Why Obstacle Course Racing?

Obstacle course racing is one of the fastest growing sports in the US and beyond, largely due to the fact that people find it more fun, challenging, and rewarding than a typical trail run or road race. It combines high intensity running through diverse terrain with fun and challenging obstacles. Examples include Spartan Race, American Ninja Warrior, and Tough Mudder. In OCR, you run, climb, crawl, jump, and balance your way over, under, and through a wide variety of terrain and obstacles. 

Reasons to Build to get your own Obstacle Course!

Obstacle Courses provide a fun, safe, and challenging place for participants of all ages and fitness levels to play, exercise and compete with one another. Here are a few great reasons to build an obstacle course at your camp, school, park, or organization!

  1. Safety First – Our obstacle courses are built with safety as our #1 priority. Unlike climbing walls and high-ropes elements that require participants to use a harness, all of our elements are under 8ft tall and provide the same level of fun and challenge without the risk.
  2. Fitness – Obstacle courses are a primary feature of military training facilities all over the world, proving that these courses are the gold standard for fitness training. The obstacle course will train participants in all aspects of their fitness (upper, core and lower body strength, balance, agility, flexibility, coordination, aerobic speed and endurance), and can be modified based on age and fitness level.
  3. FUN! – You’ll hardly even notice you’re exercising, and you’ll keep coming back for more. Participants consistently report having memorable experiences playing on the obstacle course, and ask to run it multiple times!
  4. Team-Building – Obstacle courses are great for competition, but they’re even better for cooperation. Relay races, team races, and cooperative missions are great ways to get your campers and counselors working together and building team chemistry and friendship.
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  6. Motivation - Obstacle course racing is one of the best ways to motivate people to run and get in shape. The sport has already changed countless lives by inspiring people to get in the best shape of their lives, no matter their age or fitness ability. Give participants of all ages a positive experience with fitness, and they’ll stay with it for life.
  7. Self-Esteem – When you conquer an obstacle, you feel a sense of accomplishment. When you fail, you have something to work towards. Self-esteem is a natural result of seeing yourself overcome adversity and succeed
  8. Novelty – Parents, kids, teens, and adults that love the outdoors are becoming aware of American Ninja Warrior (TM), Spartan Race (TM), and other obstacle course races. How cool will it be when participants get to have their very own course!

What Obstacles Can You Choose From?

And many more! Visit our A La Carte Obstacle Menu for a full list of all the obstacles you can choose from as you design your very own custom obstacle course, or ask for a free consultation by emailing us at info@playoutthegame.com.


    Eddie Kovel's Obstacle Course Experience

    Eddie has worked as a course manager for Spartan Race (TM), raced and placed top 5 in 12/14 obstacle course races, started and coached the Emory University Obstacle Course Racing Team and has built obstacle courses and consulted for a variety of organizations around the USA, including the 2017 Crossfit Games, Camp Cheerio, Atlanta Jewish Academy and Beaver Creek Resorts. Eddie and his team of skilled and dedicated builders will make any obstacle course vision you have become a reality!

    Please contact Eddie at 203-499-7060 or by email at Eddie@PlayoutTheGame.com for a quote or to schedule an on-site consultation.