What is Obstacle Racers NZ?
Obstacle Racers NZ (ORNZ) is your premiere resource for all things obstacle course racing and mud running in New Zealand!
On the Obstacle Racers NZ website you will find
- Event listings
All regarding obstacles sports in New Zealand and from around the world.
Obstacle Racers NZ covers
Obstacle Racers NZ covers obstacle sports including,
- Obstacle course racing
- Mud running
- Parkour and freerunning
- Ninja Warrior
- And occasionally adventure racing, trail running, and more
What is Obstacle Course Racing?
Obstacle course racing (OCR) combines trail running, road running, and cross-country running with obstacles. It’s a new-comer to the running industry, but its growth has been remarkable. In 2015, 4.9 million people participated in obstacle races worldwide, pushing it beyond the popularity of half-marathons and marathons combined and leading some to label it “the fastest-growing sport in history” and the “number one mass-participation sport in the world.”
Obstacle Course Racing in New Zealand
New Zealand has events across the country, from Northland to Southland. These events are organised by a range of organisers: event management companies, regional sport trusts, charities, schools, venue managers and various other organisations.
Participation numbers in New Zealand from obstacle racing as a unified activity have not yet been collected. But events regularly draw upwards of 400 runners, with the largest events in the country drawing around 6,000 runners.
The majority of events in New Zealand could be considered local mud runs (being held annually in one location), but international-scale race series have ventured to the New Zealand market: Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash have held New Zealand races. The sport in New Zealand is growing however, with some races expanding into race series holding multiple events throughout the country. In 2017 New Zealand gained its first OCR World Championships qualifying event, and runners have represented New Zealand in the OCR World Championships from 2015 onward.
Obstacle course racing is becoming a mainstay in active participation events, and ORNZ is committed to being your premiere resource for all things OCR and mud running in New Zealand!
Learn more about Obstacle Course Racing
- Obstacle Racing in NZ – an introductory guide to obstacle racing, originally published in Kiwi Trail Runner Magazine
- Mud Runs vs Obstacle Course Races – our guide to the closely associated event types of mud runs and OCRs
Where To From Here?
- Check out the latest news and articles – and dive into the categories such as ‘interviews’, ‘national news’, ‘vlogs’ and more
- Browse through NZ’s most comprehensive list of upcoming obstacle events, and register for a race!
- Stay in the loop by following ORNZ on social media, joining the newsletter, or subscribing to the RSS feed
- Feel free to get in touch or contribute
We are not involved with the organisation of any of the races listed in the event calendar on our website, except where otherwise explicitly stated. For all enquiries about races listed in the event calendar, please contact the event organisers directly.
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