OCR News Weekly


Welcome to OCR News Weekly.

Today is Friday June 2, 2017.

This week, Tough Mudder and CBS Announce Tough Mudder X, The International Federation of Gymnastics debuts their Obstacle Course Sprint in France, and Jessie Graff set to Advance to next round on American Ninja Warrior

I am Margaret Schlachter and joining us on the broadcast from the Mud Run Guide Social Media desk is Bonnie Wilson to share how the community is reacting to this week’s news.


Tough Mudder X

We start this week with the announcement from Tough Mudder regarding a new deal with CBS and Tough Mudder. The two companies have come together to further their broadcast partnership with the creation of Tough Mudder X, a 1 – mile, 10 obstacle, and 10 workout race. Up for grabs is $50,000 in cash prizes split between the top male and female athletes

Currently the race is set to take place in July in the Twin Cities and will be filmed by CBS and broadcast in late August on CBS and then repeats on CBS Sports Network. Tough Mudder is currently accepting applications for racers interested in a chance to compete.

Turning to the Social Desk we talk to Bonnie about the reaction from the social community.



International Federation of Gymnastics

Baku (AZE) recently, the (International Federation of Gymnastics) FIG's decision-making bodies gave their in-principle approval for the inclusion of a new FIG discipline based on obstacle course competitions.

Following its February decision regarding the development of a discipline along these lines, the FIG's Executive Committee and Council — the annual legislative assembly of 44 delegates from five continents — approved the key stages for the discipline's formal inclusion, with a view to organising World Cup series in 2018 and 2019 and World Championships from 2020.

The FIG expects to include two formats of competitive obstacle course events in the new discipline:

  • “Obstacle Course Sprint” is an against-the-clock format.
  • “Obstacle Course Freestyle” is based on performances that will be judged.

The courses for these competitions, while mainly artificial, are based on real-world shapes found in urban and natural environments.

The first event under the FIG's auspices recently took place during the FISE in Montpellier (FRA). Serving as a model for a proposed urban cluster at the Tokyo Olympics and future Games. Representatives from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) were present to observe the new trends in view of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

FIG has partnered with the Mouvement International du Parkour, Freerunning et l'Art du déplacement via its President Charles Perrière (FRA), as well as with the APEX School of Movement (USA) and JUMP Freerun (NED).


The International Obstacle Racing Union posted photos from the event, which looked like a cross between a slopestyle event, and BMX course. Bonnie what are you seeing from reactions online to this event?


Jessie Graff and American Ninja Warrior

As teased online earlier this week Jessie Graff is the first woman to complete stage two of the National Finals for American Ninja Warrior. Turning over to Bonnie our Ninja Warrior expert, why is this such an accomplishment? Talk about what this means for American Ninja Warrior and Graff.

Last Weekend was quieter on the obstacle racing scene in North America with Memorial Day week. We look ahead to this weekend where Spartan Race makes the next stop on their Spartan US Championships tour with live coverage kicking off online at 7am pacific time in Monterey.

Rugged Maniac is up in Canada this weekend, Savage Race heads to Ohio, Tough Mudder is in both Kentucky and Michigan, Terrain Race heads to Portland, Oregon, and Conquer the Gauntlet is in Texas.

Moving over to Europe, Toughest heads to Stockholm, Sweden and The Gauntlet Games heads to Cardiff in the United Kingdom. Also taking place this weekend in Europe are the OCR European Championships in Germany.

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