Something titled the ANZOCRA is coming. Being a fan myself of obstacle course racing (OCR) in New Zealand, this is very interesting…
Recently, a mysterious teasing post was posted on facebook:
Going to the link included in the post description uncovered this landing page:
Clicking the button at the bottom lead to the main site of the Obstacle Course Racing Association of Australia (OCRA). Although their site made no further mention of the coming connection with New Zealand as of yet.
What does this mean? I want to know more. I put on my investigative journalist hat and did some research…
What is the ANZOCRA?
‘ANZOCRA’ is presumably short for ‘Australian New Zealand Obstacle Course Racing Association’. I say presumably because information is scare at this point.
Since the post and the linked site is hosted by the Obstacle Course Racing Association of Australia (OCRA) some answers may lie there. The OCRA is:
a registered not-for-profit sporting organisation that promotes and supports the growth of Obstacle Course Racing in Australia. The OCRA commenced operation in 2013 and exists primarily to develop OCR into a recognised sport, promote OCR within Australia and to service members of the Australian OCR community.
This new title may mean a transformation of the OCRA into the ANZOCRA and an expansion to introduce New Zealand into the area it serves. Or, it may mean a separate association will be forming in New Zealand, along the same vein as the OCRA but covering New Zealand rather than Australia, and affiliating with the OCRA. Or, it may mean something else entirely. There is no further information being mentioned by anyone at this point. All I know is that it’s very exciting for OCR and fans of OCR in New Zealand, as it may mean new opportunities for both runners and races within New Zealand.
What is #OCRUnited?
The inclusion of the hashtag #OCRUnited in the original post is a possible clue as to what the ANZOCRA will be about.
#OCRUnited a social media hashtag associated with the formation of the OCR World Championships in 2014 and the related movement to unite OCR worldwide as a sport. It was used in social media posts by the OCR World Championships and others including elite obstacle athletes. Since then it seems to have gotten a bit murky and I’m not so sure about the current meaning of the hashtag, as the grassroots movement appears to have been adopted by various parties including a OCR United series of races in the US and an OCR United website.
Related to the use of hashtag from New Zealand, I did an interview with Josh Bishop for Obstacle Racers New Zealand about his entering in this year’s upcoming OCR World Championships. In the new light of the ANZOCRA post, this excerpt from the soon to be published interview is intriguing:
Q: Can you give us any hints about what’s on the horizon?
A: Well, I’m not going to spoil any looming surprises, but how cool is this hastag! #ocrunited
Josh may be the person to watch, for further news of what this association will bring. The full interview will be posted on Obstacle Racers NZ.
What could this mean for NZ?
Could this mean greater cooperation within OCR between Australia and New Zealand? Could this mean the formation of a OCR League in New Zealand similar to the Australian Obstacle Course Racing League, and connections with the OCR World Championships? Could this mean a boosted development of OCR as a sport in New Zealand?
No doubt it will be very exciting for the emerging activity of OCR in New Zealand!
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