Obstacle Course Racing New Zealand (OCRNZ) was recently established as a national governing body for OCR in New Zealand. It is an affiliated member of the International Obstacle Sports Federation, and has been supporting New Zealand athletes to represent the country at international races.
Spartan Race in New Zealand?
Rumours have been persistent that Spartan Race is developing a New Zealand event for 2018.
Spartan Race Australia CEO Max DeLacy has spoken publicly at events of his desire to see a Spartan Race held in New Zealand.
In their recent post, OCRNZ hinted that Spartan Race has indeed scouted potential venues in the lower South Island of New Zealand.
Earlier this year Mr DeLacy posted on his social media that he was visiting New Zealand, while in the country he was rumoured to have met with parties to discuss the development of a Spartan Race in a New Zealand location.
Spartan Race Australia recently posted a teaser video, embedded below, to social media confirming that their 2018 event announcement will be made soon,
New Zealand National Championship Series
In unprecedented developments for the sport of OCR in New Zealand, OCRNZ hinted at its plans for a 2018 New Zealand National OCR Championship Series.
Buried in the end of OCRNZ’s recent post was the revelation that, “Plans for the sport in NZ 2018 have already been laid down… A three race OCR New Zealand Championship is planned”.
What will the championship involve? Will the series consist of three new races, or existing New Zealand races adapted into a championship format? The only further information revealed thus far is that the winners of the championship race will automatically gain selection to represent Team OCRNZ at the OCR World Championships.