It’s Here! OFF COURSE Inside the Mad, Muddy World of Obstacle Course Racing

by Erin on January 2, 2015

The book that takes you inside the scandals, lawsuits, and major players behind the fastest growing sport in US history.

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As seen in/reviewed by:

The Wall Street Journal
“I type this with my fingernails residually stained with mud. It’s Erin Beresini’s fault. Her book about the obstacle course racing (OCR) craze had me so intrigued that I signed up for a 5K race and spent a Saturday morning belly-crawling through mud, navigating precipices and plunging through a finish-line chute pumped chest-high with soap bubbles.” Read the full review here.

Outside Magazine
“The most authoritative insider’s guide to date.” Read the full review here.

Dean Karnazes, best-selling author of Ultramarathon Man and 50/50, ultrarunning legend
“Obstacle course racing has taken the endurance world by storm, and in Off Course Erin Beresini gives us an insider perspective on the conflict and appeal of these masochistic suffer-feats, culminating in her quest to complete the granddaddy of them all, the Spartan Ultra Beast. A must-read for anyone currently competing in, or considering taking on, one of these newfangled racing events.”

Gary Pomerantz, author of Their Life’s Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now
“Erin Beresini has gone gonzo. In Off Course she puts herself to the ultimate test in an obstacle racer’s world of alphas and ultras and Tough Mudders. Her narrative has humor and heart and a carnival of characters. Her sharp reporting puts the reader there. By the end of her riotous narrative, I had to wipe mud from my glasses at least twenty-six times.”

Library Journal
“Sports journalist and athlete Beresini (Outside) presents a spirited and engaging journey through the quirky sport of obstacle course racing…VERDICT Beresini adopts a lighthearted, conversational tone as she compellingly portrays the unusual cast of characters who have driven this unorthodox sport’s rapid growth and embraced its no-excuses military-­inspired ethos. Best suited to endurance athletes, CrossFit fans, or other fitness devotees who may also like the more serious Born To Run by Chris McDougall.”

Tung Yin on Amazon.com
“I think this book is even better than ‘Born to Run.'”

NPR Los Angeles’ Air Talk with Larry Mantle (click to listen)

About.com
Off Course is a must read of the season and a book to sit on every obstacle racer’s shelf.”
“If you like the way Christopher McDougall of Born to Run brings the reader through the sport of ultra running through his own experiences in the world you will enjoy Beresini’s book.”
Read the full review here.

Tung Yin on Amazon.com
“I think this book is even better than ‘Born to Run.'”
“Terrific, fun look at obstacle course racing.”

Curious about OFF COURSE? Check out these excerpts on Active.com:
Obstacle Racing’s Most Famous Athlete
Get Fast for an Obstacle Course Race with CrossFit

Don’t miss out on the fun, fascinating OCR conversation! Order your copy today at any of these cool places:

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Straight from the publisher

Love and dirt,
Erin

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