Maintaining its position as one of the top innovators in the OCR industry, OCR World Championships announced a brand new addition to its stable of championship races. The Short Course Championship will be a head-to-head, obstacle-dense, 3K course. The 2016 Short Course Championships will take place on Friday, October 14, 2016. Athletes will be able to compete in one of 3 divisions in each gender: Pro, Competitive, and Masters. All athletes will be required to qualify in order to compete using existing qualification criteria.
So what does this mean?
- Finally, the sport has a format that doesn’t favor endurance and/or perseverance and will provide some exceptional athletes a better chance at reaching a championship podium.
- Winning will require speed, agility, skill, and strength. Unlike other mandatory obstacle completion races – including the ‘regular’ OCR World Championships, perseverance will likely not make a big difference on the podium. Get through the obstacles fast!
- This will actually look like a race as the short distance should prevent large leads and big gaps between finishers. The finish line will be climactic as opposed to mere ceremony.
- With 3 consecutive days of championship races, recovery will be extremely important for those who want to take on the short course, the ‘regular’ course, and the team race.
- OCRWC is beginning to feel more and more like an Olympic event!