Over the course of the past decade, obstacle course races (OCRs) have blown up in popularity. According to Running USA, the number of participants tripled between the years 2011 and 2013, going from one million to three million.
What makes OCRs socially unique is the close-knit camaraderie that is woven into the sport’s fabric. Although the spirit of competition runs deep (and leaves you covered in dirt), it’s more about taking care of your fellow racers than showing them up.
But first, take care of yourself. From fitness trackers to help record your progress to the right socks to keep you blister-free, here’s what you’ll need pre-race.