Meet Cole DeRosa
Cole is a native of Dallas, Texas. Soon after graduating high school he joined the U.S. Army and has over 23 years in service. Cole is currently on Active Duty with the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at MacDill, AFB, Tampa, Florida.
Cole began Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) in 2015, becoming an Elite athlete in the sport in 2016 with numerous podium finishes to date. In 2017, he qualified for and competed in Spartan’s Elite World Championship Race at Olympic Village/ Squaw Valley, North Lake Tahoe, CA, ending the year ranked 21st in Spartan’s World Elite Ranking as a masters athlete. In 2018, he competed in 32 OCR events in both the Elite and the Competitive Age Group (AG) Category. He had two Spartan Elite podiums and 19 Spartan AG podiums, including placing 3rd over all ages in the Spartan North American Championship race. Cole also qualified and competed in Spartan’s 2018 World Championship Race placing 10th in AG and 33rd over all ages. Cole ended his Spartan 2018 OCR season globally ranked 4th in his AG and the 11th ranked male out of all ages.
Why do you like and use Grit Army Compression Socks?
One, the colors are perfect, as red is my favorite color. However, more important is the quality of the material and the compression I feel during and after a race.
How do you develop and improve your personal Grit?
By living and holding myself accountable to the Army and US Army Ranger values. These values can help drive and shape not only military personnel but non-military personnel. It’s all about facing adversity head on, embrace it and grow from it.
What’s one piece of advice you can give others that will help them be more successful in Obstacle Course Racing?
Assess your OCR performance to find areas that you can improve upon and then make a plan to address those deficiencies. Do not try and fix all aspects of your race at once, success comes with time and work.
What’s the best “Pro Tip” that you can give others on how they can be Grittier in life?
Build your OCR or athlete network. Ensure you socialize at race venues with fellow athletes that you may or may not compete against. Many questions you might have or great advice you can learn from your fellow athletes. OCR is a great community, and many athletes are very willing to share experiences about their training, gear use, nutrition, and race venues. Get involved.