Eddie Kovel, Founder and CEO
Eddie founded PlayOut LLC in 2013 with the mission to make fitness fun for everyone and eliminate motivational barriers to exercise. “Why workout… when you can PLAYOUT!” Upon graduating, Eddie created PlayOut: The Game of Fitness - a card game that turns bodyweight exercise into fun competition for all ages and fitness levels. Shortly after college, Eddie began racing in obstacle course races, and training only with PlayOut, he became one of the top racers in the Southeast, placing top 5 in 12 of 14 races. He launched The Obstacle Course Training Card Game as an expansion to PlayOut: The Game of Fitness to share obstacle course training with the world. In 2014, Eddie was hired as the course manager to the 2014 Firebreather Challenge (local GA obstacle course race), and the 2014 GA Spartan Race. Eddie worked directly with the Spartan Race director to ensure all obstacles were safe and fair to participants, and to mark the course properly to give the best racing experience.
In Spring of 2015, PlayOut LLC, under Eddie’s leadership, designed and installed a permanent obstacle course for all ages at a YMCA summer camp in North Carolina. Thus began PlayOut’s foray into obstacle course installations.
Garfield is a figurehead in the obstacle course racing industry. In 2014-15 he was the Lead Race Director for BattleFrog. His duties consisted of creating the course blueprint based on Navy SEAL B.U.D.s training, coordinating, building and executing 7 launch events in 2014, and setting up multiple events in 18+ cities for 2015. Garfield began working as the Event Manager for Savage Race in 2015. During that time, he helped to re-launch and manage the new SavagePRO program, wrote the SavagePRO rules, designed new obstacles, updated old obstacles, and ensured a smooth running event on race day. In 2015, Garfield also took on the role of Director of Race Operations and Course Design for the OCR World Championships. For OCRWC, he created the overall operations blueprint for the 2015 event, operated as Lead Race Director, Build Crew Director, and Course Designer. Garfield currently works as an independent contractor and VP of event operations for Civilian Military Combine Hybrid Obstacle Race Series. His current duties include creating overall race/operations blueprints, branding, and operating as Lead Race Director, Course and Obstacle Designer. http://theraceguy.com/history/
David hails from Wilmington, Delaware and is pursuing his interest in designing obstacle courses while studying mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech. From building go-karts in high school, to designing fishing equipment for Humminbird, to designing obstacles for PlayOut, David has design engineering experience in a wide range of industries. Aside from climbing and obstacle racing, David's number one passion is creating fun, safe structures for his fellow humans to monkey around on. David serves as the team’s CAD expert, creating models used for both presentation and fabrication of PlayOut’s obstacles.
Dr. Acuff is a Ph.D. educated scientist and business development professional. As an outdoor enthusiast, he has competed in trail running, mountain bike racing and obstacle course racing throughout his adult life. Cory acts as a business advisor for PlayOut and has been the primary obstacle designer for the PlayOut installed courses. He is a teammate of James Lumley in the elite OCR group, the Grey Berets, where he is able, through competition, to study and perfect challenging obstacle designs.
Amanda is an intern for PlayOut from Emory University. She serves as the website designer and organizer for Playoutthegame.com. Her passion for digital/website design started early, whether it's through designing newsletters for her local senior housing home or competing in website design contests through Future Business Leaders of America all the way to the National level. It is to no surprise that all the previous websites that Amanda has designed has strong ties to fitness, health, and happiness as well! Amanda hopes to design the best website she could to share all the wonderful aspects of PlayOut with everyone.
James is self-employed as a contractor, and has over 35 years of construction and carpentry experience. Much of his experience has been in residential construction, and he has acted as foreman on many projects. Over the past few years, he has adapted his knowledge of wood and metal framing techniques to fit the demands of obstacle course racing. He has worked on the build team for multiple major race companies and has led the build on PlayOut’s past two installations. James is experienced with a wide variety of materials, and is comfortable adapting obstacle structures to meet any challenges encountered during a build. His participation in numerous races as part of the elite group known as the Grey Berets gives him a first-hand understanding of how obstacles should function for maximum safety and challenge to participants.
Carly is a student at the University of South Carolina in the Darla Moore Business School. She serves the PlayOut team as the Financial Marketing Consultant. She met Eddie on a trip to Israel and fell in love with the concept of PlayOut due to her love of exercise and entrepreneurship. Carly currently teaches Group Fitness Classes at the University and is certified in Les Mills BodyPump and BodyCombat. She also holds a National Academy of Sports Medicine certification as a Personal Trainer. She hopes to incorporate the PlayOut games into her training and classes.