Race Report: Louis Smit – OCRWC

Day one of the OCR World Champs could be summed up as ‘’Damn these European dudes are fast!’’. With the athletes racing 10 at a time I had no clue where I was all I knew that I was passing a lot of athletes on the course and that usually means you are doing well but boy was I wrong. I Lined up for the 3km race with the idea of landing a podium spot, but I was shocked to find out after my finish that I was only in 6th position. Really disappointed with this result I decided to use it as fuel for my 15k race the next day, plus a big shout out to Thomas van Tonder, really drew some much needed inspiration from an epic 3k race from him….

Day two of the OCR World Champs was one for the books summed up as ‘’All or Nothing’’. I had made my mind up the day before that I would give it absolutely everything I got from the start till the finish, if I died then so be it but this was a massive opportunity I couldn’t pass up and something I have been working towards for a really long time. I pushed the pace from the start, trying to make gaps on obstacles as best I could and flat lining as much as I could. I would pull away with the run and then the competition would make up time with all the heavy carries especially in the first half of the course. Made a mistake on an obstacle and all of a sudden I was 4th that was how close it was…

At last some proper technical obstacles, now this is something South Africans excel at and here I closed on the leader fast, and the course after this had some stretches where I could really open up on the running and this was where I gapped the field and took it away from them. Now it was surely mine to lose and all I had to do was hold on, I kept my intensity as high as I could even though I was starting to cram up.

The final stretches were fairly obstacle loaded with some heavy and technical obstacles including the weaver, force 5 rig, Bomb carry etc. I knew I had enough left in the tank I only needed to keep it together, almost done. After scull valley I only had two obstacles left, crawling through some muddy pipes and the big wall. Finishing strong with a body screaming for relieve and finally some rest after crossing the line, celebrating with Thomas, Eben and my Mom. I had done it and 20 seconds later the second place athlete came through. Closer than I thought but not close enough, I got the gold and realized dream years in the making….

The best part of it all was standing in front of 60 different nationalities and being called the World Champion and receiving a gold medal, just an indescribable feeling and something I will carry with me for the rest of my life…

Day 3 Team event, all the pressure and nerves were gone, now to have some fun with two awesome Americans on my team but was it fun? We decided to put me on the running leg with all the top speedsters in the co-ed event, I ran as hard as I could, smashing obstacles hard and managed to come in 8th and tapped Kris’s hand. I ran a 4.5km with obstacles in 15:22 with the fastest time being 13:53 (Crazy Fast). I cheered on my team mates Benjamin Gifford and Kris Rugloski and we managed to come in 11th spot we gave it our all and had loads of fun combined with some suffering as always.

It was an amazing experience and I enjoyed it very much. I won my age group and now obviously I need to step up so I will race Pro division next year and you will definitely see me there shaking things up in front, got some work to do but the fire is burning way bigger now than ever before…

Thanks to all who supported and competed, thanks to the organizers and the sponsors, this was a top class event. Last but not least the most important people in my life who supported and believed in me from the beginning you know who you are and it’s because of you that I do what I do and that I am where I am, I owe you everything.