Morgan McKay – OCRWC Enduro


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Morgan McKay OCRWC Enduro

Morgan McKay responds to the questions surrounding her 4th place finish at the 2019 OCRWC Enduro. Be sure to catch up by listening to the previous episode.

Show Notes:

OCRWC Enduro with Erin Rost episode

OCRWC Enduro Final Leaderboard

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Erin Rost – OCRWC Enduro


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Erin Rost comes on to discuss what she’s been up to since placing 2nd at last year’s World’s Toughest Mudder including:

  • Leaving the Air Force and moving down south.
  • Winning Toughest East
  • Winning F.I.T Challenge
  • Coming in 3rd place at the OCRWC Enduro and the controversy that followed.

Show Notes:

OCRWC Enduro Final Leaderboard

Erin’s blog after WTM 2018

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Nicole Mericle’s 2018 Winter World Tour


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Nicole Mericle is finally back in the United States. She left for the United Kingdom from Colorado on October 14th and did not return to the United States for a little over 2 months.

Her trip consisted of:

  • Obstacle Racing World Champs in England – (PS She won the 3K and Women’s Team Events)
  • Rock climbing in Kalymnos, Greece
  • Trifecta World Championships in Greece (PS She finished 2nd)
  • Pit crew/cheer on friends at Spartan Iceland
  • Red Bull All In – Germany (PS She won this one too)

Show Notes:

Clash Of The Titans – Matt B. Davis Talks To Brett Stewart


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The last time Brett Stewart was interviewed on the record by ORM was November in 2012 for episode #23. That was 316 episodes ago when the show was still called Matt B. Davis Runs This Podcast.

Listen in as Brett explains the origins of Mud Run Guide along with his personal involvement with The Obstacle Racing World Championships. In addition, Matt asks some questions and has some critiques on the Mud Run Guide Awards. Most importantly, Matt and Brett attempt to get to the bottom of some beefs (real and imagined) over the last several years. Enjoy this 90-minute that is conversation 6 years in the making.

Show Notes:

The original episode from 2012

Mud Run Guide Awards

Review from the first ever OCR World Championships

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OCRWC To Add 100 Meter Distance To 2019 Championship

 

 

Today, Adventurey is excited to announce a new championship distance which debuts at the 2019 Obstacle Course Racing World Championships–the 100 Meter Sprint Championships.

“The addition of this competition is the next logical step for our event,” said OCRWC Founder Adrian Bijanada. “Each year we hear from athletes longing for a format that places more emphasis on obstacle technique and proficiency, and we’re thrilled to finally offer them a world-class 100-meter course to compete on. Similar to our other distances, this will be a full-fledged discipline at the OCRWC.”

Utilizing a time-trial format, the 100 Meter Sprint Championships will feature a sprint course comprised of a unique group of obstacles that will be achievable by the vast majority of competitors, which will place particular emphasis on speed, technique, and efficiency of movement.


100M SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIPS

Open Time Trial Format – No Qualification Required Four Divisions: Men Under 40, Women Under 40, Men 40+, Women 40+ (additional divisions may be added at a later date)

  • Two Course Attempts Per Registration – Fastest Time In Each Division Wins
  • Medals Awarded for Top 10 Athletes in Each Division
  • Cash Prizes and Podium Medals for Top 3 Athletes in Each Division
  • Limit of One Online Registration Per Athlete
  • Compete at Any Time During Course Hours Friday – Sunday (Hours TBA)
  • $20 per athlete for the first 100 athletes, $30 per person thereafter

OCR World Championships 2019 – What’s New, What’s Not

Adventurey, the company that produces the North American OCR Championships and the OCR World Championships, announced the location, and several additional details for the 2019 World Champs.

We’ve listed them below along with ORM thoughts on each.

Back in The U.K.

October 11 – 13, 2019. Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, UK. The site of Nuclear Races.

ORM Thoughts : We assumed as much. Financially, it just makes sense to make a (minimum) two year commitment for any venue. Ohio’s King’s Domain served as the venue for 2014 and 2015. 2016 and 2017, the event moved to Blue Mountain in Ontario, Canada. 2018 will see it returning to Gryffindor in the United Kingdom.

Revamped Team Relay Race

This year we reintroduced the concept of team based obstacles during the team leg of the relay. And basically, we fell back in love with them. So, watch out for several new obstacles tailored specifically for the team race in 2019. Additionally, Pro Relay teams must now be comprised of athletes from one nation (e.g. Team USA, Team Sweden). Open teams may continue to be mixed.

ORM Thoughts : Most of the pro teams were already country specific, but this may shake up the category a little bit, if there are last minute injuries, etc, and racers can’t have their first choice.

Expanded Age Groups

As a nod to some of the most inspiring athletes in the OCR community, we’ve expanded our divisions to now include 50-54, 55-59, and 60+ age groups. All will be eligible for cash prizes and podiums awards.

ORM Thoughts : The Grey Berets are rejoicing.

New Band System

With our growth and the ever-rising level of competition, we need more robust procedures to ensure the integrity of our results. To that end, next year’s event will bring more marshals, more photo and video review, and most importantly, a new completion band system. Details to follow in 2019.

ORM Thoughts : OCRWC has probably DQ’d more people in a few races than Spartan has done in 8 years. This is exciting as they continue to lead the way in this department.

FREE Bag Drop

Bag drop will be available and free for the entire weekend (Friday-Sunday).

ORM Thoughts: This seems like a no brainer. Not sure why this wasn’t always the case.

Streamlined Registration Process

Beginning next year, we’re going modify our packet pick up process to help alleviate crowds during the initial opening hours. In addition, athlete t-shirts will be pre-packaged with athlete bibs–so make your selection carefully during registration!

ORM Thoughts : Another no- brainer. However, people are SO excited for this event, 90 percent show up early, then complain about lines. Same thing happens at World’s Toughest Mudder every year.  People freak out at packet pickup and blast it on social media. Then by the end of the event, it’s long forgotten.

Modified Qualifying Standards

While this is always a delicate balance, we’ve started making adjustments to our qualifying criteria, which includes: tightening up requirements, removing certain races, and adding plenty of new ones. A new program that will award wild-card spots to athletes will also launch in 2019.

ORM Thoughts: Let’s hope Terrain Race is off the list for 2019.

A New Race Format

We’re keeping this under wraps for now, but watch out for an entirely new and innovative race format during race weekend. It’s not been done in OCR before—but we’re sure you’ll love it!

ORM Thoughts: Could be awesome. Maybe not. #StayTuned

REGISTER NOW. It’s 25 percent off until November 12th. Adrian assures us this will be the ONLY discount available.