Hello my name is Garfield and I am a race addict, I am an energetic (understatement) British export to this fine nation, I have an odd sense of humor (came from the UK with me), I can usually be found running around OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) venues in a kilt (for no apparent reason). I operate within the OCR industry primarily as a “Race Director/operations specialist” (for want of a better title). I have experience managing every aspect of OCR and non-OCR race events from conceptualization to implementation and have done so for about 5 years now. I am serial multitasker with strong leadership/management skills, a strong work ethic, and most importantly a huge passion for OCR (I have ran about 50 to date), all this results in a passionate individual that can work in any high paced race/event environment.
I am currently working with Spartan Race as a Race Director, and I am also consulting with the OSF (International Obstacle Sports Federation) and working on another massive nationally televised project that due to confidentiality agreements, I can’t say anything about at this point.
Prior to starting with Spartan Race I was the VP of Event Operations for Civilian Military Combine (CMC). CMC was a “Hybrid OCR” with a full Crossfit style WOD directly before the participants tackle a 5 mile obstacle course. Check out the recent CMC TV show from our Brooklyn event: Click here
Prior to CMC, I was the Director of Race Operations/Race Director for the OCR World Championships 2015 and 2016 (partial) (OCRWC was the winner of the 2015 best overall event by Mud Run Guide). Due to my commitments with CMC I sadly had to step down from this position.
For most of 2015 I also worked with Savage Race, (a seriously great race series, If you haven’t ran one, run one). While there I was tasked with upgrading the PRO (elite) program, reaching out to the OCR “elites” to bring them over to the event, and to increase the online PR presence of the race within OCR media circles. I was also lucky enough to take charge of the SavageJR program (Kids race), that was one of my highlights at each event.
Before Savage (in early 2014) I was brought onboard for a new OCR start up, BattleFrog. I was charge of the Race Ops department and handled the initial launch of the race series. I created the basic blueprint for the event, course designs, obstacle layouts, festival, and a great deal more. I also implemented mandatory obstacle completion (we were one of the first events in the US to adopt this idea). BattleFrog launched in mid-2014 to great reviews and was voted “Best New OCR Race of 2014” by MudRunGuide.com after only seven events.