Looking for your next obstacle course race or mud run? There’s lots of options, but finding the right OCR can be a challenge. Do you want a mud run near your house or are you looking for a racecation in the mountains? Is their a specific race series you want to do? What about a race that matches your skill level?
Here’s a few options to help you find the right trace to get you started:
Mud Run Guide has one of the largest directories of OCR races across the world in their Race Finder section. From there you can search by country, state, city or race organizer.
My favorite way to search is using their one click race finder. Using your location, they’ll give you a list of upcoming races that are near you.
I’m pretty up to date on every race coming through my area, but I’ve found a couple I didn’t even know existed, thanks to Mud Run Guide.
Plus, they have reviews of the races written by OCR writers, as well as general reviews of race brands by the public. I like the race reviews because if there’s been a race there in previous years, I can learn more about the race and what to expect. Of course, things change year to year, but it gives you a general idea of whether or not the race is for you and what you need to do for training.
I would recommend Mud Run Guide to just about anyone looking for their next OCR race, but it’s especially good for someone on the entry level side that wants as much information as possible.
Bonus: Mud Run Guide has a lot of discount codes for many of the major races and not so major races.
Note: I’m a little biased, I’m a contributing writer for Mud Run Guide.
I’ve just started using OCR Buddy recently, so this is only based on my initial usage.
What I see I like so far. They make it easy to search their database of races right from your phone. It allows you to filter down to the races near your location, city, state etc. Then you’ll be able to scroll month to month to see what races meet your criteria.
It also allows you to connect with your friends if they also use OCR Buddy. You’ll be able to see what races they’re planning to do so that you can join them at the starting line.
They also have a section for finding places to train including OCR and ninja gyms.
OCR Buddy is probably better for someone that is doing more than a handful of races every year, is active in the OCR community and knows what they want to race.
Official Race Website
Example: spartan.com, savagerace.com etc.
The good news is that if you like a specific race brand, you’ll be able to find all of their races in one place. The bad news is that you’ll only be able to all of the one brand’s races, no other races. This could work if you’re able to travel or if you’re lucky enough to be in one of those areas with multiple races every year.
I have nothing against going to the brand’s website to make your schedule, just don’t limit yourself to one brand or you’ll be missing out on a lot of fun including smaller, locally run races that you may never otherwise hear about.
Pro tip: Spartan (and many of the other major brands) tends to add races to their website on a rolling basis throughout the year, more races towards the end of the year, before pretty much finalizing it up at the beginning of the new year.
Team Facebook Groups
You don’t have to be a pro to join one of the many local and regional OCR Facebook groups. Joining the local OCR group has a lot of benefits, including it’s a good way to find out about upcoming races in your area.
You can either read through the recent posts or just ask what races are coming up. I’m sure the regulars will welcome you and be glad to answer.
Beyond finding your next race, you can even ask questions about training, what to wear, make friends and even race partners all from the comfort of your own home.
On Facebook, do a search for your state or region + OCR or Spartan or something along those lines and you’re likely to find a group near you. If you need help finding one, let me know. I’d be glad to help.
What do you use to find your races?