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Age: 43
DOB: 09/09/1975
Born: Toronto Canada
Height: 5' 11" - 180cm
Weight: 184lbs - 83kg
Born: Toronto Canada
Lives: Austin Texas United States

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I was born in Toronto, Canada and grew up in New Hampshire. With no cross-country or track experience I don’t have the typical runner’s resume that many athletes have in obstacle racing. I did play college basketball and a couple years of semi-professional baseball, but I had never run more than 3 consecutive miles until I was 36 years old!

My first obstacle race was a Spartan Sprint in late 2012, and that was the one that hooked me. I finished 56th in the open heat of that race, and barely made the top 10 of my age group - but I had found my passion. Since then, I've logged thousands of hours of OCR-specific training running trails and inclined treadmills, doing countless pullups and carrying heavy objects.

Since 2012, I’ve dedicated myself to the sport of obstacle racing and have done everything I can with training, nutrition and mindset to constantly improve. Currently, I'm focused on short to mid distance courses.

Outside of competing, I'm a founding partner of FitLincMedia, where we help OCR athletes and businesses grow their brands, dial-in their social media and connect with each other around sponsorship.

Shortest (under 2 miles / 3k)
Short (3-5 miles / 5k-8k)
Mid (5-12 miles / 8k-20k)
Career: 50 Races; 7 Overall Wins (17 Masters); 8 Overall Podiums (25 Masters)
2018 Tough Mudder X World Championship Qualifier
2x Spartan Time Trial Winner (AT&T Stadium and Austin, TX 2017)
2016 OCR World Championship 15k Masters 3rd
2016 Spartan U.S. National Series 11th Overall (2nd Masters)
2018 Tough Mudder X Finals, Miami, FL - 23rd (1st Masters)
2018 Tough Mudder X Open, Sacramento, CA - 25th (1st Masters)
2017 Spartan Super Elite, Austin, TX - 1st
2017 Bonefrog Tier I Elite, Austin, TX - 1st
2017 Spartan Time Trial Elite, Austin, TX - 1st
2017 Spartan U.S. National Series, Monterey, CA - 38th (2nd Masters)
2017 Spartan U.S. National Series, Seattle, WA - 22nd (3rd Masters)
2017 Broken Skull Challenge Season 5 Episode 1 (CMT)
2013 American Ninja Warrior Season 5 Episode 1 - Venice Beach (NBC)
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Alpha Warrior in San DIego 2014

The Link Endurance Podcast

In this episode our guest, and one of the top Elite Masters OCR athletes on the planet Michael Mark talks about how he is overcoming a devastating, season ending achilles tendon rupture last month during a warm-up run before the TMX World Championship. Michael was arguably in the best shape of his life when his season ended in a split second.

The Obstacle Order

This show focuses on the attitudes, practices, and mindset necessary to be the best athlete you can be. Also, the best approach to setting goals and expectations. What is it that separates the champions from the also-rans? Listen to this episode to find out!

Q & A

2012 Spartan Sprint in Malibu, California. I did my first and only marathon 6 months prior and really didn't like pavement running with nothing to break the monotony but a few sections of cheering spectators. I saw an ad for Spartan a month later and it looked like something I needed badly, but hadn't known I needed. Watching some video of races, it seemed raw, gritty, challenging and demanding of the whole body, mind and spirit. It was love at first sight.

To be the best I can be. I like winning or simply finishing well compared to others, but having played team sports, I really connect with competition that allows for camaraderie

Dare to dream! I'd want it in my hometown of Sunapee, New Hampshire on Mt. Sunapee.

I spent 9 years after college learning about the brain and we can best use it 🙂

Likely a pick-up league for basketball, baseball/softball.

When I'm in running shape, longer...when I'm in lifting shape, shorter. LOL! I like the grind of the long formats and the high-adrenaline of the short ones. I also like to mix-in some heavier weights just to keep it balanced.

For off-season training and in-season between events, I average about 5 days/week 1-2 hours each session on OCR-specific skills and cross-training (moderate to hard efforts on a mountain bike, indoor climbing, yoga, bootcamp classes, etc.). Recovery work isn't included.

Light cross-training and massage, stretching, rolling, compression sleeves, and most importantly, sleep.

Lift only the amount of weight you need to get through a course. You can never be too fast for OCR - focus on running.

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Spartan AT&T Stadium, Dallas, TX, June 22, 2019

  • Reach for something.
In the grand scheme of things, we get so little time. So little time to strive, to learn and grow, to contribute, and to really live.
If you have a hope or dream, no matter the size or distance, take action - reach for it. In countless studies looking at end-of-life reflections, the #1 biggest regret is having held back on a dream. Shoot for the moon; if you miss, you’ll still land among the stars.
#livelife #dontwait #makethisonecount
  • When life hands you lemonade...drink it. A breakout weather day in Austin calls for exploring new trails.
#trail #trailrunning #outside
  • Transitioning from flat, non-technical trail to the opposite, and back again is next up on my returning to racing “to do” list. Man I miss zipping through the woods...And the voice whispers, “Patience Grasshopper, patience”.
#slowandsteady #maybenotsoslow #trailrunning
  • Sometimes the sandbox you’re playing in just happens to have a sweet monkey bar rig 😎.
@bgowiski and I were testing the fastest way through...side grip, straight-on or the cheetah lache. How do you get through?
#monkeybars #ocr #obstacleracing #ocrathlete
  • Time to come out of winter hibernation. The weather may not be cooperating exactly, but that’s not going to stop the push to crush the short course this year 💪🏼
#riptmxyesnoyesno #spartanstadion #noram3k #ocrwc3k #ocr #obstacleracing #ocrathlete
  • This pic is from roughly 100 years ago when OCR training mostly just involved running up to something heavy and carrying it up and down a hill until you couldn’t see straight.
Has much changed? 😆
#fitlincmedia #ocr #obstacleracing #ocrathlete #ocrtraining #myfavoritepartoftraining



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