Frequently Asked Questions

What is OCR?

Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) is a sport composed of Disciplines and Events where athletes run and / or overcome obstacles in timed races. There are many event formats across several disciplines, with distances from 50 meters to hundred of kilometres. The most common event formats are mass participation, cross country races from 5 km to 25 km in length.

What is OCR Europe?

OCR Europe, institutional name the European Obstacle Sports Federation (EOSF), is the umbrella organisation for European obstacle sports, related disciplines and events. The members of the OCR Europe are the national federation members of World OCR in Europe. We are a not for profit, democratic, federative association representing the needs of the athletes in each member country.

What is World OCR?

World OCR, institutional name the Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (FISO) is the international governing body and sole competent authority for obstacle sports and related disciplines worldwide. We are an independent association composed of national member federations in more than 80 countries.

What is the Mission of OCR Europe?

The Mission of OCR  Europe is to promote the sport of Obstacle Course Racing and it's related  disciplines throughout Europe, to lead Obstacle Racing, and represent the needs of the athlete members of all national federations members. We promote official European Championships in various disciplines and events for our member federations and their athlete members.

What is the Goal of OCR Europe?

The goal of OCR Europe is to contribute to the greater good of human kind by educating all through participation in sport, without discrimination or bias of any kind. We aim to facilitate mutual understanding, collaboration, friendship and fairness between the athletes and all parties of interest.

Who are we?

OCR Europe is a not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers to represent the needs of the athletes. The President presides over all its activities, while the Congress and Executive Committee are responsible for taking the main decisions for the organisation. Member national federations represent the athletes in the EOSF Congress and propose and vote on policies and rules for their benefit.

What does OCR Europe and World OCR do?

We facilitates safety, fairness and opportunities for athletes to compete at every level, including OCR World Championships, World Series and European Championships. This includes international results and rankings, officials, training, rule enforcement, insurance services, coaching, training camps, event information, event services, news, education, adjudication and more.

Who are the members of OCR Europe

The members of OCR Europe are the national federation members of World OCR in Europe, representing over 40 countries. Each national federation is composed of athlete members and represents their needs and interests. 

How is the OCR Europe governed?

OCR Europe is governed by a volunteer board made up of obstacle race enthusiasts, sport professionals, Olympians, athletes, medical practitioners and event producers from across the member national federations. Board members are nominated by members prior to election at annual general meetings called the Congress.

Are OCR Europe board and committee members paid?

As a not for profit organisation, all Board and Committee and Commission Members are volunteers and are not paid. Members in governance are entitled to be reimbursed for expenses, as long as they are pre-approved.

What are OCR Europe’s goals?

OCR Europe is committed to securing the sustainability and growth of obstacle course racing in all European countries. 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 championships and international multi-sport Games.
  • Sanction (recognise) European 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 national federations and their athletes and race providers (sanctioned race).
  • Unify the sport of OCR in Europe.
  • Be inclusive of organisations and brands, not shutting out organisations that wish to be associated with OCR Europe.
  • Provide guidelines for operational and medical safety of obstacle course races in compliance with World OCR standards and guidelines.
  • Deliver the World OCR coach certification and training system with qualified coaches and camps to develop the sport and athletes across Europe.
  • Provide guidelines and policies for training, certifying and  deploying race officials, marshals and referees at recognised events in compliance with World OCR Officials standards and guidelines.

Who does OCR Europe support?

OCR Europe's primary purpose is to support the federation members, their athlete members, and provide the platforms and opportunities for athletes to participate at the highest level in the sport

What is World OCRs long term plan?

World OCR is working toward meeting the requirements as specified by the Global Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF) for approval as an internationally recognised sport under the International Olympic Committee (IOC). 

Will OCR Europe and World OCR stifle obstacle innovation?

No. Our goal is to encourage the growth, diversity and innovation in OCR. While World OCR develops obstacle guidelines and standards for various Championships, these guidelines do not hinder race organisations innovating obstacles or formats, or require them to include restrictive race rules.

Will the OCR Europe force race brands to adhere to strict guidelines?

No. It is our goal that race directors from across Europe adhere to a standard set of safety & medical guidelines that benefit all athletes. When it comes to obstacles and race formats, race organisations encouraged to operate and innovate new obstacles and race formats.

There are guidelines in place that are part of a long-term strategy for OCR to achieve medal events at International Multisport Games.

Is World OCR affiliated with any international sporting organizations.

Yes, World OCR is being evaluated by the Global Association of International Sport Federations (GAISF) to meet the requirements for approval by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). We adhere to the policies of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and are a member of AST International standards working group that specifies obstacle course safety policies for events. World OCR also attends international conferences and follows guidelines for SafeSportTransgender, Medical Safety, event sustainability and responsible business practices.

How can OCR Europe help me?

As a member based nonprofit, OCR Europe exists to represent the needs of the athletes through their national federations. Please sign up to become a member of your national federation and consider joining their board and committees. You can help ensure the future of your sport by joining a committee of OCR Europe and / or World OCR.