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Age: 18
DOB: 07/17/2001
Born: Portland Oregon United States
Height: 6' - 183cm
Weight: 163lbs - 74kg
Born: Portland Oregon United States
Lives: Gardnerville Nevada United States

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I am 17 years old, making me one of the youngest elite competitors in the sport of Obstacle Course Racing. I began competing in OCR four years ago. After my first race I was hooked and began my pursuit of becoming a top elite athlete. In order to take my racing to the next level I left high school Track and Field, as well as Cross Country to focus my energy on OCR.

Mark Batres
Short (3-5 miles/5k-8k)
Mid (5-12 miles/8k-20k)
North American 15k OCR Champion (AG 18-24)-2019
Spartan Super West Virginia 3rd Place Elite-2019
Spartan Super Sacramento Saturday 2nd Place Elite-2018
Spartan Sprint Sacramento Sunday 3rd Place Elite-2018
North American Pro Team, Stratton VT, 3rd Place-2018
Spartan Age Group Championship Beast West Virginia 2nd Place (14-17)-2017
North American 15k OCR Champion (AG 14-17)-2018
2019 Spartan Super West Virginia-3rd Place Male Elite
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Interview#2 w/“The Young Guns”

This is the second overall podcast that I have done, and the first with the great Richard Diaz. In this podcast Rich asked me and the other "Young Guns" (Veejay Jones, Cali Schweikhart, and John Penland) questions about training, race strategy, and what we see in the future of OCR!

Live from the LA Spartan Sprint

This was the first podcast I'd ever done. It was very unexpected, as was everything that weekend, as I got interviewed about being the youngest Spartan Race podium finisher ever!

Pioneer High’s James Nair scholar and elite Spartan athlete

This article was written shortly after earning my podiums in Sacramento. It goes into detail about the obstacles in these races, as well as some of my other accomplishments in the sport of OCR.

James Nair racing a Spartan’s life

This is the first article ever written about my successes in OCR. It was written shortly after I earned my first two podiums and details how I got into OCR, who I look up to, etc.

Q & A

My first obstacle course race was the Sacramento Super. I'd seen a commercial on TV and thought that Spartan Race looked like an fun challenge. I went and ran it and was instantly hooked!

The love of competition and the love of running are what drive me to compete. I love the rush of dashing off the starting line. I love the when my heart is beating a million miles an hour, when my lungs feel like they are on fire, and the only thing I can think about is passing the person in front of me.

If I could run a World Championship race anywhere in the world it would be on the Austria course. I hear it is an incredibly physically challenging course, and the views are supposed to be phenomenal.

Before entering the sport of OCR I was really into snowboarding. I lived for the winter, and would go to the resort as often as possible! At one point I even dreamed of becoming a professional snowboarder, but once I found OCR I realized that I loved that even more.

It is difficult to pick just one OCR athlete that I admire, as all of the top OCR athletes deserve admiration and respect for their achievements. Some of the racers that had the greatest impact/influence on me are Robert Killian and Hunter McIntyre. I really admire Robert's grit and integrity, and the fact that he always races his hardest. I really admire Hunter because of his competitiveness, as well as his love for weight training and alternative training methods (I came from a gym and track background before entering the sport of OCR).

Had I not found OCR I would be competing in Track and Field and Cross Country at the Varsity level.

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Spartan Race World Championship Beast, Squaw Valley-September 29, 2019
Spartan Race Dallas Beast and Sprint Weekend-October 26-27, 2019
Spartan Race Sacramento Super and Sprint Weekend-November 16-17, 2019
Spartan Race Los Angeles Sprint Weekend- December 7-8, 2019



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