Frequently Asked Questions

What is USA Obstacle Course Racing (USAOCR)?

USAOCR is the national governing body for obstacle course racing, related disciplines and events in the United States of America. It is a member of USA Pentathlon Multisport, a member of the United States Olympic Committee, and a member of World OCR, the Fédération Internationale de Sports d'Obstacles, the world governing body for Obstacle Course Racing, related disciplines and events. We are a not for profit organization with our national office in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

How is the USAOCR governed?

USAOCR is governed by a volunteer board made up of obstacle race enthusiasts, athletes, medical practitioners and event producers from across The United States. Board members are nominated by members prior to election at annual general meetings. Board terms vary from two to four years.

Are USAOCR board members paid?

As a not for profit organization, all Board Members are volunteers and are not paid. Board Members will be entitled to be reimbursed for expenses, as long as they are pre-approved by the Board.

What are USAOCR’s goals?

USA Obstacle Course Racing (USAOCR) is committed to securing the sustainability and growth of obstacle course racing in The United States. Our goals are:

  • Representing the needs of the athletes and provide a unified sport for cheaper, safer and fairer races and a system to qualify for championship events; regional, national, continental, international and Games events in the sporting federation system.
  • Sanction races and race brands that meet minimum safety, operational and fairness requirements to ensure a healthy racing environment for all participants.
  • Provide inexpensive and comprehensive insurance for athletes and race providers (sanctioned race). 
  • Unify the sport of OCR in the United States.
  • Host Regional and National Qualifiers and US Championships to qualify Team USA for international competitions.
  • Be an inclusive organization and brands, not shutting out organizations that wish to be associated with USAOCR.
  • Build the sport of OCR by promoting teams and clubs to become part of USAOCR and promoting the sport in colleges and universities in the United States to help build the next generation of OCR racers.
  • Provide Anti-Doping and Doping Controls for sanctioned championship races through USAPM and World OCR.
  • Provide a training system and qualified coaches and camps to develop the sport and athletes in the United States.

Who does USAOCR support?

USAOCR’s primary purpose is to support the members and the growth of the sport from the grass roots level through to high performance.

What is USAOCRs long term plan?

Once financially stable, the board will hire staff to run and operate the organisation independently based on the bylaws. USAOCR’s staff will be responsible for implementing the growth of the sport.

What is a National Governing Body (NGB)?

A NGB is the governing body for a specific sport, also known as a National Federation (NF). Most sports, whether they have a professional division or operate at an amateur level only are represented by not for profit NGBs in The United States. Examples include Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Triathlon, Track & Field, Swimming, Gymnastics, Speed Skating, and Alpine Skiing to name a few.

What does a NGB do?

Recognized NGBs support the development of their sport in The United States which includes athlete, coaching and official development.

Is USAOCR affiliated with race brands in The United States?

No. USAOCR treats all race brands equally, with a goal to support all parties of interest in obstacle sports. Although some Board and Committee Members are affiliated with one or more OCR brands, USAOCR is an not for profit organization and has not accepted funding from any race organizations.

Will USAOCR stifle obstacle innovation?

No. USAOCRs goal is to encourage the growth, diversity and innovation in OCR, along the same guidelines as World OCR.  While USAOCR will develop obstacle guidelines and standards for various National Championships, these guidelines will not hinder race organisations innovating obstacles or formats, or require them to include a restrictive race rules.

Will the USAOCR force race brands to adhere to strict guidelines?

It is our goal that race directors from across the United States will adhere to a standard set of safety & medical guidelines that benefit all athletes. When it comes to obstacles and race formats though, the race organisations will continue to operate and innovate new obstacles and race formats as they do today.

There are guidelines in place for regional, national and international championships, part of a long-term strategy for OCR to achieve medal events at multisport Games.

Is USAOCR affiliated with any international organizations?

Yes, along with 75 other national federations (as of March 2018), USAOCR is a member of World OCR, a Swiss based nonprofit composed of national member federations worldwide. It is the sole competent authority for obstacle sports and related disciplines throughout the world and is working toward meeting the requirements for recognition as specified by Global Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). World OCR’s goals and structure is similar to the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

What will the sport look like in the future?

USAOCR is working to ensure that OCR continues to include the things we love about the sport. This is an innovative sport inclusive of all abilities and ages with a thriving community. USAOCR is building obstacle training programs offered across the country at the elementary, youth, and adult levels that feed competitive streams, or assist people in an active, healthy life.

Is USAOCR hoping to make obstacle racing an Olympic sport?

Recognition of obstacle sports at world level is the job of World OCR. As a voting member of World OCR, USAOCR represents the needs of the members at the international level. If you wish to help the sport achieve recognition, you have opportunities to represent the United States on the International Federation and help on committees and commissions of World OCR.

How can USAOCR help me?

As a member based nonprofit, USAOCR exists to represent the needs of the athletes. Please sign up to become a member and recommend USAOCR membership to your friends. You can get further involved by joining a committee and help shape the sport.