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Power To Win Team Athlete: Obstacle Race Competitor
After leaving the Marine Corps, LaShay Marks struggled daily to find motivation. But in March 2011 he entered his first obstacle course race (OCR) – the Reebok Spartan Race in Chandler, Ariz., – and through the preparation and competition, he rediscovered his passion for life and fitness. Currently ranked 144 overall in the Reebok Spartan Race male elite division series, Marks credits his “guns” (the muscular kind) and his mental strength for pulling him through obstacle races that often encompass more than 12 miles and 28 different obstacles from cargo nets to rope walls to mud pits. Some of his most notable accomplishments in include being featured on the first episode of the OCR Warrior television show and qualifying for the 2014 OCR World Championships.
When a race gets tough, he is inspired by his mother to push himself to the finish line. His mother faced many challenges due to complications from diabetes. Marks works tirelessly to raise money for this cause, including dedicating donations and funds raised from races to the American Diabetes Association. Inspired by his personal journey, Marks opened a business dedicated to helping others achieve the same level of personal and physical satisfaction that he has achieved through OCR. Phoenix Evolution OCR Training offers a real world obstacle course race experience on a smaller scale for trainees and also holds OCR events twice a month in Chandler, Arizona. Check out his website for more info.
“Some people may find it hard to believe that obstacle course racing can change your life, but it changed mine,” said Marks. “I want to be able to share that experience with as many people as possible.”
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