FISO OCR World Championships


Sep 14 - 17 2023

FISO OCR World Championships

The FISO OCR World Championships, including Para OCR World Championship categories, are the official championships of the national federation members of World Obstacle, representing athletes from over 110 countries. Belgiun Obstacle Course Racing Association (BOCRA) and the City of Genk are hosting the Championships. FISO works with international sports governing bodies to maintain compliance with rules and regulations related to anti-doping and other issue of importance to the global sports community.


Wednesday: 100m practice
100m heats, Packet pick-up, Technical Meeting & Opening Ceremonies (mandatory)
Friday: 3K Short Course, awards & 100m heats
Saturday: 15K Standard Distance, awards & 100m heats, party
Sunday: 3K Team Assist, 100m heats & finals, awards, closing ceremonies


Thor Park Genk is a 12,000 hectare domain in the Belgian province of Limburg. It is a beautiful nature reserve with a large open space for sports and recreation. The venue is located next to the City of Genk.


A free shuttle service will be provided for national teams and athletes arriving by plane. Thor Park Genk is 60 minutes drive from Brussels South, Düsseldorf, and Eindhoven airports, and is next to the City of Genk.


The athletes village provided by CenterParcs with accommodation for 3,500 athletes in bungalows of different sizes. M Hotel, Ecu Hotel and Carbon Hotel Genk offer accommodations, from budget to super-chic. Book your hotel using this link and use discount code WORLDOBSTACLEWC23.


The OCR Triple Crown brings together three obstacle world championships:

Anyone is eligible to compete for the OCR Triple Crown, although athletes must meet event specific qualifications:

  • Spartan 3K World Championship: Athletes must qualify for the Elite 3K event
  • World’s Toughest Mudder 24-HR OCR World Championship: Athletes must meet criteria to race in the Contender category
  • OCR 100m at the FISO World Championships: Athletes must be registered with their national federation
  • Racers must complete all three events in order to be eligible for the Triple Crown trophy.
  • Points will be issued equal to a racer’s finish place after each event.
  • After all three events, the OCR Triple Crown winner will be the athlete with the fewest points.
  • Tie breaking will be done by referring to combined race finish times for all three events.
  • The top male and female racers each year will be awarded the coveted OCR Triple Crown Trophy.


The World Obstacle National Federation eligibility guideline specifies that for a competitor to represent their country in competitive categories of federation championships (national, continental, and international), they must be in good standing with their national federation per the World Obstacle Competition Rules. The nationality of a competitor is guided by the Olympic Charter Rule 4. Details are available in the Eligibility to Compete document in the downloads below.


The FISO OCR 100m is an international standard course recognized by Guinness with established World Records. The course was developed as a standard in 2018 and included in the 2019 and 2023 Southeast Asia Games, a multisport Games recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Details for setting records and specifications for the OCR 100m Standard Course can be downloaded at the bottom of the world records page.


Athletes must be registered with their National Federation for all competitive categories. This can be done during registration, however, National Federations validate athlete memberships and that they have qualified to represent their country on the national team. Important information for registration here. The registration platform includes athlete medical passport, event ID, and real time result functions. If you have questions on how to use the registration platform, please review the knowledge base at My Next Match.


Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded for top three in each category. Prize money may be awarded to the top three finishers in Elite races. Medal tally will be kept for the top-performing countries.


Competitive race categories include individual men and women in Elite, 2-year age groups for Youth (10 to 15) and  Junior (16 to 19), 5-year age groups for Senior (20 to 39) and Masters (40+.) See details in the Event & Category Details section below. Open (Journeyman) waves may be available for non-competitive athletes, subject to availability after competitive categories are filled.


Qualification to represent each country is through the national federations. Championships such as the OCR European ChampionshipsOCR Asia-Pacific Championshipsnational championships and races specified by each country’s national federation may be qualifiers. Details on World Championship Qualification are available here.

National Teams are limited to five (5) athletes per competitive category (elite and age group). Additional athletes may compete in the open category. Details on qualification for each Country is available here.


Event formats include 100 m individual Sprint (12 obstacles, video here), 3 km individual and team Short Course (~20 obstacles ) and 15 km individual Standard  Distance (~50 obstacles) cross country Obstacle Course RacesQualification for OCR World Championships assumes athletes study and train for the obstacle format, rules, terrain and weather conditions.


Competition Rules are specific to each event. Rules for competitive categories allow only one attempt per obstacle. The races and competition rules are formatted to facilitate fairness, event flow, judging and eliminate back-ups at obstacles. A high level of obstacle proficiency is required and courses and are designed for completion by world level athletes in all categories. Races are not “failure” competitions, and are designed for national teams selected from the best athletes in each country. This meets criteria accepted for medal events in Games and championships under regulation by the International Olympic Committee for athletes competing at the highest level.


National Federation members and recognized events of World Obstacle are required to promote the character development of athletes, to enhance the integrity of obstacle sports, to promote sportsmanship and civility in society. Coaches, trainers, officials, officers and all those associated with their programs and events should adhere to the fundamental values of respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility. The Entourage must respect and promote ethical principles, including those contained in the World Obstacle Codes of Ethics and the WADA Code. Download the Athlete and Entourage Conduct Guidelines below for details.


FISO has adopted the  World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code and World Obstacle Anti-Doping Rules are implemented to advance FISO’s continuing efforts to prevent doping in Obstacle Course Racing. All athletes competing in OCRWC23 are required to complete the WADA Anti-Doping e-Learning (ADeL) talented athlete education programme and provide the certificate of completion prior to competing. ADeL is proved free of charge. Register and complete the programme on the WADA ADeL website, then download your completion certificate and upload during race registration, or show at packet-pick up with your photo ID. Instructions for creating an account:

  • Register on the ADeL platform (green button, top right)
  • In the Language field select your preferred language (you will enter your native language later)
  • In the Role, field select “Athletes”
  • In the Sport field select “Obstacle Sports”
  • In the Level in sport (Athlete) field select “International-level athlete (competing internationally – Major Games)
  • In the Discipline field, type “OCR”

The WADA prohibited substances and methods list are available for download from the World Obstacle Anti-doping page.


Results will be provided for all age categories in all events. National, Continental and World  Records can be set in all age groups for the 100m. Absolute World Records (better than 27.12 seconds for men and 39.42 seconds for women) may qualify for the Guinness Book of World Records.


Sep 14 - 17 2023


54 - 184


Thor Park, Genk, Belgium
Thor Park 3600, 3600 Genk, Belgium
World Obstacle - Fédération Internationale de Sports d'Obstacles


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World Obstacle's members are the national federations from over 100 countries. National federations represent the needs and interests of their athletes and obstacle sports communities.

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