3 Ways Prison Break Escapes The Obstacle Race Rut

October 02, 2015 - By: Sarah Pease

Google ‘Obstacle Course Race’ and within seconds you’ll have millions of searchable results.
. That’s how popular these non-traditional running events have become. According to Running USA, the
number of estimated Obstacle Course Race (OCR) finishers
has gone from low six figures in 2009, to four million in 2013. And in 2014 the
phenomenon extended outside the U.S
. with an estimated 5,000 events and up to 10 million participants in more than 30 countries.
One of the OCRs in the mix is the Montréal-based
Prison Break Race
, which is the brainchild of former triathlete Éric Poulin. Here are three ways Prison Break puts its unique spin on obstacle course racing:
Full Concept Immersion

Will you make it to freedom?
That’s the question posed to participants who
start the race from inside a jail
, complete with guard towers. And when runners aren’t hustling up hills and going over obstacles, they are sprinting through five zones being chased by prison guards trying to snatch their flags. It’s like starring in
The Fugitive
Smaller Waves
– Your adrenaline is pumping and you’re given the go ahead to start the race… only to end up waiting, sometimes for up to 30 minutes, at each obstacle. To eliminate this clog and keep the race flowing smoothly, Prison Break limits their starting waves to 200 people instead of the large 400-person waves other OCRs favor.
Amped-Up Atmosphere
– The post-race wind-down is pretty predictable: medal, race T-shirt, beverage, and goodbye. Prison Break recognizes that you worked hard to earn your freedom, which calls for something more. Their after-race party includes live music, a bar, and chowing down on BBQ or for the health conscious, trying their new salad and smoothie counter.
Have you tried an obstacle course race? Tell us about your experience in the comments.