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Age: 37
DOB: 08/26/1981
Born: Newport News Virginia United States
Height: 6' - 183cm
Weight: 180lbs - 82kg
Born: Newport News Virginia United States
Lives: Newport News Virginia United States

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Jason was born and currently resides in Newport News, Virginia and is a single father to a four-year-old daughter, a decorated United States Army Combat Veteran, an elite OCR athlete, and a PhD student. Growing up he played several sports through high school and went on to receive a football scholarship at the University of the Cumberlands, playing Defensive Back and Wide Receiver. Upon graduation, Jason was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army. He was a decorated officer during his seven years of active duty that included three combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His awards and decorations include two Bronze Star Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Badge for being actively engaged in direct combat with an enemy, and the Parachutist Badge (Airborne). He was also inducted into the Military Order of Saint Christopher and was named the 2009 Transportation Corps Regimental Officer of the Year. In 2011, Jason completed his service in the Army and began working as a Department of Defense contractor while also continuing his educational pursuits. In 2013, he received his Master’s Degree in Disaster Relief Logistics and is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Leadership. When he’s not at work, spending quality time with his daughter, or doing research for his PhD, Jason can be found in the gym, on the trails, or looking for his next OCR race.

Yancy Camp - Mike Mark
Shortest (under 2 miles / 3k)
Short (3-5 miles / 5k-8k)
7 x Top 20 Spartan Elite Finishes
Spartan Elite Qualifer - North American Championships
OCR North American Championships Pro Qualifer
OCR World Championships Pro Qualifier
2nd Place - 2019 Grit OCR Mile
2019 Bonefrog, Tier 1, Virginia Beach, VA - 5th Place
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VIDEOS
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Bear Bones Radio Interview - I had the pleasure of chatting with Jason Wood, or as he is known on Instagram, @jfloydwood, about his transformation both mentally and physically once he found the sport of obstacle course racing. He shares his mindset that helped him shed 40 pounds, and get into the elite bracket of obstacle course racing, and how it helped change his life in other ways as well.

The Heartbeat - This episode of The Heartbeat you will get to hear from Jason Wood... Dad, retired Army Combat Veteran, OCR elite athlete, Phd student, and over all around amazing human!

You will get to hear about his journey and mindset around overcoming and adapting after leaving military life, adjusting to civilian life and finding his purpose. So so so inspiring and brilliant!!!

PODCASTS
PODCASTS
Fit Dad Fitness

Ep 84: How Jason Wood tackled mini goals on the path to becoming an elite OCR athlete

Bear Bones Radio

Bear Bones Radio Interview - I had the pleasure of chatting with Jason Wood, or as he is known on Instagram, @jfloydwood, about his transformation both mentally and physically once he found the sport of obstacle course racing. He shares his mindset that helped him shed 40 pounds, and get into the elite bracket of obstacle course racing, and how it helped change his life in other ways as well.

First Class Fatherhood

Episode 175 Jason Wood is a First Class Father and Combat Veteran who served with the United States Army. He is currently an elite Obstacle Course Athlete who is sponsored and competes in Spartan Races. Jason is also on the brink of receiving a PHD in Business. In this episode he discusses his journey to fatherhood as a single Dad who is co-parenting with his daughters mom. His four year old daughter is a chip off the old block who is already completing Obstacle Courses herself.

MEDIA NEWS & OTHER
MEDIA NEWS & OTHER
Richmond, VA Top 40 Under 40

2012 Style Weekly Magazine Top 40 Under 40

2009 Transportation Corps Officer of the Year

Selection as the 2009 United States Army Transportation Corps Officer of the Year

Q & A

My first obstacle course race was the Spartan Race Virginia Super in June of 2017. I remember being in a relatively tough place in my life and looking in the mirror and not liking the person staring back at me. I was 40 pounds heavier than I am now (it wasn’t a good 40 pounds) and wasn’t a good role model for my daughter. I needed a challenge and something to push me. I saw an advertisement for the Spartan race and decided to sign up, drive up to Arrington, and compete in the Open Division by myself. I barely crossed the finish line and had to lay down for an hour afterwards because my entire body was cramping. After that race I was hooked on OCR and have gradually improved not only my health and fitness, but my overall perspective on life. The OCR community is simply amazing. I’ve made so many lifelong friends in a short amount of time and enjoy meeting people in the festival area just as much as I love battling it out on the course.

The person that drives everything I do in my life is my four-year-old daughter, Camila. Whether I’m out training on the trails or toeing the start line, she’s what I’m thinking about. I want to be an example to her of what a healthy lifestyle looks like and, ultimately, that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to if you dedicate yourself and put in the work.

I’ve had the opportunity to run races in some beautiful places like Palmerton, West Virginia, Stratton Mountain, and SoCal. If there’s a venue that is out there right now that is on the bucket list, it would be Hawaii for the Spartan Trifecta weekend. For the past few years it has fallen on the same weekend as my birthday. Wouldn’t mind celebrating there! I’ve also made many international friends that are OCR freaks like myself and they have convinced me that I need to make the trip across the pond to race in a few spots in Europe. We’ll see!

I’m a firm believer in service and giving back, especially when it comes to the military veteran community. In 2011, I was nominated for GQ Magazine's “Better Men Better World” search and in 2012 I was named as one of Richmond Top 40 Under 40 by Style Weekly Magazine for volunteer contributions to the community. I’ve recently also been to the Amazon with a nonprofit organization called Wine to Water. Their mission is to provide clean water to those in need all over the world. I will be headed back on another volunteer trip in 2019 with them to Nepal. I’ve also had the amazing opportunity to run five marathons and two half marathons with my blind friend, David, and guiding him to several PR’s. I’ve worked extremely hard and have been very fortunate in my life, but I don’t want success alone to define me. I want to be an active participant in changing the world, not just a person living in it. And yes, you read that right, this mug was once on the GQ Magazine website 🙂

This is a tough question to answer because I feel like I’ve meet so many OCR athletes that are not only top-notch athletes, but wonderful people. Robert Killian, Ryan Atkins, Lindsay Webster, the Kempson brothers, Brian Gowiski, Ryan Woods, Mack Roesch, and Rea Kolbl are obviously a few that stand out. The regional athletes and dedicated weekend warriors that are out there racing all the time are ultimately what the sport of OCR is built on. If it weren’t for folks like Lefty Kapanadze, Sean Clayton, Darun Barazanchy, Troy King, Brian Beal and his soon to be wife Sheila, Scott Knowles, Kevin Gillotti, and a slew of other folks, the sport wouldn’t be what it is today (in my opinion). There’s a few athletes at the top of the mountain right now and they better be working to stay there because there’s some hungry athletes coming for them…

This is the toughest question! At 37, you’re certainly limited (unless you’re Tom Brady). I would likely be road racing, competing in triathlons (Ironman and Xterra are on the bucket list), or star of the local flag football team 🙂

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RACE SCHEDULE
Spartan, Super/Sprint, Charlotte, 6-7 April 2019
Spartan, Stadion, Citi Field, 13 April 2019
Spartan, Monterey, 1-2 June 2019
Spartan, Stadion, AT&T Stadium, 22 June 2019
Spartan, Sprint, Washington, DC, 29-30 June 2019
Spartan, Utah, 20-21 July 2019
Spartan, Asheville, 27-28 July 2019
NORAM Championships, Stratton, 9-10 August 2019
Spartan, Hawaii Trifecta, Hawaii, 17-18 August 2019
Spartan, North American Championships, West Virginia, 24-25 August 2019
LINKED RACE RESULTS

  • It’s been almost 18 days since I’ve seen this smiling face. It’s difficult going a day, let alone 3 weeks. I try to justify the time away by saying that I will come back a better man, a better father. This time is different, I don’t feel that way at all. I’ve failed several people during this time away. People I love and care for. I know I’m better than the man I’ve been lately and, ultimately, I need to PROVE IT. I’m sorry to those I’ve failed and, to my daughter, I will do better to be the example you need.
  • The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.
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#motivation #transformation #ocr #obstacles #spartanrace #spartan #spartanelite #beast #beastmode
  • Back from Nepal just in time to take one deep breath and head to @spartanrace Big Bear. Who will I see on the mountain?!
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“When you’re exhausted, weak, and tired and everyone around you looks just as bad as you or even worse – that’s the perfect time for you to make a statement.  You let everyone around you know that when their life ends, that’s when yours begins.” – David Goggins
  • Water Buffalo Wednesday? •
This beautiful creature hung out with me for a little bit while I dug trench line. Then he decided to fling 💩 at me. If a cow would have flung it at me, it would have been considered a blessing. But it was a water buffalo so I guess I’m 💩 out of luck (dad joke!).
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  • Still tough to believe I took this photo. Seeing Mount Everest up close and personal for the first time will be one of the most memorable moments of my life. This photo does Everest, and the mountain range that surrounds it, zero justice. It’s beauty and sheer size can’t be put into words. Maybe next time I’ll take a photo from the top 🤷‍♂️🤔
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Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering. -Saint Augustine
  • Took the opportunity to paraglide in Nepal today. 30 minutes of gliding with some beautiful views!
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Don't exist. Live. Get out and explore. Challenge authority. Challenge yourself. Thrive. Evolve. Change forever. Become who you say you always will.
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