OCR History

World OCR

Early Races

Early Races


Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles was formed in 2014 to unify the sports or obstacle course racing and related sports, including, but not limited to obstacle competitions, obstacle racing, combine fitness competitions and adventure racing.

Early Races

Early Races

Early Races


708 BC Ancient Pentathlon: run, long jump, javelin, discus, wrestling

1040 Fell Running: 1.5-20 km, open terrain, many hills

1860 Steeple Chase: 3,000 m run + 28 barriers & 7 water jumps

1876 Cross Country Running: 4-12 km, open terrain

1912 Modern Pentathlon: fencing, swimming, show jumping, pistol shooting, track run

1946 Military Pentathlon Obstacle Run: 500 m + 20 obstacles​​

Modern History

Contemporary Races

Contemporary Races


1980 NZ Alpine Ironman (now coast-to-coast)​

1982 WildTrek Australia

1987 Tough Guy (UK): 12 km + 25 obstacles

1989 Raid Gauloises

1995 Eco-Challenge

1996 HiTec US National Series

1996 Cross-Fit (CrossFit since 2000), functional fitness

1997 Sasuke, originally Japan, now 157 countries

1998 HiTec US National Series

​1999 Muddy Buddy (US), run, bike many obstacles

2000 Balance Bar US National Series  & Championships

Contemporary Races

Contemporary Races

Contemporary Races


2007 CrossFit Games

2009 American Ninja Warrior (Sasuke): 50 – 100 m, obstacle competition

2010 Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash, Spartan Race
2016 1st OCR European Championships

2018 1st OCR Asian Championships, World Team Challenge

2018 1st 100 m championships

2018 Strong Viking World Series

2018 Tough MudderX (one mile)

2019 South East Asia Games

Others: BattleFrog, Muddy Buddy, Atlas Race, Warrior Dash, Superhero Scramble, Bog Commander, Legion Run, Suffering Race, Death Race