Over the past 12 months if you have run any major OCR event or are in tuned with social media (primarily facebook), the great debate remains. What makes an OCR athlete Elite? Are there any perquisites today that would in fact classify those athletes to be listed as such a status? Does running in the Elite portion of an OCR event mean that person running is a better athlete than an individual running in the open heats?
If you keep your ear to the ground and talk amongst the folks you are racing with chances are they will be more than happy to give his/her opinion on the matter. Now, in OCR certain companies do have their athletes listed as "Pro". Maybe, some of these names may resonate with those of you wondering am I in the same league as the names listed here: Ryan Atkins, Hobie Call, Isaiah Vidal, Hunter McIntyre, Amelia Boone, Rose Wetzel, and KK Stewart-Paul just to mention a few. These men/woman time and time again have stood tall on the podium.
There is a lot of buzz going around that the sport of OCR is taking shape to become an Olympic sport, stay tuned as I'm sure this time to come to lifeThis point brining us to the question, what makes an OCR athlete "Elite"? Well today any man/woman looking to race in the elite heat, all they need to do is pay an additional fee and they are entered into the race. Today that is what separates the athletes competing in the Elite heat to the Open heats.
To the athletes reading this article think to yourself when I race in the Elite heat, do I finish in the top 50, top 75, or top 100? Am I able to get over a 10 foot wall without assistance? Do you have enough grip strength to climb a rope when you are lethargic or get across a wall? Is your 5K 22 minutes or faster? Can you row a 5000 meter row in 22 minutes or under? Are you able to complete 80 burpees in 5 minutes?
Even though what I mentioned is not required today. If our beloved sport of OCR does become an Olympic sport or headed in that direction sooner than later. You can very well count on metrics to determine whether or not you can compete in the Elite races.