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With the 2016 OCR World Championships happening in two weeks, we figured it was a perfect time to dive into the results from last year’s race, and take a look at what obstacles gave athletes the hardest time. For those interested, we did this same analysis for the 2014 race, which we will be referencing from time to time.

As a refresher – 2014 saw the Platinum Rig take the field by surprise, with a 44.5% failure rate. Only two other obstacles had a failure rate of over 20% – Ring My Bell at 28.97%, and Tip of the Spear at 26.35%. Going into the 2015 race, we found out that “The Destroyer” would be making an appearance, as well as some interesting obstacles from overseas like “The Dragon’s Back” athletes from the US (who still make up the majority of the racers at this event), had not had the chance to see before.

Our team will be back out on-site for the 2016 OCRWC – You can find full coverage leading up to, and during the race, on this page

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Post Summary 

  • 2.4X attendance increase. 13% more international competitors than 2014.
  • Overall 54% of athletes finished without penalty, up from 44% last year
  • 10% increase for both male & female completion rate: Female completion rate (23.5%), Male Completion rate (67%)
  • Skull Valley was the band destroyer this year, taking out ~40% of the field. This was the last obstacle, which likely had something to do with it being the most failed.
  • Just as many people failed 5+ obstacles, as failed only 1 obstacle, across every category of racer – so Skull Valley isn’t solely to blame
  • 24 of the 99 people who failed only 1 obstacle did not fail Skull Valley.
  • Next-most-deadly obstacles were Tip of the Spear (28.6%), Platinum Rig 1 (25.2%), Sternum Checker (22.7%), Platinum Rig 2 (19.2%), Rope Climb (18.2%), Tyrolean Traverse (16.4%), and Weaver (15.8%)
  • People trained to beat the Platinum Rig. Last year had an overall failure rate of 44%, with 33% for men, and 74% for women. This year, the failure rate was only 24% overall, with 14% for men, and 48% of women!
  • Sternum Checker 1 & 2 were most disproportionally failed by women vs men. Men had a 7% failure rate, while women failed 58% – more than the Platinum Rig! Last year the failure rate was less than 2% across ALL racers on these obstacles. The reason? Most likely due to it being wet by the time athletes arrived, and not being able to use the side-struts for followup attempts
  • 11% increase in rope climb completion (last year called “Ring My Bell”). 71% to 82%. Fairly evenly distributed across men & women. This is with the rope climb being more difficult this year given it was over water.
  • The Warped Wall was vastly more difficult for women vs men. 32.9% of the women failed it, while only 3.6% of the men did. Most likely attributed to this obstacle being much easier to complete for taller athletes.
  • Want to see some other combination of stats we didn’t include? Leave us a comment on the post or on FB, and we can make a follow-up with whatever additions.

This analysis wouldn’t be possible without help from our friends at J-Chip and CHōSEN. Also, keep in mind that there is always the chance for slight inaccuracies – though we are confident in the current trends in the data. Also, this data is taken from finishers only. Any DNFs or DQs were removed from the data.

Table of Contents

Overview of Results & Times
Participation by Country
Overall Obstacle Completion Rate
Obstacle Failure Count by Obstacle
Number of Obstacle Failures Per Athlete
Skull Valley Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates
Tip of the Spear Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates
Platinum Rig 1 Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates
Sternum Checker 1 Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates
Platinum Rig 2 Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates
Rope Climb Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates
Tyrolean Traverse Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates
Weaver Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates
Sternum Checker 2 Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates
Warped Wall Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates
Combined Platinum Rig 1 & 2 Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates
Combined Sternum Checker 1 & 2 Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates
Random Facts
Conclusion

Overview of Results & Times

morgancoursemapFor those unfamiliar with the course, or who might need a refresher, we feel this map drawn by Morgan McKay is a perfect representation. Now, we know there might be a few of you who want to the “actual” course, you know, with a GPS or something….so don’t worry, you can check that out here.

In addition, it’s worth noting the OCR World Championships are a “mandatory obstacle completion” event. This mean’s athletes MUST complete every obstacle in order to successfully complete the course. There is no “do burpees on failure”. If an athlete fails an obstacle, they are welcome to try it as many times as they want. If they end up deciding they can’t do it, they must turn in their band, which each athlete is given at the start of the race, and given a time penalty.

There were 1,359 finishers at the 2015 OCRWC. 395 females (29%) finished the race, and 964 males (71%) completed. Compared to last year, there were 573 competitors, with 154 (27%) females and 419 males (73%). This was a nearly 2.4X increase in attendance from year to year.

742 (54%) of the competitors finished without penalties, up from 44% last year. 94 of those were females, and 648 were male. Last year only 21 females, or 13.6%, completed penalty free, but this year’s 94 females gave a completion rate of 23.6%, a nearly 2X increase over last year. The male completion rate this year was 47.5%, a slight increase over the 45.1% completion rate last year.

Participation by Country

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While 2 years of data is not enough to indicate a solid trend, it does appear the event is becoming more international. Last year, over 80% of the competitors were from the United States, while this year only 67% of the competitors were. The United Kingdom had the second largest contingent at 9.7%, followed by the Canadians at 7.5%, The Netherlands with 4.3%, and Sweden with 4.1%. With the 2016 event moving to Canada, it will be interesting to see how that affects the makeup.

In 2014, there were competitors from 11 different countries, while 2015 had competitors from 22 countries.

Country # of Athletes % of Athletes Competing
Australia 28 2.05%
Belgium 8 0.59%
Canada 102 7.48%
China 1 0.07%
Czech Republic 1 0.07%
Denmark 24 1.76%
Ecuador 1 0.07%
Spain 3 0.22%
France 1 0.07%
Germany 9 0.66%
India 1 0.07%
Mexico 2 0.15%
Netherlands 58 4.25%
Norway 7 0.51%
New Zealand 1 0.07%
Portugal 1 0.07%
Puerto Rico 1 0.07%
South Africa 9 0.66%
Sweden 56 4.11%
United Kingdom 132 9.68%
Ukraine 1 0.07%
United States 917 67.23%

* Note – This is the only section of data where any DQd competitors are included, thus, the total numbers are slightly higher than the rest of the data.

2015 OCRWC Overall Obstacle Completion Rate

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As previously mentioned, the number of athletes finishing without penalty rose from previous years. 2015 saw 54.45% of the competitors finish penalty free (67% for the males, and 23.5% for the females). After the very low finish times in 2014, word spread among athletes of the type of training that would be required to successfully complete such a course, and the athletes responded in their training throughout the year.

Obstacle Completion Rate by Division

This table dives into more and more granularity. It starts with overall stats, then male vs. female, and then elite v age group vs. journeyman, and then breaking those down by gender

Category Failure-Free Racer % Failure Free Racers w/ Penalties % with Penalties
Overall 740 54.45% 619 45.55%
Male 647 67.12% 317 32.88%
Female 93 23.54% 302 76.46%
Elite 121 77.56% 35 22.44%
Age-Groupers 574 52.09% 528 47.91%
Journeyman 45 44.55% 56 55.45%
Male Elite 92 85.19% 16 14.81%
Female Elite 29 60.42% 19 39.58%
Male Age-Grouper 511 66.80% 254 33.20%
Female Age-Grouper 63 18.69% 274 81.31%
Male Journeyman 44 48.35% 47 51.65%
Female Journeyman 1 10.00% 9 90.00%

Obstacle Completion Rate by Age-Group Category

This dives into each age group category, after the overview from above.

Age Group Division Failure-Free Racer % Failure Free Racers w/ Penalties % with Penalties
M13-17 19 52.78% 17 47.22%
F13-17 0 00.00% 3 100.00%
M18-24 51 79.69% 13 20.31%
F18-24 12 36.36% 21 63.64%
M25-29 88 73.95% 31 26.05%
F25-29 18 26.87% 49 73.13%
M30-34 91 72.80% 34 27.20%
F30-34 15 20.55% 58 79.45%
M35-39 89 74.79% 30 25.21%
F35-39 9 14.52% 53 85.48%
M40-44 86 69.35% 38 30.65%
F40-44 7 14.89% 40 85.11%
M45-49 55 56.12% 43 43.88%
F45-59 1 03.13% 31 96.88%
M50+ 32 40.00% 48 60.00%
F50+ 1 05.00% 19 95.00%

2015 OCRWC Obstacles – Obstacle Difficulty

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Coming off of 2014, where the Platinum Rig tore the field apart, people were wondering if that would remain the most difficult obstacle, or if any new surprises would show up. This year, a new obstacle “Skull Valley”, in addition to “Tip of the Spear” (which appeared in 2014 as well), both ended up giving more athletes difficulty than Platinum Rig.

It’s worth noting that numbers for Skull Valley & Tip of the Spear might both be slightly over-inflated due to their location on the course. They were at the very end of the course, which had already been very taxing on arm strength. Had they been earlier in the course, I believe they would have had (at least a slightly) lower failure rate.

Some of the new obstacles for 2015 that were unveiled from international race series, like “The Dragon’s Back” and “The Destroyer” did not have quite the affect on the field as some suspected. While they definitely added to the fun & novelty of having new obstacles most of the athletes had never tried before, it didn’t take too many bands. That said, it definitely impacted finish times, as The Dragon’s Back in particular gave many athlete’s pause before taking the leap.

The data also shows that some obstacles were again slightly more difficult for women vs men. While Skull Valley equally claimed victims from both the men & women, The Sternum Checker predominately gave females problems (58% failure of women, vs 6.5% for males).

Overall Failure by Obstacle

Obstacle # of athletes who failed % of athletes who failed
Skull Valley 535 39.37%
Tip of the Spear 382 28.11%
Platinum Rig 1 329 24.21%
Sternum Checker 1 292 21.49%
Platinum Rig 2 253 18.62%
Rope Climb 244 17.95%
Tyrolean Traverse 218 16.04%
Weaver 205 15.08%
Sternum Checker 2 177 13.02%
Warped Wall 165 12.14%
Ramp Wall 156 11.48%
Balance Beam 2 134 9.86%
Monkey Bars 134 9.86%
Tall Walls 123 9.05%
12 Foot Wall 74 5.45%
Irish Table 64 4.71%
Dragons Back 57 4.19%
Balance Beam 51 3.75%
Inverted Wall 33 2.43%
Polish Traverse 32 2.35%
Pipe Dreams 29 2.13%
Hill Slide 27 1.99%
Traverse Wall 18 1.32%
Tension 13 0.96%
Hoist 11 0.81%
Trenches 4 0.29%
Castle 3 0.22%
Wreck Bag 3 0.22%
Cargo Net 2 0.15%
Pinnacle 1 0.07%
Over Under 1 0.07%
Mini Monkey 1 0.07%

Top Failure by Obstacle for Women

Obstacle # of women who failed % of women who failed
Skull Valley 271 68.61%
Sternum Checker 229 57.97%
Tip of the Spear 221 55.95%
Platinum Rig 1 190 48.10%
Platinum Rig 2 166 42.03%
Sternum Checker 2 148 37.47%
Rope Climb 143 36.20%
Tyrolean Traverse 130 32.91%
Warped Wall 130 32.91%
Weaver 127 32.15%
Ramp Wall 124 31.39%

Top Failure by Obstacle for Men

Obstacle # of men who failed % of men who failed
Skull Valley 264 27.39%
Tip of the Spear 161 16.70%
Platinum Rig 1 139 14.42%
Rope Climb 101 10.48%
Tyrolean Traverse 88 9.13%
Platinum Rig 2 87 9.02%
Weaver 78 8.09%
Sternum Checker 63 6.54%

2015 OCRWC Number of Obstacle Failures Per Athlete

warpedwall2Much like 2014, with the Platinum Rig, it might be easy to say that Skull Valley disproportionately skewed the results. However, only 99 people failed just one obstacle, and of those 99, only 75 were skull valley. That means only 5.5% of the racers lost their band ONLY because of Skull Valley. In fact, the data shows, if you were going to fail an obstacle, you were likely to fail 5+ obstacles, and not just one.

Obstacle Completion Rate by Division

This table dives into more and more granularity. It starts with overall stats, then male vs. female, and then elite v age group vs. journeyman, and then breaking those down by gender

Category # of Athletes Penalty-Free # Failed Single Obstacle # Failed Two Obstacles # Failed Three Obstacles # Failed Four Obstacles # Failed Five+ Obstacles
Overall 740 99 61 51 54 354
Male 647 85 48 36 29 119
Female 93 14 13 15 25 235
Elite 121 3 5 5 2 20
Age-Groupers 574 87 53 45 49 294
Journeyman 45 9 3 1 3 40
Male Elite 92 3 2 3 1 7
Female Elite 29 0 3 2 1 13
Male Age-Grouper 511 73 43 32 26 80
Female Age-Grouper 63 14 10 13 23 214
Male Journeyman 44 9 3 1 2 32
Female Journeyman 1 0 0 0 1 8

Number of Obstacle Failures Per Athlete, By Age Group Category

This dives into each age group category, after the overview from above.

# of Athletes Penalty-Free # Failed Single Obstacle # Failed Two Obstacles # Failed Three Obstacles # Failed Four Obstacles # Failed Five+ Obstacles
M13-17 19 6 2 4 2 3
F13-17 0 0 0 0 0 3
M18-24 51 7 2 1 0 3
F18-24 12 0 3 1 0 17
M25-29 88 10 7 3 4 7
F25-29 18 4 2 2 3 38
M30-34 91 11 8 3 3 9
F30-34 15 1 0 2 4 51
M35-39 89 9 6 5 2 8
F35-39 9 5 3 4 6 35
M40-44 86 13 9 5 4 7
F40-44 7 2 1 2 3 32
M45-49 55 10 6 3 5 19
F45-59 1 1 1 2 6 21
M50+ 32 7 3 8 6 24
F50+ 1 1 0 0 4 17

2015 OCRWC Skull Valley Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates

skullvalleySkull Valley was the most-failed obstacle, with 39.4% of the athletes having to take a penalty on it. As previously mentioned, it did not help that the obstacle was the last obstacle of 15K course, on a cold day, so athletes had already used almost all their arm-strength, and were needing blankets to keep from going hypothermic. Had the obstacle been the first one athletes came to, it would have had a much higher completion rate.

Skull Valley Completion Rate by Division

This table dives into more and more granularity. It starts with overall stats, then male vs. female, and then elite v age group vs. journeyman, and then breaking those down by gender

Category # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Overall 824 60.63% 535 39.37%
Male 700 72.61% 264 27.39%
Female 124 31.39% 271 68.61%
Elite 130 83.33% 26 16.67%
Age-Groupers 641 58.17% 461 41.83%
Journeyman 53 52.48% 48 47.52%
Male Elite 95 87.96% 13 12.04%
Female Elite 35 72.92% 13 27.08%
Male Age-Grouper 553 72.29% 212 27.71%
Female Age-Grouper 88 26.11% 249 73.89%
Male Journeyman 52 57.14% 39 42.86%
Female Journeyman 1 10.00% 9 90.00%

Skull Valley Completion Rate by Age-Group Category

This dives into each age group category, after the overview from above.

Age Group Division # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
M13-17 25 69.44% 11 30.56%
F13-17 0 00.00% 3 100.00%
M18-24 54 84.38% 10 15.63%
F18-24 14 42.42% 19 57.58%
M25-29 94 78.99% 25 21.01%
F25-29 21 31.34% 46 68.66%
M30-34 97 77.60% 28 22.40%
F30-34 21 28.77% 52 71.23%
M35-39 91 76.47% 28 23.53%
F35-39 13 20.97% 49 79.03%
M40-44 94 75.81% 30 24.19%
F40-44 11 23.40% 36 76.60%
M45-49 62 63.27% 36 36.73%
F45-59 5 15.63% 27 84.38%
M50+ 36 45.00% 44 55.00%
F50+ 3 15.00% 17 85.00%

Skull Valley Completion Rate by Country

This table looks at the success rate on Skull Valley in 2015, broken down by country

Country # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Australia 19 67.86% 9 32.14%
Belgium 6 75.00% 2 25.00%
Canada 68 66.67% 34 33.33%
China 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Czech Republic 0 00.00% 1 100.00%
Denmark 15 62.50% 9 37.50%
Ecuador 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Spain 2 66.67% 1 33.33%
France 0 00.00% 1 100.00%
Germany 6 66.67% 3 33.33%
India 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Mexico 2 100.00% 0 00.00%
Netherlands 40 70.18% 17 29.82%
Norway 7 100.00% 0 00.00%
New Zealand 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Portugal 0 00.00% 1 100.00%
Puerto Rico 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
South Africa 9 100.00% 0 00.00%
Sweden 41 73.21% 15 26.79%
United Kingdom 57 43.18% 75 56.82%
Ukraine 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
United States 546 59.80% 367 40.20%

2015 OCRWC Tip of the Spear Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates

tipofthespear2Much like Skull Valley, this obstacle had more failures due to being at the end of the course. The design was slightly changed from the previous year, in that the metal chain was replaced by a rope. However, the number of athletes who could not complete the obstacle rose in 2015. In 2014, only 26.3% of athletes could not complete Tip of the Spear, compared to 28.1% in 205.

Tip of the Spear Completion Rate by Division

This table dives into more and more granularity. It starts with overall stats, then male vs. female, and then elite v age group vs. journeyman, and then breaking those down by gender

Category # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Overall 977 71.89% 382 28.11%
Male 803 83.30% 161 16.70%
Female 174 44.05% 221 55.95%
Elite 138 88.46% 18 11.54%
Age-Groupers 768 69.69% 334 30.31%
Journeyman 71 70.30% 30 29.70%
Male Elite 102 94.44% 6 05.56%
Female Elite 36 75.00% 12 25.00%
Male Age-Grouper 633 82.75% 132 17.25%
Female Age-Grouper 135 40.06% 202 59.94%
Male Journeyman 68 74.73% 23 25.27%
Female Journeyman 3 30.00% 7 70.00%

Tip of the Spear Completion Rate by Age-Group Category

This dives into each age group category, after the overview from above.

Age Group Division # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
M13-17 27 75.00% 9 25.00%
F13-17 0 00.00% 3 100.00%
M18-24 58 90.63% 6 09.38%
F18-24 16 48.48% 17 51.52%
M25-29 103 86.55% 16 13.45%
F25-29 37 55.22% 30 44.78%
M30-34 107 85.60% 18 14.40%
F30-34 29 39.73% 44 60.27%
M35-39 106 89.08% 13 10.92%
F35-39 21 33.87% 41 66.13%
M40-44 107 86.29% 17 13.71%
F40-44 20 42.55% 27 57.45%
M45-49 71 72.45% 27 27.55%
F45-59 8 25.00% 24 75.00%
M50+ 54 67.50% 26 32.50%
F50+ 4 20.00% 16 80.00%

Tip of the Spear Completion Rate by Country

This table looks at the success rate on Tip of the Spear in 2015, broken down by country

Country # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Australia 19 67.86% 9 32.14%
Belgium 8 100.00% 0 00.00%
Canada 80 78.43% 22 21.57%
China 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Czech Republic 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Denmark 19 79.17% 5 20.83%
Ecuador 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Spain 2 66.67% 1 33.33%
France 0 00.00% 1 100.00%
Germany 8 88.89% 1 11.11%
India 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Mexico 2 100.00% 0 00.00%
Netherlands 44 77.19% 13 22.81%
Norway 7 100.00% 0 00.00%
New Zealand 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Portugal 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Puerto Rico 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
South Africa 9 100.00% 0 00.00%
Sweden 50 89.29% 6 10.71%
United Kingdom 73 55.30% 59 44.70%
Ukraine 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
United States 648 70.97% 265 29.03%

2015 OCRWC Platinum Rig 1 Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates

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Overall, Platinum Rig failures went down about 20% – from 44% to 24.21%. With BattleFrog having a rig at every race across the USA last year, you might think it was just USA athletes that brought the average up. However, the completion rate of non-US vs US was about the same. In 2014, the failure rate for nonUSA finishers was 44%. In 2015 – 23%. So, basically the same as the overall trends. It would appear that word got out about the Platinum Rig from the athletes who competed in 2014, so athletes were prepared this year – even with there being 2 rigs.

Platinum Rig 1 Completion Rate by Division

This table dives into more and more granularity. It starts with overall stats, then male vs. female, and then elite v age group vs. journeyman, and then breaking those down by gender

Category # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Overall 1030 75.79% 329 24.21%
Male 825 85.58% 139 14.42%
Female 205 51.90% 190 48.10%
Elite 133 85.26% 23 14.74%
Age-Groupers 829 75.23% 273 24.77%
Journeyman 68 67.33% 33 32.67%
Male Elite 97 89.81% 11 10.19%
Female Elite 36 75.00% 12 25.00%
Male Age-Grouper 662 86.54% 103 13.46%
Female Age-Grouper 167 49.55% 170 50.45%
Male Journeyman 66 72.53% 25 27.47%
Female Journeyman 2 20.00% 8 80.00%

Platinum Rig 1 Completion Rate by Age-Group Category

This dives into each age group category, after the overview from above.

Age Group Division # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
M13-17 32 88.89% 4 11.11%
F13-17 0 00.00% 3 100.00%
M18-24 61 95.31% 3 04.69%
F18-24 20 60.61% 13 39.39%
M25-29 109 91.60% 10 08.40%
F25-29 36 53.73% 31 46.27%
M30-34 112 89.60% 13 10.40%
F30-34 40 54.79% 33 45.21%
M35-39 107 89.92% 12 10.08%
F35-39 34 54.84% 28 45.16%
M40-44 111 89.52% 13 10.48%
F40-44 19 40.43% 28 59.57%
M45-49 79 80.61% 19 19.39%
F45-59 8 25.00% 24 75.00%
M50+ 51 63.75% 29 36.25%
F50+ 10 50.00% 10 50.00%

Platinum Rig 1 Completion Rate by Country

This table looks at the success rate on Platinum Rig 1 in 2015, broken down by country

Country # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Australia 26 92.86% 2 07.14%
Belgium 7 87.50% 1 12.50%
Canada 87 85.29% 15 14.71%
China 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Czech Republic 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Denmark 20 83.33% 4 16.67%
Ecuador 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Spain 2 66.67% 1 33.33%
France 0 00.00% 1 100.00%
Germany 8 88.89% 1 11.11%
India 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Mexico 2 100.00% 0 00.00%
Netherlands 47 82.46% 10 17.54%
Norway 7 100.00% 0 00.00%
New Zealand 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Portugal 0 00.00% 1 100.00%
Puerto Rico 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
South Africa 9 100.00% 0 00.00%
Sweden 45 80.36% 11 19.64%
United Kingdom 76 57.58% 56 42.42%
Ukraine 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
United States 687 75.25% 226 24.75%

2015 OCRWC Sternum Checker 1 Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates

sternumchecker1Sternum Checker 1 & 2 are interesting. In 2014, only 15 athletes (not %, total athletes) had a failure on either Sternum Checker. In 2015, 469 athletes took failures. This obstacle however dispraportionately affected women. Only 6.5% of men could not complete the 1st Sternum Checker, vs 60.0% of the women.

There are 2 possible reasons for the wildly varied failure rates between 2014 and 2015. One is that in 2015, by the time athletes reached the Sternum Checker the obstacle was a bit wet. In addition in 2014, if you failed the obstacle your first attempt, you could use the side trusses to get over. In 2015, no such leniency was given.

Sternum Checker 1 Completion Rate by Division

This table dives into more and more granularity. It starts with overall stats, then male vs. female, and then elite v age group vs. journeyman, and then breaking those down by gender

Category # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Overall 1067 78.51% 292 21.49%
Male 901 93.46% 63 06.54%
Female 166 42.03% 229 57.97%
Elite 141 90.38% 15 09.62%
Age-Groupers 849 77.04% 253 22.96%
Journeyman 77 76.24% 24 23.76%
Male Elite 107 99.07% 1 00.93%
Female Elite 34 70.83% 14 29.17%
Male Age-Grouper 718 93.86% 47 06.14%
Female Age-Grouper 131 38.87% 206 61.13%
Male Journeyman 76 83.52% 15 16.48%
Female Journeyman 1 10.00% 9 90.00%

Sternum Checker 1 Completion Rate by Age-Group Category

This dives into each age group category, after the overview from above.

Age Group Division # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
M13-17 35 97.22% 1 02.78%
F13-17 0 00.00% 3 100.00%
M18-24 63 98.44% 1 01.56%
F18-24 17 51.52% 16 48.48%
M25-29 115 96.64% 4 03.36%
F25-29 36 53.73% 31 46.27%
M30-34 124 99.20% 1 00.80%
F30-34 26 35.62% 47 64.38%
M35-39 112 94.12% 7 05.88%
F35-39 28 45.16% 34 54.84%
M40-44 115 92.74% 9 07.26%
F40-44 14 29.79% 33 70.21%
M45-49 90 91.84% 8 08.16%
F45-59 7 21.88% 25 78.13%
M50+ 64 80.00% 16 20.00%
F50+ 3 15.00% 17 85.00%

Sternum Checker 1 Completion Rate by Country

This table looks at the success rate on Sternum Checker 1 in 2015, broken down by country

Country # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Australia 22 78.57% 6 21.43%
Belgium 8 100.00% 0 00.00%
Canada 79 77.45% 23 22.55%
China 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Czech Republic 0 00.00% 1 100.00%
Denmark 20 83.33% 4 16.67%
Ecuador 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Spain 2 66.67% 1 33.33%
France 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Germany 9 100.00% 0 00.00%
India 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Mexico 2 100.00% 0 00.00%
Netherlands 53 92.98% 4 07.02%
Norway 7 100.00% 0 00.00%
New Zealand 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Portugal 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Puerto Rico 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
South Africa 9 100.00% 0 00.00%
Sweden 50 89.29% 6 10.71%
United Kingdom 93 70.45% 39 29.55%
Ukraine 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
United States 705 77.22% 208 22.78%

2015 OCRWC Platinum Rig 2 Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates

platinumrig2The second Platinum Rig was at the top of the ridge, in the lodging area. Even though it was later in the course, it had a lower failure rate – then again, it was configured differently than the 1st Platinum Rig. Again, I believe this year athletes knew the Platinum Rigs were coming and trained accordingly, resulting in lower failure rates on the Platinum Rig than the year before. Platinum Rig 2 had a 6% lower failure rate than Platinum Rig 1 did.

Platinum Rig 2 Completion Rate by Division

This table dives into more and more granularity. It starts with overall stats, then male vs. female, and then elite v age group vs. journeyman, and then breaking those down by gender

Category # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Overall 1106 81.38% 253 18.62%
Male 877 90.98% 87 09.02%
Female 229 57.97% 166 42.03%
Elite 141 90.38% 15 09.62%
Age-Groupers 890 80.76% 212 19.24%
Journeyman 75 74.26% 26 25.74%
Male Elite 102 94.44% 6 05.56%
Female Elite 39 81.25% 9 18.75%
Male Age-Grouper 704 92.03% 61 07.97%
Female Age-Grouper 186 55.19% 151 44.81%
Male Journeyman 71 78.02% 20 21.98%
Female Journeyman 4 40.00% 6 60.00%

Platinum Rig 2 Completion Rate by Age-Group Category

This dives into each age group category, after the overview from above.

Age Group Division # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
M13-17 32 88.89% 4 11.11%
F13-17 0 00.00% 3 100.00%
M18-24 62 96.88% 2 03.13%
F18-24 19 57.58% 14 42.42%
M25-29 111 93.28% 8 06.72%
F25-29 38 56.72% 29 43.28%
M30-34 119 95.20% 6 04.80%
F30-34 39 53.42% 34 46.58%
M35-39 112 94.12% 7 05.88%
F35-39 36 58.06% 26 41.94%
M40-44 118 95.16% 6 04.84%
F40-44 23 48.94% 24 51.06%
M45-49 85 86.73% 13 13.27%
F45-59 21 65.63% 11 34.38%
M50+ 65 81.25% 15 18.75%
F50+ 10 50.00% 10 50.00%

Platinum Rig 2 Completion Rate by Country

This table looks at the success rate on the Platinum Rig 2 in 2015, broken down by country

Country # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Australia 23 82.14% 5 17.86%
Belgium 8 100.00% 0 00.00%
Canada 84 82.35% 18 17.65%
China 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Czech Republic 0 00.00% 1 100.00%
Denmark 21 87.50% 3 12.50%
Ecuador 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Spain 3 100.00% 0 00.00%
France 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Germany 9 100.00% 0 00.00%
India 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Mexico 2 100.00% 0 00.00%
Netherlands 50 87.72% 7 12.28%
Norway 7 100.00% 0 00.00%
New Zealand 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Portugal 0 00.00% 1 100.00%
Puerto Rico 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
South Africa 9 100.00% 0 00.00%
Sweden 51 91.07% 5 08.93%
United Kingdom 94 71.21% 38 28.79%
Ukraine 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
United States 738 80.83% 175 19.17%

2015 OCRWC Rope Climb Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates

In 2014, the rope climb was the 2nd most failed obstacle. In 2015, the failure rate dropped 11%, from 29% to 18%. In theory, the rope climb appeared to be harder in 2015 as well – while 2014 was a basic rope climb, the 2015 version was set up over some water, presumably making the rope more slick and harder to grip. The athletes responded though, with a higher percentage successfully getting up the rope than in the previous year.

In addition, it appears that on average, compared to the difficulty of other obstacles, women had less problem with the rope climb than men did. For women, the rope climb was the 7th most difficult obstacle, vs the 4th most difficult for the men.

Rope Climb Completion Rate by Division

This table dives into more and more granularity. It starts with overall stats, then male vs. female, and then elite v age group vs. journeyman, and then breaking those down by gender

Category # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Overall 1115 82.05% 244 17.95%
Male 863 89.52% 101 10.48%
Female 252 63.80% 143 36.20%
Elite 143 91.67% 13 08.33%
Age-Groupers 903 81.94% 199 18.06%
Journeyman 69 68.32% 32 31.68%
Male Elite 101 93.52% 7 06.48%
Female Elite 42 87.50% 6 12.50%
Male Age-Grouper 696 90.98% 69 09.02%
Female Age-Grouper 207 61.42% 130 38.58%
Male Journeyman 66 72.53% 25 27.47%
Female Journeyman 3 30.00% 7 70.00%

Rope Climb Completion Rate by Age-Group Category

This dives into each age group category, after the overview from above.

Age Group Division # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
M13-17 33 91.67% 3 08.33%
F13-17 0 00.00% 3 100.00%
M18-24 60 93.75% 4 06.25%
F18-24 19 57.58% 14 42.42%
M25-29 111 93.28% 8 06.72%
F25-29 41 61.19% 26 38.81%
M30-34 116 92.80% 9 07.20%
F30-34 46 63.01% 27 36.99%
M35-39 112 94.12% 7 05.88%
F35-39 47 75.81% 15 24.19%
M40-44 117 94.35% 7 05.65%
F40-44 27 57.45% 20 42.55%
M45-49 85 86.73% 13 13.27%
F45-59 20 62.50% 12 37.50%
M50+ 62 77.50% 18 22.50%
F50+ 7 35.00% 13 65.00%

Rope Climb Completion Rate by Country

This table looks at the success rate on the Rope Climb in 2015, broken down by country

Country # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Australia 26 92.86% 2 07.14%
Belgium 8 100.00% 0 00.00%
Canada 88 86.27% 14 13.73%
China 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Czech Republic 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Denmark 23 95.83% 1 04.17%
Ecuador 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Spain 2 66.67% 1 33.33%
France 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Germany 7 77.78% 2 22.22%
India 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Mexico 2 100.00% 0 00.00%
Netherlands 54 94.74% 3 05.26%
Norway 7 100.00% 0 00.00%
New Zealand 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Portugal 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Puerto Rico 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
South Africa 9 100.00% 0 00.00%
Sweden 52 92.86% 4 07.14%
United Kingdom 94 71.21% 38 28.79%
Ukraine 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
United States 734 80.39% 179 19.61%

2015 OCRWC Tyrolean Traverse Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates

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The Tyrolean Traverse provided slightly more difficult to athletes in 2015, than it was in 2014, with the failure rate rising from 12.7% to 16.0%.

Tyrolean Traverse Completion Rate by Division

This table dives into more and more granularity. It starts with overall stats, then male vs. female, and then elite v age group vs. journeyman, and then breaking those down by gender

Category # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Overall 1141 83.96% 218 16.04%
Male 876 90.87% 88 09.13%
Female 265 67.09% 130 32.91%
Elite 144 92.31% 12 07.69%
Age-Groupers 911 82.67% 191 17.33%
Journeyman 86 85.15% 15 14.85%
Male Elite 101 93.52% 7 06.48%
Female Elite 43 89.58% 5 10.42%
Male Age-Grouper 699 91.37% 66 08.63%
Female Age-Grouper 212 62.91% 125 37.09%
Male Journeyman 76 83.52% 15 16.48%
Female Journeyman 10 100.00% 0 00.00%

Tyrolean Traverse Completion Rate by Age-Group Category

This dives into each age group category, after the overview from above.

Age Group Division # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
M13-17 33 91.67% 3 08.33%
F13-17 2 66.67% 1 33.33%
M18-24 63 98.44% 1 01.56%
F18-24 20 60.61% 13 39.39%
M25-29 111 93.28% 8 06.72%
F25-29 39 58.21% 28 41.79%
M30-34 120 96.00% 5 04.00%
F30-34 48 65.75% 25 34.25%
M35-39 109 91.60% 10 08.40%
F35-39 44 70.97% 18 29.03%
M40-44 119 95.97% 5 04.03%
F40-44 25 53.19% 22 46.81%
M45-49 84 85.71% 14 14.29%
F45-59 20 62.50% 12 37.50%
M50+ 60 75.00% 20 25.00%
F50+ 14 70.00% 6 30.00%

Tyrolean Traverse Completion Rate by Country

This table looks at the success rate on the Tyrolean Traverse in 2015, broken down by country

Country # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Australia 27 96.43% 1 03.57%
Belgium 7 87.50% 1 12.50%
Canada 84 82.35% 18 17.65%
China 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Czech Republic 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Denmark 22 91.67% 2 08.33%
Ecuador 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Spain 2 66.67% 1 33.33%
France 0 00.00% 1 100.00%
Germany 7 77.78% 2 22.22%
India 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Mexico 2 100.00% 0 00.00%
Netherlands 52 91.23% 5 08.77%
Norway 7 100.00% 0 00.00%
New Zealand 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Portugal 0 00.00% 1 100.00%
Puerto Rico 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
South Africa 9 100.00% 0 00.00%
Sweden 49 87.50% 7 12.50%
United Kingdom 93 70.45% 39 29.55%
Ukraine 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
United States 773 84.67% 140 15.33%

2015 OCRWC Weaver Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates

weaverThe Weaver is another obstacle that had athletes have better luck with this year. Only 15.1% of the athletes failed the obstacle in 2014, compared to 19.6% in 2014. The Weaver was a permanent obstacle courtesy of the Mud, Guts, and Glory course, so athletes had a pretty good idea of what to expect from that obstacle.

Weaver Completion Rate by Division

This table dives into more and more granularity. It starts with overall stats, then male vs. female, and then elite v age group vs. journeyman, and then breaking those down by gender

Category # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Overall 1154 84.92% 205 15.08%
Male 886 91.91% 78 08.09%
Female 268 67.85% 127 32.15%
Elite 149 95.51% 7 04.49%
Age-Groupers 930 84.39% 172 15.61%
Journeyman 75 74.26% 26 25.74%
Male Elite 106 98.15% 2 01.85%
Female Elite 43 89.58% 5 10.42%
Male Age-Grouper 709 92.68% 56 07.32%
Female Age-Grouper 221 65.58% 116 34.42%
Male Journeyman 71 78.02% 20 21.98%
Female Journeyman 4 40.00% 6 60.00%

Weaver Completion Rate by Age-Group Category

This dives into each age group category, after the overview from above.

Age Group Division # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
M13-17 33 91.67% 3 08.33%
F13-17 0 00.00% 3 100.00%
M18-24 62 96.88% 2 03.13%
F18-24 20 60.61% 13 39.39%
M25-29 112 94.12% 7 05.88%
F25-29 42 62.69% 25 37.31%
M30-34 121 96.80% 4 03.20%
F30-34 54 73.97% 19 26.03%
M35-39 114 95.80% 5 04.20%
F35-39 47 75.81% 15 24.19%
M40-44 119 95.97% 5 04.03%
F40-44 27 57.45% 20 42.55%
M45-49 85 86.73% 13 13.27%
F45-59 19 59.38% 13 40.63%
M50+ 63 78.75% 17 21.25%
F50+ 12 60.00% 8 40.00%

Weaver Completion Rate by Country

This table looks at the success rate on the Weaver in 2015, broken down by country

Country # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Australia 26 92.86% 2 07.14%
Belgium 8 100.00% 0 00.00%
Canada 86 84.31% 16 15.69%
China 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Czech Republic 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Denmark 22 91.67% 2 08.33%
Ecuador 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Spain 2 66.67% 1 33.33%
France 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Germany 9 100.00% 0 00.00%
India 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Mexico 2 100.00% 0 00.00%
Netherlands 52 91.23% 5 08.77%
Norway 7 100.00% 0 00.00%
New Zealand 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Portugal 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Puerto Rico 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
South Africa 9 100.00% 0 00.00%
Sweden 48 85.71% 8 14.29%
United Kingdom 98 74.24% 34 25.76%
Ukraine 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
United States 776 84.99% 137 15.01%

2015 OCRWC Sternum Checker 2 Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates

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The second sternum checker had a slightly lower failure rate than Sternum Checker 1 (13.0% vs 21.5%), but still impacted 38% of the women. The same factors that played into why the 1st sternum checker was so devastating (wet, and no use of the side struts on 2nd attempt) would have affected these numbers.

Sternum Checker 2 Completion Rate by Division

This table dives into more and more granularity. It starts with overall stats, then male vs. female, and then elite v age group vs. journeyman, and then breaking those down by gender

Category # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Overall 1182 86.98% 177 13.02%
Male 935 96.99% 29 03.01%
Female 247 62.53% 148 37.47%
Elite 147 94.23% 9 05.77%
Age-Groupers 949 86.12% 153 13.88%
Journeyman 86 85.15% 15 14.85%
Male Elite 108 100.00% 0 00.00%
Female Elite 39 81.25% 9 18.75%
Male Age-Grouper 745 97.39% 20 02.61%
Female Age-Grouper 204 60.53% 133 39.47%
Male Journeyman 82 90.11% 9 09.89%
Female Journeyman 4 40.00% 6 60.00%

Sternum Checker 2 Completion Rate by Age-Group Category

This dives into each age group category, after the overview from above.

Age Group Division # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
M13-17 36 100.00% 0 00.00%
F13-17 0 00.00% 3 100.00%
M18-24 63 98.44% 1 01.56%
F18-24 23 69.70% 10 30.30%
M25-29 119 100.00% 0 00.00%
F25-29 45 67.16% 22 32.84%
M30-34 125 100.00% 0 00.00%
F30-34 46 63.01% 27 36.99%
M35-39 117 98.32% 2 01.68%
F35-39 40 64.52% 22 35.48%
M40-44 119 95.97% 5 04.03%
F40-44 23 48.94% 24 51.06%
M45-49 93 94.90% 5 05.10%
F45-59 18 56.25% 14 43.75%
M50+ 73 91.25% 7 08.75%
F50+ 9 45.00% 11 55.00%

Sternum Checker 2 Completion Rate by Country

This table looks at the success rate on the Sternum Checker 2 in 2015, broken down by country

Country # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Australia 26 92.86% 2 07.14%
Belgium 8 100.00% 0 00.00%
Canada 84 82.35% 18 17.65%
China 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Czech Republic 0 00.00% 1 100.00%
Denmark 22 91.67% 2 08.33%
Ecuador 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Spain 3 100.00% 0 00.00%
France 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Germany 9 100.00% 0 00.00%
India 0 00.00% 1 100.00%
Mexico 2 100.00% 0 00.00%
Netherlands 55 96.49% 2 03.51%
Norway 7 100.00% 0 00.00%
New Zealand 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Portugal 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Puerto Rico 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
South Africa 9 100.00% 0 00.00%
Sweden 54 96.43% 2 03.57%
United Kingdom 107 81.06% 25 18.94%
Ukraine 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
United States 789 86.42% 124 13.58%

2015 OCRWC Warped Wall Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates

warpedwallEveryone wants to be an American Ninja Warrior, right? This is another obstacle that had vastly different failure rates for men vs women. Only 3.6% of the men failed this obstacle, while 32.9% of the women failed. Besides the walls, no other obstacle is impacted by height – thus most likely causing this imbalance, given the (generally speaking) shorter height of the female competitors.

Warped Wall Completion Rate by Division

This table dives into more and more granularity. It starts with overall stats, then male vs. female, and then elite v age group vs. journeyman, and then breaking those down by gender

Category # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Overall 1194 87.86% 165 12.14%
Male 929 96.37% 35 03.63%
Female 265 67.09% 130 32.91%
Elite 153 98.08% 3 01.92%
Age-Groupers 957 86.84% 145 13.16%
Journeyman 84 83.17% 17 16.83%
Male Elite 108 100.00% 0 00.00%
Female Elite 45 93.75% 3 06.25%
Male Age-Grouper 742 96.99% 23 03.01%
Female Age-Grouper 215 63.80% 122 36.20%
Male Journeyman 79 86.81% 12 13.19%
Female Journeyman 5 50.00% 5 50.00%

Warped Wall Completion Rate by Age-Group Category

This dives into each age group category, after the overview from above.

Age Group Division # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
M13-17 36 100.00% 0 00.00%
F13-17 1 33.33% 2 66.67%
M18-24 64 100.00% 0 00.00%
F18-24 24 72.73% 9 27.27%
M25-29 116 97.48% 3 02.52%
F25-29 51 76.12% 16 23.88%
M30-34 125 100.00% 0 00.00%
F30-34 46 63.01% 27 36.99%
M35-39 114 95.80% 5 04.20%
F35-39 42 67.74% 20 32.26%
M40-44 123 99.19% 1 00.81%
F40-44 28 59.57% 19 40.43%
M45-49 94 95.92% 4 04.08%
F45-59 18 56.25% 14 43.75%
M50+ 70 87.50% 10 12.50%
F50+ 5 25.00% 15 75.00%

Warped Wall Completion Rate by Country

This table looks at the success rate on the Warped Wall in 2015, broken down by country

Country # of Athletes who passed % of Athletes who passed # of Athletes who failed % of Athletes who failed
Australia 26 92.86% 2 07.14%
Belgium 8 100.00% 0 00.00%
Canada 92 90.20% 10 09.80%
China 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Czech Republic 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Denmark 23 95.83% 1 04.17%
Ecuador 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Spain 3 100.00% 0 00.00%
France 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Germany 9 100.00% 0 00.00%
India 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Mexico 2 100.00% 0 00.00%
Netherlands 55 96.49% 2 03.51%
Norway 7 100.00% 0 00.00%
New Zealand 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Portugal 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
Puerto Rico 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
South Africa 9 100.00% 0 00.00%
Sweden 55 98.21% 1 01.79%
United Kingdom 108 81.82% 24 18.18%
Ukraine 1 100.00% 0 00.00%
United States 788 86.31% 125 13.69%

Combined Platinum Rig 1 & 2 Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates

platinumrig3Across almost every category, if you failed one of the Platinum Rigs, you failed the second: More than 50% of the athletes who had a failure at one of the Platinum Rigs failed both of them. Although they are configured differently, they have the same general concept and work (generally) the same muscle groups – so this is mostly expected. As covered in a section above, Platinum Rig 1 was failed more than Platinum Rig 2.

Category Penalty Free Failed Both Rigs Failed 1st Rig Only Failed 2nd Rig Only
Overall 977 200 129 53
Male 814 76 63 11
Female 163 124 66 42
Elite 129 11 12 4
Age-Groupers 784 167 106 45
Journeyman 64 22 11 4
Male Elite 96 5 6 1
Female Elite 33 6 6 3
Male Age-Grouper 655 54 49 7
Female Age-Grouper 129 113 57 38
Male Journeyman 63 17 8 3
Female Journeyman 1 5 3 1
Category Penalty Free Failed Both Rigs Failed 1st Rig Only Failed 2nd Rig Only
M13-17 31 3 1 1
F13-17 0 3 0 0
M18-24 61 2 1 0
F18-24 17 11 2 3
M25-29 107 6 4 2
F25-29 29 22 9 7
M30-34 112 6 7 0
F30-34 29 23 10 11
M35-39 106 6 6 1
F35-39 26 18 10 8
M40-44 110 5 8 1
F40-44 14 19 9 5
M45-49 78 12 7 1
F45-59 7 10 14 1
M50+ 50 14 15 1
F50+ 7 7 3 3

Combined Sternum Checker 1 & 2 Obstacle Analysis & Completion Rates

sternumAs previously covered, females were much more likely to fail Sternum Checker than men. For the males, you were most likely to fail sternum checker 1 only. Most females who failed failed both of the checkers, followed closely by just the first sternum checker.

Category Sternum Penalty Free Failed Both Sternums Failed Sternum Checker 1 Only Failed Sternum Checker 2 Only
Overall 1038 148 144 29
Male 887 15 48 14
Female 151 133 96 15
Elite 140 8 7 1
Age-Groupers 827 131 122 22
Journeyman 71 9 15 6
Male Elite 107 0 1 0
Female Elite 33 8 6 1
Male Age-Grouper 710 12 35 8
Female Age-Grouper 117 119 87 14
Male Journeyman 70 3 12 6
Female Journeyman 1 6 3 0
Category Sternum Penalty Free Failed Both Sternums Failed Sternum Checker 1 Only Failed Sternum Checker 2 Only
M13-17 35 0 1 0
F13-17 0 3 0 0
M18-24 62 0 1 1
F18-24 17 10 6 0
M25-29 115 0 4 0
F25-29 31 17 14 5
M30-34 124 0 1 0
F30-34 24 25 22 2
M35-39 112 2 5 0
F35-39 27 21 13 1
M40-44 115 5 4 0
F40-44 13 23 10 1
M45-49 87 2 6 3
F45-59 4 11 14 3
M50+ 60 3 13 4
F50+ 1 9 8 2

2015 OCRWC Interesting Fun Facts

  • 24 of the 99 people who failed only 1 obstacle did not fail Skull Valley. It was a mix of Platinum Rig 1 (6), Hoist (5), Tip of the Spear (3), Sternum Checker (3), Sternum Checker 2 (2), Balance Beam (2), Weaver (1), Tyrloean Traverse (1), and Rope Climb (1) that took their bands.

2015 OCRWC Obstacle Analysis Conclusion

teamworkAfter 2014, with an overall failure rate of 56.2%, with the women in particular with a failure rate of 87%, there was a debate about how tough a championship course should be. This year, the failure rate dropped to 45.6% overall, with the women’s failure rate dropping to 76.5%. Is only 23.5% of the female competitors being able to complete the course the right number? That’s not for us to decide.

The 2015 race brought some new obstacles from overseas, tweaked & enhanced some of the 2014 obstacles, and continued to test the training of their athletes. Since the event was new in 2014, athletes weren’t sure what to expect, but they had a year to train, and that showed in the completion rate increasing on some of the most difficult obstacles that carried over from 2014, such as the Platinum Rig and the Rope Climb.

What will 2016 bring? How successful with the athletes be? We’ll find out in less than two weeks.