Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) is a sport in which a competitor must overcome various physical challenges in the form of obstacles. It is a fairly recent phenomenon, but is one of the fastest growing mass participation sports in the world and includes mud and trail runs, adventure challenges and more competitive timed obstacle course races. The events vary in difficulty and distance, allowing those of all fitness abilities to give the sport a go.
The obstacles themselves vary immensely, but often include cargo net climbs, carrying heavy objects, traversing bodies of mud and water, crawling under barbed wire, and jumping through fire. Many obstacles are similar to those used in military training and are employed throughout the course to test endurance, strength, speed and, dexterity.
Obstacle course racing involves a combination of speed, strength, and endurance, and therefore training for events often includes a mixture of fitness techniques, from cardio to strength training. While running is the main component of an obstacle race, runners need to have a balance of endurance and total-body strength to allow them to navigate around the obstacle challenges. The answer: BMF training!
OCR events vary in diffculty and distance so there is something for everyone. There is a huge range of races with new and exciting obstacles so that no race is ever the same.
Anyone can get involved in the sport as there are OCR races catering for all fitness abilities. For example the Royal British Legion Major Series is a great mud run for newbies to the sport.
OCR races require a combination of cardio and full-body power, ensuring it is a great challenge for the body involving speed, strength and endurance.
There is a very friendly welcoming community around these events, with many people forming teams and participating in events together.
OCR races are a great way of experiencing the best the outdoors has to offer. Not only that, but outdoor exercise also reduces anxiety and depression and enhancies mood.