North American OCR Championship Reveals 2018 Venue

North American Obstacle Course Racing Championships to Debut at Stratton Mountain, Vermont

Adventurey LLC, organizers of the independent Obstacle Course Racing World Championships, announced today the launch of the first North American Obstacle Course Racing Championships (#NorAmChamps) to be held August 10-12, 2018, at Stratton Mountain, in Stratton, Vermont.

The three-day event will consist of a 3K short course championship on Friday, August 10, followed by a 15K standard course championship on Saturday, August 11, and conclude on Sunday, August 12 with the Team Relay event. All distances will feature Pro Division and Age Group Divisions for qualified competitors. Limited Journeymen entries are available for which there are no results criteria (athletes need only participate in any three obstacle course races to qualify).

Additionally, qualifying spots for the OCR World Championships will be awarded for top Pro and Age Group division finishers with the winner of each division receiving free entry into the 2018 event.

“The sport of obstacle course racing continues to grow at an amazing pace with the support of many like-minded companies and individuals looking to bring it to the next level through the creation of the first independent North American Championships,” said Adventurey CEO Adrian Bijanada. “With enthusiastic community support, strong partnerships with fellow race organizations, and a deep bench of professionals willing to work together for the betterment of the sport, the #NorAmChamps is poised to be another incredible experience for obstacle course racers from all over North America.”

In an effort to serve the growing community, the previous 2017 US OCR Championships has been transformed into the North American OCR Championships for 2018 featuring obstacles from many North American-based partners, including Green Beret Challenge, City Challenge Race, BoneFrog Challenge, Terrain Racing, Conquer the Gauntlet, Northman Race, Wreck Bag, Indian Mud Run and more.

About Adventurey, LLC

Founded in 2013, Adventurey, LLC is a New York City-based company whose focus is on creating and producing life-enhancing endurance events and experiences. Media inquiries may be sent to Margaret Schlachter, Media Director – Margaret@ocrwc.com.

 

Photo Credits: USOCR Facebook Page

OCRWC Announces 2018 Venue!

Obstacle Course Racing World Championships Announces 2018 Location in the United Kingdom

New York, NY (November 6, 2017) – Adventurey, the parent company of the world’s first and only independent obstacle racing world championship today, announced details for 2018 Obstacle Course Racing World Championships in London, England October 19 – 21, 2018. The premiere event of the obstacle course racing (OCR) season will bring a truly global obstacle racing experience to the English countryside. The fifth year of the event will celebrate the best professional and age group competitors from around the world with athletes from over sixty-five nations expected to participate.

Race weekend will feature a 3K Short Course Championships on Friday, 15K Standard Distance on Saturday, and Team Relay Competition on Sunday, each showcasing the best racers from around the world. The event will build upon an already spectacular permanent obstacle course in Essex to create an international village, a diverse course, and an unparalleled experience for athletes, their supporters, and spectators. ͞

“After four years in North America, we knew that to truly be a global championship we would need to move outside the continent. Our team spent more than a year vetting various venues around the world and found this venue offered a unique opportunity to build something distinctly international, while bringing obstacle course racing back home to the UK,” said Adventurey CEO, Adrian Bijanada. “Athletes and their families should expect a world-class course showcasing global obstacle course racing brands, a diverse international village, and contributions from partners that are a reflection of the worldwide obstacle racing industry.”

“We’re honored & excited to be chosen to host the OCR World Championships in 2018. Obstacle racing originated in the UK so we’re very proud to be the showcase venue for this world-class event. Our multi-award winning courses & obstacles will allow the World’s team to create a truly epic athlete experience. We’re looking forward to working together & welcoming everyone,” said James Parrish Race Director at Nuclear Races, which will host the 2018 event.

Full details on how to qualify can be found on the OCR World Championships website. This year over seventy-five race series are set as qualifiers representing over forty countries. Additionally, for the first-time since its inception, athletes will have the ability to purchase “entry protection” insurance for the event. This will provide athletes the opportunity to receive a refund of their entry fee in the event of injury or other significant life events which may prevent them from attending the world championships.

“We recognize that events often happen in life and athletes plan the entire season around the OCR World Championships. The new registration insurance adds a level of protection for athletes when making the critical decision to register for our races. We hope this helps to set an industry standard moving forward” said Rachelanne Gladden, Director of Athlete Services.

The new location and new venue for OCR World Championships are set to create a fresh and vibrant OCR World Championship experience for returning athletes and open the door for a new contingent of global athletes with the move.

About the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships

Created by Adventurey, LLC, the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships is the first and only independent championship event in Obstacle Course Racing and requires athletes to qualify for a limited number of spots through a network of qualifying events. Designed to celebrate the athletes within the sport, the 2017 competition drew over 4,000 athletes from over 67 nations to compete for cash prizes in individual Elite, Age Group, and Team competitions, making it one of the broadest and most diverse races in obstacle course racing history. For more information, visit www.ocrworldchampionships.com.

About Nuclear Races

Nuclear Races are award-winning obstacle races on permanent farmland nestled just outside London in the county of Essex, UK. Founder & Race Director of Nuclear Races James Parrish is the fourth generation landowner of the 2,000-acre farm. Nuclear’s first race was in 2011 utilizing the natural terrain, obstacle build expertise & highly organized logistics needed to deliver obstacle races. The mission was to make fitness fun, achievable & while enjoying the outdoors at it’s best. Nuclear has an established & growing community who enjoy race-days & training throughout the year.

Media inquiries may be sent to Margaret Schlachter, Media Director – Margaret@ocrwc.com.

 

2018 Obstacle Championship Locations Revealed!

Today was the day we have all been waiting for. Around June of each obstacle season, the Facebook pundits and keyboard warriors start pontificating about where the next year’s OCR Championship races will be. Moreover, the minute each championship event ends, the speculation really ramps up.

How lucky are we that all 3 major championship OCR companies unveiled venues this morning for their 2018 events.

2018 Spartan Race World Championship

Date: October 5-7, 2018

Location: Walt Disney World. Orlando, Florida.

Spartan HQ told us “The OCR world will rejoice that the “Original Obstacle Championship” is coming back to the east coast. After years in Tahoe, athletes and their families will get to experience a world class event, and have an awesome family vacation”

2018 World’s Toughest Mudder

Date: November 9-11, 2018

Location: Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Scotland

It’s no secret that Tough Mudder has U.K. roots. Will Dean has long wanted his flagship championship event near his home soil. You think you have seen cliffs in Vegas?! Wait til you jump to near death from high castle walls.

2018 OCR World Championship

Date: October 12-14, 2018

Location: Marietta, Georgia (near the Big Chicken)

Many of us thought that World’s Toughest would be in Georgia in 2018. As you learned above, it’s in Scotland. However, those of us in Georgia do get a championship event in our backyard. Event owner Adrian Bijanada told us, “After signing a 2 year title sponsorship deal with Kentucky Fried Chicken, it totally made sense that we would do our event near The Big Chicken. There’s ample parking and everyone in Georgia knows where it is.”

 

OCR World Championship 2017 Results

OCR World Championships Crowns Jonathan Albon and Nicole Mericle as 3K Short Course Champions Each claiming the $10,000 First Prize Purse

MEN’S PRO DIVISION

  1. Jonathan Albon- UK 17:23.6
  2. Ryan Atkins – CANADA 18:00.3
  3. Ben Kinsinger – USA 19:47.2

WOMEN’S PRO DIVISION

  1. Nicole Mericle – USA 20:24.1
  2. Lindsay Webster – CANADA 20:59.1
  3. Karin Karlsson – SWEDEN 22:21.7

Blue Mountains, Ontario – The world’s best obstacle racing athletes from sixty-seven nations converged on Blue Mountain Resort for the 3K Short Course Championships as part of the OCR Championships Weekend. For the second year, athletes made their way to the picturesque Blue Mountain for one of the most challenging and exciting short courses in the world.

The OCR World Championships Short Course featured nearly 3,000 athletes from sixty-seven nations and total prize purses over $43,500 disbursed among age group and pro divisions. The Friday event featured a 3-Kilometer course with fourteen obstacles from races and builders around the world. The athletes battled a challenging Farmer Carry from Green Beret Challenge and show-stopping Hanging Walls from Indian Mud Run. The Platinum Rig obstacle continued to test the athlete’s strength and perseverance.

With rain coming in right before the start of the Pro Division it meant that the already grip based obstacles were even more challenging when wet. Many athletes struggled at the new Northman Race obstacle and Platinum Rig. Both requiring grip strength and determination.

Athletes qualified to race from all over the world and this international race showcased the best in both the Pro Division and also the best Age Group racers in the world.

In addition to claiming the 3K Short Course World Title Jonathan Albon took home $10,000 in prize money. Joining Jonathan Albon on the podium was Ryan Atkins and Ben Kinsinger. On the women’s side, Nicole Mericle finished in the top place followed by Lindsay Webster and Karin Karlsson.

OCR World Championships Crowns Jonathan Albon and Lindsay Webster as 15K Classic Course Champions

MEN’S PRO DIVISION

  1. Jonathan Albon – UK 1:33:48
  2. Ryan Atkins – Canada 1:37:30
  3. Ryan Woods – USA 1:40:41

WOMEN’S PRO DIVISION

  1. Lindsay Webster – Canada 2:01:43
  2. Nicole Mericle – USA 2:09:33 3
  3. Karin Karlsson – Sweden 2:14:58

The Saturday event featured a 15-Kilometer course with over forty-seven obstacles from obstacle races and obstacle builders around the world. With obstacles coming from as far as Sandstorm Race in the United Arab Emirates and as close as Mud Hero in Ontario and Northman Race in Quebec as well as eleven other race series from around the world. The race showcased some of the most unique and exciting obstacles in the industry. Athletes qualified to race from all over the world and this unique race showcased the best in both the Pro Division and also the best Age Group racers in the world.

Jonathan Albon continued to prove he is the top athlete in the world continuing his streak as undefeated at the OCR World Championships against the best in the world. Lindsay Webster won her third straight OCR World Championships.

Jonathan Albon took the lead early in the race and never looked back. Besting the rest of the men’s field by nearly four minutes. Ryan Atkins finished second for the fourth time in the four years of the event. Ryan Woods bested Hunter McIntyre for the third spot on the podium.

In the women’s pro division Lindsay Webster earned her third OCR World Championship title
winning 2015, 2016, and now 2017 15K Classic Distance. Nicole Mericle led most of the race but had difficulties at Skull Valley one of the final obstacles which opened the door for Webster to pass Mericle. Karin Karlsson ran a solid race pacing herself along the way to claim the third spot on the podium for the second time this weekend.

In addition to claiming the 15K Classic Distance World Title Jonathan Albon took home $10,000 in prize money. Joining Albon on the podium was Ryan Atkins and Ryan Wood. On the women’s side, Lindsay Webster earned her $10,000 prize for first followed by Nicole Mericle and Karin Karlsson.

In just four years, OCR World Championships has become the premier championship for athletes globally in the obstacle course racing industry and continues to set standards for excellence. Bringing together not only athletes but also race organizers in a truly OCR United effort.CR World

OCRWC 2017 Team Results

Pro Men’s Team Division

  1. Ryan Atkins, Ryan Wood, Hunter McIntyre 46:10
  2. Jonathan Albon, Conor Hancock, James Appleton 46:15
  3. Nickolaj Dam, Renaldas Bugys, Leon Kofoed 47:14

Pro Women’s Team Division Pro

  1. Nicole Mericle, Lindsay Webster, Rea Kolbl 57:55
  2. Linnea Ivarsson, Anna Svensson, Karin Karlsson 58:43
  3. Ashley Samples, Jacqueline Krekow, Jamie Stiles 1:13:44

Co-ed Team Division

  1. Tiffany Palmer Brakken Kraker, Brian Gowiski 52:04
  2. Wojciech Sobierajski, Piotr Lobodzinski, Malgorzata Szaruga 54:33  Thomas Van Tonder, Trish Bahlman, Bradley Chaase 54:56
  3. Thomas Van Tonder, Trish Bahlman, Bradley Chaase 54:56

Complete OCR World Championship 2017 Results 3K

Complete OCR World Championship 2017 Results 15K

Complete OCR World Championship 2017 Results Team 7K

 

 

Photo Credits: OCRWC Press Release/Social Media Sites, ORM Instagram
Press Release: Margaret Schlachter, OCRWC

Spartan Race Announces 2018 Global Championship Series

While the eyes of the OCR world were focused on the Blue Mountains in Ontario this past weekend for the OCR World Championships, Spartan quietly teased us with details of a possible global competition on their Instagram account.

History will be made. Will you be a part of it? 🌎 #spartanrace

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This morning, Spartan Race revealed the 2018 Spartan Race Global Championship. A worldwide competition, leading up to the Spartan Race World Championship in October of 2018. The Championship field will need to battle through one of 15 different National Series events in countries such as the USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Northeast Asia, and more. The top finishers in the National Series will be invited to compete in one of five (5) Regional Championships –  North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle East. The best of the best will then go on to compete in Spartan Race’s World Championship in October, next year.

Qualifications:

  • Regional Championships: Men and women must finish top 10 in any regular season or National Championship Series event in their respective category
  • World Championship: Men and Women must finish top 10 in a National Championship Series event or a Regional Championship in their respective category

Race formats, dates, and locations will be announced at a later date.

The Global Championship Series also offers open-heat competitors the opportunity to race on the same grounds as
some of the best athletes in the world, along with limited edition medals and shirts.

With Spartan Race’s reach rapidly expanding across the globe, this move will put the top athletes from across the world against each other, for OCR enthusiasts to watch live – it’s a Spartan Race fans dream come true.

2018 Toughest Mudder Dates And Venues Announced

Tough Mudder has announced the dates and venues for the Toughest Mudder races for 2018.
March 3: Toughest Mudder West: Los Angeles
May 5: Toughest Mudder South: Central Texas
May 12: Toughest Mudder Midlands: UK
June 2: Toughest Mudder Midwest: Michigan
June 16: Toughest Mudder Scotland
June 23: Toughest Mudder Northeast: Boston
2018 Toughest Mudder Schedule
March 3: Toughest Mudder West.
In 2017 Toughest Mudder West was held at the Los Angeles venue at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino. Tough Mudder is moving to a new venue for 2018 at Polsa Rosa Ranch. Polsa Rosa Ranch is a popular location for movie filming. Among movies that have used the ranch are Titanic, The Lone Ranger, and Windtalkers.
May 5: Toughest Mudder South.
Last year Toughest Mudder South was held near Atlanta. The 2018 race will be held at the Central Texas venue, about an hour outside Austin, Texas. More on Atlanta later.
Toughest South Webster Finish
May 12: Toughest Mudder UK: Midlands.
This date and venue was already announced, but with the new North America dates announced we now know Toughest Mudder Midlands will be held one week after Toughest Mudder South. In 2017 Toughest Mudder Philly was one week after Toughest Mudder UK and Sara Knight suffered an overuse injury that bothered her for the rest of the Toughest races that year. Knight was one of the “Four Horsemen” that ran all six Toughest Mudder races in 2017.
June 2: Toughest Mudder Midwest
The 2017 Toughest Mudder Midwest race was held outside Chicago. In 2018 the Midwest race will be held in Michigan, about an hour north of Detroit and a little over an hour west of Sarnia, in Ontario, Canada. With no Toughest Mudder Canada announced yet, this may be the closest Toughest for Mudders north of the border.

Allison Tai Toughest Chicago

June 16: Toughest Mudder UK: Scotland
Along with the Midlands UK race, this date and venue were previously announced. Like Midlands, this race is separated from another US Toughest race by one week. Toughest Mudder Northeast will follow Scotland one week later.
June 23: Toughest Mudder Northeast
The sixth and (as far as we know) final Toughest Mudder of the year will be held on June 23rd. In 2017 the Northeast race was held outside Philadelphia. In 2018 it will be held at a brand new venue: Boston.
Toughest NE Funky Monkey
With the exception of Toughest Mudder Midlands, every Toughest Mudder in 2018 will be at a brand new location. Even though the West race is “in” Los Angeles, it’s at a new venue. The Boston venue for the Northeast race is new to all of Tough Mudder. Scotland is an entirely new venue for Toughest Mudder, and Michigan and Texas are returning Tough Mudder locations, but brand new for Toughest Mudder. Even if you ran every Toughest Mudder in North America last year, every race in 2018 will be at a new location for you.
What about World’s Toughest Mudder 2018?
Several months ago Matt B. Davis noticed the 2018 date for Tough Mudder Atlanta was later than usual. Much later. In fact, Tough Mudder Atlanta will be held three weeks before the weekend WTM is usually scheduled for. In the past Tough Mudder Vegas has been held two to three weeks before World’s Toughest Mudder. WTM has been held on the second weekend of November in Las Vegas for several years. With Tough Mudder officially announcing 2017 will be the last year in Vegas, Matt connected the dots and predicted WTM 2018 would be held in Atlanta. After a recent appearance on Fox News Will Dean, the CEO of Tough Mudder passed on some info to a member of the WTM community. He wouldn’t give the exact location, but Dean said next year’s WTM would be on the east coast, and it would be warm. Toughest Mudder Atlanta was widely considered the warmest of all six Toughest Mudder’s last year, and even in November, Georgia should be a warm venue. Even though there are arguments against Atlanta (it has a terrible airport) it looks like the site of World’s Toughest Mudder 2018 will be Atlanta, Georgia.