Obstacle Course Racing Vs. Adventure Racing

December 10th, 2012 by admin

You have probably heard the phrases “adventure racing” and “obstacle course racing” and most people automatically think they are the same. The reality is, despite the different disciplines involved in both styles, they are worlds apart.

An adventure race will typically have a timed course in which participants will participate in teams. They will be challenged in disciplines such as cross-country running, kayaking, climbing, and mountain biking. Other related skills may be needed, depending on how the course is set up. These races will require strength, stamina and possibly other specific skills, such as rock and rope climbing.

Obstacle course racing involves running a course, usually between four miles to marathon distance lengths, consisting of 20 or more obstacles. Competing in obstacle course racing will also require strength and stamina, but you will also need speed and dexterity in order to traverse many of the obstacles.

Throughout an obstacle course race, you will climb ropes, climb over and under obstacles, and more often than not will be climbing through mud. In obstacle course racing organized by Superhero Scramble you will also get the thrill of making your way through a pit of green slime, which is always a participant favorite.

What’s the difference between Adventure and Obstacle Course Racing?

While adventure races are designed for people to work together as a team, obstacle course racing is aimed at individual competition. These races will test not only your strength and stamina, but they will also test how well you can adapt to the challenges thrown in front of you. Nearly all obstacle course racing competitions are designed to test your physical and mental capabilities.

No one entering obstacle course racing competition goes into it expecting to lose, nor do they expect to not meet their own expectations. The races designed by Superhero Scramble are there to make you feel unsure of yourself and your abilities. In fact, initially they will actually try to break your spirit. Obstacle course racing will force you to reach deep inside yourself, to pull out all of the reserve strength and intestinal fortitude you can muster, and to then use it to successfully complete the race.
In fact, finishing the race is one of the best rewards competitors receive, and most will admit that by participating, they’ve learned more about their inner strength than they thought possible!

For more information about Obstacle Course Racing, check out Superhero Scramble!

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