Robert’s OCR journey started similar to others. A friend told him to do Tough Mudder Ohio in 2013, so he signed up. He read about World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) a few weeks before the event and decided to try a little harder at the run. It was an amazing experience that opened up a great new community full of amazing people. He was hooked and signed up for WTM in November. He trained for approximately five months, mixing in a trip to Seattle for two laps at another Tough Mudder. In preparation, he ran his first marathon, a goal time of 3:40 that turned into a sub-3:14 finish. A few days later Robert suffered a severe ankle sprain that almost kept him from WTM. Almost. He went to New Jersey and was able to knock out 65 miles for a 67th place finish at his first ultra-marathon and competitive OCR.
In 2014, Robert primarily spent his time working on a qualification for the 2015 Boston Marathon. He ran three road marathons and one trail marathon. He was able to qualify at San Francisco with a sub-3:01. A month prior he placed 6th in the trail race. Robert also competed in several road races this past year and placed highly, managing a few wins in some smaller 5Ks. The marathon was not the only field in 2014 that Robert was competitive in as he also had to see how he could do in a few OCRs. Spartan Race came to Ohio this year and Robert wanted a piece of it. He competed in the Beast Elite Heat and came out with an 11th place overall finish. A few weeks later, he competed at OCR World Championships in the 25-29 age division. He placed 2nd and had a finishing time that was the 19th fastest.2015 will be a short season for Robert. He is leaving forÃ‚Â training for the Air National Guard by the time summer starts. However he will be competing in as many races as he can, as well as the Boston Marathon.
Outside of training, Robert is working to obtain an officer role in the Air National Guard. He just started personal training and loves it. He is an active supporter of the USO and will do crazy things like running on a treadmill for hours, eating pizza just to raise money for a cause. He is always looking for a challenge and seeks to push his limits. Fortunately for him, OCR is pushing his limits and he hopes he never finds them.
Robert Wiltshire is #relentless.