OBSTACLE SPORTS A BRIEF HISTORY

HISTORY OF OBSTACLE SPORTS

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

FISO

World Obstacle, the Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles was formed in 2014 to unify and develop Obstacle Sports worldwide, including Ninja Competitions, Obstacle Course Racing and Adventure Racing, to represent the athletes, and provide a pathway to world level competitions and international mulitsport games.

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

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

1995 ESPN X-Games X-Venture Race

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

2006 American Ninja Warrior

2007 CrossFit Games

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

2019 Nina World Championships

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

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