USAOCR is offering free membership and event sanctioning for obstacle races through December 2021. As a member of USA Pentathlon Multisport, a member of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, USAOCR has unmatched experience and resources in event production and management. Our team has been involved in the Olympic movement since 1980, delivering hundreds of events across multiple sports, including national championships, world championships, world cups and Olympic Games.
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Participants expect a smooth and safe experience when they register for an event. They should be confident they will have minimal distractions, leaving their focus on racing. Events sanctioned with USA Obstacle Course Racing provide the following benefits:
USAOCR's mission is representation and engagement of athletes and race directors, a virtuous cycle that promotes the health of the sport and benefits athletes and race directors nationwide.
USAOCR is committed to supporting the health, safety and well-being of race directors, their staff and participants at all OCR events in the United States. We are in regular contact with World OCR (FISO) and USA Pentathlon Multisport, a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC), concerning coronavirus (COVID-19), and we are closely monitoring the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and recommendations. We are also following guidelines from the USOPC Infectious Disease Advisory Group who has infectious disease experts from institutions around the country. These experts are in direct contact with the CDC, WHO, and the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) medical staff to regularly obtain up-to-date information, disseminate this information, and establish policies and event procedures related to COVID-19.
A coronavirus resources page for OCR athletes is available on the World Obstacle website
If your event is not insured through USAOCR, please contact your insurance provider. If you wish to discuss insurance products with USAOCR, please contact us.
Athletes claiming they contracted COVID-19 at a sanctioned event
USAOCR’s sanctioned event insurance includes General Liability (GL) and Participant Accident (PA) coverage as standard for all events sanctioned with USAOCR.
GL coverage will defend the race director from a negligence lawsuit brought by a participant that claims they contracted the Coronavirus at a sanctioned event. Race directors can proceed with hosting their events knowing this coverage is in place to protect them.
If a participant claims they contracted the Coronavirus at a sanctioned event and try to file a medical claim using the PA policy, their claim will not be covered. USAOCR’s PA policy covers accidents that happened during a sanctioned race. It will not respond to standard medical issues such as getting sick, viruses and bacterial infections – all of which are excluded from the USAOCR policy.
Event Cancellation Insurance
USAOCR’s insurance broker is checking the availability of event cancellation insurance related to COVID-19 in insurance market. Carrier are writing exclusions into their policies for COVID-19. Policies purchased after 3/1/2020 will not cover an event cancelled due to the Coronavirus.
OPERATIONS AND PLANNING
Continue as planned until you are informed otherwise by your state or local government
State and local department of public health
Consult with their experts on prevention strategies and contingency plans for attendees becoming sick at the event.
On-site emergency operations and risk management team
Staff and volunteer absences
Cleaning supplies for staff, volunteers and participants
Send suspected COVID-19 carriers EMS. Do not bring them to the medical tent to avoid contamination.
Designate an isolate for patients until EMS is able to attend to them.
Monitor athletes from affected countries/states
Event cancellation plan
Sponsors, Vendors and Expo
Pre-Race Staff Meeting
Ensure staff and volunteers are prepared to answer questions:
Advise Staff, Volunteers and Participants to stay home if:
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