Welcome at OCRA Nederland

sports association for the obstacle sport

Obstacle Course Racing Association Nederland

OCRA Nederland is a sports association with the purpose to promote and regulate (the exercise of) the obstacle sport within the Netherlands.
- An association with members
- Not for profit
- Independent

- Board members
- Coordinators: Members with specific knowledge and experience
- Members
- Benefactors

Vision and mission:
We want to ensure the obstacle sport is a fun and safe sport.
- Promote and support the obstacle sport within the Netherlands;
- 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.

- Openness
- Honesty
- Cooperation.

Members benefits:
- Accident and liability insurance
- Discounts
- 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

Alliance of European OCR Associations

The Alliance of European OCR associations is a union of European governing bodies for obstacle course racing (OCR).

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 Nederland 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 Nederland 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.
Dutch 8 o'clock news - about: OCRA Nederland Course Safety checks - april 23, 2016.

The insurances of the OCRA Nederland

Quite often insurance companies refuse to pay after a sport injury. The argument usually states: "extreme sport" If the insurance does not pay after a sports accident, the consequences could be disastrous. Physical disabilities as a result of a sports accident can cause huge financial uncertainties.

Some insurance companies make practical distinctions between absolute and relative sport risks. Sports as motocross, Downhill Mountain biking, skateboarding at a competitive level or boxing are classified as absolute recklessness. However the companies concerned, emphasize that such lists are only examples. These are not exclusive lists.

The OCRA Nederland has taken out a collective accident and liability insurance for its members through the sports cooperation NKS.
The insurance coverage is through Meeùs The Hague.

Both insurances offer secondary coverage. This means that if there is another insurance that you can make a claim to (e.g. a private insurance of the causer of the damage), you must report it there first. Only if this policy does not provide cover, or if there are costs that are not reimbursed by this insurance, and if our insured is legally liable for the (injury) damage, only then the damage is eligible for reimbursement by the insurance of the OCRA Nederland.

The accident insurance of OCRA Nederland compensates damage in the event of permanent disability or decease. The regulatory own risk is not eligible for reimbursement.

The liability insurance of the OCRA Nederland covers with liability. Sports and games have a special position within the liability law. Some matters are considered unduly outside of sports but are often not within sports. Unfortunately, the probability that an athlete incurs an injury during an event or training, is always present. Damages incurred during sports therefore usually do not lead to liability of a fellow athlete. On this the court has made several rulings, which concluded that in sports a harmful act is considered often less unlawful. These rulings now provide guidance for the assessment of liability.

Collective accident insurance:

The insurance covers permanent disability or decease while participating in events / competitions within the field of OCRA Nederland. (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.

Liability insurance.

The insured under the policy are among others the organization (OCRA Nederland) 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.

Partner associations

Obstacle Course Racing Association UK

Obstacle Course Racing Association Czech Republic

Asociacion de las pruebas de obstaculos España

Danish Obstacle Course Racing Association

Association Francaise de courses a obstacles

Obstacle Course Racing Association for Germany, Austria and switzerland