OCR News Weekly


OCR News Weekly – July 7, 2017


Welcome to OCR News Weekly. Today is Friday, July 7, 2017. I am Margaret Schlachter and thanks for joining the live broadcast or for those listening on their favorite player our recast. Today’s headlines come from Spartan Race, OCR World Championships and Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge TV Show.


 Spartan Race

Spartan Race makes the third stop on the U.S Championship tour this weekend in Palmerton, PA.

Going into the weekend the Women have a three-way tie for first place with Alyssa Hawley, Lindsay Webster, and Nicole Mericle tied with 598 points each. In the men’s race Hobie Call leads the series with 599 points, Ryan Atkins is second with 597 points and Robert Killian is one point behind Atkins with 597. The live coverage starts tomorrow morning at 7am eastern time on Spartan.com and YouTube.

OCR World Championships

The next story comes from OCR World Championships. It has been a busy week for OCR World Championships with the announcements of 1000 Podiums named the official medal hanger of OCR World Championships and US Championships.  The biggest announcement was the addition of the Pure Strength Race Director and CEO Challenge at OCR World Championships this year.

StrongBars Nutrition will sponsor the first-ever 7-kilometer Pure Strength Race Director & CEO Challenge on Sunday, October 15, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish® Canada, the official charity partner of the 2017 event. The event will feature a $250 participation fee and is open to all Race Directors, company executives, and professionals and is expected to garner thousands of dollars in support of the mission of Make-A-Wish® 

Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge

Finally, we wrap up this week with a story that has been buzzing around the web this week. Monday night the popular NBC obstacle race show Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge showcased a team which two athletes could not swim. The athletes fell into the water and both had to be rescued by water safety professionals.

The online obstacle racing community still reeling from the tragic drowning in Europe were very vocal about this part of the broadcast. Many brought into question why a team would be selected for the show, others wondering why it seemed it took so long for the water safety staff to jump in and help the athletes.

While all athletes were safely removed from the water on the episode it has brought up emotions for many athletes. If you missed the scene you can see it on the episode recap on Mud Run Guide.


It was a quiet weekend for racing last week. With North America celebrating the holidays. In Europe the OCR European Championships took place and some of the final results have yet to be published after some disputes. However, Terrain Race held a race over the weekend in Arizona and these are the results.

Looking ahead…

This weekend the racing picks up again with Warrior Dash in Minnesota, Rugged Maniac in New Jersey, Spartan Race is in both Palmerton, PA, and Indiana and Badass Dash is in Illinois.

Finally, for the kids, the Kids Obstacle Challenge takes place in South El Monte, California and the Kids Sloppy sprint takes place in Idaho.

In Canada 5K Foam Fest is in Saskatchewan and Mud Hero is in Nova Scotia.

Moving outside of North America…

XRunner Water Wipeout is in Nottingham and Muddy Maniacs take place in Bury both in the UK. Rounding out the races this weekend Muddy Hell When Hell Freezes Over takes place in Australia.

For the Full list of races, this weekend check out the race calendar on MudRunGuide.com

That’s all for this week in OCR and OCR News Weekly powered by Mud Run Guide. Join us next week for all the news and results from around the industry. If you missed the live broadcast you can find this episode on all your favorite podcast players and on YouTube.

This is Margaret Schlachter signing off for this week. Best of luck to all those racing and have a fun and muddy weekend!

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