This past weekend, WARDJet sponsored our own Michael Hunt to participate in an event that combines cross country running and obstacles into one demanding race. Taking place in Canada’s Blue Mountains, the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships, or OCRWC for short, is the only independent global championship for the sport of obstacle course racing. The event took place over the course of three days, and had a variety of competitions including a 15k, 3k, 24-hour, and team race. The OCRWC began in Cincinnati, Ohio with just over 50 competing runners and has now grown to almost 4,000 participants in three years.
Mike, a material handler at WARDJet, had been invited to participate in the event after finishing in the top 5 of his age group in a separate qualifying run, known as the Spartan Race. Before even receiving his invitation, Mike had started preparing. “I’m constantly training,” he explained, “I’ve competed in at least 6 other obstacle races and even have a mini obstacle course at my home.”
Mike qualified to compete in the rigorous 15k race, which consisted of 47 different obstacles spanning a 9+ mile course. Some of the obstacles included swinging ropes, hanging rock walls, and barbed wire. The course is designed to test the participants’ strength, endurance, and speed, and the endeavor is as much a mental feat as a physical one. “The key is to always have a goal.” Mike said, “My mindset was to finish the race while helping others out along the way.”
After an exhausting 3 hours and 12 minutes of running, climbing, and crawling through the rain and mud, Mike crossed the finish line. His strength and determination allowed him to place in the top 20% of his age group, and we’re proud to say that our company is represented by staff members that share the core values and characteristics of our brand.
The next OCR World Championships will take place during summer 2018 in Sydney, Australia. When asked if he would compete in another race like the OCRWC, Mike responded with one word: “Absolutely.”