Meet Our Athletes

Keith Puralewski  

Fitness has always been a love of mine, I have always thrived in the training that is necessary to compete at a high level. As I got older, I continued to work out… but never had that fire in my belly that comes before an athletic competition. Then five years ago, I was introduced to the world of Obstacle Course Racing.

The Fire Was Back! In the past five years, I have competed at a high level in over 100 OCR events. I have qualified and competed in the last 3 OCR World Championships while finishing near the top of my age group all three times.

This new found fitness focus has most recently led to me competing on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge on CMT!

My goal is to turn this passion for fitness into a career that allows me to inspire people as the world of OCR has inspired me! If you do something you love… you will never work another day in your life!

  Adriane Alvord

Adriane is an endurance junky who is constantly striving to push past new limits. Since discovering obstacle course racing Mid 2014, Adriane has podium finishes in numerous races, 7 of which have been wins. In 2016 Adriane shifted her focus towards the endurance side of obstacle course racing and at her first 24 hour race finished 3rd with 65 miles. She also managed a 9th place finish at her first ever Worlds Toughest Mudder in 2016 with 70miles. In 2017 Adriane finished 7th in the the Toughest Mudder Rankings with an average of 95 miles from her top 3 performances and qualified as an elite Contender for Worlds Toughest Mudder. She also rounded out the year with the 4th most miles for any female in the Tough Mudder Rankings with 220 miles.

Adriane also enjoys testing herself among the top Ninjas in the Ninja Warrior Community and has been a competitor on American Ninja Warrior both Season 8 and 9 with hopes of getting back on in season 10. This past season Adriane qualified for the Daytona Beach City Finals by finishing in the top 5 women in the city qualifying round.

Outside of OCR Adriane is an accomplished equestrian, running her own business Adriane Alvord Dressage that she started at the age of 19. Some of Adriane’s top accomplishments in the equestrian world include earning her United States Dressage Federation gold medal by the age of 21 and competing on the Junior Olympic Dressage Team for Region One in 2015.

Erik Carranza  

As a young kid Erik was very active, participating in a multitude of sports. When he wasn’t on the field he was on the playground looking for new ways to have fun.  It wasn’t until his early teenage years that he became less active finding himself hanging out with the wrong crowd for nearly a decade and left him demoralized. He knew there was something better then the environment he was in so he slowly got back into fitness. Still the passion for fitness was not yet strong enough to hold back the circle of influence that was heading in the wrong direction.

Until one day when he challenged himself to take on a Spartan Race. As he finished the race Erik knew that a passion had emerged and there was no going back. That fire created a relentless pursuit to become a better and stronger man. Since that day Erik has become an avid spokesperson for the world of OCR empowering others to become better, stronger people both physically and mentally.

  Antonio Pusateri

Antonio Pusateri credits his determination on and off the course to his two children who he aspires to be the best role model for them by displaying how hard work and dedication will help you build a solid foundation to reach your goals. The OCR bug caught hold of Antonio May of 2015 and he has been competing in pro heats since August of that year. This allowed him to catch the eye of sponsors and help promote the sport he has grown to love.

He is a former Construction Journeyman and now works as a Pharmacy Technician while going to school to have a career as a Pharmacist. He dedicates as much time as possible to fitness activities such as rock climbing, ninja warrior style obstacles, weight training and running to help him work up to his goals in his home state of Wisconsin. Antonio is active in his community and local events to help spread the sport of Obstacle Course Racing to other interested Wisconsin residents. He believes in living a healthy lifestyle and is very passionate about sharing his personal story as he hopes to positively inspire others and help others reach their personal goals.

Kris Wolff  

As a former personal trainer, I have always had a passion for fitness and more specifically powerlifting; however, I wanted to challenge myself even more. I competed in my first Spartan Race in 2013 and was hooked on OCR.

Just like others who compete, I balance being a husband, father, a full-time corporate job and a passion for OCR. I enjoy the training, the competition and I look forward to the challenge of every race. Every race is different, but once you cross that finish line no one can ever take that feeling of accomplishment away from you. So, find that balance, get out and try something new. You’ll be a better person for doing so.

  Scott Brackemyer

Scott always wanted to be a professional bodybuilder but he did not think he had the genetics to make the big time. So “The Viking” learned to use obstacle racing as a functional outlet to direct his competitive nature. He’s driven to bring an overall fitness look to the elite divisions and prove that functional muscle is the better way to finish strong. With his positive personality, Scott is socially active with an extensive following on Facebook, Instagram, and The uplifting support from his loving wife and 4 children allow him to race all year round. In 2014 he competed coast-to-coast starting with the Arizona Spartan Sprint in February and ended the year with the South Carolina Spartan Beast in October.

If you saw this warlord on the OCR battlefield you would never guess he suffers from severe asthma. Another of Scott’s goals is to prove that you can thrive with asthma and still be at the top of your game even in your 40’s. Generally finishing in the top overall 3-5% of his OCRs, he plans to complete 25 races every year and at this pace it doesn’t look like Scott is going to slow down anytime soon!

Chris Lange   

Chris is a father of two and married to his wife of 5 years.  He is a Social Studies teacher and the Special Olympics Powerlifting strength coach at West Leyden High School in Northlake, Illinois.  With the constant support of his family and students he has been able to pursue his passion of competing in OCR and Ninja Warrior competitions.  Chris competed in Season 7 of American Ninja Warrior and made it to the city finals in Kansas City.  In his most recent competition Chris took third place at Classic City Ninja Warrior in Waterloo, Indiana.

Along with Ninja Warrior and OCR events he also has run over a dozen of distance races including the Chicago Marathon where he placed in the top 5 percent of his age group.  Chris hopes that by displaying his passion for fitness he can encourage and teach his students how to develop the drive to make themselves better.  Along with powerlifting, he also works with students who are not in athletics but want to become healthier through the “Lange Strong” program which Chris has been running at West Leyden for 5 years.

  Mandy Hall

Obstacle course racing started off for me as a one time fun weekend activity, but after that race was over I was hooked and now family vacations coincide with race schedules!  As a registered nurse I know all about being prepared, thinking on your feet, and helping others so OCR is a perfect fit for me. I enjoy pushing myself and helping others do the same both physically and mentally.  While I have a busy schedule with work, being a mom and wife, I still find time to pursue my fitness goals. I share my hectic schedule in order to inspire others to make incremental positive changes in their lives and not let excuses drag them down. With numerous different races under my belt I am confident that I can persevere over any obstacle on the course and in life.

Nick Hall  

After tearing my ACL and undergoing reconstructive knee surgery I allowed myself to become out of shape.  Eventually I decided I had enough and started to lose the weight and gain muscle. During this time I watched and fell in love with the show “American Ninja Warrior” which is when my training really took off. While training for a chance to compete on the show, obstacle course racing seemed like a natural fit and became my passion. I am always looking to improve my fitness level and help others do the same. Bring on the next challenge!

  Jordon Buscemi

“If you love what you do, then you’ll never work a day in your life!”
I’m a firm believer in following your dreams and not letting your God given talents go to waste. I’m living my life as I choose, with integrity and hopefully motivating people along the way. I’m going to be proof that if you have goals and do not give up on them, they will become reality. I will show my son, my family and friends that anything is possible if you believe it’s possible. Get out there and make your dreams come true! I’m an ordinary guy that hasn’t given up on wanting to be extraordinary! You can too!