Touted as “the adventure of a lifetime,” the World’s Highest OCR aims to break a Guinness World Record in 2020 for the world’s highest obstacle course. This adventure takes place over the span of 12 days, slated for September 12-23, 2020 at none other than Mt. Kilimanjaro. Athletes will compete as a team in this quest that features the 5896 meter (19,344 feet) climb before tackling 10 obstacles spread over 100 meters in the crater in the clouds at Mt. Kilimanjaro. The event aims to attract OCR and adventure running enthusiasts all over the world and of all fitness levels. Registration is open to 60 participants. Fundraising places are available including a £500 donation to your chosen charity.

 

The 12-day experience includes:

  • Airport pickup, accommodation, and food
  • Preparation and UK-based simulation training event
  • Fully supported hike to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • The largest local support crew (400 members)
  • Medical staff and onsite high-altitude field hospital
  • The record-breaking obstacle race at the top
  • Guinness World Records title and medal
  • Helicopter pick up & VIP after-party to celebrate

The organizers, OCR expert, Rob Edmond, and mountaineer, Dave Pickles, aim to bring 60 participants the experience of a lifetime. Both Edmond and Pickles are ex-military boasting a wealth of expertise in their respective fields. The UK OCR crowd may recognize Edmond as the founder of the company Urban Attack, a company that specializes in OCR and adventure race events.

It’s so exciting to be part of delivering a truly once in a lifetime experience, it’s amazing enough just summiting this mountain, but what we’re putting on is something exceptional, the best bit is that it’s a team effort – all over the finish line together, we’re giving the opportunity to a wide range of abilities definitely not the reserve of fitness fanatics, mental resilience is a far more important attribute. – Rob Edmond

Challenge Creators: Rob Edmond & Dave Pickles

Mountaineers—and the layperson alike—will marvel in the accomplishments of Pickles, who has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro over 57 times. Over the span of 19 years, Pickles has led over 2,800 individuals to the summit of Kilimanjaro.

What Rob and I have achieved by bringing our world leading expertise together is taking the definition of OCR to the next level of aspiration and expectation. The colossal elements of OCR and Mountain have been brought together to provide a very special, challenging and unique Team experience. I genuinely believe that this event and experience will help redefine the participants expectations and excitement for the rest of their lives. – Dave Pickles

The World’s Highest OCR is a one-of-a-kind team event and one that will be on the radar of athletes itching for the next huge challenge. Due to the popularity of the event, the first allocation of tickets has now sold out! Register your interest to be notified when more places become available on the event's website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Wondering how your body adapts to altitude and how to train for such an event? Look out for the Live Webinars with the organizers, where they'll be answering all your questions. In the meantime see my article The Physiologist Files: Altitude for information and tips on how to train.