The OCRWC Podcast

Looking for insights on training, that OCR pro life, or a sneak peek into the OCRWC course?

From the biggest names and most intriguing characters in Obstacle Course Racing, to the topics you’re asking about, host Fran Chiorando breaks down the sport we all love. Take a listen as we begin to set the stage for the best OCR World Championships our sport has ever seen.  New episodes drop the first and third Thursday of every month starting in May, leading right up to championship weekend, September 22-25, 2022 at Stratton Mountain Resort, Vermont, USA.

Season 2 / Episode 12 – Rylan Schadegg

With a strong sporting background, and a powerful competitive spirit, Rylan took on the challenge of OCR after overcoming personal struggles. With impressive performances over the last year, more recently at Spartan NorAM and Dekafit, all eyes are on this youngster to see how he will perform at the upcoming OCRWC. In this episode, host Francesca Chiorando gets to know this rising star, learning more about his inspirations and life goals, and how he has got to where he is today.

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Season 2 / Episode 11 – Hyrox World Record Female Team

In this episode, host Francesca Chiorando is joined by four incredible women who achieved and hold the Hyrox Female Team World Record, even after the World Championships in Las Vegas. Whilst all once upon a time OCR athletes, three regularly compete, two featuring on most of the Spartan Elite podiums this year, and one travelling Europe taking on a range of OCR events. A showcase of the top UK female OCR talent currently competing.

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Season 2 / Episode 10 – James Burton, Director of UKOSF

With an extensive background in OCR, and as an Elected Director on the Board of the UK Obstacle Sports Federation (UKOSF), James is working with the UKOSF team to get OCR and ninja sport recognised as official sports in the UK. He joins host Francesca Chiorando and OCRWC founder Adrian Bijanada to talk about the UKOSF goals in the UK and beyond, as well as the current OCR landscape.

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Season 2 / Episode 9 – Grit Coaching

With a background in Olympic running and a stellar OCR career, childhood friends Jess O’Connell & Faye Stenning decided to team up to provide comprehensive, tailored coaching to OCR athletes.

Talking about their inspiration, what it takes to set up a new business, and what they’ve faced along the way, I find out all about their joint venture.

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Season 2 / Episode 8 – Nicole Mericle

On the road to recovery from an ACL tear the big question on everyone’s lips is, when will Nicole be back racing? We catch up on her progress and goals for the year, and how the OCR Development team is progressing.

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Season 2 / Episode 7 – Leon Kofoed

Reigning Euro champ Leon Kofoed returned to defend his title, but how did he perform? Leon joins us to recap on all the happenings at the Euros, his recent racing, life as an athlete, and how he plans to be podium ready for OCRWC in Vermont this September.

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Season 2 / Episode 6 – Kris Rugloski

After an epic performance at OCRWC 2021, all eyes were on Kris Rugloski, and she hasn’t disappointed. In recent weeks alone she has taken the World championship title at Hyrox, and 3rd in a stacked field at Spartan Big Bear in the same weekend. Taken first at Savage Race Charleston, and second at GoRuck. She is quickly proving herself to be a hugely adaptable and strong athlete, with an upward trajectory ahead of her. We chat with her to get to know a little bit more about her reasons for competing, how she trains, and what she hopes to achieve this year.

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Season 2 / Episode 5 – Jon Albon

Our guest for this episode needs no introduction, we are joined by the much celebrated champion of OCR, Jon Albon. If you’ve ever wondered what Jon’s favorite style of racing is, how he feels about standardizing the sport, and the biggest secret of all, how he trains, we have it all here. We get the low down on his new and comprehensive training app, sharing all of his secrets on how he became the athlete he is today.

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Season 2 / Episode 4 – Ida Mathilde Steensgaard

Ida has been steadily rising through the ranks in OCR, and after her sweep at OCRWC 2021 she is more determined than ever to succeed. In this episode she joins me fresh off her tour of the US. We talk about the importance of training with a coach, the semi pro/pro life,  standardisation of OCR, and her goals for the year.

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Season 2 / Episode 3 – Drug Free Sport International

Did you know that the #OCRWC was the first event in obstacle course racing to test for performance enhancing drugs?

In this episode of the OCRWC Podcast, we talk to Drug Free Sport International, our testing partners, about the history and future of drug testing in OCR and our event.

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Season 2 / Episode 2 – Community Questions

In this episode Francesca is joined by the founder of OCRWC Adrian Bijanada, who will be answering your questions.

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Season 2 / Episode 1 – Jack Bauer & Fabian Yeo

To kick off season two of the OCRWC Podcast Francesca Chiorando is joined by Jack Bauer, the king of race data, and owner and editor of UK based OCR news site Mud & Glory, Fabian Yeo. In this episode they look back at the successes and surprises of 2021 and their predictions for the upcoming season.

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Season 1 / Episode 11 – OCRWC 2021 Round Up

Join Francesca & Adrian in the finale episode of season one as they discuss the highs and lows of the 2021 event and a few sneak peeks of what to look forward to next year.

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Season 1 / Episode 10 – Nicole Mericle

Join guest host Matt Willis as he talks to 2019 Spartan World champion and 2019 OCRWC Short Course champion Nicole Mericle.

From performance predictions to the future of OCR, as well as Nicole’s determination to encourage more women into OCR, this episode offers comprehensive coverage of the current state of OCR ahead of the 2021 OCR World Championship event.

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Season 1 / Episode 9 – Behind the Scenes @ OCRWC

Ever wondered how long the courses at the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships take to build? Where the ideas come from, how they plan, how they even start the build?

In this episode Francesca is talking with Brett Stewart & Sid Morris, two experts in OCR course design & build, and two of the team who bring the course to life. Ahead of a busy month creating the 2021 OCRWC courses, Brett & Sid took some time out to give us an insight into where the ideas come from and come to life; and some super exclusive information about what to expect this year in Vermont!

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Season 1 / Episode 8 – Adrian Bijanada

Back in 2013, Adrian Bijanada had an idea… the very next year he delivered the first Obstacle Course Racing World Championships. Backed by an incredible team and a vision to deliver life-changing moments for the athletes, the event has gone from strength to strength.

We chat about the struggles and triumphs of the past, the future of OCR, and the plans for this year.

2021 is promising to be the biggest and best World Championship event that OCR has yet seen, a true homecoming for athletes, supporters, and friends.

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Season 1 / Episode 7 – Amie “Live Wire” Jacobs

Known for her endurance performances, Amie “Live Wire” Jacobs is a familiar and loved face on both the UK and US OCR scenes. Amie has been forced to take a break from training and competing after suffering twice from COVID, multiple complications, and the lasting effects of long COVID.

Opening up fully for the first time after receiving bullying messages online when she shared she was ill, Amie talks us through the reality of the virus, and how no matter how strong or fit you are, it can still floor you and have devastating effects.

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Season 1 / Episode 6 – Matt B. Davis

Chances are, if you’ve ever watched, listened to, or read about any obstacle course event, Matt B. Davis of Obstacle Racing Media has had something to do with it.

With humor, determination, and sheer hard work, Matt has become known as the top tier of media in OCR, and for very good reason. I wanted to find out more about why he decided to get into media, his background, and how he feels about racing.

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Season 1 / Episode 5 – Veejay Jones

Who is Veejay Jones and where did he come from? Now a name popping up at the top of podiums across the States, Veejay Jones made a rapid rise to success in obstacle course racing.

Join us to find out more about his journey into OCR, his goals, training, and thoughts on the current landscape of the sport.

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Season 1 / Episode 4 – Rebecca Hammond

With a background in competitive running and a passion for cross-training, Rebecca Hammond took the leap into OCR and was soon wiping out the competition. With her easy smile and open attitude, she fast became a much-loved regular on the OCR scene.

Behind the scenes, she was also working towards completing her medical degree and has now taken another leap; this time into Psychiatry.

I talk to her about her athletic history and plans, what she sees for her future in the sport, and we delve into the human mind and mental health.

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Season 1 / Episode 3 – Libbie Joyce

With athletes like 13-year-old Libbie Joyce, the future of OCR looks bright.

Join us as we discuss how she got started in OCR, what kept her there, and some of her biggest achievements, which I promise will blow you away!

With an introduction and special announcement from the founder of the OCR World Championships, Adrian Bijanada.

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Season 1 / Episode 2 – Leon Kofoed

In Episode Two of the OCRWC podcast we catch up with Leon Kofoed, a Danish racer who has been making waves on the OCR scene and has big plans for the future. After a recent accident left him with a severe leg injury, we talk about healing, hopes, and alternative training. Despite being a beacon of positivity, Leon has overcome a lot of battles in his life. We explore these and discuss handling grief and self care.

Warning, strong language is used in this episode.

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Season 1 / Episode 1 – Karin Karlsson

OCR World Champion Karin Karlsson is an unquestionably exceptional athlete, and has now added resident of Switzerland and supermum to her resume. Nothing appears to slow this incredible woman down, and while she is almost impossibly talented, she is also wonderfully approachable and relatable. She took some time out with us via Fran Chiorando to talk a little about her past, her present and what the future of this Champion has in store.

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Don't Miss Out On The 2021 OCRWC!

2021 Races
Whether you're competing for a podium, out to test your own limits or just looking for a fun weekend with friends and family, there is an option for everyone.
Obstacles
The OCRWC courses will contain 40+ unique obstacles to test athletes' skills, strength, and endurance.
About Stratton Mountain Resort
Stratton is a championship-caliber venue with the facilities and infrastructure to provide our athletes and spectators with the best possible experience in the sport of OCR.