Welcome to the VJ team - Ally Reite!
Ally is an inspiration on and off the course - pushing herself to the highest levels of achievement and also encouraging her family, including 81 year old Grandma to complete a Spartan race!
How did you get into OCR Racing?
I did my first OCR in 2014 and LOVED it even though I failed pretty much every obstacle. I had zero upper body strength. From that point on I knew I wanted to compete in the sport, so I focused all my training on speed and strength. In the end of 2015, I finally worked up the courage to sign up for an elite wave, and I was hooked! I loved the competitive nature and how awesome and encouraging all the girls were. Since then it has become a huge part of my life. My husband and I have turned our living room ceiling into a rig, and we have traveled all over the country competing in races. I got my 56-year-old mom hooked on racing as well, and last year the two of us completed a Sprint with my 81-year-old Grandma, who became the oldest woman to ever complete a Spartan Race. I love how the sport has positively affected so many people in my life and the friendships I have made along the way.
What success have you had in OCR and what are your plans for 2019?
I have (3) Spartan Race podiums, as well as podiums at Bonefrog, Conquer the Gauntlet, Tougher Mudder, Rugged Maniac, Terrain Race, and multiple local trail races. I have qualified for Spartan World Champs as elite and OCR Worlds as pro each year I have been racing competitively. My goal for this year is to stay healthy, have fun, and win a Spartan Race (my 3 podiums for Spartan have all been 3rd place).
Why did you choose VJ?
When I first started researching these shoes, I was looking for something I could train in and race in because I have always done my training in a different shoe than my race shoe. I finally found them in the XTRM’s and I am so happy to join the team!
What is your 2019 schedule?3/16: San Jose Spartan
4/13: Seattle or Citi Field Spartan
5/11: Nationals Park Spartan Stadium
6/1: Monterey Spartan
6/22: AT&T Spartan Stadium
7/27: Blood, Sweat, and Beers 10k local trail run
8/9: OCR NA Championship
8/17: Hawaii Spartan
8/24: West Virginia Spartan NA Championship
9/28: Tahoe Spartan World Championship
10/11: OCR Worlds
11/9: Boston Spartan Stadium
11/16: Sacramento Spartan
11/23: San Francisco Spartan Stadium