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World OCR Rankings – February 2024

Undeniably, the most anticipated event of not just the month but the entire year so far took place in February in AlUla with the Tough Mudder Infinity, boasting the largest prize purse in OCR history. This event attracted the best of OCR (Obstacle Course Racing), including the return of the legendary Jon Albon (UK, 1), who couldn’t resist the allure of an almost guaranteed payday. Albon’s extraordinary feat of covering 100km in the 8-hour desert race thrilled long term fans who have missed his presence in OCR. This earned him the top spot in the first of 2024’s monthly rankings, something few of us ever expected to see again!

Following closely behind Albon was Ryan Atkins (CAN, 1), who also managed to secure 100km, finishing approximately 23 minutes after Albon.

Mark Batres (USA, 3), another favorite for the top spots, showcased his prowess by achieving 100km in 8 hours and 35 minutes, securing the third position in AlUla and in February’s men’s rankings. Batres, known for his record-breaking performance of 115 miles at WTM in 2021, proved his consistency and determination on the AlUla course.

Alisa Petrova (RUS, 1) stood out in the women’s division with a strong performance in the competition, covering an impressive distance of 90km. Despite tough competition, Petrova managed to secure the first-place finish with steady determination.

Kris Rugloski (USA, 8), known for her impressive record at World’s Toughest Mudder, completed 80km in 8 hours and 31 minutes, finishing just 10km behind Petrova. Rugloski’s performance earned her the 7th position overall and 8th in the rankings.

Following Petrova, Nicole Mericle (USA, 2) and Janka Pepova (CH, 3) also covered 80km, securing the second and third positions respectively, earning them the same in our rankings. However, it was Petrova’s consistent performance and endurance that ultimately secured her the top spot in the competition.

Notably, the team leaderboards were dominated by all-male teams, leaving limited spots for other competitions in our rankings. However, Annie Dube (USA, 4) managed to secure her place in the top 10 World OCR rankings thanks to her first-place finish at the inaugural USNS Spartan Race in Jacksonville.

In the two person team event, Gregory Basilico (FRA, 5) and Thibault Jean (FRA, 6) clinched the first position. Basilico’s additional achievement of securing the fastest lap crown earned him a slightly higher spot in the rankings.

Ida Mathilde Steensgaard (DEN, 9) demonstrated her speed and skill by winning the fastest lap in the women’s event, securing the 9th position in the rankings.

The Tough Mudder Infinity event in AlUla showcased the resilience, determination, and skill of the top OCR athletes, setting the stage for an exhilarating season ahead.

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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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