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About the World Championships

The FISO OCR World Championships are the official championships of the national federation members of World Obstacle, representing athletes from 100 countries. The event will be at the site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, in Sochi Russia, located in the beautiful Caucus Mountains by the Black Sea.

Schedule of Events

Preliminary Schedule

Thursday 16th:
Packet pick-up, Technical Briefings, Opening Ceremonies

Friday 17th:
3K Short Course, awards & 100m heats

Saturday 18th:
12+K Standard Distance, awards & 100m heats, party

Sunday 19th:
3K Team relay & 100m finals, awards, Closing Ceremonies

Events & Formats

Event formats include 100 m individual Sprint (10 obstacles, video here), 3 km individual and team Short Course (20+ obstacles ) and 12+ km individual Standard  Distance (40+ obstacles) cross country Obstacle Course RacesQualification for OCR World Championships assumes athletes study and train for the obstacle format, rules, terrain and possible weather conditions.

Competition Rules

Competition Rules are specific to each event. These are not the same rules used by commercial events such as Spartan World Championships, Strong Viking OCR World Finals, World’s Toughest Mudder, and Adventurey OCRWC. In general, rules allow only one obstacle attempt. This meets criteria accepted for OCR medal events in International Multisport Games under regulation by the International Olympic Committee for athletes competing at the highest level.


FISO has adopted the  World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code and World OCR Anti-Doping Rules are implemented to advance FISO’s continuing efforts to prevent doping in Obstacle Course Racing. Under recommendation from WADA all athletes competing in the OCR World Championships in Sochi will be required to undertake the WADA Athlete Learning Program about Health and Anti-Doping (ALPHA) and provide a certificate of completion prior to competing.

Certificates will be validated during packet pick-up in Sochi. The Anti-Doping e-Learning platform (ADeL) is free of charge and can be done at the pace you choose. Register and complete the programme from the ALPHA link, then download your completion certificate and show it at packet-pick up. Instructions for creating an account:

  • Fill in all fields with your personal information
  • In the Sports field select “None
  • Leave the Federation / Organization field blank (do not enter anything)
  • In the Role, field enter Athlete
  • Leave the Athlete Id field blank (do not enter anything)
  • In the Name of the event, field enter FISO OCR World Championships

The WADA 2020 prohibited substances and methods list are available for download from the World OCR Anti-doping page.

Cash Prizes

Cash Prizes for Competitive Categories 

Competitive race categories include individual men and women in Elite plus five year age groups: U20 (minimum age 18 on race day) to 50+. National team races are mixed gender (3 people, at least 1 woman and at least 1 man) in the 3 km OCR event. Open waves will be available in each event format for non-competitive athletes.

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


Qualification to represent each country is through the national federations. Championships such as the OCR European ChampionshipsOCR Asia-Pacific Championships, national championships and races specified by each country’s national federation may be qualifiers.

Details on qualification for in Country is available here

Hosts and Hotel

The 2021 OCR World Championships are being hosted by OCR Russia, and Hero League in Sochi Russia.

More information about the hotels and how to book will be provided in early 2021.


The race venue is in Sochi, the home of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Sochi has a wide variety of terrain and 102 kilometres of trails and slopes.  This is a mountainous location so athletes need to be prepared for significant elevation gain and steep slopes.


Sochi airport was built for the 2014 Olympics and is a 2-hour flight from Moscow. Ground transport from the airport to the race venue and hotels takes about 45 minutes.

You can find more information about travelling to Russia in this link. Inexpensive flights are available from Moscow to Sochi. Note that there are 3 main airports in Moscow. Frequent and efficient public transport is available between the airports.

Competition Rules

Download the Competition Rules below. 3 km and 15 km use the OCR Competition Rules.


Athlete and Entourage Conduct Guidelines (pdf) Download
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