Q&A with Savage Race Co-Founder Lloyd Parker

Savage Race was founded in 2011 with a course of 4-6 miles that has 25 world class obstacles. They pride themselves on not being your average mud race and guarantee that it will kick your ass. Savage Race lovingly calls their participants "Savages" as racers must prove their inner power and intensity to get through the course.

This year we've also joined Savage Race as the official sock sponsor that will help Savages get through the Colossus, Lumberjack Lane, and many other obstacles. We had a brief chat with Lloyd Parker, Co-Founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Savage Race.

Q: What makes the Savage Race experience special?

Obstacles, Obstacles, Obstacles. The overall experience is like none other at Savage Race. We have some of the most challenging obstacles in the industry and some that are just pure fun. I think the variety of obstacles and the course length make our race the ideal experience for everyone.

Q: What kind of training do you think is most important for someone who has done a 10K but never an obstacle race? 

Grip strength exercises. Most runners don't typically work on grip strength which is really important in obstacle course racing. I suggest kettlebell swings, pull-ups, and farmer's carries to name a few.

Q: Do you have a favorite Savage Race obstacle?

I would have to say my favorite obstacles is Colossus.  Not only because of the sheer size, it's also two obstacles in one. First, you face a 16' high warped wall, but after you conquer that, you climb another ladder and are rewarded with a huge free fall on a water slide.

For the 2017 Savage Race schedule, find out more information here.

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