Opinion Piece: How I would change X Warrior Black-Ops

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In this opinion piece I going to delve into the 5 changes I would make if I was running this event. Some are bigger than others but all I think all would make for a better event. I know that there is no way all of these would get implemented but one can dream.

 

I will also preface this article by saying Black-Ops was my one of my top 3 events I’ve ever ran, so I’m not suggesting blowing it up or anything. I think the event doesn’t really need massive changes but more some small tweaks. I think after reading this article you’ll see what I mean.

 

Change #1

More quads helping get racers gear up to the tent village. That shouldn’t be part of the challenge. I know it’s not as easy as just saying that so I understand this change probably won’t happen.

 

Change #2

The bibs should be ordered in a way similar to how you order your finisher shirt. As someone who fits a men’s medium or large on a swole day, wearing a XL bib felt ridiculous especially during the opening lap where most racers went out without hydration vests or any extra gear. Maybe if I get lucky I’ll get another growth spurt before my next Black-Ops experience and this won’t be a problem but at 35 I doubt it.

 

Change #3

Racers can’t stop within sight of the finish line to wait out the clock before finishing. I don’t care if they all stop 200 meters away just below a hill or something before the finish. While I openly admit I did it this year, I feel like it takes away from the spirit of the challenge. I also think a horde of racers coming out of nowhere right as the closing window opens would create a great photo-op.

 

Change #4

Change the finishing window from hours 11 until 12 to hours 12 until 13. Make it a twelve-hour race instead of eleven, I wouldn’t change the way it’s advertised but I feel like that change would make the race truer to its billing. If you finish after that window you’re not a “finisher”. Logistically it wouldn’t be hard to pull off as the venue said we had all day and even into the night to vacate, meaning one more hour wouldn’t affect that.

 

Change #5

I would change the rule concerning what a finisher is defined as. As it stands now you only need to run a lap off the start and one that concludes during the finishing window for a total of 2. However, if you run one of the other X Warrior Titan events you must complete 3 laps with half the time frame. Those event also tend to have laps being 2 or less kilometres shorter than the loop at this event. X Warrior considers Black-Ops a Titan event so it seems reasonable to me to require racers to complete 3 laps to be a true finisher. This change wouldn’t really be hard to implement either.

 

 

So, there they are my 5 changes. Again, not earth shattering or anything but I think these little changes could go a long way. What do you think? Agree or disagree leave me a comment and I’m willing to hear what you think of my ideas.

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Scotty Voodoo
I am a proud father & husband. A former semi-pro skier, turned rugby 7’s player, I’ve now worked to become a OCR racer.
A level 2 NCCP certified coach, I also hold coaching certifications in 3 sports.

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