Athletes can start booking their travel for 2017 with the announcement today of the 2017 OCR World Championships heading back to Blue Mountain, Ontario, Canada. The fourth edition of the OCR World Championships is set to take October 13 -15, 2017. Pre-registration opens today to allow athletes to reserve their spot (prior to qualifying) in either the age group divisions or pro division.
It was a cool morning on the banks of the Gregorian Bay. However, we expected much worse from Mother Nature in October. We are in Canada! As I stood there in the start corral for the Pro Wave of the 2016 OCRWC, I found myself wondering...
With the 2016 OCR World Championships (OCRWC) complete athletes are already reflecting on their performances and planning on how to improve for 2017. Several comments have appeared on Facebook reflecting on which races to do to prepare for OCRWC next year. This raises the question, which race series should you fill your calendar with for 2017? That depends on your performance and areas of weakness in 2016.
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).
This was THE race of the year; whether you were one of the fastest elites, an age grouper, or part of the journeyman division and regardless of whether you completed all the obstacles and kept your band or not, be proud of yourselves. You were part of something truly special.
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.
Today kicks off the racing at 2016 OCR World Championships in Blue Mountain, Canada. The racing on Saturday starts at 8:00 am with the Pro Division Men, and Pro Division Women heats starting first followed by the Age Group heats throughout the rest of the day, concluding with the Journeymen division. The 15-Kilometer Course will feature over forty obstacles for racers to climb, crawl, and swing on.
Friday kicks off the racing at 2016 OCR World Championships in Blue Mountain, Canada. After the 3-Kilometer Short Course on Friday is the 15-Kilometer Classic Distance on Saturday. The racing on Saturday starts at 8:00 am with the Pro Division Men, and Pro Division Women heats starting first followed by the Age Group heats throughout the rest of the day, concluding with the Journeymen division. The 15-Kilometer Course will feature over forty obstacles for racers to climb, crawl, and swing on.
OCR World Championships has another surprise for all athletes competing this weekend. OCR World Championship is utilizing a new technology called Pic2Go in partnership with CHOSEN Technologies. This new technology will allow athletes to get photos of themselves racing and be able to share online the day they race. Each night photography team at OCR World Championships will load all images through Pic2Go which will automatically tag and share the images to your own personalized photo album on your Facebook page.
Brett Stewart gives Mud Run Guide the overview of the newly redesigned Skull Valley obstacle in advance of the OCR World Championships this weekend in Blue Mountain, Canada. Skull Valley has been completely redesigned from last year offering new challenges for the athletes to race on race day.