Friday, July 25, 2014

Obstacle Course Racing Makes a Bold Move


I came across the below press release this morning. It looks like the OCR World Championships is setting the standard and adding legitimacy to the sport of Obstacle Course Racing.

Athletes in the 2014 OCR World Championships will be asked to adhere to the 2014 World Anti-Doping Agency  (WADA) code. Specifically, all competitors in the 2014 OCRWC will be subject to testing for performance enhancing drugs.
On-site sample collection will be conducted at the event by the National Center for Drug Free Sport, Inc. (Drug Free Sport™), a premier provider of drug testing services who provides testing for organizations such as USA Track & Field, the National Football League, and Major League Baseball, as well as another independent third party.
Samples collected will be tested at a WADA accredited lab and athletes found in violation will be subject to penalties such as disqualification, forfeiture of prizes, and banishment from future competition.

I've seen Spartan Race making a lot of noise with partnerships with Runner's World and NBC Sports Ventures.

Runner's World Announces Partnership with 

Spartan Race

 Runner's World

 June 30, 2014


NBC SPORTS VENTURES ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH SPARTAN RACE

Multi-Year Alliance To Present Obstacle Racing on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra

World Championship Race to Air on NBC; Five Races to Air on NBCSN

STAMFORD, CONN. -July 14, 2014

They previously put a stake in the ground with the attempt to be at the forefront of an OCR governing body.
Fastest growing participatory sport takes important step towards global unification
While the partnerships are a great move to grow participation and drive awareness of the events, for profit entity and one of the largest event producers attempting to govern the sport to be a conflict and detrimental to the legitimacy of this being a recognized sport.
If OCR stands a chance to be considered as sport and, as Spartan Race aspires, considered for inclusion to the Olympics they need to learn from what triathlon has had to endure with the feuding between the ITU, USA Triathlon and Ironman.

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