Tell people a little about you and your background
I have been an athlete my whole life. My favorite sports were
running track and soccer. In my early 30's I found OCR.
It was an instant connection. What better than to run,
get muddy, and know you achieved something that you never
thought you could do before. Rugged Maniac was the race which
sparked my curiosity. Since then I have competed in many other
events at a competitive level. I've earned a few podiums, patches
and DNF’s along the way. Every time I am introduced to
something new in this world of OCR I am even more amazed.
Within the last couple years I started running elite and endurance
events. The elite move definitely showed me a different side
of the coin as did the endurance world. That is a whole different beast... I love both and would love to continue down this path for years to come. Adding more podiums along the way.
First OCR or Mud Run Event? Share your thoughts of how you got into it, what got you hooked, and what your favorite thing is about it.
My first OCR was Rugged Maniac a few years ago. After the race I went home and signed up for every local race I could find. I had caught the OCR Bug. Soon after I had found there was an entire community of people that do this. I was accepted as one of their own and I haven't looked back since.
Plans for 2018?
Goals for 2018 SISU IRON, HTL, Ragnar Trail and TMX.
As an endurance athlete I know there are opportunities for advancement and areas to improve upon. I strive to be the best while setting the bar at sometimes unattainable heights. To accomplish these tasks it takes pure grit, heart and soul. It is done one step at a time. Such is life; think big and start small. I have learned a lot in the last few years but have a long road ahead.
Finishes or achievements you would like to share
Highlights of 2015- Invite to the Warrior Dash World Championships, Race The Reaper 2nd place podium and finished first Spartan Trifecta.
Highlights of 2016- My Muddy Valentine 6th place in and 3rd in age group. Worst Day For A Run top 5 finisher overall, 3 Spartan Trifectas and GoRuck Tough.
Highlights of 2017- Finished Spartans Perfect DELTA, 3rd place at Dirty Leprechaun, Completed 5 laps at Terrain Race, The Sisu 24
Your favorite obstacle
The Walls and Fire Jumps
Your least favorite obstacle
The Dunk Wall
Why you like DGEAROG and our gloves
I like DgearOG because their style is original. They are super durable and comfortable at the same time. They are also lightweight and work well in wet and dry conditions.
Other teams you are a part of or sponsorships that you'd like to share or tell about?
Beasts Elites Rock Tape Obstacle Guard minoTOR Organic Fuel GHunders Hylete Compete Team Brute Force RDFT
People can follow me where?
Facebook @ KristenaLynn Instagram @ kristenalynn_spartan_special_k
Do what you love and love what you do!!!
KRISTENA LYNN BARNES "Special K"