There’s no one archetypal obstacle course racer, we come in as many different varieties as there are trail shoes, but it turns out that most of us fit into one of the following… Which one are you?

The Quiet Obstacle Course Overachiever

Turns up, smashes the course, would avoid the podium if it wasn’t contractual, and prefers to stay off social media. This racer runs purely because they can. They’ve found a natural skill for obstacle course racing, and are the ones to beat, but they don’t really like the attention that goes with it.

That’s not to say they’re rude, they’ll always have time for a quick chat or a wave, it’s just they’d prefer to stay out of the limelight and get out on the mountains getting some training runs in.

The Personality

This racer has some natural aptitude for OCR, and they show you every step of their journey. Training in the gym, the highs and lows of races, even their home life and family; we feel like we know these people! They’ve created an alter-ego around the sport, often involving some form of costume or face paint, a nickname, and a “performance” when they run.

As well as being very social media savvy, this OCR sweetheart uses their notoriety for good causes; running for people who can’t, raising money for charities, or supporting others. Let’s be honest, OCR would be a little bit boring without these guys.

I’m Not Going To Win But I’ll Give It My All

This person is the backbone of OCR. Chances are they’ll never be on the podium, and that’s ok by them. They race for themselves, and against themselves. They work hard to make marginal gains, and after each event they’re honest with themselves on what they need to improve. They know their weaknesses and their strengths, and whilst they never expect a win, they celebrate their own victories. They’re not afraid to fail, nay- they don’t know the meaning of the word fail: their motto is “I never lose, either I win or I learn.”

The Team Player

This one loves to be part of a group. They have serious FOMO and own a team shirt in every colour. If there’s a group event going on, they’ll be there. They love to # their buddies, and they’ll support you every step of the way. Fiercely loyal, they will always have your back. This person loves OCR for the community, and the friendships. They think nothing of stopping their own race if they see a team member out on course who needs help. This is the person you want by your side when things get rough.


I hesitate to use the word Obstacle Course *Racer* here because this person hates that term applied to themselves. They would cut off their time chip if they could. A regular face at just about every race, often seen volunteering and collecting so many codes they hand them out, this entrant just loves the camaraderie and the experience.

They run late in the day, collecting friends and gossip along the way. Proudly gathering and displaying their medals, the bling is a fond memory of every race they have taken part in, and they have the war stories to go with it.

The Gear Junkie

These racers show up to the start line looking like they’re fresh for their first day of school in brand-spanking-new clothes. Buying the best kit, double, triple checking it before a race, very often carrying spares. Don’t underestimate this racer! Your mother taught you not to judge a book by its cover, and those unsullied duds are likely covering up a seasoned athlete. Besides, you want these folks on your side when you inevitably forget something vital on race day – like your inov-8s.

No matter which category you fall into, there’s one thing we all have in common, and that’s the love for this sport. We may all be different, but OCR unites us.

-Francesca Chiorando

Francesca is an avid obstacle course racer, TV host, and blogger at Mud Is My Makeup. Follow her Instagram at @MudIsMyMakeUp and @FranChiorando.