Obstacle Racers New Zealand

Obstacle Racers New Zealand

Join hosts Max Bell and Stephen Steddy as they explore the realms of obstacle sports - including OCR, mud running, adventure racing, hybrid racing, ninja, and more - in New Zealand and abroad. Disclaimer: The hosts are members of the New Zealand Obstacle Sports Association (NZOSA). However the views expressed by the hosts are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of the NZOSA.


April 18, 2023 7 mins

In this short episode Max discusses Ultimate Athlete as it returns to Mt Maunganui on the 28-29th April 2023. Use our discount code for 15% off entry.

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We sit down with Andrew Robinson and hear stories about his adventure racing, obstacle racing, ultra running, and more.

In the news, we talk about the biggest week in NZ OCR that is just around the corner at the end of November/start of December with three races happening within a week of each other: Spartan, Ultimate Athlete Orewa, and Alpha Challenge! We also talk about dates for the World Obstacle OCR World Championship, and giv...

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August 14, 2022 113 mins

In this special episode we celebrate one year of podcasting!!!

Join us - with not 1 but 8 guests! - as we talk about Ultimate Athlete Mt Maunganui 2022.

We talk with Event Organisers Gavin and Joss; the top 3 male elite racers Julian Oakley, Michael Voss and Ben Hennessy; and the top 2 female elite racers Deb Fuller and Maria Bentley.

You’ll also hear the third and final interview with James Bell-Booth, the co-founder and CEO of Ea...

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July 5, 2022 62 mins

We hear from Hayley Aitken - Spartan racer extraordinaire, personal trainer, and non-stop energiser bunny.

In the news, we talk about some World Championship announcements: World’s Toughest Mudder has been sanctioned as the 24-hour OCR World Championship, and NZ’s own GODZone has been sanctioned as the Expedition Racing World Championship, with a $150,000 NZD prize pool.

We also listen to the second part of an interview with James ...

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June 9, 2022 68 mins

Nicola Reynolds has raced in three 24-hour World’s Toughest Mudders, and many other endurance races. We find out about some of the accomplishments this down-to-earth kiwi has achieved.

In the news we cover the results from Ultimate Athlete Mt Maunganui. We also listen to the first part of an interview with James Bell-Booth, the co-founder and CEO of Earshots.

Don’t forget, for 10% off earshots you can use code ‘NZOCR’ at www.earsho...

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May 18, 2022 93 mins

Our guest is Madeline Dolente! She’s recently moved to NZ, and is an international fitness professional, trainer to the trainers, fitness model, TV personality, author, Spartan Racer, Life Coach, and Social Media Influencer. Her passion is helping people get off the couch and achieve the life that they dream of.

In the news we cover World Obstacle’s new brand, Modern Pentathlon drops Equestrian for OCR - putting OCR on track for Ol...

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We talk with the couple behind the Ultimate Athlete series. They tell us about a new obstacle, course changes for Mt Maunganui, course info for Orewa, and much more!

We’re very excited to welcome EarShots as the show’s sponsor! Use code NZOCR for 10% off at www.earshots.com

Show notes are available at: https://www.obstacleracersnz.co.nz/2022/04/22/podcast-ep-15-gavin-and-jocelin-ultimate-athlete-event-organisers/

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April 13, 2022 75 mins

In this episode we have a fascinating talk with Justin Jones - OCR athlete based in the UK, SGX coach and personal trainer, and CurraNZ brand ambassador.

In the news we cover Spartan Auckland’s latest postponement and its bizarre timing.

Show notes are available at: https://www.obstacleracersnz.co.nz/2022/05/24/podcast-ep-14-justin-jones/

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March 16, 2022 42 mins

We talk with Katie Sparrow, two-time Australian Ninja Warrior contestant. Originally from New Zealand but now living in Australia, Katie is a personal trainer who also acts, sings, does stunts, beatboxes, and competes in Ninja Warrior!

In the news we cover the Alpha Adventure Series, Adventure 1 was announced as the official adventure racing world cup of World Obstacle - with a NZ Series and the World Cup Final being held in NZ thi...

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In this episode we talk with Murray Fleming, General Manager of Event Promotions. Murray set up Event Promotions in 1989 when event management was in its infancy. Event Promotions is undeniably one of the leaders in the New Zealand event management industry. Each year they run 10 of the largest and more iconic events in the country, attracting around 45,000 participants annually. We talk with Murray about the Tough Guy and Gal Chal...

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In this episode we sit down with Matt Ansley. Between 2013 and 2018 Matt became an OCR legend, completing 33 laps of standard Tough Mudders, 1 Tougher Mudder, 2 Toughest Mudders, 4 World’s Toughest Mudders, 4 Spartan Sprints, 3 Spartan Supers, 1 Spartan Beast, and 6 Spartan Ultras, as well as local OCR races. Matt was also pursuing mini golf and is now the President of the NZ Minigolf Federation.

In the news we cover reaching 10 ep...

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December 26, 2021 79 mins

We've reached 10 episodes! In the 10th episode, we talk with Hania Aitken - obstacle racer, contestant on the Australian Spartan tv show, firefighter, ambassador for Zeenya Clothing, and mother of 4.

In the news we cover Alpha Challenge results, interviews and a race review. As well as results from the Spartan World Championship, new races coming from Ultimate Athlete, and age group rules for Spartan Auckland.

Show notes are availa...

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Scotty has achieved some amazing results in ultra distance running: Spartan Ultra Brisbane 2016 – 2nd place; World's Toughest Mudder 2016 – 70 miles; Tougher Mudder Whistler 2017 – 1st place, Toughest Mudder Whistler (later that same night) – 30 miles, 24th place; Bright Spartan Trifecta weekend 2017 – 14th in sprint, 8th in super, 2nd in ultra; World's Toughest Mudder 2017 – 80 miles, 12th overall, 10th male; Spartan Ultra Brisban...

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November 25, 2021 77 mins

With the Spartan World Championship taking place in Abu Dhabi December 3rd, we chat with Jeremy Robinson. Jeremy is a Spartan Global and MENA (Middle East and North African) brand ambassador, SGX Coach, and Kiwi living in the UAE. In this episode we cover his OCR adventures around the globe, Spartan and OCR in the middle east, as well as in NZ.

In this episode's news: we talk about World's Toughest Mudder 2021 results, and the Spar...

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November 8, 2021 58 mins

Hayden Wells is an experienced athlete and President of the NZ Obstacle Sports Association. We find out more about Hayden, his kids, his triathlon and Spartan experience, and more about obstacle sports and the NZ Obstacle Sports Association.



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October 25, 2021 74 mins

We hear from Kim and Andrew, Event Organisers of The Alpha Challenge and owners of the The Fit Collective.

The Alpha Challenge Event comprises a 6km, 12km, 4-hour relay, and our mini Alpha kids race. The 6km and 12km will have a competitive wave for those wanting to race on the day or qualify for OCR World Championships. SO WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO??

Run, carry things, monkey bars, jump over walls, climb, crawl in mud and much more. ...

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October 12, 2021 62 mins

Liam runs Ascend Fit, is a certified running coach and is on the board for the NZOSA (New Zealand Obstacle Sports Association). He is passionate about the outdoors and testing himself in various endurance sports.

Ascend Fit brings together a community of people who enjoy getting outdoors. They are all about running, obstacle course racing & adventure racing/multi-sports. Come be part of a group of people pushing themselves and ...

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September 27, 2021 63 mins

Martin is the event organiser for the Wanaka Dash obstacle race, and the owner of Multi Peak Fitness Wanaka. He's also an executive committee member of the NZ Obstacle Sports Association.

Listen as we talk with Martin about the Wanaka Dash, the NZOSA, as well as Spartan, Tough Mudder, Wairua Warrior and other events.



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September 22, 2021 58 mins

Max talks about parkour, crossfit, OCR, and how he came to be hosting the Obstacle Racers NZ podcast with Stephen.


Events mentioned in the intro:

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September 10, 2021 56 mins

Introducing the co-host for the Obstacle Racers NZ podcast: Stephen Steddy.

Finally a New Zealand podcast on obstacle course racing (OCR). Join Max Bell and co-host Stephen Steddy as they explore the realms of OCR, Hybrid racing (Hyrox, Dekafit, Obstacle Fit), Adventure Racing, Ninja and even some good old-fashioned trail running. Max is the expert, and Stephen is the weekend warrior. Tune in to the Obstacle Racers NZ Podcast to ge...

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