After a significant weight loss in 2012, Joel Fox discovered obstacle course racing in 2013 while competing in the Tough Mudder in his hometown of Mansfield, Ohio. He liked the concept and searched for similar events that offered a more competitive atmosphere. The search paid off as he went on to win his next 3 obstacle races that year including two Warrior Dash victories and a win at The Savage Race Ohio.
However, it was only after a humbling 4th place finish in May of 2014 at Mud Guts and Glory when Joel committed to transforming from a distance runner to an obstacle racer. Realizing the need to improve, Joel began adapting his training to mimic that of OCR events. That year, he was a top 5 finisher in each of his obstacle races including a victory at Mud Ninja Ohio and second place finishes at The Savage Race and the Ohio Warrior Dash II. Moving forward to 2015, Joel is focused on increasing strength, logging more miles and broadening his obstacle training.
Outside of obstacle racing, Joel owns a custom home building company and a residential construction company. He attributes a lot of his racing success to the support of his wife Ivana and two children Maia (5) and Nico (3). Joel believes that the values that help people succeed in obstacle racing are the same values that drive success in everyday life–dedication, discipline and #relentless perseverance.