Welcome at OCRA BENELUX
sports association for the obstacle sport
Obstacle Course Racing Association BeneluxOCRA Benelux is a sports association with the purpose to promote and regulate (the exercise of) the obstacle sport within the Benelux. This is three neighbouring states in central-western Europe: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg
- An association with members
- Not for profit
- 5 board members
- Coordinators: Members with specific knowledge and experience
Vision and mission:
We want to ensure the obstacle sport is a fun and safe sport.
- Promote and support the obstacle sport within the Benelux;
- Promote safety by facilitating minimum standards and ground rules.
- The care and organization, or supervising the organisation, of race series, training programs, and activities.
- Managing/directing championships, competitions, and providing guidance for participant preparation.
- Attracting benefactors.
- Recognition of the obstacle sport at the NOC*NSF (Netherlands), the BOIC (Belgium) and the COSL (Luxembourg).
- Accident and liability insurance
- More attention to safety at events
- Attention to event guidance
Additional benefits for race athlete members:
- Educated OCR officials
- Plain ground rules
- Training programs
- Centralised management and direction of championships and competition
- Professional support in preparation for events
Benefits for race organizations:
- Advice on safety
- Advice on competition elements
- Provide volunteer training
- Availability of experienced OCR officials
- A platform to contribute ideas for the development of the obstacle sport
- Communication about championships and competition
The Alliance of European OCR associations is a union of European governing bodies for obstacle course racing (OCR).
Alliance of European OCR Associations
The alliance originally was set up for the purpose of administering the European championships for obstacle racing.
The alliance is commited to promote and regulate (the exercise of) Obstacle Course Racing and to achieve uniform rules and standards for our sport.
The membership fee is 24 euros per year.
As a member of OCRA Benelux you are insured during obstacle runs both domestically and abroad and during training for obstacle runs. Membership is more than just insurance and discounts at more than 2,500 partners. As the national governing body we represent individual obstacle runners in the field of safety, regulations and their interests at race organisations. This includes umbrella sport organisations and governmental authorities. The association is committed to the promotion and professionalization of our sport, leading negotiate with (local) authorities to create more OCR specific training locations. We hope that everyone who loves the sport will support us, as an independent and overarching sports association, by becoming a member.
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OCRA Benelux is dedicated to promoting safety and setting minimum standards within Obstacle Course Racing.
Before local authorities issue permits for obstacle course events, often a technical inspection of the various obstacles is needed to ensure safety.
As an independent Association for obstacle course racing we have the expertise for such safety inspections.
Our experts have been working in the field of outdoor and leisure events for many years and have a wealth of experience in both obstacle running and survival running.
They are familiar with all applicable NEN standards and the guidelines of SBN, VEBON and RECRON.
They will also apply the Nibra developed "Safety guidance for public events", tensile and break strength of wood and rope materials, The L3G 06.05.C.07 - Scaffold Building Regulations, the timber data sheet of the control section softwood and hardwood of the Royal VVNH and Delft University of Technology.
They will make recommendations on barrier taping, perceived temperature and traffic safety.
The results of inspections and related recommendations will be discussed directly on the day.
After the inspection, our experts will draw up a clear and transparent inspection report in which recommendations for any repair, replacement or modification will be given.
No soil, water samples or measurements will be taken.
Obstacles and course inspections will be carried out according to rules and regulations, but do not replace the obligations concerning licenses and insurance etc. Neither will an inspection take away all the risks (on an inspected course accidents can still happen), Inspections will only lead to recommendations.
The insurances of the OCRA BENELUX
Collective accident insurance:
The insurance covers permanent disability or decease while participating in events / competitions within the field of OCRA Benelux. (Obstacle Course Racing). There is also cover if a participant is preparing/training for an event/competition. For this coverage there must be a causal link between the activity/game and preparing/training for obstacle course racing.
The insured under the policy are among others the organization (OCRA Benelux) and the individual members of the organization. There is cover on the policy if such persons are responsible for damage to third parties.
What is OCR
OCR is currently the fastest growing sport in the world!
OCR stands for "Obstacle Course Racing" and is better known to the general public as "obstacle running"
"Obstacle Course Racing is a running event where the participants encounter various obstacles along the way.
Often, the route goes through nature and on their way participants meet mud and water.
Examples of obstacles are wooden walls, crawling under barbed wire, swimming through ditches, jumping over fire, climbing on rope nets and sometimes even get shocked by electricity.
The goal is to encourage participants to find and push their physical and psychological limits.
Who invented this slightly sadistic sport and why on earth di they do it!
The first real Obstacle Course Race took place in England in 1987, where the British soldier Billy Wilson (using the pseudonym "Mr Mouse") conceived a 10-mile-long obstacle course with mud pools, ditches and military exercises for his event Tough Guy.
Harvard student Will Dean trained at that time for triathlon and marathon, but as he found this training boring. Tough Guy was an ideal solution!
Dean saw the international opportunities for this type of event and wrote a research paper on Tough Guy at Harvard.
Once back in the U.S.A. Dean organized Tough Mudder, an Obstacle Course Race of about 20km with 4,500 participants. Today Tough Mudder is one of the largest Obstacle Course Races of the world.
Helen van der Corput
Treasurer & legal affairs
Shared acting chairmanhelen @ ocra-benelux.org
Michel de Jong
Board member & media affairs
Shared acting chairmanmichel @ ocra-benelux.org
Board member & sports development
Board member International affairs
ad interimdrewes @ ocra-benelux.org
Account manager Wallonia & Luxembourg
Account manager Flanders
Mark van Truien
Account manager North west Netherlands & Utrecht
Account manager South west Netherlands
Account manager South east Netherlands
Patrick van Almelo
Account manager North east Netherlands
Health & safety coordinator
Health & safety coordinator
Member administration coordinator
Egbert de Rouville
OCR league coordinator
John van Wilgen
Officials & arbitration coordinator
Petra van Wilgen
Assistant Officials & arbitration coordinator
Chief official Netherlands
Chief official Belgium
Member support partners
Specifically for OCRA Benelux members; Three editions Runner's World for only € 7.50
OCR with a disability
Buddy free system
Concerning Obstacle Course racing with disabilities, OCRA Benelux has partnered with Team No Limits.
Stay tuned for more news about the buddy free system.
Besides recreational obstacle running more and more organizations also start a competition wave under the supervision of the association and its officials.
Competition wave under the supervision of the association and its officials
Organizing competition waves contributes to and stimulates the development of our sport.
The results of these competitive races under the supervision of the OCRA Benelux are also included in the Benelux league.
Finally, with your results from some of the official OCRA competiton races you can earn a qualification for the European championship.
|Event||start wave||OCREC Qualifier
|Strong Viking||OCR Series||Yes|
|Battle of Maestricht||competitie wave||Yes|
|Mud and Water Challenge||Wave A - Competitie wave||Yes|
|Fisherman's Friend Strongmanrun||Competitor wave||Yes|
|Muscle run||competitie wave||Yes|
|Hang-on Run||Obstacle run wedstrijd groep||No|
Officials & Rulebook
For the training charges are applicable, which the association must pay to "Survival Academy".
You do not have to pay these, but we then expect to deploy you as an OCR official at least 3 times in the 12 months following training.
For this, we will ask you to fill out an agreement.
We strive to ensure that if you are deployed as an official, you will receive a free starting ticket to run after the last wave or on another day.
Arrangements about this are made per event, so information on this will follow.
Questions & Contact
If you want to participate or receive more information you can always contact the OCRA Benelux, Coordinator of training & Education by e-mailing email@example.com
The Obstacle Course Association Benelux has set and published a rulebook to benefit the sport and to provide guidelines for competitions and championships.
It is allowed for organizations of Obstacle Course Racing events within the Benelux to refer to these rules as the rules for their event (however copying these rules is not allowed).
Keep in mind as a participant in an OCR event that the event organizers may impose additional and different rules, so always be aware of the rules of the event (via the organization's website).
Click on the image to download the rulebook.
For the english version you can use the European championships rulebook, which is in general the same for race athletes. - Rulebook European Championships 2016
Briefly, the OCR Benelux League is a competition between the fastest obstacle runners within the Benelux, but not only the fastest runners.
All members will earn points if they participate in the per run mentioned startwave.
So, you don't have to be a top runner to earn points for the OCR League ranking, It can become one of your personal goals to improve your position at the eague ranking.
Each year is divided in two seasons:
- pre-summer season (first 6 months of the year)
- after-summer season (last 6 months of the year)
Here you will find the details and ranking:
Any member can earn points, if you participate in the correct start wave. The bigger and tougher a run, the more bonus points you can earn.
How are the points calculated?Your percentage in the results determines how many points you earn. Are you top 5% then you get 95 points, you're top 10% then you get 90 points, you're top 50% then you get 50 points and so on. Your best three results count.
Bonus pointsIf you're a top 10 finisher you will earn extra points
1st place: 50 points
2nd place: 45 points
3rd place: 40 points
4th till 10th place: each position 5 points less.
The rulesAnswers to frequently asked questions;
Do the events check if you skip an obstacle?Yes, we will only take in events which work with OCRA Benelux officials.
Do the events work with timing chips?All participating runs in the OCR League Benelux will have time registration.
If the winner does not participate in the league and I'm second, Wiil I get points for the first place?No, that would not be fair. You will get the points for second place because you're second.
Will I automatically participate?Yes, from the moment you're a member, you automatically earn points in the league.
Do I gain points when I finish without the bracelet?Yes, All finishers without bracelet will be in the ranking behind the finishers with bracelet and wil be awarded the points for this ranking position.
I do not see my points in the ranking?We work with the names as mentioned in the race results. (Cannot find your results? mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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