CTG Pro Team

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2018 Conquer The Gauntlet Pro Female Athletes


Christina “Honey Badger” Armstrong

From: McKinney Texas

Specialty: Endurance Racing

Biggest Accomplishment in OCR: One of only 4 women to complete the summer Death Race (61 hours of endurance tests including swimming in leech infested ponds, 32 miles walking barefoot in just underwear and spending time tied to 180 other racers thru the trails of Blood Root Mountain in Vermont)

Other OCR Highlights:

-Two BattleFrog Xtreme (BFX) 1st place tridents back to back (one of them doing as many laps as the winning male)

-23 career podium finishes

-Out of all her OCR accomplishments, she is most proud of is turning her mother, daughters and a few of her cross country athletes into OCR racers

-70 career races including completing the couch to mountain series of races in one year

Why is CTG your favorite race?

CTG is my favorite race for two reasons....the first is because you show up, and you are automatically welcome and family, no matter what state you are racing in. You know the race director, the crew and the Pro Team because they care about the racers that come out! Secondly, because the obstacles are hard and challenge me! I could not do half of the obstacles my first race and I dedicated my first year to training hard just to overcoming those failures! Being able to succeed and conquer a CTG obstacle is the best feeling ever!!


Brenna "Red Beast" Calvert

From: Born and raised Texan, residing in Tulsa, OK

Specialty: Strength Based Obstacles

First Year in OCR: 2013

Biggest Accomplishment in OCR: Three different televised appearances on two different OCR related shows (Appearing on CMT's Steve Austin Broken Skull Challenge (season 3 and season 5 all-stars) along with participating in the ESPN BattleFrog League Championships)

Other OCR highlights:

-39 podiums in five seasons (22 of those being 1st place)

-6 CTG wins (4 other CTG podium finishes in 2nd/3rd place)

-First US female to finish the UK’s Rat Race Dirty Double in 2nd place

-Raced in 18 states and 3 countries.

Why is CTG your favorite race?

Conquer the Gauntlet is my favorite race series because it really makes you be good at obstacles. It is one of the few OCR series that you don't have to be the fastest to win, this makes it a true OBSTACLE race in my opinion. The comradery and sportsmanship is like no other when at a CTG event. I found my love for Conquer the Gauntlet when I was questioning if I wanted to continue racing. Meeting the CTG family and team rejuvenated my love and passion for the sport.


Randi Lackey

From: Fairview, OK

Specialty: Long distance running/CTG obstacles

First Year in OCR: 2012

Biggest Accomplishment in OCR: All time most Conquer the Gauntlet wins (10) plus two team event wins

Other OCR Highlights:

-First woman to finish CTG with a belt

-First woman to complete Stairway to Heaven

-11 CTG podium finishes.

-Pregnant during her first CTG win.

Why is CTG your favorite race?

Conquer the Gauntlet quickly became my favorite race series when I realized the amount of support given by other athletes. While the races can get very competitive, everyone wants each other to succeed and reach their goals. I wouldn’t be able to maintain my level of motivation if it wasn’t for the other athletes. Races sort of become a reunion and celebration of our training efforts and a place where we can all share similar stories of our racing/training adventures.


Lisa Nondorf

From: Madison, WI

Specialty: Dominant Master’s Athlete

First Year in OCR: 2015

Biggest Accomplishment in OCR: 1st place finish at the 2017 United States OCR Championship race in both the 3k (40-49 year age group) and the 15k (40-44 year age group)

Other OCR Highlights:

-Undefeated Masters Female for CTG race series (six wins)

-Never lost a band/belt in any race (30 races over 2 years)

-2nd 2018 North American OCR Championship- Pro Female Team

-11 overall podium finishes including a 2nd place at CTG Atlanta

-25 Masters wins (with another 14 2nd/3rd finishes)

-Member of Team Chicago on the ESPN BattleFrog League Championship Race

-Invited and competed in CBS Televise TMX

-Nominated for Mud Run Guide’s Best Female Master’s Athlete in 2017

Why is CTG your favorite race?

CTG is my favorite race series for all that it stands for! You cannot find another series that has such an amazing family feel! I love crossing the finish line and getting a medal from the race owner, hearing the encouragement from so many people on the course because that is what this race encourages (supporting each other!). The other reason that CTG is so awesome is the obstacle difficulty! I love being challenged and I feel that CTG is the best race to do that for me! This race combines upper body challenges as well as carries and balance! No other race series is doing that!


Amy "Magic" Pajcic

From: Brecksville, OH residing in Columbia Station, OH

Specialty: Obstacles/Technique

Biggest Accomplishment in OCR: Only female to overall podium at both the OCR World Championships and the 24 hour long world championship in Raceway Park, NJ

Other OCR Highlights:

-2nd 2018 North American OCR Championship- Pro Coed Team- CTG Prime

-Podium finish at her first two CTG races

-The last BattleFrog overall female winner (the series went out of business afterwards)

-27 career podium finishes (8 overall wins)

Why is CTG your favorite race?

CTG has the best obstacles and obstacle density in its races that truly tests its competitors in obstacle technique and strength in addition to speed. This is unlike the vast majority of other obstacle course races that are closer to a cross country race or a heavy carry race. Not only that, but the people behind it are the best; the nicest people with good, honest intentions in hosting their races.


Ashley Samples

From: St. Clair, MI, residing in Apopka, FL

Specialty: Middle Distance OCR/All Around

Biggest Accomplishment in OCR: 1st Place in the 3k/15k at the 2017 OCR World Championship in the 30-34 age group

Other OCR Highlights:

-3x nominated as Mud Run Guide’s Best Female OCR athlete 2015, 2016, 2017

-1st Place in the 15k at the 2015 OCR World Championship in the 30-34 age group

-3rd place Pro Women Team at 2017 OCR World Championships

-2nd 2018 North American OCR Championship- Pro Female Team- Mom Squad

-17 podium finishes in 2017 (8 overall wins)

-5 CTG overall wins (2016- all while pregnant)

-Has won races on 3 continents – Europe, Asia, and North America

Why is CTG your favorite race?

CTG is my favorite race series because it is the one that keeps me on my toes. It is a race that keeps me striving to better my skill set so that I can keep my belt. Running fast can only give me a time advantage until an obstacle gets in the way. As fun as it is to win, its way more fun to win when you really have to earn it. CTG gives me that feeling every time I step on the course.


Lauren Woodcock

From: Dallas, Texas

Specialty: Technical Obstacles

Biggest Accomplishment in OCR: Making it on the podium in her first ever, 2nd Place CTG OKC 2016

Other OCR Highlights:

-Only had to retry an obstacle in any race one time (Pegatron at CTG Kansas City 2017)

-Podium finish at eight of nine CTGs she has raced

-Never lost her belt at any CTG races

-14 podium finishes in two seasons of OCRs

Why is CTG your favorite race?

Conquer the Gauntlet is more than a race...it truly is a family. Nowhere will you find a more comfortable and fun race environment, more challenging obstacles, or a more positive atmosphere! The first six races on my 2018 race schedule were CTGs! I love the people who have made CTG what it is. They put their whole hearts into every aspect of the race, and you can’t help but feel that in every race, at every location every year. I am so proud to be a part of the #CTGfamily.