The NE Spahtens Show
By Paul Jones
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The New England Spahtens are one of the largest obstacle course race communities on the planet, and our podcast brings you interviews and content from the New England OCR scene.
||ExplicitEp 81 - OCR Roundtable 2018 Year in Review||2018 is over! What better way to talk about the year that was, than by gathering some of the most prominent OCR podcasters for a roundtable discussion, covering some of the biggest news in obstacle course racing. Special thanks to Heather Bode from the||12/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 80 - Spartan Race Announces Mountain & Honor Series (or did they?), Iceland & Florida Recap, Terrain Race Merger, Warrior Dash & more...||We've hit Episode 80! 4/5th's of the way to 100! This weeks topics: Spartan Iceland's lack of social media coverage Central Florida Beast Recap Spartan Mountain & Honor Series Schedule leaks on the web Stadion Series Schedule Terrain Race Merger Warrior||12/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 79 - Adrian Bijanada Announces New Race Format Coming to OCRWC 2019 / Spartan Trail Series||It's been a busy news week in obstacle course racing, so it's time for a recap. Adrian Bijanada joins Josh on the show to discuss OCRWC's newly announced race format. Josh also covers Spartan's announcement from Spartan about their new Trail Series even||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp 78 - WTM 2018 Recap with Sandy, Fenway Spartan Race takes a turn for the worse, and more!||Great news! Sandy is back from World's Toughest Mudder 2018 so we get to hear all about her 24-hour volunteering experience. We also talk about the major stories from the event. Spartan Fenway took a "dirty" turn last weekend and a handful of other topi||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp77 - GIVEAWAY Alert - Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, Bone Frog & More...||The NE Spahtens Show has a new sponsor. And to celebrate we're giving away something that EVERY OCR athlete needs come race day! You'll have to listen to find out (that's called a tease, and I am not ashamed to admit it). Josh is taking the reigns tonig||10/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp76 - NorAMChamps, Ragnar VT and listener questions!||Sandy and Josh dig into the super wet Rangar Trail event in VT, the local to us North American OCR Champshionships - and take your questions!||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp75: It's been a while ...||It's been a while since our last show ... with all this sunshine happening, we got carried away and went outside! As a result, we've got lots to talk about! Josh is in a boot! Josh runs lots of Spartan Races! Josh ignores his doctor! Sandy tells rude jo||7/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp74: Ragnar Relay on the Cape, Spartan Sprint - and special guest, Desiree!||On this episode, we're fresh from 2 days in a van on Cape Cod, and Spartan held another Sprint at Rutland. With special guest, Roxie the Aussie (and her mom!), we look at both races from a fresh perspective. Have you checked out our rebooted website and||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp73: Josh drops a bombshell!||Along with Josh's bombshell announcement (ahem), we also discuss the 2018 Citi Field Spartan event, FIT X, the new burpee penalty adjustment. We cover some troubles as Tough Mudder tries to please everyone, we sing our praises for Akuma, and talk about||4/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp72: The episode where we have no plan ...||On this show, we arrive with no agenda, and possibly some audio problems! But, we still get to chat about the races we've already hit, call Josh a wimp, and look to the Ragnar Relay season! Check out our newly rebooted website! With quick and easy acc||3/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp71: BoldrDash holds their winter event, Bezerker Race League dies, Tough Mudder boutique gyms and more!||On this show, Sandy, Josh and Paul chat with Lynn, owner of BoldrDash - just a couple of weeks out from their WinterDash race - we find out what they have going on for this #racelocal event. We also have a bit of a rant about events that are overly ambi||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp70: Polar Bear Challenge recap, Tough Mudder and more!||This show, the gang gets back together to recap the Polar Bear Challenge at Shale Hill, and run over some of Tough Mudders new 2018 features! Enjoy the show! Did you know we have a drill shirt order open? Did you know we've got more T Shirts and hoodies||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp69: Big changes at Shale Hill!||Shale Hill is the award winning fixed venue thats a short drive from Boston, and all OCR fans NEED to visit! Polar Bear Challenge is in just one week and it's 6th year will be it's biggest change - a whole new course layout, new obstacles, new distance,||1/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp68: Launching into 2018 with some predictions||On this episode, Paul, Sandy and Josh talk about races that are coming up fast - Blizzard Blast and Polar Bear Challenge - and news thats already happened at the national events like Spartan Race and Tough Mudder - then we each put down a prediction for||1/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp67: Joshua Fiore, Spartan Ultra World Champion||On this show, our Josh, Sandy and Paul chat with Joshua Fiore, who just won the Ultra World Championship in Iceland. We talk about how he got there, what he had to do to win it, and if he carried his engagement ring the whole way! Enjoy the show, and Me||12/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp66: PursuEVENTures||On this episode, we catch up with Lauren Casavant, owner and operator of PursuEVENTures - an OCR series with a focus on kids and families, and holding inclusive events though the 2018 season that big and little people can run, side by side. Also, we||12/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp65: World Toughest Mudder, with special guest, Mike Stefano of the MStefano Running Podcast!||On this show, Sandy gives us some insight into her Worlds Toughest Mudder experience, and Mike Stefano, of the MStefano Running Podcast - who was also there crewing - fills in the blanks. Enjoy the show! Would you like to buy team gear? Including the ne||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp64: OCRWC and NorAmChamps 2018, WTM and Fenway!||Josh and Sandy take the lead and talk about a whole bunch of things that happened this week - from venue announcements out of the OCRWC camp, to Sandy's prep for Worlds Toughest Mudder! Enjoy the show! Would you like to buy team gear? Including the n||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp63: Margaret and Rachelanne of OCRWC dish the dirt||On this episode, we talk to Margaret Schlacter and Rachelanne Gladden - both of whom work tirelessly behind the scenes to bring OCR World Championships to fruition. We try to convince them to tell us where the 2018 event is going to be (spoiler: we fail||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEp62: OCR World Championship, Panic in the Dark and Josh's underpants||On this show, Sandy returns to Panic in the Dark (she's a chicken who hates being scared) and explains why she hates Fred Smith. Both Josh and Sandy dig into the final day, including the team relay and Make a Wish waves (and why the MAW event is so spec||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Great Overview of the NE OCR Scene
Great podcast focusing on the New England Obstacle Racing Scene.
Great OCR race info
The show is packed with the latest in OCR news and racing info for the local New England racing scene and around the US. Always a fun way to spend an hour with Sandy, Josh and Paul!
Glad that I found out that you guys have a podcast!
I am not a Spahten but I'm a big fan of you guys and what you do for the local community (be it OCR or Rucksgiving). I never realized that you guys had an official podcast. I had seen the first few YouTube interviews with Robb, Fred, Lynn, and Rob Butler but I didn't realize you had a pure audio form until I saw Josh's post on Instagram.
To play catch up, I binge listened to episodes 12-31 that I could find on my podcast app this week (I drive a lot for work). Overall I loved the content! I have completed well over 60 races but it was very interesting to hear your stories of a few events that my team and I have not participated in yet (OCRWC, Ragnar, and O2X). The episode numbers initially confused me before I had learned of the merging of 2 of your shows. Other than the race content it is very entertaining to hear from Sandy, Paul, and Josh. Mama Hen's reputation goes far beyond the Spahten community for her cheery and helpful personality and her knack to be seen at more than half of the events that I have gone to. Paul as the idea wrangler and occasionally photographer has one of the best podcast voices that I listen to (the accent helps), and Josh (... who I honestly didn't know much about before) is a great addition to the cast and a pretty good verbal punching bag when it comes to avoiding the cold races (he missed out on Blizzard Blast!)
This was a bit of a long review but in summary keep up the great work with the podcast and everything else that you guys do!
-Michael H Stefano