Top 5 Toughest OCR Events

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Top 5 Toughest OCR Events

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OCR, also referred to as non-traditional races, is a diverse group of events everything from a mud run or obstacle race to the more extreme challenges and extreme endurance events. We have compiled a list of the must do's of the most challenging events in the world of OCR. They are some of the most iconic events in the sport and are on the bucket list of all OCR enthusiasts from the weekend warrior to the hardened professional. 

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The Sport of OCR

Mud Runs Explained

Obstacle Races Explained

Challenges Explained

Extreme Endurance Events

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Tough Guy Challenge

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Before their was Tough Mudder, Spartan Race or Warrior Dash there was the Tough Guy Challenge. It is the brainchild of a man by the name of Mr. Mouse. The Tough Guy is held each year in Wolverhampton in the United Kingdom. It is the original obstacle race and mud run. The Tough Guy is held in the cold of February and is known to have participants fighting hypothermia as they also tackle the 15K course. It is a destination race for all OCR enthusiasts.

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Reebok Spartan Race Vermont Beast/Ultra Beast Weekend

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 The Spartan Race is known around the world for their race venues. However Vermont is where the company draws it's roots and holds its championships each fall. For the Spartan Race Enthusiast it is a must do race. The Beast Course also the World Championship Course covers approximately 15 miles of the rugged terrain on the Killington Mountain ski resort. 

For those that do not get enough on Saturday the ultimate challenge is trying to also complete the Ultra Beast on Sunday. The Ultra Beast is touted as a marathon distance obstacle race but it has always clocked in closer to a 50K. Athletes traverse the same terrain as the beast and then some. The Ultra Beast is known for it's low finisher rate and tough time cut-offs. 

Only a small number of athletes have finished both the Beast and Ultra Beast in the same weekend for those looking for an extreme challenge this is one of the toughest in the sport. 

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Reebok Spartan Race Explained

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World's Toughest Mudder

World's Toughest Mudder
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 Tough Mudder isn't enough for some OCR enthusiasts, the ultimate challenge in the Tough Mudder world is World's Toughest Mudder. This event is held annually in November pushing athletes to race for 24-hours on the 5-mile loop course. Each loop has about 28 obstacles that participants must run, jump, crawl, and climb around. As well as at least on electrified obstacle. In 2014 the race will be held in Las Vegas for the first time in past years it was held in New Jersey and participants were known to run through snow and ice. 

It is not a race for the weak at heart. In 2013 the winning male completed 100 miles or 20 laps on the course to take the win. Not only does it challenge your strength but also your endurance. 

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Tough Mudder Explained

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Fuego y Agua Survival Runs

Jack Jewell

 Fuego y Agua Survival Runs are held throughout the world. Each year a race is held in Nicaragua, Wales, and the United States. It is extreme to say the least, participants often climb up into trees, create their own footwear, and build survival tools all while traversing a 50K - 70K course. Failing an obstacle means failing part of the race and not being a complete finisher. Many have tried and less than 10 participants have completed the full finish in the 20-24 hour time cutoffs. 

These races not only bring you to exotic locations but also challenge the athletes with both their speed, endurance, strength and skill. Also in Nicaragua the race takes you up and over two volcanos (one of which is active). For the extreme thrill seeker this one is a must do. 

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Survival Run Explained

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The Peak Death Race

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 The Peak Death Race also known to many as the Spartan Death Race is put on each year by Peak Races, the precursor to Spartan Race. The Peak Death Race began in 2004 with one event each year in Pittsifeld, Vermont. The event is as extreme as they come. It has been referred to as part Jackass part Survivor and is a continuous race often lasting longer than 60 hours. 

Participants are pushed both mentally and physically to the breaking point. Historically less than 25% of the people who start will finish the event. It is expected for athletes to traverse 50-100 miles during the event as well as perform manual labor as well as mental tasks such a recently a test on early explorers. 

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Death Race Explained