about us

Driven is the parent company powered by the staff & athletes from the Green Beret Challenge. The name Driven is derived from watching our participants conquer their fears and take on some of the most difficult challenges in the industry with determination and resolve! Their willingness to succeed has empowered our entire community. What drives our racers - drives us.

We Are The Driven!


Background:  After several years of producing obstacle course races and endurance challenges, the team behind the Green Beret Challenge (GBC) has created a parent events company to host all of their innovative events.  According to Mark Ballas, founder of the GBC, “when the GBC began we would have never envisioned the lateral growth of the GBC". "We feel the growth, changes and re-branding will further define our programs and allow for more scalability to continue to Build Better Humans".  

Founder & CEO

Mark Ballas is a former Special Forces Green Beret, Army Ranger with a 26-year culmination as a US Army Special Operations Soldier, Special Forces Instructor and government contractor. As an entrepreneur and product developer, Mark was featured in the Veteran’s Business Journal May/June 2005, for developing a life-sustaining invention brought to market in support of the military, first responder and professional security industries. Military assignments include the prestigious 7th Special Forces Group, and the distinguished 75th Ranger Regiment. 


In 2012, Mark created the Green Beret Challenge, an aggressive 8-mile team challenge with the goal of building better humans. Mark is well-versed in applying military special operations concepts to outdoor enthusiasts, avid athletes and corporate America. He creates a positive atmosphere that engages participants in activities that promote health and fitness; building strength, confidence and self-esteem. Mark’s entrepreneurial spirit and experiences endured throughout his Special Operations career, led to the development of the Green Beret Challenge and his new venture, The Driven!

the driven family

Dawn Mostiler - Event / Volunteer Coordinator

Dawn joined up with Mark & the Green Beret Challenge in 2017 shortly after experiencing first hand some of the great work we were doing, "building better humans".  She is the power behind everything we do and keeps Ballas in check, which is a full time job in itself. 

Dawn's title doesn't begin to outline everything she does for us and there isn't enough room on this page to tell you. She is however, an invaluable asset we cherish and very lucky to have her on our team.

Behind the scenes, Dawn is busy being an Army wife, a Mom and most recently taking on powerlifting competitions. Follow Dawn as she is being Driven to explode onto the powerlifting circuit. 

Rosie Archuleta Sanchez - Community Relations

Rosie also joined the GBC Team in 2016 after attending a couple of events. Rosie's sense of family and community has inspired the internal growth of the Green Beret Challenge community of athletes, participants, volunteers or friends. Rosie is very active in the shadows "making things happen" so WE can make things happen.


Rosie is a wife, Mother of 4, an OCR & Ruck enthusiast and a Veterans counselor. She is very busy outside The Driven "building better humans" for her family and her community. 

the driven team

Lance Johnson has been participating in OCR events since 2014, had his first taste of the Green Beret Challenge in 2015 and has been hooked ever since. Lance has a broad racing spectrum ranging from quick sprints to 24hr/long distance endurance events and is always challenging himself to improve every event. 

Lance's training & support team includes his wife Ginna who also is an avid OCR participant, and their two daughters, Mattie & Zoey which are usually found at the finish line passing out medals. The Johnson's are also Alabama natives and currently reside outside Mobile. 

Richard Estep born in San Diego but now a Georgia native has been running obstacle course races since 2013 and has been an elite racer since 2014. Going by the name Supreme Elite, Richard has raced side-by-side with some of the top athletes in OCR throughout the world. He has mastered several techniques increasing efficiency negotiating obstacles and isn't showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. 


Richard loves coaching proper running techniques and laying in his arsenal is an extensive soccer background spanning 25+ years. He has qualified and participated in multiple obstacle course World Championship Races every year and has multiple podium finishes for Green Beret Challenge. Pictured with Richard is his wife Stephanie who is also part of the Driven family. 

Alabama native and U.S. Marine, Austin Hutchins, is our newest addition to the Driven PRO Team. Austin got his racing career started in 2016. Since, he has ran an over 150 miles in obstacle course races & trail races.


After returning from his recent deployment, he joined the GBC / Driven Pro Team and jumped right back into racing. Austin continues to improve his game every race to include scoring some top 3 finishes. 


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