I’ve had the privilege to work with a number of talented coaches and trainers over the years, but Allison Tai is entirely unique.

Not only is Allison a top pro athlete still actively dominating podiums all over the world, she is also the kindest, most down-to-earth person you could hope to meet, who will inspire you to work harder than you even imagined you were capable of! Allison’s infectious passion for the sport has drawn together a whole supportive tribe of fellow OCR enthusiasts, and I feel lucky to be one of them.

Before I met Allison I had done a handful of obstacle events – just for the fun and personal challenge – but I wasn’t aware of the possibility of taking OCR seriously as a sport. I was already somewhat competitive as a triathlete, though, so it didn’t take long to catch the competitive OCR bug! Allison’s obstacle specialist training sessions quickly became my most enjoyable and anticipated workouts of the whole week (even though I pretty much suck at most obstacles, especially everything involving upper body and grip strength!) But Allison has an incredible talent for breaking down the strategy and the steps for how to approach obstacles that makes the impossible somehow seem more possible. She also has an uncanny way of believing in your ability to do things beyond what you believe you are capable of, and somehow you find yourself managing them.

Working with – and being mentored by – Allison Tai has been absolutely pivotal to reaching all of my OCR goals, starting with earning Contender status and a top 10 finish at my first competitive OCR event at Canada’s Toughest Mudder 2017. Allison guided my overall training for the months leading into World’s Toughest Mudder 2017, which enabled me to hit 50 miles despite still being in recovery mode from an injury. And in 2018 I even had the immense honour of taking 2nd place behind Allison at Rugged Maniac Vancouver (as well as first female 50+.) Such a dream to get to race AND share a podium with your hero and inspiration – who is also your coach!

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― Diana