Just released – Urban RAID Boston 2014 Official Event Video! Click here!
Just released – Urban RAID Boston 2014 Official Event Video! Click here!
The video is here! Great job Portland racers! Boston, Albany and NYC racers, this is what you’re in for! Time to get #RAIDReady!
This Saturday hundreds of intrepid racers pushed themselves to their limits at the 3rd Urban RAID Portland! Race day brought 75 degree temperatures, blue skies, 12 epic obstacles and 3.2 miles of varied terrain! We can’t give enough thanks to all of our amazing participants, sponsors – Shipyard, Dunkin Donuts, Zico and Sports Authority and of course our charity partner Winterkids!
Check out some photo highlights below, we’ll see you in 2015 Portland!
Getting warmed up with Dynamics Fitness
Off the start line
Agility Test- Check
All those hours on the playground justified
All smiles at the cargo net crawl
The vertigo inducing cargo net climb
Just when you think it’s over we hit you with an 8′ wall
Well deserved ice cold Shipyard in the Beer Garden
Top Co-ed Team Winners
Like all that? Then come join us for this in less than 2 weeks! (Urban RAID Boston July 12th!)
The weather for Urban RAID Portland,the kick off event of the 2014 RAID Series, calls for sunny skies and 75 degree temps. Helping to keep our racers cool post race will be Urban RAID Non Profit Partner, Winterkids. Once again this year this awesome group will be stationed in the Urban RAID festival doling out snow cones and, of course, information about their great cause. This is the second year that Winterkids has been the charity partner of Urban RAID Portland and we are thrilled to have them on board for 2014. Here in the RAID Series home state of Maine the winters are long and Winterkids is committed to getting kids outside no matter what the weather! Read on for more about Winterkids and all the great things that they do!
WinterKids is the nonprofit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through fun, outdoor winter activity. Their statewide programs & events offer special opportunities for all kids—regardless of background or socioeconomic status—to be active and healthy during the winter. WinterKids strives to build a healthier generation of children—a generation that truly understands the importance of staying active and fit in every season. All told, 19,780 kids, families, and educators across Maine got outside and active this winter with WinterKids programs. How cool is that? Take a look at a few of WinterKids’ popular programs and events: Passport WinterKids’ Passport provides free and reduced tickets for alpine and cross-country skiing, ice-skating, tubing, and dog sledding. All of Maine’s 5th, 6th, and 7th graders are eligible to participate. FunPass WinterKids’ FunPass offers Maine’s youngest children, from preschool through 4th grade, the chance to try cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on groomed trails– for free! Guide to Outdoor Active Learning (G.O.A.L.) WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning (GOAL) is designed to improve the health and enhance the quality of education for all Maine children through increased outdoor winter activity. WinterKids Challenge WinterKids believes that snowy fields and frosty trails make the best classrooms! Students and teachers enrolled in the popular WinterKids Challenge program agree to complete at least three outdoor, active lessons from WinterKids’ Guide to Outdoor Active Learning per winter season. WinterKids Challenge Schools “document” their outdoor learning adventures with fun photos, videos, blogs, and more! Last winter, 3400 students in schools all over Maine completed the WinterKids Challenge! FunFest FunFest is free, open to the public, and offers winter fun for the whole family. Activities include snowshoeing, sledding, an interactive StoryWalk (which combines reading with outdoor activity), ice skating, snow-painting and snow sculpture, photo opportunities with the L.L. Bean Bootmobile, music, and healthy snacks. Welcome to Winter Festival Presented by WinterKids and the Portland Public Schools’ Multilingual Center, the Welcome to Winter Festival has helped introduce over 3,000 immigrant children and their families to winter. The program has reduced barriers to winter fun and fitness for kids who view this climate as “foreign and scary”. Last year’s festival offered kids and families great sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, hot chocolate by the fire, healthy snacks, raffle prizes, warm winter giveaways, a welcome from city officials, and more! For more information about WinterKids, please visit http://www.winterkids.org.
The RAID Blog is our favorite spot to give you insight into training, fitness and lifestyle but by far the thing we most look forward to is highlighting some of the extraordinary athletes that you will see on the start line. Recently we checked in with 18 time marathoner and all around rock star Cara Bednar to get her thoughts on all things obstacle racing, fitness and training!
RAID: Tell us about Beantown Bootcamp, what is your inspiration and how did you get here?
Cara: I have always been an athlete from tennis to skiing to running. Beantown Bootcamp really pushes me mentally, physically and emotionally to be the best athlete I can be. You have the one on one attention of a personal trainer in a group setting to help motivate and push you. After college I was looking for more than just a typical gym to log some treadmill miles at. When I found Beantown Bootcamp I was immediately hooked. Everyday at Beantown Bootcamp is a different challenge than the day before which is amazing not only for the work outs but mentally you never know what to expect. No two work outs are the same! Everyday I am inspired by the other members in the class to push my physical limits. If someone ahead of me is running 8 hills, and I have only done 6, they motivate me to push through and run those 2 extra hills.
RAID: What sets outdoor fitness apart from traditional gym training?
Cara: In a traditional gym you always get into a routine. Be it a class, the elliptical, lifting, or spinning. You know what effort you are willing to put in, or what the teacher is expecting. At the gym you do the requirements, but never push yourself. Beantown Bootcamp is more like a team. You know people are waiting for you at 6:30 am, so you show up, you push yourself, and you leave exhausted but accomplished. You don’t know what you are going to get thrown at you, so your body never adapts to a work out. The work out’s vary daily, so you are always working different muscles and seeing full body results. We get to explore the city rain or shine! I am a motivated athlete, but there are days where I wouldn’t go outside and run 20 Beacon Hill Hills, run the stairs in the North End, box jump a bench in the Boston Commons, Burpee my way around the Court House, or wind sprint a football field, but when your outside motivated by others, you enjoy those tough and challenging workouts!
RAID: Are your classes designed for everyone? Beginners through advanced athletes?
Cara: The classes are run on a time/ clock cycle which allows for different levels to participate together. If we head to the hills the veteran members may tackle 10 hills and a beginner may accomplish 4 or 5. Everyone is continually motivated by the group to push yourself to your maximum capability. Often drills are thrown into the mix with the cardio as an equalizer. Some members are fantastic runners, but struggle with the strength training, the classes are designed to improve you as an athlete overall.
RAID: As we know, to train for an obstacle race requires more preparation that just running. What do you think is the optimal training method for OCR?
Cara: Training for obstacle racing is like training for life you need to be ready for anything and everything! You need the cardiovascular benefits, but also balance, strength, endurance, and guts! The optimal training for obstacle races would be to use your surroundings! At the playground with your kids? Start swinging on those monkey bars! Doing yard work? Carry those bags of mulch for some wind sprints. See a large wall? Go climb it!
RAID: When you are outside running stairs in sub-zero New England temperatures do you ever miss the treadmill with the TV? Be honest! Cara: I actually don’t hate the treadmill! I think the treadmill is useful on those sub-zero New England days. On days when you want to focus on speed, or hills, I think the treadmill can be a great resource. But I think there is nothing like training outside! The elements push you and make you stronger. If you never train in snow, heat, rain, then race day comes you will be thrown by the conditions. But if you prepare in the elements you are ready for anything! I remind myself when it’s snowing or raining outside that those could be the conditions on race day, so get out of bed and get that work out in.
RAID: Any pre-race traditions? Special meals?
Cara: Cheese Quesadilla’s! They are easy to digest, fill me up, and don’t upset my stomach. As for day of pre race traditions, I always eat a bowl of Chex, half a banana and a White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Luna Bar. My fuel during races is gummy bears! They work with my stomach, give me a good jolt of sugars, and are little rewards when I am mentally struggling!
RAID: What would you tell someone who is thinking of trying obstacle racing for the first time?
Cara: Do it! I think the term obstacle race scares so many people, but it’s good to be scared! You will be surprised at how many obstacle’s you are good at. Obstacle races are like recess or open gym you get to have fun! Enjoy feeling like a kid again. Athletes by nature want to help one another, so if you are nervous or worried about your first race sign up with a friend. If you want to do it solo but are worried no one will help you out, you’ll be surprised . Obstacle races encourage working together and sportsmanship.
RAID: Are you ready to conquer the course at Urban RAID Boston?
Cara: I did the Urban Raid Boston last year and loved every second of it! When else can you hurdle your way through Government Center, or climb a cargo net overlooking Boston harbor? This race truly happens in downtown Boston and you get to race, challenge and experience all of this in the heart of the city. It is also a great day for families to come out and enjoy! The support and activities happening in Faneuil Hall Marketplace make it an awesome day for spectators, athletes and families. I am really excited to experience this years race and hope everyone will join me in Boston this July!
See you on July 12th in Boston, Cara!
Are you ready for the Urban RAID Championships? This year the RAID Series is inviting all of the winners from the entire season to go head to head in one epic championship division. It will all go down at Urban RAID NYC on September 20th, read more about it here. (As if you needed another reason to train for these races!)
Got a minute literally? Check out these superfast workouts from RAID Series fitness partner Dynamics Fitness!
American Pale Ale Poached Salmon
Here at Shipyard we love a good challenge, that’s why we are teaming up with the RAID Series to bring you the Ultimate 5K obstacle courses in Portland, Boston and NYC. For those of you joining us at any of the upcoming RAID Series events this protein packed (beer soaked) recipe is for you!
1 ½ lbs Wild Atlantic Salmon, skin-on cut into 4 portions
1 ½ cup chicken stock
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 ribs of celery, peeled and sliced
2 scallions, peeled and sliced
1 fresh bay leaf
1 bottle of Shipyard American Pale Ale
1 lemon, sliced into thin rings
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
To make the poaching liquid. In a large flat pan over high heat, add 1 ½ cups of chicken stock, carrots, celery, scallions, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce liquid by half. Turn heat down to medium and add the Shipyard APA. Bring the liquid to a simmer.
Thinly slice a piece of lemon and place on top of each portion of salmon. Once the liquid is simmering place the salmon skin side down on top of the vegetables and spoon some of the liquid over the fish. Cover with a lid and let poach for 5 minutes. Once the fish is firm to the touch, baste again with the poaching liquid and serve.
Find a printable version of this recipe here.
For the full RAID Series approved meal, serve the APA poached salmon with quinoa and steamed vegetables. Or for lunch, serve over a bed of mixed greens with a light vinaigrette.
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In between dreaming up new obstacles, scouting new markets and drinking copious amounts of coconut water, here at RAID HQ we sometimes like to indulge our literary side. We truly have SO much going on that we want to share that we’ve decided to get our blog on. In the coming weeks and months you can expect to find training tips, recipes for a healthy lifestyle, athlete profiles and an eclectic mix of other RAID related news right here. Have an idea for something you’d like to see? Email us at email@example.com
So… to kick off this blog thing we have a pretty cool contest that can score you free entry into the RAID of your choice this season and also give you the opportunity to show the world how hard you’ve been training.
The contest is simple:
1. Follow us on Instagram here
2.Snap a photo or video of yourself training or otherwise getting ready for the 2014 RAID Series
3. Head over to Instagram and hashtag that baby #raidready
That’s it! Each week we will pick a winner from all of the entries and award that lucky racer a free entry into any Raid Series race along with a RAID Series prize pack!
Now get Instagramming and be sure to check back here for all the latest and greatest from the RAID!