Postponed until 2022

The 2021 OCR World Championships has been postponed due to health concerns and related travel issues caused by the global pandemic.

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About the World Championships

The FISO OCR World Championships are the official championships of the national federation members of World Obstacle, representing athletes from 100 countries. Confirmation of the event is subject to health, safety and travel restrictions of the Covid-19 global pandemic. FISO is in discussion with international sports governing bodies to maintain compliance with rules and reqgulations related to anti-doping and other issue of importance to the global sports community.

Schedule of Events

Preliminary Schedule to be Confirmed (August)

Packet pick-up, Technical Briefings, Opening Ceremonies

3K Short Course, awards & 100m heats

15K Standard Distance, awards & 100m heats, party

3K Team relay & 100m finals, awards, Closing Ceremonies


FISO has adopted the  World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code and World Obstacle Anti-Doping Rules are implemented to advance FISO’s continuing efforts to prevent doping in Obstacle Course Racing. Under recommendation from WADA all athletes competing in the OCR World Championships will be required to undertake the WADA Athlete Learning Program about Health and Anti-Doping (ALPHA) and provide a certificate of completion prior to competing.

Certificates will be validated during packet pick-up. The Anti-Doping e-Learning platform (ADeL) is free of charge and can be done at the pace you choose. Register and complete the programme from the ALPHA link, then download your completion certificate and show it at packet-pick up. Instructions for creating an account:

  • Fill in all fields with your personal information
  • In the Sports field select “None
  • Leave the Federation / Organization field blank (do not enter anything)
  • In the Role, field enter Athlete
  • Leave the Athlete Id field blank (do not enter anything)
  • In the Name of the event, field enter FISO OCR World Championships

The WADA prohibited substances and methods list are available for download from the World Obstacle Anti-doping page.

Cash Prizes

Cash Prizes for Competitive Categories 

Competitive race categories include individual men and women in Elite plus five year age groups: U20 (minimum age 18 on race day) to 50+. National team races are mixed gender (3 people, at least 1 woman and at least 1 man) in the 3 km OCR event. Open waves will be available in each event format for non-competitive athletes.

Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded for top three in each category. Prize money will be awarded to the top three finishers in Elite races. Medal tally will be kept for the top-performing countries.


Qualification to represent each country is through the national federations. Championships such as the OCR European ChampionshipsOCR Asia-Pacific Championships, national championships and races specified by each country’s national federation may be qualifiers.

Qualification is not the same as commercial events such as Spartan Race and Adventurey LLC (OCRWC). Details on qualification for each Country is available here.

Hosts and Hotel

To be announced.


The race venue will be announced on confirmation with the national host organization and government.


Visas and ground transport from local airports to the race venue and hotels will  be coordinated with the host.

Events & Formats

Event formats include 100 m individual Sprint (10 obstacles, video here), 3 km individual and team Short Course (20+ obstacles ) and 12+ km individual Standard  Distance (40+ obstacles) cross country Obstacle Course RacesQualification for OCR World Championships assumes athletes study and train for the obstacle format, rules, terrain and possible weather conditions.

Competition Rules

Competition Rules are specific to each event. These are not the same rules used by commercial events such as Spartan World Championships, Strong Viking OCR World Finals, World’s Toughest Mudder, or Adventurey OCRWC. In general, rules allow only one obstacle attempt. This meets criteria accepted for OCR medal events in International Multisport Games under regulation by the International Olympic Committee for athletes competing at the highest level.


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