Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Change gon' come

Changes are coming....standby, MedalAddict's

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Race Recap: 2016 Warrior Dash New York & Interview with Celebrity Trainer Jay Cardiello, “Warrior Dash is a great way you can actually see humanity again.”

Team Medal Addict was on the scene for Warrior Dash, New York. We ran the course, circled back around after getting our medals to cheer on our fellow racers, and correspondent Mark Barroso pulled out his pad and pen to bring you the play- by- play of the day. We also got a chance to chat with celebrity guest, and trainer to the stars, Jay Cardiello.

By: Mark Barroso
Warwick, New York


Warrior Dash held its third consecutive East Coast event May 21 and online tickets were soldout days in advance. During a weekend where the East Coast was warned of dangerous storms,we didn’t really get much rain; it was the perfect atmosphere for obstacle course racing.

The course itself was about 3 miles and there was some rocky, rugged terrain. This was my shortest obstacle course race event but I’ve never ran a traditional running race longer than a 5K. Therefore, this event, laden with four obstacles per mile on average, plays to my strengths of being good at obstacles and not just running.


Monday, May 23, 2016

HESCO BoneFrog Founder Brian C. "As Navy SEALs, we know what tough is – and we don’t mean Harvard."

While covering Warrior Dash this past weekend in Warwick, HESCO BONEFROG also had their event the same weekend in New England!! 

We had a chance to speak with Brian C., the Owner and CEO of HESCO BONEFROG, who was very receptive to MedalAddict.  

Get to know the man behind the MudRunGuide "2015 Best Small Obstacle Course Race".

**This interview was submitted one day prior to HESCO BONEFROG-New England. Congratulations to all the racers who participated at HESCO BONEFROG. Especially, Brian for putting on yet another HESCO BONEFROG event.

I had posted a HESCO BoneFrog medal a few months into the Instagram @MedalAddict, to which someone commented "I've never heard of that one before!" 

Why should that commenter know about HESCO BONEFROG?   

The HESCO BONEFROG is the only OCR which is Owned and Operated by Navy SEALs.  We have 3 course options, Sprint 3.2mi, Challenge 9mi and TIER-1 12mi.  We’ve been hosting events since 2013 and are now making our way down the entire east coast in 2016.  
Winner of the “Best Small OCR of 2015” we are looking to crush that record this year and expand even more for 2017. 

In nearly every HESCO BONEFROG advertisement we see, there's someone on the Monkey Bars.

What obstacle is that, and what makes this obstacle a selling point for your branding? 

Our premier obstacle is called “Black OP’s” which is monkey bars that are 24’ in the air as you go in front of a huge American Flag.  This obstacle is feared by many but the feeling of accomplishment at the end is second to none. 

Are there cash prizes for placing at a HESCO BONEFROG?

Yes.  Each race is different but for example the New England race we are doing $3000 in cash prizes and at our Atlantic City event we are doing $15,000. 

What inspired HESCO BONEFROG? 
How long has BONEFROG been around??

 The HESCO BONEFROG was created in 2012 by Navy SEALs, to challenge, build and inspire participants to become better athletes and recognize that they can do anything they set their minds to, while enjoying the camaraderie and teamwork usually reserved for active duty Navy SEALs.

How does HESCO BONEFROG differ from any other 
Obstacle Course Race? 

 The HESCO BONEFROG is truly a unique experience. With at least 36+ Navy SEAL-style obstacles on courses that range from 9-12 miles, the course will test everyone and leave no one unscathed. We place an obstacle approximately every quarter mile, so your running ability alone will not carry the day. You must be functionally fit to succeed here. You will get muddy. You will get beat up. You will be exhausted. But you will finish. As Navy SEALs, we know what tough is – and we don’t mean Harvard.

Recently there was an article in the New York Times stating that the number of participants in OCR's have dipped. How has BoneFrog been able to retain elite athletes and recruit new participants? 

Absolutely.  Our New England race alone has grown by over 1000 racers from last year to this year.  I’d say that is a testament to the quality of the HESCO BONEFROG and what the OCR community is now considering the new bar to meet. 

What is your job in HESCO BONEFROG? What do you enjoy about your job?  

I am the owner and CEO of HESCO BONEFROG.  I enjoy creating and striving to be the best OCR in existence.  When racers run our course and then cross the finish line with a smile ear to ear while looking like they just ran through Hell and back. That smile is one of the most rewarding feelings I’ve ever known. 

What can MedalAddict's expect when they first arrive to a BONEFROG? 

You can expect to meet the most professional OCR company known to man.  You can expect more obstacles than any other OCR and you can expect a killer course which will be more rewarding to finish than any other OCR out there. 

There is a HESCO BONEFROG championship event in the Fall. 
What can we expect, who can qualify, 
and is the medal any different from a previous HESCO BONEFROG?  
The HESCO BONEFROG Championship is going to be 6 miles which will be jam packed with obstacles.  Anyone can register to run this event but to run in the “Championship Heat” and go for the cash prizes you must qualify.  To qualify you must attain 20 points.  You are awarded 15 points for running a TIER-1 race, 10 points for the Challenge and 5 points for the Sprint. 

 Last question, when is the next HESCO BONFROG? Are there plans to expand in 2017?  
The next HESCO BONEFROG is at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, June 18th.  This will be one of the most unique HESCO BONEFROGS ever due to the fact that it is right at the casino and also this is a Sprint only event.  We are having a SEAL Jump Team jump into the event and also $15,000 in cash and prizes.  Also we have more BIG news coming regarding this event very soon.  Stay tuned. 

Are there any Bears?
 Just last night alone we were on top of the mountain and a momma bear and her 2 cubs were attempting to complete our 7’ wall.  When we noticed they didn’t have their racer bands on we dropped them for 20 push ups.  Expect to see some tired yet humble animals on the New England course this year for sure. 

Interested in BoneFrog? Register today:

Use code MEDALADDICT to save 15% off registration

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Mike Green:18 MUST PREP'S and TIPS for 2016 Vermont Ultra Beast

Submitted by: Mike Green


4 months and change until the Vermont Ultra Beast?...you best be training now.Don't wait 45 days until this event to start training.Try your best to include hikes in your training...

I started out with 8 mile hikes every weekend, and jumped up to 21 miles.

I also was logging about 8-12 miles per week of light running which also mixed in some hill training.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Jessica S. on Motherhood, Mental Illness & Medals: "That Desire for the Medal Pushed Me Forward."

Before I became pregnant, I had these big plans about what was going to happen. I already planned how everything would go during and after the pregnancy. 

 I was going to continue working out just as always. I planned to track my food, eat only as much as I was supposed to and be UBER healthy about it. I was determined to experience all the good stuff, and none of the bad. I planned to put on minimal weight and be this awesome, fit pregnant lady that women would look up to and I would document the entire experience on Instagram.
(The year before I became pregnant)
And then life happened.... 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Steffen Cook: "Strength in Numbers. Work As a Team and You'll Work Way Better."

Written By: 
Bryan S.
FB: www.Facebook.com/Bryan.Senn.14

Recently, I had a chance to talk with Steffen Cook AKA “Cookie” of Spartan Krypteia. My first encounter of him was the gear list video for HH-080 in Atlanta. I thought “who the hell….” I arrived in Atlanta and he was just as wide open as I figured he would be. 

The first thing I remember him saying was“Go Away, it’s not start time yet!!”

It was all ok from that point on. 

I had the chance to ask him some questions that I had been wanting to know since I did my first Hurricane Heat. It was nice to communicate with him without being yelled at though a megaphone or hold a big ass log or being covered head to toe in mud.

With my background in the military and a professional firefighter, there are always people
that you are able to talk to that can provide you with a wealth of information, experience and a different way to look at things.

Cookie is a person that I would like to compete with, on a 2-man team or a 55-man team. There is plenty more to him than a blue “Spartan Staff” shirt, beard and rucksack. From artisan soap to having a soft spot for neglected dogs, Cookie is just another person that wants to empower people to being out something they never thought they could do.