Almost every weekend across the world thousands of crazy people, we'll call them OCR addicts, get together to crawl through mud, jump over fire, climb ropes and conquer virtually any obstacle that you put in their way! They pay to do this!!! In exchange all they ask for is a finisher T-shirt and a medal... maybe a beer, a banana and some bad a$# pictures, but not much more than that!
WHY? Why would you pay to run for miles and do all of this crazy challenging stuff? Why are OCR addicts OK with signing a death waiver every weekend!? Because Obstacle Course Racing Changes Lives!
In 2013 I was invited by some friends to complete my first obstacle course race. It changed my life! Now The OCR Project is on a mission to end the trend of obesity by making fitness fun and introducing the world to obstacle course racing! Meet Anousone, the perfect example of how we can change lives through the sport!
-"Coach Jay has made an enormous impact on my life. Through his coaching and guidance, I was able to drop 75 lbs and achieve goals sooner than I had originally planned! I had first aimed to run my first OCR race a year from when I started on my fitness journey, but Jay believed in me and pushed me to achieve that goal in 4 months instead." -Anousone
This weekend alone I had friends at 8 events across the world from Puerto Rico to Sweden along with one other event that I didn’t have any friends at :( I guess I have to race in Oklahoma more lol If it were not for the sport, I wouldn’t have been in London this week or had the opportunity to meet the wonderful competitors, volunteers and spectators at Toughest Race.
Here are the 9 events:
DID I MISS ANY? Please comment below with the name and location of the event. Include a link to the event results or the number of participants if you have either.
By looking at race results, talking to a few race directors and a little bit of “guestimation” I estimate that approximately 25,000 people ran obstacle course races this weekend alone! What would all of these people have been doing this weekend if OCR didn’t exist? I’m sure that some would be doing some sort of physical activity or running a regular road race. However, a very high percentage of the participants are not attending to compete for the podium or any type of placing. The majority of them are in the open waves and are seeking fun ways to get active again and to challenge themselves to become healthier and happier people! There are also a few that were dragged there by friends or family, but all of these people chose a positive challenging experience over sleeping in or watching tv on the couch all Saturday morning! Obstacle Course Racing provides the fun and camaraderie necessary to pull people off the couch to do epic things that will change their lives and help them become the best version of themselves!
Let’s do some quick math on how powerful this sport is even in it’s very early stages:
Has OCR changed your life? If so comment below and share this post with your friends so that we can change even more lives with this amazing sport!