In the last 10 years, obstacle course races (or OCRs) have seen a more than 2000% increase in participation. This is most likely due to the laundry list of benefits participants gravitate towards in OCRs over a traditional 5k.
Popular obstacle course races such as the Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, and Rugged Maniac are extremely grueling events that feature tall walls to scale, heavy lifting, electric shocks, and lots of mud. To regular participants, this full-body workout along with the added danger and adrenaline makes OCRs that much more appealing than a normal foot race.
Trusted Mats to Fall Back on
Stadium Blitz, a newcomer to the OCR scene ditches the muddy terrain and harsh obstacles by taking over football stadiums all across the country with obstacles that escalate across three levels of intensity.
Sponsored by three-time Super Bowl champion, tight-end Rob Gronkowski, it seems appropriate that this event takes place in a football stadium. Stadium Blitz is at the forefront of athlete safety and part of this commitment is trusting in We Sell Mats’ standard safety fitness mats which are underneath some of the event’s most intense “Blitz” level obstacles.
The Complexities of Obstacle Course Racing
As you may expect, putting hundreds of eager athletes on a course with massive drops, barbed wire, and water of an unknown depth has caused several injuries. Most injuries are none more than a story-worthy battle scar or a gnarly bruise for those victorious to share on their social media feeds, but at least once per event, there is a big one, requiring immediate medical attention.
Thankfully, as new obstacle course racing companies grow to prominence, there are more efforts on improving safety, working to one day have it standardized.
As for the more extreme industry leaders, there are plenty of ways to make courses safe without compromising the high-stakes energy. Diamond plate patterned foam tiles provide a forgiving surface with a rugged look, and rubber flooring can provide needed grip in wet environments. Wherever the future of OCR safety leads, We Sell Mats has the products to accomplish the safety goals of any event.