Over the weekend, Brian Johnson proudly represented Guam at the North American Obstacle Course Race Championships in Stratton Mountain, Vermont.
Johnson, in the men’s 15-Kilometer 35-39 age division, competed against some of the world’s most accomplished OCR athletes from the USA, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.
In 2 hours, 15 minutes, out of 72 competitors in his age group, Johnson placed 19th. Among 389 total athletes, he placed 80th.
“The conditions were perfect for a race, and I was glad to wear the Guam compression long-sleeve,” Johnson said.
Johnson described the start of the race as a 3.5K uphill battle.
"My calves were screaming," he said. “I take pride in not walking during races - whether it’s an Ironman or a 10K - but this course was brutal. I did a lot more hiking than expected.”
Looking back on his training, Johnson said, “I regret not running up and down Mount Lamlam.”
Despite the challenges, because he finished all 40 obstacles, he gets to keep his North American race band.
“Overall, it was a race experience I’ll never forget,” Johnson said. “Representing Guam made it even more special and the ‘Go Guam’ cheers I got during the race kept me going.”
“I hope more Trench Challenge qualified racers get to experience what I got to, one day,” he added. “It was worth the long journey.”
“I’d like to personally thank Trench Challenge and the Guam Visitors Bureau for the support. I look forward to getting back to the island and competing in Trench Challenge 2019.”