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Top Tips to Make Your Stay in Mammoth Lakes Unreal

One of the most exciting parts of the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships is the opportunities it delivers to explore new areas with each edition. We’ve taken you to Canada, the UK, Ohio, Vermont, and for 2023 we have landed in Mammoth Lakes, California.

This location will prove to be the most beautiful and challenging yet, but the one challenge we don’t want you to have is how to plan the best race weekend possible.

Thanks to our partners at Visit Mammoth, we’ve collected the best tips and deals for you below. If you’re not yet fully prepared, here’s everything you need to know to make this the OCR race-cation of the year.


Accommodations in Mammoth Lakes

No place to stay booked? No problem!

As the most popular ski resort in the US, Mammoth Lakes offers a range of accommodation for whatever your needs are; from cozy cabins to luxury hotels. Registration and start line will be based at Main Lodge so for those who like to be right in the middle of the action, we recommend looking at Mammoth Mountain Inn.

Whether you want to find a group chalet for the team experience, or prefer a quieter solo room for some r&r over the busy race weekend, Visit Mammoth caters to all your needs and can guide you in the right direction.

Regardless of where you choose to stay, transportation around Mammoth Lakes on race weekend is super easy with their FREE shuttle service! You can quickly catch a shuttle from anywhere you are staying and have a ride to Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth Lakes Basin, The Village at Mammoth, restaurants, and more.

Acclimatization Lodging

Did you know that Mammoth Lakes sits at a staggering 8,000 feet with competition starting at 9,000 feet? Conversations have been rife over the last few months on how best to prepare for this and thanks to our partners at Visit Mammoth we have an answer!

Through Visit Mammoth we are able to offer you some amazing deals on acclimatization lodging, allowing you to arrive a whole week in advance to soak up in the surroundings and embrace the altitude, so you can perform at your very best in this stunning location. Lock in your acclimatization lodging today and make OCRWC 2023 the trip of a lifetime.

Drive to Mammoth Lakes

Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mammoth Lakes is conveniently reachable for the OCR World Championships by road tripping from California or Nevada Airports. Once you reach the scenic Hwy. 395 on your drive, you’ll sense, “the mountains are calling” as they loom majestically above you. The journey alone is part of the experience, and from whichever direction you arrive, will deliver spectacular scenery sure to lift your spirits.

Choose from Reno, LAX, or SFO for stunning drives to experience the very best of what California has to offer. Click here to discover the best routes, local news and updates, and not-to-be-missed routes. 

Restaurants in Mammoth Lakes

Nothing builds an appetite like being out in the mountains, especially when you’re competing in the toughest event of the year.

No matter what you’re craving before or after competing, restaurants in Mammoth Lakes have you covered. From breakfast options to fuel up before your race to places to unwind with a good meal after a day of competition, find the perfect place to dine here.

From casual lunches, to sit down meals, coffee, snacks, or drinks with friends, you can choose from everything from Ramen to burgers and in between. We know traveling can be difficult for our friends with dietary requirements, however you can arrive safe in the knowledge that the restaurants in Mammoth cater for gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, and more.

Use this handy link to see your options, and discover more about what Mammoth Lakes has to offer for your race weekend dining.


Francesca Chiorando
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Francesca Chiorando

Francesca started running OCR in 2013, and after devouring all the information she could find on the sport, she began writing about it herself. With OCR quickly gaining traction in the UK where she lives, she launched her own site, Mud Is My Makeup, in 2014.

Since then she has gone on to produce content for publications including OCR Europe, Mud Run Guide, Mudstacle, Obstacle Race Magazine, and Obstacle Mud Runner Magazine, as well as OCRWC.

Francesca loves exploring every aspect of the sport as much as she loves to explore the courses themselves. Very much an average athlete, her goal has always been to encourage the everyday person to get muddy and active and discover how much joy suffering out on a course can bring.

Her first experience of OCRWC was the epic Blue Mountain in 2016, although she’d been following the event from the early days. The whole atmosphere, set up, and experience had her hooked and she knew that this was an organization that she not only wanted to support, but be involved with, and to help bring the spirit of OCRWC to a wider audience.

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