Needless to say, I was hooked.
But taking the leap (sometimes quite literally) from pure running to obstacle course racing was no less daunting for many. If the 10ft walls and 15ft plank walk hasn't frightened off some, the distance might. However if one has been working out consistently and has the right can-do attitude aka YOLO, completing an obstacle course race can bring about a euphoria unlike anything running can bring about. I think it has something to do with the obstacle element of it. Being able to overcome a physical or mental challenge in the form of an obstacle had rewards of its own.
Regardless of what level or how gungho you are, it's never too late to start OCR. From my experience, join a gym, a fitness group or a bootcamp and grab as many like-minded friends along for the ride and form a team.
Here are a few obstacle challenges you can look at.
1. Viper Challenge
2. Tough Mudder
Hailed as possibly the toughest obstacle challenge on the planet, Tough Mudder haa branches all over the world. The closest location to us Malaysians would be Australia and there is nothing quite like making a weekend to the land down under to climb walls, dive into ice and get zapped.
Not only does Tough Mudder support the Wounded Warrior campaign, Tough Mudder also embodies the team spirit with specially designed obstacles meant to promote teamwork. At the end, instead of a medal, a orange headband is given to signify completion and an achievement.Location: Australia, New Zealand, Europe or North America.
3. Spartan Race
Let's kick it up a notch and dive into the Spartan Race. Think along the lines of burpees burpees burpees. Unlike Viper Challenge or Tough Mudder, every failed obstacle attempt gets you 30 glorious burpees! With this incentive on top of a world ranking and prize, the participants are often experienced OCR racers. However that's not something to be afraid.
Location: 14 countries and counting including Malaysia and Singapore. Coming in the final quarter of 2015.
Other OCRsWith obstacle racing growing in Malaysia and around the region, sporty people and heath nuts looking to get into it have a lot of OCR events to pick from. But because of the obstacle elements, not all OCR are well organised and that can hinder a participant's safety. Here's a few recommendation for some of the better organised OCR in Malaysia and Singapore (based on my experience la).
So to start your first obstacle course race....just sign up for any of the recommended OCR events above. That's just step 1.
Disclaimer: Writer can only comment on OCR events she has participated in.