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Seven Most Common Mistakes on A Kids OCR

By J D 0

The main point of these kids OCRs is to have fun! Challenge your kids to do something different. Get outside in the elements with their friends and simply have fun and get some exercise.

These races come in all shapes and sizes. 5K, 8 miles to 10-13 miles. Start at a 5K and work your way up.

So if you are thinking of doing a family obstacle course race or having your kids do one of these races, here are the SEVEN MOST COMMON MISTAKES I see made when preparing for a kids obstacle course race:

7. Being Scared

Yeah, you read this right! There is nothing to be scared about. It’s a race with a ton of kids who will cheer you on, help you over obstacles and then give you a high-five with you when you are done! You go at your own pace and do whatever obstacles you want. Your race, your experience!

6. Waiting to Sign Up

This is a common mistake for a couple of reasons. One, you are procrastinating. You are allowing the mistake of “Being Scared” get in your way. By signing up in advance you are setting an actual goal with a date.

The second reason this is a common mistake is a financial one. It costs more money the longer you wait! The price goes up as the date of the race draws near. Not to mention, you could wait too long to sign up that the event sells out. Not true, so compare the race prices.

5. Just Running

The first thing people say to me when they sign up for a kids obstacle race is “OMG I need to start running with my kids!” No, no no. This is actually the by far the most common training mistake I hear. While getting your run in is important, it is actually last on my training regiment.

If you are a runner don’t stop, just realize you will want to do a different kind of running. The amount of time you actually have your kids run straight ahead in one of these races, especially in the New England area, is minimal.

These races are a full body experience, so running in a straight line at a slow monotonous speed is for road races, not obstacle course races. The running I recommend is stuff like hill repeats, stadiums, and sprint work. If you are doing a bigger kids obstacle course race, like a 10 – 13 mile one, then yes, your kids will do some general running, but honestly, I have never run over 5 miles training for one of these with my kids.

4. Strength Training on Machines

YES, you need strength training. NOT on machines. Kids obstacle course racing is all about getting off the couch, out of that chair and getting outside to do something! There are no machines to help you over, around or through obstacles. There are no “fixed planes of motion” like when training on a machine. There is no isolation of muscles like on machines.

What there is… full body movements like pulling yourself up and over a wall, pushing a fellow racer over something, pulling your friend up a half pipe, crawling as low as you can go under things or even having to do 30 Burpees at a time! That’s not being in running shape, that’s not what a machine at the gym is like… that is what an obstacle course race is like!

For some of you, go back and read number seven again! Seriously, if you do the basics like pushups, body rows, pull-ups, burpees, core/abs, lunges, squats, some basic weights you will be fine.

3. Skipping Stretching

This is a common mistake for almost everyone! Actually, you should have a proper warm up and cool down before and after all activities. Things like:

  • some soft tissue work like foam rolling
  • a dynamic or moving flexibility routine to prep the body for work
  • and a post workout routine like stretching and more rolling after

Stretching is key to allowing the body to increase its range of motion. Stretching resets muscle length, increases flexibility/mobility and reduces inflammation and muscle soreness after a workout.

“You are not fit if you are not flexible.” – according to Joe De Sena, Spartan Racing Founder

2. Doing It Alone

If this is your first go around attempting a kids obstacle course race then definitely grab a buddy and go for it. It gives you someone to lean on for support, for motivation, for encouragement and hopefully as a training partner. If you have a common goal with other people, you will get a lot more out of the experience, at least an obstacle course experience.

The great thing about these obstacle course races for kids is that if you show up alone, or are in a heat without a buddy, you will meet someone to run with. That’s how I met a great new friend!


Need I say more? Sign up and go for it. No excuses.

There you have it! The Seven Most Common Mistakes I see when preparing for a kids obstacle course race. It is your race and your experience, so get out there and enjoy it. Get out of that comfort zone a bit and soak up that great sense of accomplishment you will get. You never know, you may get hooked on these things like me!

author: J D

Charles Kleinberg
Charles Kleinberg
18:41 30 Sep 19
1. Having only one pit for mud was extremely disappointing. It’s a mud run not a 2 mi jog 2. In the one mud pit, hosing us down was annoying. 3. More activity less calesthenics. There should be others to add It’s a great idea and like it. But for $45, I’m feeling like it’s not enoughread more
David Moreno
David Moreno
19:23 05 Dec 18
It was my first mud run and I enjoyed it. It was challenging and I highly recommend it.
Nancy Morrell
Nancy Morrell
19:39 04 Dec 18
Great fun as a family! Plus entrance to the waterpark! Made for a great weekend..cant wait for the next one!!
Ashlee Pike
Ashlee Pike
19:12 29 Nov 18
This event couldn't be better! Took my 12yr old cousin and we had a blast! The obstacles are fun for kids and adults alike. The staff were friendly and encouraging as well. I'm definitely doing this again, and I would highly recommend this to anyone who's ever wanted to try a mud run:)read more
Jorgen Cardona
Jorgen Cardona
20:51 28 Nov 18
The experience was a blast, love it. but i think the weather did nit cooparate that day. It was very cold and windy and nit sunny, even though the sun came out a little bit. At the end they should have had a place with heaters on. Everything else was very well organize. Will do it again hopefully.read more
Lizzette Del Valle
Lizzette Del Valle
18:53 28 Nov 18
I had a great experience and enjoyed myself so much. Considering that was my first Mud Run I was apprehensive at first, but so glad I went thru with it. We will definitely be there again next year.read more
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