It is less than a month until the world’s top OCR athletes fight it out at the third OCR World Championships from 14-16 October 2016 at the Blue Mountain Resort, Toronto in Ontario, Canada.
Jeep Team athletes, Thomas van Tonder and Carina Marx, have both qualified and are in full Warrior mode ahead of the World Championship. Both Van Tonder and Marx were on fire at the recent Battlerush OCR fundraiser.
The gruelling OCR Training event is designed to put athletes through tough individual obstacles that may be seen at the World Champs. Both Thomas van Tonder and Carina Marx have won the Savage Beast race at The Beast OCR event this past weekend.
To have qualified for OCR World Champs, South Africans need to have achieved a Jeep Warrior Top 20 finish in an Elite category in their gender, or an Impi Challenge Top 20 finish in the Elite division in their gender category.
Over the past year, Van Tonder, has achieved three 1st places, six 2nd places, and one 5th place, while Marx, has achieved four 2nd places, four 3rd places and two 5th places. Both athletes are qualified for the Championships but won’t know how they truly compare against the rest of the world until they are neck deep in mud in Ontario.
The OCR athletes selected for Team OCR South Africa to go to World Championships, in the men’s category are, Thomas van Tonder, Bradley Claase, Michael Joubert and Claude Eksteen (who is not going). In the woman’s category, Hanneke Dannhauser, Carina Marx and Trish Bahlmann (who is not going) have been selected.
Joining van Tonder and Marx in Canada, is fellow Jeep OCR athlete, JJ Deysel, who was not selected for the SA OCR Team, but will compete in other races over the Championship weekend.
According to the event organisers, the OCR World Championships will put the world’s top athletes through the ultimate physical and mental challenge across a series of obstacles over a distance of approximately 13km. The course will contain natural elements with some of the most challenging obstacles in OCR history.
While the course will share some of the same terrain and obstacles our team will be used too, a significant portion of the course and obstacles will be new to athletes and unveiled only during the race weekend.
It is the first truly independent global Championship for the burgeoning sport of Obstacle Course Racing. It is a singular event created to unify, promote, and increase participation in the sport of OCR, while celebrating its strong and highly-versatile athletes.