Frequently asked Questions

What is Obstacle Course Racing?

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 kilometers. The most common event formats are mass participation, cross country races from 5 km to 25 km in length.

Who are we?

World OCR (institutional name FISO,  Fédération Internationale de Sports d'Obstacles) exists to represent the needs of the athletes (the members of the national federations.) It is a member based,  not-for-profit, independent, international organisation made up of volunteers. 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 FISO Congress and propose and vote on policies and rules for their benefit.

How are the athletes represented?

Athletes are the members of the national federations and lead the committees, commissions, boards and executive branches. This is a democratic system by and for the athletes to represent their needs.

What is the Athlete Advisory Council?

 The World OCR Athletes' Advisory Council (AAC) is a standing committee of World OCR that broadens communication between FISO and elite athletes, and serves as a source of opinion and advice on FISO policies that effect obstacle sports worldwide.  

What does World OCR do?

World OCR facilitates safety, fairness and opportunities for athletes to compete at every level, including the FISO OCR World Championships, World Series and Continental 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 World OCR?

The members of World OCR are the national federations representing over 80 countries worldwide. Each national federation is composed of athlete members and represents their needs and interests. National Federation members are organised into Continental Confederations, which are associations of the National Federations in four continental regions under OCR Africa, OCR Americas, OCR Asia-Pacific and OCR Europe.

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 World OCR?

The Mission of World OCR is to promote the sport of Obstacle Course Racing and it's related  disciplines throughout the world, to lead Obstacle Racing, and meet the requirements as specified by the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee. We promote official World Championships in various disciplines and events for our member federations and their athlete members and eventually provide a route to International Multi-Sport Games. Examples of Multisport Games include the South East Asia Games, Pan Am Games and Summer Olympic Games.

What is the Goal of World OCR?

The goal of World OCR 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.

How is the World OCR governed?

World OCR 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. Central Board members are nominated by members prior to election at annual general meetings called the Congress.

Are World OCR board and committee members paid?

As a Swiss not for profit organization, 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 World OCR’s goals?

World OCR is committed to securing the sustainability and growth of obstacle course racing worldwide. 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) leagues and global 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 worldwide.
  • Host international Championships and events at international multi-sport Games
  • Be inclusive of organisations and brands, not shutting out organisations that wish to be associated with World OCR.
  • Provide Anti-Doping and Doping Control services for sanctioned championship races through the world.
  • Provide guidelines for operational and medical safety of obstacle course races.
  • Provide a coach certification and training system with qualified coaches and camps to develop the sport and athletes across the world.
  • Provide guidelines and policies for training, certifying and  deploying race officials, marshals and referees at recognised events worldwide.

Who does World OCR support?

World OCR’s primary purpose is to support all obstacle sports athletes through their national federations, and provide the platforms and opportunities for athletes to participate in international competitions and multi-sport Games.

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). 

Once financially stable, the board of World OCR will hire staff to run and operate the organisation independently based on the General Statutes and by-laws. World OCR’s staff, the Secretariat, is be responsible for implementing the directives of the Executive Committee, who implement the decisions of the Central Board. The Central Board is the highest executive branch of World OCR, representing the Congress which is composed of the national federation members.

Will World OCR stifle obstacle innovation?

No. World OCRs 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 World OCR force race brands to adhere to strict guidelines?

No. It is our goal that race directors from across the world 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.

Guidelines are 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 ASTM 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 World OCR help me?

As a member based nonprofit, World OCR 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 also help ensure the future of your sport by joining a committee of World OCR or your continental confederation.