Unifying OCR to ensure an inclusive, safe, fair & affordable sport for all

USAOCR is a nonprofit organization, representing the interests of the sport through member representation and engagement




USAOCR sanctioned means that that race planning and preparation meets the requirements established by USAOCR for medical, emergency, safety, obstacles, communication and volunteer support and will conduct the event according to the USAOCR Rules.

A USAOCR sanctioned event signifies that the race director has completed a thorough review of the course and obstacles, and has evaluated and planned for reasonable eventualities while preparing and directing the race. Among the materials submitted for USAOCR for review and approval are safety plans, course maps and event details. The process is designed so it can be adjusted for changes and effectively integrated as a planning tool for race directors.

The following documents and plans are submitted by the race director for review by USAOCR:

  • Detailed course maps
  • Course details
  • Event plans
  • Security
  • Festival area design
  • Emergency and medical plan
  • Rules Enforcement
  • USAOCR membership and waiver signature check

USAOCR annual or one-day membership requirements:

  • All adult participants in sanctioned events must have a valid USAOCR annual or one-day membership
  • Ensures all participants have signed a USAOCR waiver

Post race documents must be postmarked to USAOCR within 15 business days of the event and include the following:

  • Event Reporting form
  • USAOCR memberships verified with photo ID
  • Signed waivers and membership forms
  • Incident reports
  • Electronic results
  • Officials evaluation if USAOCR certified officials were utilized

Race Directors Benefits Starting 2018

Affordable and comprehensive insurance program

  • Protects race directors, athletes, volunteers, sponsors, and race staff
  • General liability and athlete excess medical coverage

Opportunity to host National Championships and Special Qualifying Events

  • Championship races typically increase participation, media attention and the race's profile

Opportunity to utilize USAOCR Certified Officials

  • Relieves responsibilities of enforcing USAOCR Competitive Rules
  • Participants recognize the event is safe, fair, and credible

Exposure and advertising opportunities

  • USAOCR members have easy access to the USAOCR Event Calendar to search for OCR and related events
  • Advertising opportunities through newsletters for low cost and high  value
  • Ability to reach large numbers of OCR athletes receiving USAOCR online communications

Access to Event Planning Resources including:

  • Educational Tools
  • Event Consultancy
  • Events Location Guide
  • Risk management and industry best practices
  • Representation on the Race Director Commission

Benefits of Sanctioning for Event Participants

Inclusion in the USAOCR National Ranking System

  • Opportunity to qualify for All-American and Honorable Mention Titles

Athlete Excess Medical Coverage

  • Comprehensive and affordable insurance for injuries sustained at events

USAOCR Competitive Rules enforcement and USAOCR Officials

  • Participants are ensured a safe, fair, and creditable competition environment

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Athletes receive samples and discounts when race directors participate in sponsorship programs

USAOCR annual membership

  • View USAOCR Member Benefits here

To begin the sanction process or if you have questions, please contact the Event Services Department at eventservices@usaocr.org.

If you would like to discuss additional benefits, services, best practices, and risk management insight with the Event Services Team, please email us. We look forward to working with you and continue to build the sport of OCR.