Meet James Lapine! "In the beginning of 2013 I was tormented by post traumatic stress and depression. Anxiety was getting the best of me and I weighed 260+ lbs. I had allowed my wounds from combat to hinder me for far too long, a battle damaged left shoulder, pinched sciatica, and arthritis in my hands and knees. In Feb of 2013, my family came together and we set out on a journey to transform ourselves. A year later I had done that exact thing; weighing 183 lbs, off of 7 different meds, which I had been on for 8 years, I felt renewed and finally in control of the wickedness within. It was then that I heard about the race in Washougal and I accepted the challenge. I continued to feed my mind and body healthy nutrition and began to train. I was amazed I could run again, lift again, things I had not been able to do in quite some time. By August I had regained 12 lbs of lean muscle at 195 lbs and became a Spartan race finisher."
Meet Marilou Ubungen! "I was born in the Philippines and my family immigrated to the U.S. when I was 3 years old. I turned 50 this year and have a 24-year-old son. I’ve always been pretty athletic, but I’m fairly new to OCR races. I also had no desire to run races until a few years ago. My brother made me run my first Turkey Trot 5k in 2014, but I didn’t start signing up for races until 2015. In fact, I remember telling my cousins once that I would never run farther than a 5k. I never imagined that I would complete my first full marathon by 2018."
Meet Roxy Getman! "I was born in El Salvador and I am a mother of 5. After having kids , I ballooned up to over 320 pounds. In my fitness journey, I started running and signing up for races. It has been about 9 years now and I have lost over 135 pounds and still going!"
Meet Kelly Cole! For someone who claims to hate running, Kelly is very involved within the running community. She started a local running group to get people involved and motivated (Puget Sound Runners), and ran 52 races in 2019 (23 OCR)! She works full time as a Director of Operations for a restaurant, and what she misses most about live Spartan races is seeing all her Beasts OCR teammates!
Cornè grew up in South Africa and came to the U.S. at the age of 29. She is a practicing attorney and lover of Obstacle Course Racing. Her first Spartan race was in March 2019 at the Vegas/Arizona Sprint. She's never looked back and keeps conquering obstacles and inspiring others with her infectious enthusiasm.
Tasha Overmiller is a Christian athlete from Savannah, Missouri currently living in Tigard, Oregon as an Account Manager for Recon. She ran collegiately in Track & Field and Cross Country at Northwest Missouri State University, with a personal best of 18:38 in the 5,000 meters. A multiple time Obstacle Course Racing World Championships qualifier.
Michael Lee is one of the Beast Pro Team members and has been racing OCR for over three years, mostly Spartan. He spent 2017 running the open division and the last two years running age group, with several podium finishes. He is a man of many talents as he used to be a professional yo-yo demonstrator for over 12 years as well. He's just as nice as he is fierce on the course. Meet Michael Lee!
She's a Rehabilitation Consultant in British Columbia and started racing competitively in 2018. She also competes in the Canadian Ninja League. She deals with chronic pain but it does not stop her. With OCR she has learned how to push past her limits when struggling physically and mentally. She plans to try some new race series this year and focus a little more on endurance.
Meet Mario Guiza! He has been racing since 2017 and loves finding ways to conquer new obstacles! He and his wife have two boys and are worship leaders in their church. His 2020 goals are to complete an Ultra Beast as well as a triple trifecta! ........oh yes, and no broken bones.
Meet Taylor Overmiller, one of our 2020 Beasts OCR Pro Team members. He is a Coach and Owner at Portland Outdoor Athletics. Taylor completed a full collegiate athletics career in Track and Field, and Cross Country, and earned his commission as a military Officer through the Army's Simultaneous Membership Program. He enjoys the fast pace and demands of the short courses and is thrilled to represent the Beasts OCR Pro Team in 2020!
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