Maltese Man Becomes First Ever Local Athlete To Compete In Two Consecutive International Obstacle Course Championships

Flying the flag (and sweating) for Malta

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Alan Fava is representing Malta for the second time in a row at this year's OCR World Championships, a gruelling set of obstacle courses and the world's first independent racing competition of its kind.

Fava is also the first and only Maltese contender to compete in both the OCR World Championships as well as the OCR European Championships.

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OCR stands for Obstacle Course Racing and it is as tough as it sounds. It involves competing in many physical challenges and tonnes of training is necessary.

Challenges may involve climbing over walls, carrying heavy objects, crawling under barbed wire... it's pretty similar to military training.

Alan's love of obstacle challenges began in 2014, when he participated in Tough Mudder in Dublin (the international equivalent of The Grid) and he was hooked ever since.

''This year will be my 40th international race, and it's all self funded without sponsors," he told Lovin Malta.

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He also expressed his concerns that, unfortunately, since the challenging activity is not recognised as an official sport, funding is impossible.

Keep doing the island proud, Alan.

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