McIntyre’s Virtual Competition Merges CrossFit, OCR To Deliver Big Prizes, End To Racing Season. All Welcome To Compete.
OCR Stars, founded by Hunter McIntyre as a response to the effect COVID-19 restrictions had on the obstacle course racing season, has kicked off a four-week virtual competition to find the fittest athlete in the sport.
One big thing: As it did to the 2020 CrossFit season, the COVID-19 pandemic left millions of participants and thousands of athletes with empty race schedules. McIntyre and OCR Stars have created an opportunity to salvage part of the season, provide athletes a chance to earn substantial prize money, and even qualify for the 2021 OCR World Championships.
The details: OCR Stars is releasing four workouts this month, two running events and two gym events designed towards the tests of strength experienced in an obstacle race.
- Event 1: One Mile Time Trial (Released Nov. 2, scores due Nov. 7 at noon PT).
- Event 2: Gripper Chipper (Released Nov. 9, scores due Nov. 13 at 5 PM PT).
- Event 3: Six-Mile Road Race (Released Nov. 16, scores due Nov. 20 at noon PT).
- Event 4: Burpee Mountain (Released Nov. 23, scores due Nov. 27 at noon PT).
- Champions will be announced on November 30.
Athletes must download and use the Strava app for the running events and video record the gym events and submit them to Competition Corner. More details on standards and judging are available in the OCR Stars Rulebook.
- While the event began earlier in the month, athletes can still register and compete in the individual weekly events to win prizes. The cost to register is $30.
Big prize money: Event wins for the “Pro Male” and “Pro Female” carry a $1000 prize, and the total prize purse for the competition is $31,000.
Title sponsors Pure Spectrum and Bravo Sierra, along with other companies like hydrant, Assault Fitness, goodr and Athletic Brewing have partnered with OCR Stars to provide swag and giveaways for participants as well.
The bottom line: The COVID-19 pandemic not only disrupted events and competitions, it also created space (obviously not under ideal conditions) for innovation and invention and McIntyre’s OCR Stars virtual competition is a good example. And, not only does it provide a competitive outlet and chance to earn money for athletes, but it’s the only virtual qualifier for next season’s 2021 OCR World Championships.