OCNJ Winter Warrior

Winter Warrior Challenge
Saturday Feb. 17, 2024

A Presidents Day Weekend event brings families and local businesses together in Ocean City in the heart of winter. The event is run out of Civic Center and includes four components: an obstacle course race for children, a “Winter Warrior” obstacle course race for parents and individuals, team challenges such as a fire truck pull, and an indoor festival for participants and spectators.



OCNJ Winter Warrior Challenge Course: Show your grit, effort, resilience, courage and resolve on a cold 2.5-mile course with 10 obstacles along the way. Look for things like sand mounds, tire run, floating steps and cargo net climb along the way. This race is reserved for participants ages 14 and older. All survivors receive an exclusive Winter Warrior Challenge finisher T-shirt.

  • 8 a.m.: 1st wave start – “I’m going hard”
  • 8:30 a.m.: 2nd wave start – “Someone talked me into this and I’m trying it”
  • 9:00 a.m.: Team wave start – Teams must stay together.  (If you do not have and team and would like to be on a team, put your name on the individuals forming a team list at check-in.)
  • 11 a.m. to noon: Adult course open for anyone to try. Must be with an adult if younger than 14.

Kids Challenge Course: A fun, non-competitive course includes a rock wall, hazard walls, cargo net, agility poles, teeter plank, monkey bars, floating steps, tire run, and noodle tower. Young participants must be signed up, check in, and wear a participation wristband.

  • 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Course is open to all 13 yrs & under
  • 11 a.m. to noon: Family relays
  • Noon to 1 p.m.: Course reopens to all 13 yrs & under

Team Challenge: Teams of four compete in five events to win awards as top overall team, all-male team, all-female team, and co-ed team. Events include the following.

  • 2.5-mile obstacle course (team must finish together)
  • Fire-truck pull
  • Sandbag-carry relay
  • Tire-flip relay
  • Fire hose and dummy rescue

To be eligible to win OCNJ Winter Warrior Team Champion award, your team must participate in the team challenge course & all 4 strength events. Categories: Co-ed, all male, all female,

“Winter Warrior” Festival: As the events go on outside and for a post-race celebration, local merchants, restaurants and services will set up inside the Civic Center for a mid-winter festival – offering an early taste of the long-awaited summer. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with vendors, hot chocolate, music and fire heaters.



  • Online registration: Registration for the 2025 event will open in fall 2024
  • Pre-registration: $35 until Jan. 15; and $40 Jan. 16 through 4 p.m. Feb. 14
  • Race-day registration: $50
  • Kids Course: $10 Pre & Race Day
  • Beneficiaries: All proceeds benefit Ocean City Recreation Scholarships and Programs.



  • Challenge Course: Top three male, female, non-binary
  • Team Challenge: Top co-ed, all-male and all-female teams. One team will be named the 2024 Winter Warrior Champions. Their team name will go on the perpetual Winter Warrior Cup! All finishers receive an OCNJ Winter Warrior Finisher shirt


JOIN THE FUN AS A RACE VOLUNTEER: Please complete this volunteer form if you can help out in any way.