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Mud Run Guide’s New Editor-in-Chief

Posted on November 4, 2014 by Margaret Schlachter



The ink is dry on the paperwork and the official announcement has been made so it’s time to share the news on this site. After a couple week’s of talks and figuring out all the details it’s official and I have accepted the new role of “Supreme Editor-in-Chief” because in OCR we can’t just be an editor-in-chief of Mud Run Guide (mudrunguide.com). This is a huge opportunity and I am grateful to take on this next challenge.


It has been an interesting journey for me in the last 5+ years. In 2009, my life was a bit lost. I had a couple bumps in the road. I would have never guessed that just over half a decade later I would be writing this blog post or really any blog post at all. For years I followed a path, not even knowing if it was the right path for me. But I went along and kept working my way up like I was told to do from a young age.


Finding OCR or obstacle course racing, or whatever your favorite phrase for it set my life and my future on a course correct. It wasn’t something that was planned, it wasn’t something thought out, and it certainly wasn’t something I could have foreseen. But in a way obstacle racing found me, it awakened a part of me, and let me see a different path really more of a bushwhack.


Along the way I have worked hard, and worked without knowing if there would be an outcome. I charged ahead with a blog writing about a topic most laughed at me for until the last year or two. I quit my job to try to find my way in the burgeoning world of OCR only to be called, “bat shit crazy” on one of the online forums as well as whatever else behind my back. I learned to take on the naysayers and it has made me a stronger more resilient person.

Along the way I have met some of the most interesting people, traveled to foreign countries, and made lifelong friends. I met my partner in life and we have created our own life outside of OCR. I write this all now because it’s been a hard road, and until this past year and really the last six months it has been a struggle. But the tides are turning and the hard work of the last 5 years is starting to pay off.

I am excited about all my projects I am working on and wake up looking forward to the day. From profiling more and more women in OCR on this website as well as fostering the next generation to the more practical how-to’s on my Obstacle Racing and Extreme Racing About.com network, to the print and online material for Mud and Obstacle Magazine and finally my show Obstacle and Adventure Weekly. Now adding to that list Mud Run Guide – Editor-in-Chief I am ready to take the next step in sharing OCR with the world.

If you had told me in 2009 this would be my path,  would not have been able to imagine it as none of these jobs even existed. This has been the exciting part of being around a burgeoning sport, opportunities exist and are continually created; you just have to look hard enough and be willing to work hard and keep moving forward.

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