I recently spent a lot of time on airplanes so I took all the results and data from this year’s Obstacle Course Racing World Championships and calculated all the statistics for pass/fail rates. I’m going to go out on a limb and state that one of the obstacles this year has created an industry first. But first, the statistics. The numbers of competitors including pass/fail information was taken directly from the timing data gathered by Chosen USA, this year’s official timing company.
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...
Sunday, the weather changed and the rain rolled in. In fact, forecasts were calling for high probability of thunderstorms in the area, and because of this, staff at the OCR World Championships had backup plans B, C, and D ready... as you can imagine, climbing metal obstacles on top of a mountain is not a wise decision if there is lightning in the area.
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.
A crazy dream of Adrian Bijanada, many people laughed when he stated back in 2013 that he was going to launch an independent world championship. A standalone event that didn't derive from any particular race series, at a time when Spartan Race was having its own World Championship and World's Toughest Mudder was moving to Vegas. Then in 2014, he pulled it off. A truly international event with strict qualifying requirements and an atmosphere that no-one in our sport had felt before.
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.
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.
Friday kicks off the 2016 OCR World Championships in Blue Mountain, Canada with the first day of racing on the 3-kilometer short course. The short course is the newest addition. The course will be a test of speed and obstacle proficiency as racers will tackle some of the most challenging obstacles from the World Championship course. With the short distance and the obstacle density predicting who will prevail on top of the podium is a bit unknown. Mud Run Guide picked out a few athletes to look for in the Pro Division on Friday.