How to get started with obstacle course racing

How to get started with obstacle course racing

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Every year, millions of people attempt to compete in an obstacle course race (OCR), but what is it and is it for you?

“The number one excuse that I hear is that I’m too old, or I’m not in shape enough,” said Sid Morris, founder of Battle 6:11 & OCR events, said. “But there are 70-year-old women out there doing these things. I met a 98-year-old woman one time. They’re not winning the race, but they’re going out there giving it what they got, walking it, just getting through it.”

Morris not only teaches people how to compete in this type of race, he also puts them together.

“I got into this in 2016 – putting on my own events – because a lot of the big events or the quality events don’t come to Louisiana. So, I wanted to make something here and we started building all this stuff for training and... I just got so creative with it. I was thinking this is like grown up Legos,” he said with a laugh.

WAFB’s Rick Portier has participated in a few of his races in the past. He says they’re no joke and can have some tough moments.

“I want it to be doable, as much as possible, but super challenging,” Morris said about his courses. “I want people, to, when they leave, they talk about it for the next week or so.

“It’s not about the medals, and the prizes and the shirts – it's about getting a challenge from it and you getting to leave with memories to talk about.”

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Doing it for the gut, not the glory, is a big reason why many are turning to OCR as a way of getting healthier.

“If you’re a beginner, don’t start going all crazy and try to find the latest diet. Just start drinking water and try watching what you eat.”

The best way to keep yourself motivated is to find support. Although a gym membership is a great way to build up some motivation, you don’t have to have one to start getting ready for OCR.

“You can do so much with a bucket,” he said with a laugh.

In fact, you could build an entire obstacle course in your own backyard. That’s a trick that landed one Baton Rouge dad on American Ninja Warrior.

And it’s a great way to get your kids involved and hooked on fitness.

“No kid wants to just go into a gym and do squats,” Morris said. “So this gives them a goal to go out there and do something and be active.”

So now that you know you want to do this, let’s give you a deadline. Morris says he has a few races coming up. The first will be at the end of 2019 and then the remainder will be in 2020.

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