OCR European Championships

Dolomiti Trentino, Italy - POSTPONED until 2021


The OCR European Championships is held to develop and promote Obstacle Course Racing, related disciplines and events in Europe and to support elite European OCR racing talent, promote top European race events and provide an opportunity for age group athletes to compete along side elites. 

The OCR European Championships consist of qualifying events around Europe culminating in one final event in June. The Championships rotate between host countries each year.

There are cash prizes for the top 3 finishers in the elite waves. The prize purse is to specified by the OCR Europe Board and organizing committee of the host nation. Male and female athletes receive the same amount of prize money.


FISO OCR World Championships


The Sochi WC will proceed, subject to travel and health restrictions due to the Coronavirus


The FISO OCR World Championships are the official championships of the national federation members of World OCR, representing athletes from countries on all continents. The event will be at the site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, in Sochi Russia, located in the beautiful Caucus Mountains by the Black Sea.

Full details available here


Event formats include the 160 m Ninja OCR, 3 km OCR (~ 20 obstacles ) and 12+ km OCR (~ 60 obstacles) cross country Obstacle Course Races.


Cash Prizes for Elite Categories Competitive race categories include individual men and women in Elite plus five year age groups: U20 to 60+. National team races are mixed gender (3 people, at least 1 woman) 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 country and world records can be set in the Ninja OCR competition.


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

Details on qualification for in Country is available here


The  2020 FISO OCR World Championships are being hosted by OCR Russia, Hero League and Rosa Khutor Ski Resort in Sochi Russia. Athletes stay and dine in the Olympic Village at Rosa Khutor, the same rooms as the competing athletes in 2014.


The race venue is in Sochi, the home of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Rosa Khutor has a wide variety of terrain and 102 kilometres of trails and slopes.  This is a mountainous location so athletes need to be prepared for significant elevation gain and steep slopes.  


Sochi airport was built for the 2014 Olympics and is a 2 hour flight from Moscow. Ground transport from the airport to the race venue to the Olympic Village in Rosa Khutor takes about 45 minute.


Coach Training & Certification

Upcoming Courses


January 3 - 5, 2020 Copenhagen, Denmark

January 31 - February 2, Milton Keynes, England

February 21 - 23, Milton Keynes, England

On-line content coming soon


Coach training and certification in Europe is administrated under World OCR and is a three level programme designed to develop competent coaches teaching recreational athletes in Level 1 to professional and elite athletes in Level 3.

Level 1 is an introduction to coaching obstacle sports. It provides the principles and practices of safe and ethical coaching of obstacle sports sessions to youth, junior and adult recreational athletes and groups.

Completing a courses do not guarantee a certification. All candidates must complete written, aural and practical evaluations to demonstrate competency understanding and delivering the course material. 


The World OCR coaching system is a competency based programme, where coaches are taught, supported and assessed to ensure they are competent to hold the qualification. This system focuses on knowledge, skills and how to deliver them to students.


World OCR courses maximise candidate involvement through group activities, discussions, personal reflections and practical application.


The general format of World OCR coach education is academic, classroom based modules, followed by hands on application of each module. This provides the link between theory and applied coaching practice. This course integrates the knowledge and experience of the coaches with the course content. 

Suggested Reading

  • Running Rewired, Jay Dicharry
  • Endurance Training - Science and Practice, Iñigo Mujika
  • Run For Your Life, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella
  • Knack Weight Training for Women, Leah Garcia
  • Why We Sleep, Dr. Matthew Walker
  • The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing, Dr. Phil Maffetone
  • The Real Meal Revolution (first edition), Dr.Timothy Noakes

Instructors (Coach Trainers) - Europe

Nikolaj Maegaard Dam (DEN), BA, MSc Sport Science & Health, University of Southern Denmark, Advanced Strength, Conditioning and Sport Psychology (Calif. University Long Beach)

European Champion Mixed 2018, #1 Nordic Race Series 2016-2017, 2nd best European OCRWC, Co-owner  OCR Training Denmark

Leon Kofoed Andersen (DEN) MSc Copenhagen Business School, Mathematics and Economics, BSc Tulane Univeristy (USA) Finance

European Champion 2018 (Short course), European Champion Mixed 2018, Co-owner of OCR Training Denmark, Former Ninja Warrior Competitor, Passionate business owner, semi-pro OCR athlete, teacher at Copenhagen Business School.

Stefan Becker (GER) Swiss Obstacle Sports Federation national coach

Spartan SGX L2 Coach; Science of Exercise (University of Boulder Colorado); Exercise Physiology: Understanding the Athlete Within (with Distinction, The University of Melbourne) ; Nutrition and Physical Activity for Health (with Distinction, University of Pittsburgh); Diabetes - a Global Challenge (with Distinction, University of Copenhagen); Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle: Issues and Insights (Vanderbilt University); Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (University of California)

Leah Garcia (USA/ESP) BA, CPT

North American Mountain Bike Champion; Basque National Champion (Spain); 3x World Championship mountain bike competitor; Award winning TV professional; Celebrity fitness trainer; Author of Weight Training for Women and Cycling for Everyone

Ian Adamson (AUS/GBR) BEng (hon), MSc Sports Medicine

10x World Champion; Gold, Silver & Bronze X-Games medalist; 3x Guinness World Record Holder; US and Australian Canoe Team member; Author of Runners World Guide to Adventure Racing; University guest professor, event and television producer; Global head of coach certification and training Newton Running 2007 - 2014; Global head of coach certification, Corporate Adventure Training 1998 - 2003; Instructor Certifications: sea kayak, white water rafting, sailing, climbing, mountain bike, wilderness navigation, adventure racing (coach certifier)