This is a preliminary version of the 2023 Obstacle Course Racing World Championships Athlete Guide. Minor changes should be expected. A final version of the guide will be published and communicated to all athletes the week of the event.
All athletes are responsible for picking up their own race packets at the venue prior to the start of their race(s). Additionally, please note the following:
All athletes start in a wave designated by the division in which they are registered and are required to start in that designated wave. Athletes are not permitted to start in any other wave under any circumstances. Athletes found to be in violation of this protocol will be disqualified from competition. In addition, please note the following:
Spectators are free and encouraged. They must cheer loudly for their favorite athlete.
The safety of all athletes, spectators, and staff is paramount. In the event of an emergency, all parties should follow the explicit instruction of event staff. Athletes that assist in an emergency may be permitted to begin the race again at the sole discretion of race officials.
The race will be held rain or shine.
Race events will be suspended if lightning is estimated to be within 10 miles of event. Events will not resume until the lightning is 10 miles away from the event area. Mountain weather can be unpredictable. As with all outdoor events, athletes should come prepared to compete in any conditions.
There will be numerous aid stations along each course should athletes need them. Water and nutritional supplements will be available at each of these stations. We encourage you to not underestimate your energy expenditure on the course. If you feel you may need energy bars/gels, or other nutritional supplements, you are encouraged to bring them with you on the course.
Monetary prizes are awarded to the top finishers in the following divisions:
Please note that only athletes that successfully complete all obstacles are eligible for titles and awards.
It is the responsibility of each competitor to know and understand all competition rules and penalties. These rules serve as a common reference guide for all Competitors, Officials, and Volunteers. It is not all-inclusive and race officials reserve the right to make rulings around violations and situations not addressed in this document.
To compete in the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships, athletes must meet the following requirements:
The OCRWC utilizes a comprehensive timing system to track athletes’ performance. As such, all athletes are required to adhere to the following guidelines:
The race takes place over rugged terrain that features both natural and man-made obstacles. Athletes should note the following universal rules. These apply in all instances unless noted in the obstacle specific rules.
Athletes are provided with a Tyvek-style obstacle completion wristband which is required to be worn on their wrist. Athletes are required to display this wristband to gain entry to the start corral. Under no circumstances will an athlete be permitted to wear this wristband elsewhere on the body or start their race without it.
Upon finishing the race, athletes who successfully complete all obstacles are required to confirm their completion results through the following steps:
Course cut-off times are as follows. Any athlete not finishing within these parameters will be considered DNF and not listed in official results:
Athletes are encouraged to express their individuality, sports team, state or nation apparel while being appropriately dressed for an endurance racing event. Please note the following:
We are committed to leaving our host venue litter free. Any items you deem necessary to take with you at the start of the race, must be discarded appropriately in trash bins located at aid stations throughout the race or carried out with you at the end of the race. These items might include, but are not limited to, clothing, nutrition packaging, hydration packaging, etc. Any athlete found in violation may be disqualified by race officials.
Athletes in the OCRWC event are required to adhere to the 2021 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code. Specifically, all competitors may be subject to testing for performance enhancing drugs and must consent and adhere to all protocols and procedures as instructed by race officials.
On-site sample collection will be conducted at the event by the National Center for Drug Free Sport, Inc. (Drug Free Sport™), a premier provider of drug testing services. Samples collected will be tested at a WADA accredited lab for in-competition banned substances.
Athletes failing to adhere to this policy or found in violation of the WADA code will be subject to penalties such as disqualification, forfeiture of prizes, and banishment from future competition.
Any assessed penalty may be appealed. Athletes wishing to appeal a penalty, or any other ruling, must submit their appeal to the OCRWC officials within 48 hours of the event via email at email@example.com. In the event of an appeal, race officials will conduct a thorough review of the ruling and issue its findings within 72 hours.
Multiple rows of waist-high wooden structures requiring athletes to step or jump over in hurdle fashion.
Ten foot high wooden structure with alternating boards and openings for hand and foot holds requiring athletes to climb up the front and over the top of the confidence climb and down the opposite side.
A portion of course requiring athletes to travel underneath suspended wires and structures.
A rig-type obstacle with suspended bars that utilizes removable hand-held hooks. Athletes must use two hand-held hooks to traverse across the bars to strike a completion bell before returning both of their-hand held hooks to the designated area.
A rig-style obstacle with various hanging elements to be used as hand-holds. Athletes must traverse across various elements that swing, sway, and rotate to strike a completion bell.
A rig-style obstacle with various hanging elements to be used as hand-holds. Athletes must traverse across various elements that swing, sway, and rotate to strike a completion bell. Use of feet is permitted on this obstacle.
A sloped low rig-style obstacle with various hanging elements to be used as hand-holds. Athletes must traverse across ladder elements to strike a completion bell. Use of feet is permitted on this obstacle.
A 10-foot high wooden structure with hanging ropes. Athletes may jump up or use the rope to climb onto the lower board and then climb over and descend to the opposite side of the structure.
A rig-type obstacle with multiple types of hanging elements. Athletes will traverse the entire length of the obstacle to strike a completion bell. Use of feet is permitted on this obstacle when foot rings are equipped.
Athletes must carry two sand-filled canvas bags through a designated course before returning them to a designated area.
Walls of various heights and angles requiring athletes to climb over and reach the opposite side. Use of feet is permitted on these obstacles.
An A-frame obstacle with ascending and descending rings for athletes to traverse using their hands only. Athletes must traverse from the beginning to strike a completion bell. Athletes are permitted to skip rings or hanging elements.
An V-frame obstacle with descending and ascending elements for athletes to traverse. Athletes must traverse from the beginning to a valley and then back up to strike a completion bell. Athletes may not place their feet in rings. Additionally, incidental contact with hay that doesn’t advance an athlete’s forward progress is permitted.
Athletes must carry TWO Steelhoses around a designated course to return the same area where it was picked up.
Athletes must carry ONE Steelhose around a designated course, including walls, crawls and balance beams, to return the Steelhose to the same area where they were picked up. Athletes are not permitted to thrown their Steelhoses.
A rig-type obstacle with multiple types of hanging elements. Athletes will traverse the entire length of the obstacle to strike a completion bell. Use of feet is strictly prohibited.
A pole/momentum-based obstacle featuring pivoting poles. Athletes must traverse the length of the obstacle using their hands and feet only the designated boards and poles to strike a completion bell.
A rig-type obstacle featuring unique hanging elements that require placing hand-held rods inside each element to traverse. Athletes must traverse across the length of the obstacle by placing hand-held rods inside hanging elements and strike a completion bell before returning hand-held implements to the designated area.
A rig-type obstacle featuring skull-shaped climbing holds and various hanging elements. Athletes must traverse the entire length of the obstacle using hands only on elements to strike a completion bell.
A rig-type obstacle similar to monkey bars featuring long suspended, swinging trapeze bars. Athletes must traverse through the obstacle to strike a completion bell.
A balance beam style traverse in which athletes use separate traverse bars for hands and feet.
A rig-type obstacle featuring long suspended, swinging trapeze bars. Athletes must use momentum to traverse through the obstacle to strike a completion bell.
An obstacle featuring multiple platform jumps and various traverse elements. Athletes must traverse through the obstacle and strike a completion bell.
A vertical structure with hanging climbing ropes with a completion bell at top. Athletes must climb up the length of the vertical rope, strike the completion bell and then descend carefully to the ground.
A rope traverse requiring athletes to start before a marked line and traverse the obstacle without touching the ground to strike a completion bell.
A 14-foot high structure with Wreck Bags attached to ropes requiring athletes to raise the Wreck Bag to a designated point before slowly lowering the Wreck bag to the ground.
Wooden balance beams followed by low rig style traverse elements. Athletes must traverse and strike a completion bell.
A wooden wedge-shaped structure featuring angled, gapped boards. Athletes must traverse the gaps between angled vertical boards without touching the ground to strike a completion bell.
Snaking monkey bars that athletes must either traverse to strike a completion bell while remaining in their color coded lane (blue or black). Lache or hand-over-hand techniques are permitted.
Hurdle style walls requiring athletes to climb over and under to traverse.
A metal obstacle featuring parallel bars and pegged A-frame traverses. Athletes must start before the designed start line and exit beyond the marked completion line. Walking on the parallel bar sections of this obstacle is not permitted.
A rig-style obstacle with various hanging elements to be used as hand-holds. Athletes must use only their hands to swing from various elements that swing, sway, and rotate to strike a completion bell.
A rig-style obstacle with various hanging elements taking athletes through lanes that require changes in direction and creative maneuvering. Athletes must traverse through the obstacle and may utilize structure panels to strike a completion bell.
A rig-style obstacle with hanging ropes of various lengths that athletes must traverse to strike a completion bell.
A hoist-style obstacle requiring athletes to twist a bar apparatus to raise a suspended weight to a designated point before slowly lowering the weight to the ground in controlled fashion.
An A-frame style cargo net traverse. Use of the side of the structure is not permitted.