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World OCR Rankings – April 2024

All change on the World OCR Rankings for April!

For this month we are seeing a truly international board, with races happening from the USA to Australia. Taking first place for the women is Joanna Hills (AUS, 1), holder of Spartan records, this time earning a 1st place across all three Spartan race distances at the Picton event, countrywomen Calypso Sheridan (AUS, 5), a name we became familiar with across the US last year, joins her in the top 5 for an also impressive performance on the same weekend.

The mens leaderboard is topped by Belgian athlete Thibault Debusschere (BEL, 1) thank to his performances at the Czech & Belgian Championships, where he achieved 1st across the Czech champs, 1st in the 12k, and 1st in the team event at the Czech event.

A familiar name follows in second place, in the form of the impressive ultra runner Joshua Fiore, (USA, 2) who has stepped back into the ring, in April winning both Tough Mudder Infinity in LA and the New Jersey Ultra. With some big Ultra OCR events happening this year, we’ll be keeping our eyes on his performances.

Other notable events were the Strong Viking Series race, which earned Dutch athletes Quinie Verheijen (NL, 4) and Stijn Lagrand (NL, 4) fourth places in our rankings

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October 4-6, 2024 | California, USA
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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