Organizers of the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships have once again partnered with For Those Who Would and MudRunGuide.com to award the second annual For Those Who Would OCR Humanitarian Award. For Those Who Would, a Richmond, Kentucky-based 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity rooted in the obstacle course racing community, launched as an organization supporting individuals unable to participate in athletic and physical recreational activities due to debilitating injuries or chronic diseases.
“We want to use the passion of obstacle racing and endurance athletes to make a positive and meaningful impact on the lives of those individuals who are unable to compete because of illness or injury,” said Founder Jeff Cain.
The 2016 For Those Who Would OCR Humanitarian Award honors an OCR athlete who through his or her actions (off the course) makes a positive difference in the lives of others. Last year the award was presented to Jesse Bruce of Alpha Obstacle Training for his tireless work with homeless youths. Bruce, who himself had a rocky past, views obstacle course racing as a place for him to help lead others away from the dangerous paths he once traveled.
“I got in a lot of trouble, got kicked out a lot, spent a lot of time in jail, but had a Mom that would always let me back,” said Bruce. “It’s a big reason I work with these kids because it breaks my heart that they have gone through what they have gone through and don’t have a mother like I did.”
Having worked with many young people to help those in need in his community, Bruce set the bar high as the award’s first recipient. And now in 2016, we are looking for you to nominate the people in our community who constantly give back to their community in similar selfless ways.
The award will be presented at the 2016 Obstacle Course Racing World Championships at Blue Mountains, Ontario, Canada on Friday, October 14, 2016 during the weekend kick-off dinner.
About the Humanitarian Award
Purpose: To recognize an individual(s) within the obstacle racing community who consistently exhibits humanitarian traits off the course. This includes:
- Giving of him/herself without expectation of compensation
- Embraces common moral decencies such as altruism, integrity, responsibility, and compassion
- Improves the lives of others through selfless, courageous, and compassionate acts
Eligibility: To be eligible for the award, the individual(s) must be part of the international OCR community and meet one of the following two criteria:
- Complete a minimum of 4 obstacle races between October 11, 2015, and October 13, 2016, or
- Work within the OCR Industry (e.g., OCR course builder/director, OCR website designer, OCR writer, OCR apparel designer, OCR marketing specialist, etc.
Nominations for the award are currently being accepted online here at Mud Run Guide. The deadline for submitting a nomination is August 16th, 2016.