Obstacle course racing finds footing in Bahrain

by BTM

Thu, 24 June 2021

Obstacle course racing finds footing in Bahrain

The sport of obstacle course racing and its related disciplines are set for big things in Bahrain following the establishment of a national federation, reports the GDN.

Bahrain Obstacle Course Racing Club (BOCR), under the presidency of Shaikh Khalid bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, aspires to promote and advance obstacle sports, obstacle course racing and their related events on the island.

BOCR is a member of the Federation Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (FISO), obstacle racing’s global governing body.

The BOCR board has been set up under Shaikh Khalid, with vice-president Ali Taqi, general secretary Seema AlKharraz, treasurer Hamad Albinali, and board members Amal Almalood, Sara Shabib and Faisal Alkhalasi.

Obstacle course races are individual or team-participation events held in parks, resorts, beaches, wilderness, rural and urban environments, and all kinds of other venues both indoor and outdoor.

Races can have up to 5,000 participants and are commonly in lengths of three kilometres (short course), five km (international), 12 to 15km (standard), 21km (long course), and over 50km (ultra).

There are also sub-categories to these events, which include adventure racing, ninja, and parkour.

Worldwide, there are over 2,500 obstacle course races, many of which feature renowned brands such as Spartan Race, Tough Mudder and Strong Viking.

Obstacle course racing was a full medal event at the 2019 Southeast Asia Games. The SEA Games are under regulation of the Southeast Asian Games Federation, with supervision by the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Council of Asia.