Safety in OCR

Safety of athletes, spectators, staff, volunteer and all people involved with Obstacle Sports, disciplines, events and races is of the utmost importance for the continued growth and development of the sport.

Obstacle Safety Standards

World OCR is committed to developing safety standards ensuring design, build, structural integrity, use, maintenance and procedures meet a minimum standard. World OCR is a member of ASTM International, an organization responsible for global safety standards, Committee F24, sub committee F24.61 and the working group for land based obstacles ASTM WK54714. ​This working group provides guidelines for design, construction, operation, inspection, and maintenance of obstacle courses by designers, owners, builders, and operators. We work closely with international brands and organizations, including Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, The ATS Team (Ninja Warrior), Urban Sky and Med Prep Group.​

Operational Safety

In addition to the ASTM International Standard being developed for obstacles, World OCR has standards and guidelines for event producers and race directors. These are available for brand partners and local organising committees producing sanctioned and approved events with or for World OCR.

Medical Safety

The health, wellness and medical safety of athletes is of paramount importance for Obstacle Sports. The Medical Commission is responsible for establishing conditions at World OCR sanctioned competitions, which ensure the health and safety of all participants. They control Anti-doping policies and activities of World OCR and ensure that World OCR complies with the World Anti-Doping Agency code and the IOC and World OCR anti-doping rules. The World OCR Athlete Development Committee is a working group of the Athletes Commission and is responsible for coaching, training and coach certification. The committee works with the Medical Commission to ensure the health and wellness of Junior, Youth and Adult athletes.

Athlete Safety

Safety in competition is critical to the continued success and growth of Obstacle Sports. has developed a guide for safe negotiation of obstacles in a race En course à obstacles PRIORITÉ SÉCURITÉ.


Note new 2020 Obstacle Safety Guidelines