More than Mud - Dawn Marin

More than Mud is an article and interview series dedicated to documenting the incredible characters and stories that we come across in the world of OCR and outdoor adventure and endurance racing events. They range from everyday heroes to extreme athletes but all have unique and engaging stories to tell.


How Did You Get Into OCR Racing?

Initially I got into OCRs to continue with weight loss and I fell in love with the challenge.


How do you describe what you do to people outside of the OCR community? (and why you do it)

I do it with so much passion it is really hard to explain what an OCR is to a person that is not part of community. I explain that it is something that I love to do and it keeps me on my toes. I do it for the rush, for the community and the large amount of awesome friends I have in my life because of it!


What's been your most interesting or memorable moment in your OCR career so far?

My most memorable moment was finishing my OCR back in August of 2014. I met so many people along the way but I would have not gotten through that course without Chris and Anne being so open to me on the course.


What's the best training or racing advice you've ever received?

There really is no best training advice. I would say adapt your training to what you need and what you're training for.


What personal challenges has OCR has helped you overcome?

I have several health issues and have damage to my lower spinal region due to a car accident that left me paralyzed. I have come so far. I'm now at about 50 races in the last 3 years! I never let anything stop me!!!


What inspires you?

Transformation stories, stories of courage anyone that is positive in their journey


Any race stats you'd like to share? Any goals for this year?

My goal this year is to get better times in all my races and just to finish all the events I have set up...I did my first half last year I am so proud how far I have come.


What's something about you that others might find surprising?

I love to sing....but wont do it in public!


What are your thoughts on the current state and future of OCR?

I think OCRs are here to stay I'm looking for the next one that is epic



Photos courtesy of Spartan Race

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