Guam, CNMI at OCR World Championships

LONDON-BOUND: From left: Jeffrey Rios, James Lee, Tom Akigami, Deren Perez, Billy Navarrete, Rodney Camacho and Brian Johnson will be competing in the OCR World Championships Oct. 11-13 in London, England. Photo illustration Courtesy of Trench Challenge

After a successful Trench Challenge Obstacle Course Race, seven athletes, and representatives from Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands qualified for the world championships.

The OCR World Championships, featuring over 5,000 athletes from 68 nations, will take place Oct. 11-13 in London, England.

Brian Johnson, winning the Trench Challenge Men’s Elite Division in 1 hour, 10 minutes, 4 seconds, of 1,500 competitors, was the fastest at the Sept. 29 event.

“I couldn’t be more proud than to be wearing the Guam flag,” said Johnson, who is scheduled to compete today in the Men’s 15KM Division. “I’m really stoked to be a part of the Guam team.”

Johnson, who also competed in the North American Obstacle Course Race Championships in August, feels that Trench Challenge prepared him for London.

“It’s definitely a good tuneup, especially given the trail running,” Johnson said. “Some of the obstacles we saw in Trench, we’ll see those here, in London.”

Johnson said, his “goal will be to complete all 80 obstacles."

“We’ll be given a band before we start and if there’s any obstacle that you don’t complete, they cut your band," he said.

“You still get to finish, but it’s a pride thing,” he added.