Hello, world… I SUCK!

Outside just published my latest story about my DNF at a Malibu Spartan Sprint.   As humiliating as that experience was, I’m stoked I found such a cool platform to share it. And it seems like the story struck a chord. It’s been shared quite a bit, and for several days sat atop Outside‘s Most Popular. Even […]

Yes, I married up. (Way up)

To the casual observer, Amber and I may seem like an odd couple. I mean, let’s be honest: THIS… …isn’t for everyone. While that look has its place (ie. drum circles), it’s certainly not on the arm of a girl that looks like this in a magazine. Or this… And it’s a fact I’ve been (repeatedly) […]

Rise of the Sufferfests: Promo Video

Obstacle course racing (OCR) is all the rage these days. It’s on the Today Show. It’s on Wheaties’ boxes. And this month, the Spartan World Championship was televised on NBC Sports Network. In 2013, upwards of 4 million people will suffer through ice, fire, electricity, barbed wire, burpees and mud. Which is pretty wild when you […]

#MudRunWars in The Boston Globe!

Today in ToughMudderHatesMe…   Journalist Stan Grossfeld takes Tough Mudder CEO Will Dean to task in The Boston Globe. The 2x Pulitzer Prize winner published two very different stories about the obstacle race company. Both are great, but as you can imagine, I’m partial to the one that repeatedly references my investigative feature for Outside. […]

‘Tough Mudder Hates Me’ goes to Stanford

Today in ToughMudderHatesMe… A couple months back, a Stanford MBA student emailed to say he’d sat in on a presentation by Tough Mudder co-founders Will Dean and Guy Livingstone. Tough Mudder was the focus of a business school Case Study, and Will and Guy were invited to speak about the company’s (seemingly) overnight success. Unfortunately […]

Mr. Mouse is a Folk Hero waiting to happen

I’m currently on a week-long research expedition at the ‘Mr. Mouse Farm for the Unfortunates.’ And to be quite honest, it’s going way better than I’d hoped. (This coming from an outrageously optimistic dude.) Not only has rising star photographer/3x Tough Guy champ/freshly-single stud, James Appleton… …snapped scores of fantastic, utterly memeable PORTRAITS of Mr. […]

60 Minutes Sports on obstacle racing

As a die hard fan of 60 Minutes, I’m pretty well humbled (and proud) to present a segment I helped develop with producers Gabrielle Schonder and Ira Rosen. It premiered earlier this month on the new Showtime series, 60 Minutes Sports. Not only did I make inspiring new friends through this experience, but it led […]

TIME gets it right. NYT doesn’t.

Call me crazy, call me quixotic, but I always assumed that my investigative feature would help change the narrative about Tough Mudder. I figured that other national journalists on this beat would read my piece and perhaps reconsider writing (yet) another breathless puff piece about the company. So I was rather incensed when I read […]

Tough Mudder Hates Me (a little less?)

Last fall, I journeyed to Tahoe with hopes of writing a funny, experiential essay about doing my first Tough Mudder. After reading up on the company however, I chanced upon a riveting scandal in the comments sections of various news stories, blogs and YouTube clips. Tough Mudder was being slammed for stealing the idea from […]

TOUGH MUDDER EXPOSED – A Magazine Trailer

Inspired by a teaser that Esquire made to promote Chris Jones’ riveting feature about the Zanesville zoo massacre, I created one for my upcoming cover story about Tough Mudder. And here’s a sneak preview on the magazine’s website. I hope you dig. And share. #MUDRUNWARS Big love to my producer, Emmanuel Mota, for burning the […]