Sean Van Staden
Columnist
4 minute read
15 Aug 2021
8:15 am

A beginner’s guide to obstacle course racing

Sean Van Staden

OCR is a sport in which an athlete competes on foot and must overcome various physical and mental challenges.

People jumping, crawling, passing under barbed wires or climbing obstacles in races are called obstacle course racers, such as South Africa's Thomas van Tonder. Picture: iStock

One of the most inspiring South African fitness athletes I know is an athlete by the name of Thomas van Tonder.  Thomas is a Red Bull-sponsored obstacle course racer (OCR). Thomas won his first event in Pep Store shoes and fast track to 2019, he placed third in the Red Bull “Conquer the Castle”, second place in the three kilometre OCR World Championships in the United Kingdom and won the Sprint Event. Thomas is currently ranked fourth in the world overall.  As if that wasn’t impressive enough, he has set a Guinness world record for the fastest 50m rope climb...