The obstacle course racing for families and kids is almost upon us, so why not cover the basics. We all know that a kids obstacle course race is so much fun and when you add mud… well that is a recipe for great memories. Not sure what to wear? What to bring? How to tackle an obstacle? Don’t worry, I got you covered! Here are my 11 Obstacle Course Racing Tips for families and kids.
1. FIRST, HAVE FUN!
OCR’s are designed to be challenging, but not impossible. So when racing with your family and especially with kids, always stay positive. This could be a great learning experience for them.
2. WEAR THE RIGHT SHOES
If you’re trying a kids obstacle race out for the first time to see if you like it wear older shoes with terrain grips. No running shoes! You need traction. Of course, I have to recommend Reebok shoes designed specifically for OCRs will be the best option.
3. PREPARE TO GET DIRTY
You are going to get muddy in places you never would imagine. Underwear helps. A little.
4. DRESS LIGHT. NO COTTON.
The less clothing the better. Avoid clothing that will soak up water. Team outfits are highly recommended. Along those same lines, be sure to choose a great kids obstacle course team name.
5. PACK LIGHT FOR SHORT RACES
Only race with the gear you need, but pack extra stuff to change into after the race. Extra shoes or flip flops, trash bags and extra towels to put in the car so you don’t get dirt everywhere. Snacks are important! You can leave these at the bag check.
6. IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT AN OBSTACLE
Watch a few people attempt it first, then tackle it!
7. IF YOU ARE STILL UNSURE ABOUT AN OBSTACLE
Ask for help. A kids OCR is about teamwork. Tip: Try to join a team if it’s your first OCR and always try to overcome your fears!
8. CLEANING OFF
The run usually supplies the shower. Some are nicer than others. You will need trash bags for dirty clothing, slippers or other shoes to wear leaving, baby wipes for the face, extra clothing to change into, cash for food and parking, towels to place over the car seats, and no there’s not always soap. I’ve been too many kids obstacle course race events where they had no soap and just 10 water hoses.
9. BRING SOME PLASTIC BAGS
You will need them for your clothes after the event. Also, bring hydration for longer kids OCR races and zip lock everything, pack a buff to keep the dust out of your mouth and old glasses to keep out of your eye.
10. DRY FIT IS RECOMMENDED
Dry fit and compression gear won’t hold water and compression is great for recovery of the joints. Also, pick up some mustard, you can grab little packets at your grocery store. When a cramp comes on, eat the mustard asap and bring a pack.
11. PUT YOUR GAME FACE ON AND BE SURE TO TAKE PICTURES
You got this! Before, during and after pics are a must. Your friends will be jealous!