With obstacle course race series defaulting toward longer distances for their world championship events, the independent OCR World Championships (OCRWC) officially announced the latest addition to it’s 15ish km “standard distance” and relay event: the 3km short course. This will be the shortest World Championship race the sport has seen:
3km – OCRWC World Championship, short course
5km – Warrior Dash World Championships
— Battlefrog Championship (not yet announced)
15km – OCRWC World Championship, standard distance
23+km – Spartan Race World Championships
24 hours – World’s Toughest Mudder
OCRWC 2016 will feature three distances over three days, encouraging Canadian and international athletes to make a trip out of it. The 3km short course will take place on Friday October 14th, the standard distance on Saturday and likely the team relay on Sunday.
The previously hinted middle distance is in all probability not going to happen in 2016. “After seeing how awesome the team relay format was last year we want to do that again on Sunday,” said OCRWC CEO Adrian Bijanada.
The 3km short course will feature 3 divisions for men and women: pro, competitive and masters, all with mandatory obstacle completion. Capacity numbers for the three divisions have yet to be determined, neither have the number of obstacles on course. Athletes will be required to meet the same OCRWC qualification standards as those set for the standard distance, while competitive and masters athletes must meet either the Age Group or Pro/Elite qualification standard.
The Journeyman division will not be offered for the short course. Unspecified cash prizes will be awarded to the top three men and women in the pro field, in addition to a championship ring and champion finish chute hall of fame flag to be displayed at future OCR World Championship events for the winners.
Adam Kwitko | Is an endurance sports journalist, producer and race operations professional. He is an avid OCR racer, trail runner and honey addict.
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