Today it was announced that the OCR World Championships have expanded their line-up of world class obstacle course racing events with the addition of a 24 Hour Enduro Championship, which will take place in Lower Portland, New South Wales, just outside of Sydney, Australia.
The 24-hour event is being produced as a partnership between the Australian owned race series True Grit, Destination New South Wales–the leading government agency for the New South Wales (NSW) tourism and events, and Adventurey, LLC, producers of the Obstacle Course Racing first and only independent World Championships.
The event will be held in June 2018 and is expected to draw over 750 interstate and international athletes to visit New South Wales, and provide an expected economic boost of over $1.8 million AUD over the course of event weekend.
The world-class course will span over ten kilometres of rugged Australian terrain, with participants completing 30 obstacles each lap, over a 24 hour period. Athletes will be able to compete in Pro, Age Group, or Team Relay divisions. Pro division athletes will be required to qualify for the event, while Age Group and Team Relay divisions are open to the public.
“After running successful True Grit events across the country for five consecutive years now, and seeing more than 50,000 people run our courses, we’re excited to embark on international expansion, to invite overseas athletes to experience Obstacle Course Racing in true Australian style,” said True Grit Managing Director, Adam McNamee.
“After first exploring this concept with the True Grit team over two years ago, I couldn’t be more thrilled to unveil this new event for the international obstacle course racing community,” said Adrian Bijanada, Founder of the OCR World Championships. “The addition of an ultra-format endurance championship will create a new Dual Crown title when paired with the 15k event at the OCRWC. This title will apply to those that win their respective division at each event and will come with extra prize incentives for division champions.”
NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall said the inaugural 24 hour race was an exciting addition to the State’s sporting calendar.
“The NSW Government is committed to growing the NSW economy by building on its world class events calendar and securing events such as this will ensure we remain the number one state for tourism and major events in Australia,” Mr Marshall said.
“True Grit and the World 24 hour Obstacle Course Racing Championship are expected to attract more than 2,000 visitors to Lower Portland, injecting more than $1.8 million into the local visitor economy.”
Registration for the inaugural event will open on August 1. Further event details can be found here.