Over the past few years, the sport of OCR has solidified itself as a major player in the fitness world. People love it. We love the challenge, the primal nature of a sport which brings us back to our primitive roots. In our modern age, one that is filled with small grey cubicles, the blue glow of computer screens, and the constant barrage of today’s technological demands, our inner psyche screams to be let loose. We yearn for adventure, we desire to feel alive as our lungs covet fresh air, and OCR emerged with perfect timing to aid in quenching this need for experience, for vibrancy, for a life well lived.
Unfortunately this incredible sport is in no ways perfect, as the OCR nation is peppered with a healthy dose of the ugliness of human nature; greed, jealousy, and hatred. Race A hates Race B while the smaller, local Race C is the unpopular kid left in the corner to simpy die out and eventually fade away. Sound familiar? Scandals, fights and drama erupt as race employees and enthusiasts alike viciously declare that their race is better than any other race in existence. And while all races claim their ultimate goal is to see this sport become a mainstream, televised, perhaps even olympic-worthy event, many race companies just can’t seem to find the heart to allow harmony to exist among one another.
As an avid OCR enthusiast, I’ve created my blog to share my love of a sport that means a great deal to me and my family. Do I have my favorite races? Yes, of course I do. Does that mean I want that race to be the only race that exists? Absolutely not. An OCR monopoly would kill this sport, as avid racers would eventually grow bored with the same song and dance each time they approached the starting corral.
We thrive on originality, on excitement, on new experiences. We want variety. And to earn the same exact shirt and the same exact medal, after experiencing the same exact obstacles time after time would become monotonous; exactly what we are trying to escape, the monotony of life.
My wish is that these races will finally end the proverbial pissing contest amongst each other, and realize that without each other they are decreasing their likelihood for sustainability. Just as we do not want to read the same book over and over, we do not want to run the same race over and over. However put together a queue of great publications and allow us read other books, we’ll likely be back for more when you publish your next up-and-comer. Make sense?
The OCR world is wonderful, beautiful and exciting, however my hope is that the many races striving for success can learn to work together in harmony for the betterment of the sport, instead of seeking to destroy others for their own gain.
As the old saying goes, “United we stand, divided we fall.” Let’s hope this is not the fate of OCR.