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We're less than a month away from the sports inaugural independent championship, The OCR World Championships. We ask the OCRWC if they're ready and what to expect.
Last year going into only my second Spartan Race /OCR race ever, I approached the starting line with confidence and perhaps even a little disrespect for the sport and it's athletes. I don't totally blame myself for my mislead arrogance as just three weeks prior I had beat the unbeatable Hobie Call by 6 minutes on what was being touted as perhaps the toughest Spartan race ever in Wintergreen, VA. There I stood on the starting line with voices of confidence ringing through my head, filling my body and mind with every bit of physiological strength I needed to scoop up $15,000, call myself world champion and sit back and wait for the other athletes to make their way to the finish line.
Spartan Race just released it's rules for the World Championship event this Saturday (a little over two days before their event). Of note was this little tidbit: Eligibility & Restrictions: In order to be eligible for awards, all athletes competing must pay the applicable event entry fees, agree to the All Event Waivers and consent to WADA approved drug testing. Spartan Race has not previously mentioned drug testing in any of its communications. Whether or not they follow the lead of the OCR World Championships remains to be seen. The OCR World Championships announced its event would be subject to WADA approved drug testing back in February.
Photos + video: Reebok With Hobie Call choosing to bow out of this year's Spartan Race World Championship, can cocky, er, self assured, Hunter McIntyre...