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RACES

SEASON 2018/2019

After two thrilling seasons, we’re now in the middle of season 3. What’s your goal for this season? Subscribe for one of the races below and try to qualify yourself for the OCR Series World Finals at Saturday 15 June 2018

RACE 4 – 31 Mar. Nijmegen

Race 4 will be the first OCR Series race of the season to be held in the Netherlands. Due to it’s flat landscape, it will again be a fast course and focus on having a high average speed. In spite of the flat terrain, you’ll be facing the famous ski-hill halfway through the course. Our tip, steady your tempo to reduce the change of cramps. Race 4 is another mud-themed run and the Berendonck is well known for its sticky Mud and deep trenches. It is also the location of the OCR Series World Finals in June, so it’s a great opportunity to size-up the area and test the course.

Last years it were the Belgian athlethes who sweeped the podium in Nijmegen with a victory for Thibault Debusschere (BEL) in a time of 1 hour and 37 minutes. Just a minute behind Thibault it was Thomas Buyle (BEL) finishing second place at the sweep was completed with Jensen Blondeel (BE) finishing third male.

This race, it were the females that made it into a thrillseeking race until the moment that Lisan de vries (NL) was warmed up after 17km ;). She increased her speed at the last 2 km and a strong finish on the last technical obstacles brought her to victory in 2 hours and 5 minutes. Corien Jansen who was constantly in a top 5 position finished just 3 minutes behind Lisan and took the 2nd place. Blue vest starter Janka Pepova (Slovakia) finished her first (Strong Viking) OCR Series race on the 3rd place in a time of 2 hours and 14 minutes, a big shout-out to her performance that race.

Will the Belgian males again go for the sweep?

RACE 6 – 11 May Amsterdam

Race 6 will be the last OCR Series race in the Netherlands until the OCR World Finals in June. If you thought there were no hills in the Netherlands, you are wrong. Race 6 takes place during the Strong Viking Hills Edition in Spaarnwoude, near Amsterdam. Be ready for many uphill crawls, weight carries and last but not least, the Arctic Area! Conquer obstacles at the Snowplanet Skicentre with a tempature of -5?C (23?F). Crawl, jump and slide through the snow in order to secure your OCR Series World Finals spot!

THE OCR SERIES MARATHON IS BACK! After the succes of last year, we decided to bring the toughest marathon race on earth back to Amsterdam in 2019. 42km, 100+ obstacles and supervision of OCR officials. The points awarded at the OCR Series Marathon will be updated from the standard ranking system to fit the marathon distance. These point will of course count for the OCR Series overall ranking. Therefor, on the 11 of May we’ll have 2 winners per gender, and 1.000 points will be awarded to each of them. The choice on your part is tactical, will you go for speed or endurance? Please note: Max 7.5hr!

OCR SERIES WORLD FINALS – 15 June Nijmegen

The day has arrived! After 7 OCR Series qualification races, it is now finally time to crown the OCR Series World Champions of the season 2018/2019! During the World Finals, only the top-3 (Male & Female) of every race and the top-200 male & top-100 female of the overall ranking will compete for the podium. During the exclusive World Finals there will be some World premiere OCR obstacles! Are you an ELITE runner (top 200/100), were you in the top-3 of an earlier race and/or did you qualiy at one of our external qualifiers? Then you can sign up for the ELITE wave and claim your spot in the OCR Series World Finals!

The OCR World Finals in 2018 was held at the end of season 2 in the beautiful area of “De Berendonck” in Wijchen. For the first time in history we had the final event in the evening. The race started at 18.30 and from the beginning Thomas Buyle took the nr 1 position followed by Matthias Graute and Thibault Debusschere. Halfway during the race Thomas and Thibault were racing together followed by a large group of top athletes. Just before the final stage Matthias was back in the lead but lost a lot of places in the final stage. At the end Thibault managed to pull away from Thomas, did the salmon ladder in one go and finished less than one minute before Thomas, Lluis Barbe Llagostera managed to do well in the final stage and finished as 3rd male.  Thibault was the winner of the finals for the 2nd time in a row.

At the female side Zuzana Kocumová took 1st place and would stay there till the finish. Janka Pepová managed to be in the 2nd place followed by Corien Jansen. Halfway the race Janka and Corien fell back and Lisan de Vries took over the 2nd place. Corien, Janka and Carina Bungard were fighting for the 3rd position. At the final stage Zuzana, Lisan and Carina had big gaps up to 4 minutes and they all secured there position finishing in this order. Also Zuzana managed to be the winner for the 2nd time.

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