The 2018 North American Obstacle Course Racing Championships are just a few days away, which means it’s a perfect time to brush up on the rules and read through the Athlete Guide & Rule Book, but it’s also a great time to take note of two important changes to this year’s event.

Drug Testing

Athletes in the NorAm are required to adhere to the 2018 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code and the North American OCR Championships Drug Testing procedures. Specifically, all competitors may be subject to testing for performance enhancing drugs and must consent and adhere to all protocols and procedures as instructed by race officials. A copy of this code can be found here.

On-site sample collection will be conducted at the event by the National Center for Drug Free Sport, Inc. (Drug Free Sport™), a premier provider of drug testing services. Athletes found in violation of the WADA code will be subject to penalties such as disqualification, forfeiture of prizes, and banishment from future competition.

Obstacle Completion

Although all obstacles are mandatory as with previous events, the penalty process has changed.

If you are unable to complete an obstacle and wish to move on, you must surrender your penalty wristband to the official at the obstacle. Additionally, upon finishing the race, athletes achieving 100% obstacle completion are required to confirm their completion results through the following steps:

  1. Immediately upon crossing the finish line, athletes who have completed all obstacles and retained their penalty wristband must enter a clearly marked “100% completion” zone as directed by signage and race officials.
  2. Athletes will be photographed with their wristband to verify and document their achievement.
  3. Athletes failing to follow these steps may have their results invalidated.
  4. No other athletes or supporters are allowed in this restricted zone.

Athletes not completing all obstacles will still be able to complete the course, collect a medal and finisher shirt. However, athletes will be denoted as “DNC” in official results (time penalties are no longer applied).

As always, we look forward to seeing you on race weekend. For additional information, please be sure to review our Athlete Guide & Rule Book.