last update: 10/22/2019

obstacle rules & stations are subject to change, please see the course & festival features for rules on obstacles

1. Eligibility, Code of Conduct, key terms

1.1 These Rules explain how a race should be officiated and seek to:

a)  ensure that all battle events are conducted in a fair and consistent manner and with a spirit of sportsmanship and integrity; and

b)  provide clear guidelines to facilitate globally standardized competition; and

c)  protect the health, safety, and well-being of competitors so far as this objective can be reasonably achieved in the sport of obstacle course racing. 

1.2 Athletes must be at least 13 (thirteen) years of age on the day of the event, and if under 18 (eighteen) years of age, must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian and parent or legal guardian must be on site at the time of the race.

1.3 Athletes must adhere to all rules set forth by race administrators and officials, and are solely responsible for rule knowledge, understanding and fulfillment.

1.4 It is the responsibility of all athletes to read, study, understand and know all the rules set forth herein before entering the race course and participating in competition.

1.5  Athletes are responsible for their own safety and must not attempt any obstacle that they are not comfortable in doing so.

1.6 Athletes must always conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner towards fellow competitors, spectators, race staff, volunteers and officials.

1.7 Athletes must adhere to all rules of competition.

2.time keeping

battle ocr utilizes a comprehensive timing system to track athletes’ performance. As such, all athletes are required to adhere to the following guidelines:

2.1 All athletes are required to start in their assigned wave, specific to their division and/or age group. Athletes are not permitted to start in any other wave under any circumstances. Athletes found to be in violation of this protocol will be disqualified from competition.

2.2 Athletes will receive their race day timing chip and bib prior to the event at Athlete Check In or on race morning. These are required to start the event.

2.3 As with all premier endurance races, the starting time for all athletes in a specific wave will be the “gun time” (i.e. if a wave starts at 11:15, each athlete in that wave is assigned the same starting time).

3. Course & Obstacles

The race takes place over rugged terrain, trails, open fields that features both natural and man-made obstacles. Athletes should note:

3.1  Staying On-Course - It is the responsibility of all athletes to stay on-course and within the boundaries and markings set by race officials.

3.2  Leaving/Cutting the Course - Any athlete who gains an advantage by leaving or circumventing the course (as designed and determined by race officials), whether intentionally or unintentionally, will be disqualified from competition.

3.3 Athletes On-Course Pre/Post Race - Apart from specific areas designated by race officials, athletes are not permitted on the course (as designated by markings or as determined by race officials regardless of markings), including any and all course obstacles, at any time other than when racing. ANY athlete found on the course without prior approval from an official will be immediately disqualified from the competition.

3.4 Course Markings - Athletes are not permitted to modify the course markings or the course at any time.

3.5 Bypassing Obstacles - Completion of all obstacles is mandatory to be eligible for awards/prizes, and race officials reserve the right to disqualify any athlete deemed to have avoided any obstacle(s) intentionally. there are no alternatives to obstacles unless noted on course, by officials, or by race director. some obstacles could have penalty zones which can very depending on the course. There are no alternatives to obstacles such as burpees, push-ups, things that involve counting.

3.6 penalty zones are subject to change and very depending on the event, all penalty zones will be posted before the event and announced at the start line. penalties make up for not completing the obstacle and often to be harder but more doable then the obstacle itself.

3.7  Obstacle Failure (Initial) - In the event an athlete fails an obstacle, he/she will be permitted additional attempts, provided he/she is not blocking the path of another athlete who is attempting to complete the obstacle for the first time. In addition, certain obstacles will have dedicated retry lanes for athletes making additional attempts. Athletes are required to utilize these lanes unless directed otherwise by a race official.

3.8  Obstacle Failure (Ultimate) - In the event an athlete is ultimately unable to complete an obstacle, he/she must surrender his/her obstacle completion race bib to a race official. Athletes losing their band will still be allowed to continue racing and are considered finishers with a finishing time, but are not eligible for podium placement prizes/awards, and will be designated as Did Not Complete (DNC) in post-race results.

3.9  Completion Bells - All obstacle with completion bells must be rung using only an athlete’s hand.

3.10 completion lines - could be a spray painted line, a bar, or some sort of barrier you must cross as completion.

3.11 completion landing zones - obstacles with a ending platform, bar, or some sort of landing you must make it across to by standing on and leaving the obstacle.

3.12 Water Obstacles - If water crossings are present on the course, athletes must enter water feet first.

3.13 Blocking - At no time are athletes allowed to “block” or intentionally impede the progress of another athlete. Athletes found to be excessively infringing on another athlete’s ability to progress may be subject to disqualification by race officials.

3.14  Forward Progress - Athletes are required to maintain forward progress on all obstacles and throughout the course and every effort must be made to not obstruct a fellow competitor. If an athlete is no longer making forward progress, the official, at his/her discretion, will initiate a countdown (5-seconds) for the athlete to progress forward. Failure to continue forward progress after countdown may result in obstacle failure, requiring an obstacle restart/retry. Slower athletes are required to yield to approaching athletes.

3.15 Outside Help - During the race, except for medical emergencies, athletes may not receive outside assistance (including receiving nutrition or equipment from any other source other than a fellow competitor who

is currently racing on the course). This does not include verbal instruction or support from coaches or supporters.

3.16 Obstacle Help - Athletes may not receive any physical help completing any obstacle from fellow athletes (with the exception of portions of the Team Relay event).

3.17 Passing Etiquette - Slower and faster athletes must demonstrate mutual respect during closely spaced/ single-track areas of the course. Faster athletes are encouraged to call out “ON YOUR LEFT” or similar when approaching slower athletes. The athlete being passed must permit enough space to allow the approaching athlete to safely pass.

3.18 Ground Contact - For obstacles that require athletes to move over/across a section of ground (e.g. a rig), no part of the athlete’s body may come in contact with the ground if that contact contributes to the completion of that obstacle (e.g. a foot may swipe the grass, but may not be planted for support or used to push-off). For all obstacles described in Appendix A, the term “contact” shall imply an advantage was gained in obstacle completion.

3.19 Frame Contact - For obstacles that require athletes
to move through, around, over or under an obstacle’s frame (e.g. scaffolding or other structural parts including the sides of an obstacle’s surface), no part of the athlete’s body may come in contact with the frame if that contact contributes to the completion of that obstacle (e.g. a foot may swipe a support bar, but may not be planted for support or used to push-off). For all obstacles described in Appendix A, the term “contact” shall imply an advantage was gained in obstacle completion.

3.20 Obstacle Start - Athletes begin an obstacle by entering at the designated starting point. For obstacles with a designated starting line, athletes must start from behind this line before touching an obstacle element (i.e. their foot must not be touching the line).

3.21 Obstacle Completion - Athletes complete an obstacle by touching a completion bell, successfully landing on a designated surface (platform, bar, etc.), landing beyond an indicator, like a painted line, or by passing by/through the structural end of that obstacle.

3.22 Single Lane - On rig-type obstacles, athletes must stay in one lane and only use the elements of the lane they began in. Crossing over to or touching elements from any other lanes is prohibited.

3.23 race bib vest are to be only worn by the desinated athlete and race chip/ bib number must match with the racers name, under no circumstance unless allowed by race director or head official the athlete should wear someone else’s number.

4. Mandatory Obstacle Completion

athletes are provided a race bib vest that is required to be worn during the race, athletes will only be allowed to gain access to the start with their bib vest on. upon finishing only racers that kept their bib will be allowed the right to win prizes, and podium.

4.1 Immediately upon crossing the finish line, athletes who have completed all obstacles and retained their intact race bib vest must check in with the lead official/ staff at the finish.

4.2 athletes will get to keep their athlete race bib if they didn’t have to for-fit at a obstacle, if the athlete is unable to complete a obstacle he/she must hand over there bib vest.

4.3 Athletes who leave the finish corral without completing this step shall be designated as non-obstacle completion finishers.

5. Gear, Apparel & Personal Nutrition

Athletes are encouraged to express their individuality, sports team, state or nation apparel while being appropriately dressed for an endurance racing event. Please note the following:

5.1  Glasses are allowed but discouraged for safety reasons.

5.2  Hydration packs are allowed.

5.3  Beyond shoes and gloves or protective gear (e.g. elbow pads, compression sleeves, buffs or knee pads),
clothing / personal equipment may not be used to assist in the completion of an obstacle and all equipment must be used for its intended manufacturer’s intention. HAND OR FEET GRIP AIDS SUCH AS PINE TAR, LIQUID CHALK, METAL STUDDED SHOES, METAL SPIKED FOOTWEAR OR EQUIVALENT ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED.

5.4  Alcohol, weapons, knives, firearms, explosives, glass bottles, and other dangerous objects are not permitted on the course or at the venue.

5.5  All athletes must exit the course with all items they brought on the course. Littering or the discarding of personal property during the race may result in disqualification from competition.

6. Additional Penalties & Appeals

The application of any penalties, including but not limited to time penalties and disqualification, are administered solely by race officials. When a violation has been identified, the offending athlete will be informed of the penalty by race staff as soon as practicable. Athletes will be penalized for infringements such as:

6.1  Failure to properly complete an obstacle.

6.2  Not starting at his/her designated starting time.

6.3  Intentionally or unintentionally going off-course.

6.4  Engaging in unsportsmanlike conduct, including but not limited to:

6.5  The use of performance-enhancing drugs.

6.6  Making unnecessary contact with or hindering a competitor’s progress (e.g. blocking or failure to yield).

6.7  Verbal/physical abuse of race officials, other athletes, or volunteers.

6.8  Modifying course markings.

6.9  Using offensive or derogatory language.

6.10  Receiving outside assistance.

6.11  Littering on the course.

6.12  Failing to follow the direction of race officials.

This list is not all-inclusive and is subject to change by race officials. Any assessed penalty may be appealed. Athletes wishing to appeal a penalty, or any other ruling, must submit their appeal to the Head Race Official within the time of the event, In the event of an appeal, race officials will conduct a thorough review of the ruling and issue its findings within the hours the event. as soon as a event is over and last racer crosses the finish they will be no changing or appeals can be made.

7. prize money & awards

7.1 battle pro athletes that completed all obstacles and kept their 100% completion race bib will have a chance at podium

7.2 podium finishers are top 1st, 2nd, & 3rd overall male and female finishers of the pro heat

7.3 age group finishers are top 1st, 2nd, & 3rd age rank of their age bracket for male & female 13-17 | 18-29 | 30-39 | 40-49 | 50+

7.4 warzone | multi lap athletes awards go to top 1st, 2nd, & 3rd top male and female athletes with the most laps and fastest time.

8.warzone athletes ( multi lap racers )

8.1 must follow all the same rules as the pro competitors

8.2 must start at the disnated start time or start with the warzone add on at their start time, all warzone racers will receive a race bib just like the pro athletes ( desnated color )

8.3 cut off - each race cut off could very but in most cases will be 7 hrs after the start time of the official warzone heat. athletes must have passed the warzone checkin before the time of cut off or won’t be able to complete another lap.