Marco Bedard showed up in Lake Tahoe with a new company logo on his back - The Northman Race - during his win of the Ultra Beast. Bedard, a former Olympian, has been spending more time behind the scenes these days as a former Race Director for BattleFrog Series and directed the Canadian BattleFrogs this past year including the Montreal race which brought together several race companies to work as one on the event.
Tough Mudder is making it's way to the television soon with the CBS Sports Series showcasing World's Toughest Mudder and Toughest Mudder announced a few months ago. Recently, Tough Mudder inked a second deal with The CW network to have a multi-platform series on both their CW Seed online network as well as the broadcast CW channel in 2017.
In obstacle racing, it seems that the more the sport grows the more change that happens. As the sport develops and the people working behind the scenes work to ensure that the progress is happening in the right direction there will be lots of updates and changes. One being IORF is no longer IORF but is now OCRF.
A couple months ago Tough Mudder announced a new offering to their lineup of races. The latest addition to the Tough Mudder family is Toughest Mudder and is set to be a stepping stone for those looking to race World's Toughest Mudder. Toughest Mudder is an eight-hour night obstacle race that bridges the gap between the traditional Tough Mudder race and the grueling 24-hour World's Toughest Mudder.
This year's OCR World Championships was once again THE event of the year for the sport of obstacle racing. With athletes from 43 countries descending upon the Blue Mountains of Canada, Adrian Bijanada and team did not disappoint - pulling together a phenomenal event with high scores in every possible category (venue, course, obstacles, awards, etc).
Now that we’re within a month of WTM, we get to see the final set of rules! There was a lot of speculation behind these rules for this year's event. Tough Mudder recently sent out the updated rules for 2016 and the community starting chatting. When we sign up for crazy events like this, we’re allowing the HQ to define the parameters for our efforts to count, so it’s important to understand exactly what these rules are so we can do as well as possible on event day.
Athletes who raced last weekend at the OCR World Championships in Ontario, Canada all received a personalized card, patch, and postcard in their packets this year. The card was from the newly formed International Obstacle Course Racing Union (IOCRU). This Union was created by Adrian Bijanada, Amelia Boone, and Carrie Connors. The IOCRU was created with the purpose of serving the global community of OCR athletes, promoting and developing the sport of OCR, and fostering relationships between athletes, supporters, sponsors, fans, and race organizers according to the organization's website.
The OCR World Championships Team Race took place for the second year in a row. Last year the team race was a highlight of the weekend with athletes racing both for their country as well as athletes banding together to create international teams. The athletes set out in Men's Teams, Women's Teams, and Co-Ed teams in both the Pro and Open Divisions.
The 3rd Annual OCR World Championships 15K Classic Course took place today at Blue Mountain outside of Collingwood, Ontario in Canada. Athletes from forty-three countries converged on the 15-kilometer course to tackle over forty obstacles. In the Pro Division, it was Jon Albon with a three-peat win in the event and Lindsay Webster won her second OCR World Championships. Both dominated the competition taking the lead early and never looking back.
The OCR World Championships kicked off the competition today with the first ever OCR World Championships 3K Short Course. Athletes took to the course today for a fast and furious race featuring fourteen obstacles. The first up on the short course were the master's racers, followed by the competitive racers, Journeymen and finished with heart pounding Pro Heats. Ryan Atkins and Lindsay Webster would top the podium in the Pro Division. The Canadian couple continues to dominate the obstacle racing scene on a worldwide scale.