Costa Rica to host the 2024 OCR World Championships
Costa Rica OCR & Modern Pentathlon communities to host the Championships
Lausanne, Switzerland, December 15, 2023. World Obstacle and World Pentathlon announced today the 2024 OCR World Championships will be held in Costa Rica from August 22 through 25. Competitions include the international standard OCR 100m, Short Course stadium race, mixed team race, Standard Course and Open event.
The Standard Course and Open will be held at the beautiful Doka Coffee Estate and adjacent wilderness at 2,000m elevation with views of the central volcanic mountain region. The 100 m, short course, opening ceremonies, closing ceremonies, and concert will be at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica and La Sabana Park in the nation’s capital San Jose.
The event is being hosted by OCR Costa Rica and members of the Costa Rica Modern Pentathlon community in partnership with Visit Costa Rica, the Costa Rican Tourism Board, with event services and obstacles from Groupo Publicatario, Spartan Race, and OnePlan.
“We are excited to be collaborating with our colleagues in Costa Rica” said World Obstacle President Ian Adamson. “Their expertise in event production in the region is unparalleled and delivering the championships with top international producers in sport, television, and event production will provide the most exciting races on the OCR calendar catering to national teams from national federations from 120 countries.”
UIPM President Dr. Klaus Schormann added, “We have a very strong spirit of cooperation and understanding with our colleagues from FISO, focusing together on creating a sporting movement that is more globally accessible and more commercially attractive, bringing greater future value to the Olympic Games starting in Los Angeles in 2028. The 2024 OCR World Championships will be another important step in our shared journey towards the formal integration of two international sport communities. This is an exciting time for athletes on all sides, with an increasing number of crossover opportunities.”
OCR Costa Rica President Rodolfo Villalobos said, “Hosting the OCR World Championships is a logical progression for our event companies. We have produced events for international and Olympic sports for many years and look forward to delivering the highest quality experience for the athletes, spectators, and viewing audience.”
Qualification and national team size is specified by each national federation for competitive categories and registration will open for all events on December 15.
For additional information about this event online, visit ocrwch2024.org.
About World Obstacle
World Obstacle, the Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (FISO) is the international governing body for obstacle sports and related disciplines, representing the needs of Adventure Racers, Ninja Athletes and Obstacle Course Racers worldwide. It is an independent association composed of national member federations and their athletes in over 120 countries.
UIPM (the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne) has governed the core Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon since its formation in 1948. Today it oversees a range of multi-discipline sports (Tetrathlon, Triathle, Biathle, Laser Run and Obstacle Laser Run) which form a development pyramid with Modern Pentathlon at the top. In November 2022, UIPM Congress voted to introduce Obstacle to the UIPM Statutes and Competition Rules, creating a new discipline alongside the established disciplines of Fencing, Riding, Swimming, Laser Shooting and Running (the last two of which are combined to form Laser Run). In August 2023, UIPM and the Federation Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles signed a Memorandum of Understanding to integrate FISO into UIPM to create a sporting movement with more audience and active participants.
About Modern Pentathlon
Created especially for the Modern Olympic Games by Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the sport was introduced in Stockholm in 1912 and has been the climax of the Summer Games ever since. The format has been adapted to suit the 21st century and the Modern Pentathlon currently consists of Riding, Fencing, Swimming and Laser Run. In 2023, Obstacle replaced Riding across Junior and Youth age categories, and this change will be implemented at all levels from 2025.