welch - The Endurance Project
2020 Spartan Pro Team
Mid (5-12 miles / 8k-20k)
Long (12-18 miles / 20k-30k)
2019 Spartan World Championships - 20th Place Elite
2018 Spartan U.S. National Series - 11th Place Elite
2020 HYROX Dallas Doubles - 1st Place, American Record (3 seconds off WR)
2018 NJ Bonefrog Tier-1 - 1st Place Elite
2017: 6 Elite Spartan Races, 2 Podiums (NJ Super - 1st; West Point Sprint - 2nd)
2020 Hyrox Dallas - 15th Place Pro Female (raced after Doubles)
2020 Hyrox Dallas Doubles - 1st Place, American Record (3 seconds off WR)
2020 HYROX Chicago - 8th Place Pro Female
2019 HYROX NYC - 3rd Place Pro Female
2019 Long Island Spartan Sprint - 3rd Place Elite
2019 Spartan World Championships - 20th Place Elite
2019 West Point Spartan Sprints - 3rd Place Elite (Saturday), 3rd Place Elite (Sunday)
2019 Boston Super and Sprint - 4th Place Elite (Saturday Super), 3rd Place Elite (Sunday Sprint)
2019 Utah Spartan Super (National Series) - 16th Place Elite
2019 Tri-State NY Sprints - 1st Place Elite (Saturday), 3rd Place Elite (Sunday)
2019 Big Bear Beast (National Series) - 23rd Place Elite
2019 Boston Sprint - 1st Place Elite
2019 Tri-State NJ Beast - 3rd Place Elite
2019 Alabama Super (National Series) - 17th Place Elite
2019 Jacksonville Super (National Series) - 25th Place Elite
2018 Long Island Spartan Sprint - 1st Place Elite
2018 NJ Spartan Sprint - 2nd Place Elite
2018 West Point Spartan Sprints - 2nd Place Elite (Saturday), 1st Place Elite (Sunday)
2018 Spartan World Championships - 26th Place Elite
2018 Boston Spartan Super - 2nd Place Elite
2018 Utah Spartan Super (National Series) - 12th Place Elite
2018 Chicago Spartan Super (National Series) - 26th Place Elite
2018 Tri-State NY Spartan Sprint - 5th Place Elite
2018 Big Bear Spartan Beast (National Series) - 13th Place Elite
2018 NJ Spartan Beast - 1st Place Elite
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Post-Race Interview after 1st Place Finish at the 2018 Long Island Sprint

Post-Race Interview after 2nd Place Finish at the 2018 Boston Super

Final Obstacles and Finish of the 2018 Spartan World Championships

Natural Running Network

Natural Running Network w/ Cali Schweikhart: June 12, 2018

Natural Running Network

Natural Running Network: Spartan World Championships with the Young Guns, October 2018

Obstacle Running Adventures

123. Boston Spartan Sprint with Elites, and Another Giveaway!

NuGo Athlete of the Month

NuGo Athlete of the Month, July 2018

Spring Energy Athlete Page

#SpringTribe Athlete Cali Schweikhart

Spartan Race: Mountain Creek Brings Pain, Climbs, and Rewards

Race Recap of the Mountain Creek Beast and Ultra Beast

Q & A

My first obstacle race was the 2015 NJ Spartan Super. I was taking a gap-year from college after leaving Boston University and really wanted something to train for and wanted to challenge myself. I have always loved fitness and training, so my friend recommended that I do a Spartan Race. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made! From the minute I toed the start line, I was hooked.

I'm driven mainly by my love for training and the process. To me, the competition is a test of all of the hard work (and fun) that you've put in. Even though it's nerve-wracking, it's so much fun to test your abilities and push yourself to see what you are capable of. Plus, obstacle course racing has some of the best venues in the world. Competing in this sport is an amazing opportunity to see and enjoy new and beautiful places in the coolest way possible!

I would love to run a race in Ireland or Germany... or anywhere in Europe!

I love to sing! When I was in fourth grade, I actually got pulled up on stage at a concert to sing with Pat Monahan and the band "Train."

I don’t think I could name just one - there are so many incredible athletes in this sport that happen to be phenomenal people as well! For example, I had the opportunity to do a trail run in my hometown with Ryan Atkins and Austin Azar last year and I was blown away by how humble and genuine they both were. I also consider myself fortunate to have been able to spend time with athletes like Faye Stenning, Cassidy Watton, Orla Walsh, Kate Cramer, Alyssa Hawley, Rea Kolbl, Nicole Mericle, and Lindsay Webster. All of these amazing women have been so supportive of and helpful to me as a young athlete in the sport and I couldn’t be more grateful!

I don't want to think about a scenario in which I hadn't found OCR - ha! I'm not sure what I would be competing in if that was the case. I was recruited as a goalkeeper for the Boston University women's soccer program, but I left BU after my freshman year because soccer started to be more stressful than fun and my heart wasn't in it anymore. After I stopped playing soccer competitively, I still trained (for both soccer and general fitness) consistently because I loved it. I feel like it's quite possible that, if I hadn't found OCR, I would just be training to stay fit and feel good!

I typically prefer longer races that emphasize endurance over sheer speed. As far as formats go, I am a fan of penalties for obstacles as opposed to mandatory completion. Be it burpees or penalty laps, I like having that option if one fails an obstacle. Sometimes conditions or other circumstances make it difficult to complete every single obstacle, and I think having penalties that allow athletes to continue the race but still impact their time/results often leads to race results that better reflect the overall fitness of the athletes (as opposed to strictly obstacle proficiency). This is why I am a big Spartan Race fan.

My training is a combination of many different things: running, tire pulling, incline hiking, strength work, and grip/obstacle work. My volume varies depending on the circumstances (upcoming races, time of year, etc.). Fortunately, my coach Dennis programs and monitors all of my training, which takes the guess work out of it for me!

My favorite recovery techniques are foam rolling, self myofascial release with lacrosse balls and other roller tools, epsom salt baths, and ice baths. I try to do self-massage almost nightly to work on tight muscles and try to keep things loose. I love getting massages, but since they can be expensive, I don't go get them super often. I also love seeing my chiropractor for general alignments and specific work on anything that needs attention! Sleep is also key, and I aim to get 8-9 hours per night at least.

My advice would be to embrace all of OCR's challenges. There are so many facets of physical fitness that are challenged by OCR: aerobic capacity, grip strength, upper/lower body strength, coordination, agility, etc. It's fun to try and improve in all of these different areas, and it makes training less monotonous when you can switch things up a lot. Don't get discouraged if you feel like you have a lot of work to do - just make sure your training has a purpose and keep working to progress!

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