The World Obstacle UIPM 2023 OCR World Championships, including Para OCR World Championship categories, are the official championships of the national federation members of World Obstacle in collaboration with World Pentathlon (UIPM), representing athletes from over 140 countries. Belgian Obstacle Course Racing Association (BOCRA) and the City of Genk hosted the Championships.

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Thor Park Genk is a 12,000 hectare domain in the Belgian province of Limburg. It is a beautiful nature reserve with a large open space for sports and recreation. The venue is located next to the City of Genk.

OCR Triple Crown

The OCR Triple Crown brings together three obstacle world championships:

Anyone is eligible to compete for the OCR Triple Crown, although athletes must meet event specific qualifications:

The OCR 100m International Standard Course

The FISO OCR 100m is an international standard course recognized by Guinness with established World Records. The course was developed as a standard in 2018 and included in the 2019 and 2023 Southeast Asia Games, a multisport Games recognized by the International Olympic Committee. Details for setting records and specifications for the OCR 100m Standard Course can be downloaded at the bottom of the world records page.

Results will be provided for all age categories in all events. National, Continental and World  Records can be set in all age groups for the 100m. Absolute World Records (better than 25.092 seconds for men and 32.732  seconds for women) may qualify for the Guinness Book of World Records.


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View 100m results here
3K or 14K results questions? Contact [email protected] and Star Tracking


Qualification to represent each country is through the national federations. Championships such as the OCR European ChampionshipsOCR Asia-Pacific Championships, national championships and races specified by each country’s national federation may be qualifiers. If you do not have a national federation in your country, please email us. Details on World Championship Qualification are available here.

Eligibility to Compete in FISO World Championships

The World Obstacle National Federation eligibility guideline specifies that for a competitor to represent their country in competitive categories of federation championships (national, continental, and international), they must be in good standing with their national federation per the World Obstacle Competition Rules. The nationality of a competitor is guided by the Olympic Charter Rule 4.

Competition Rules

Competition Rules are specific to each event. Rules for competitive categories allow only one attempt for hanging obstacle. The races and competition rules are formatted to facilitate fairness, event flow, judging and eliminate back-ups at obstacles. A high level of obstacle proficiency is required and courses and are designed for completion by world level athletes in all categories.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to qualify to register?

You must be qualified by a national member federation of FISO to compete in a competitive category. Qualification is not required for Open categories, also known as Journeyman, but you must be a member of a national member federation. Membership can be purchased during registration (fees vary by country, from $0 and up). If you do not have a national federation or association in your country, please send an email to [email protected]

What is the minimum age for registration?

100m: 10 years old on race day
3K: 10 years old on race day
14K: 16 years old on race day, see Event & Category Details

Do I need a medical certificate to compete?

Yes. The medical safety of all participants is of paramount importance, and a signed doctors certificate will help us keep you safe in the event of a medical incident. If you are unable to provide a doctors certificate that you are in good health, we will accept a signed, witnessed Event Medical History Form, available here. Acceptable medical certificates include an annual physical, or doctor’s letter that includes a medical history. The Event Medical History Form can be used as an example.

Will I need to sign a waiver and release of liability?

Yes. This form is provided when you register and must be signed by you if you are over 18 years old, or signed by your parent, or guardian if you are under 18 years old.

Is my registration automatically confirmed when I sign up online?

No, your registration will be confirmed by the event registrations team. You will receive an email with the final confirmation after the payment, waiver, the medical form, are confirmed.

What documents are required at packet pickup?

  • Photo identification such as passport or driver’s license
  • The printed or digital registration confirmation

What are the registration prices?

Prices in $US.

100m: $54
3K:      $114
14K:    $154
Team: $184
8K Open: $86.50

Is my registration refundable or transferable?

Registrations cannot be deferred to another event and are non-refundable. The registration can only be transferred to another competitor in the same category until August 15, 2023. After this date, it is not possible to transfer your registration.

Only the previously registered competitors can initiate the transfer. The replacement athlete must meet the same conditions as the previously registered competitor (e.g. if qualification is required, only a qualified racer can be the competitor receiving the entry). Registrations that cannot be validated (e.g. the athlete does not hold a valid qualification for the category in which he was transferred into) will be moved automatically into the Open Category.

The transfer fee is 20 Euros.


World Obstacle subscribes to Safe Sport Codes developed for athletes by national and international organizations. We are developing a culture of zero tolerance of sexual abuse and harassment in obstacle sports under the guidance of the World Obstacle Safe Sport Committee. You can download the Safe Sports Guide here.

What is an adaptive athlete?

An adaptive athlete, formally known as a Para athlete under International Paralympic (IPC) rules, that has a disability or impairment that makes them eligible to compete in Para sport. Eligibility for adaptive athlete categories requires an athlete to have an underlying medical diagnosis (health condition) that results in a permanent and eligible impairment.

Understanding adaptive categories

Athletes in this class use a wheelchair and are able to self-propell in areas of flat or even terrain. This class includes athletes with, but not limited to impairments of muscle power, range of movement, limb deficiency such as unilateral or double leg amputation, spinal cord injuries resulting in paraplegia or tetraplegia.

Athletes in this class have a significant limitation within the obstacle elements of racing. They have a severe degree of activity limitation such as, but not limited to: complete loss of range of motion, power or proprioception in one arm, through-the-shoulder amputation, severe cerebral palsy or a severe neurological impairment affecting mostly the upper body. Athletes in this group are unable to use their upper limb to grip under the armpit.

Athletes in this class have a significant limitation with the running elements of racing. They have a severe degree of activity limitation such as; complete loss of motion, power or proprioception in one leg, short stature or a severe neurological impairment affecting mostly the lower body. Athletes in this class may choose to use mobility devices to race such as walking stick(s) or crutches.

This class includes athletes with a moderate degree of activity limitation in their lower limb(s) such as athletes with, but not limited to; lower limb amputation, moderate neurological impairments affecting the lower body or a loss of range of motion or power in the ankle or knee joint.

This class includes athletes with a moderate degree of activity limitation in their upper limb(s) such as athletes with, but not limited to; upper limb amputation where the athlete is able to grip under the armpit, moderate neurological impairments affecting the upper body or a loss of range of motion or power in the wrist or elbow joint.

Athletes in this class have a visual impairment.

Condensed Adaptive Classes:
In events with a limited number of athletes, three classes may be used: PO1, PO2-4 and PO5. These classes represent non-ambulatory, ambulatory and vision impaired athletes respectively with non-distinction between PO2, PO3 and PO4. Alternatively PO2-1 and PO2-2 classes may be combined.

What adaptive classes are included in the 2023 OCRWC?

Adaptive classes will be specified when all entries have been received. Complete the adaptive athlete medical diagnostic form for classification and send to the FISO Adaptive Athlete Committee for verification.

Uniform Rules

Uniform rules apply to all races and categories except the 8K Open Race and Open categories. Participants in the 8K Open are prohibited from wearing national or team uniforms. National teams are required to wear national team uniforms. If they do not have one for financial or practical reasons, they may get a warning, not Disqualification. This is a competition rule, just like any other rule. A national / country shirt not meeting the uniform guidelines is acceptable this year, but only for the above reasons. Athlete will not be allowed on the podium without a national team uniform. They cannot wear club or sponsor uniforms. Athletes who don’t own a national team uniform must borrow one to be allowed on the stage.


Athlete and Entourage Conduct Guidelines (pdf) Download Eligibility to Compete (pdf) Download OCRWC23 Competition Rules (pdf) Download Adaptive Athlete Classification Form (pdf) Download Uniform Guidelines (pdf) Download OCRWC23 Invitation Letter (pdf) Download FISO TUE Application Form (pdf) Download OCR 100m Obstacle Rules (pdf) Download
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