About Obstacle Race World

Obstacle Racing is one of the fastest growing sports. In 2015, roughly five million participated in an obstacle course race (OCR) worldwide. With a presence in more than 40 countries, obstacle racing has room to grow.

If you are interested in learning more about the business of obstacle racing and the industry behind the increasing participation numbers, you’ve come to the right place! Whether you are an OCR developer, investor, student, reporter, or other enthusiast, we want to help you better understand the growth and prospects of the sport.

New to the obstacle racing marketplace? You can start with the following pages to learn more about OCRs and Obstacle Race World:

If you are a participant interested in training for your first obstacle race, be sure to visit our sister site: MyExerciseCoach.net. There you will find not only training and prep guidance for your first OCR, but fitness tips to complement your other goals, including running, core, flexibility, and metabolic training guides.

Why Obstacle Race World?

Obstacle Race World is the first and only source devoted to tracking and analyzing the sport of obstacle racing. In May 2014, we published the first-ever industry report on the sport, entitled, Obstacle Race World: The State of the Mud Run Business. This report was covered by more than 250 media outlets. The second edition of the report was published in 2016. Obstacle Race World is dedicated to supporting the sport while providing transparency on its prospects for growth.

About Melissa Rodriguez

Obstacle Race World is developed by Melissa Rodriguez, a fitness industry analyst, personal trainer, and strength and conditioning specialist. She also oversees health club industry research for the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). In addition to following all things obstacle racing, Rodriguez also maintains MyExerciseCoach.net, a blog that provides training tips and fitness guides for beginners, with a special emphasis on obstacle course race training. Her e-book, 12 Weeks. 22 Workouts. Your First Obstacle Race: A Beginner’s Training Manual, provides a training roadmap for novices preparing for their first mud run. She is also a contributor to mudandadventure.com and the former Mud & Obstacle magazine.

Rodriguez holds a certified personal training certification through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM-CPT) and a certified strength and conditioning specialist designation from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CSCS). Rodriguez also holds undergraduate degrees in English and biology. She received an M.B.A. in financial management from La Sierra University in Riverside, California.