Definition of obstacle course in US English:

obstacle course


  • 1A course over which participants negotiate obstacles to be climbed, crawled under, crossed on suspended ropes, etc., as used for training soldiers.

    • ‘He was always there when you needed him most, like when it looked as if you may not be able to finish the obstacle course.’
    • ‘An obstacle course at the facility, in Sowerby Road, Acomb, York, was set alight, along with picnic tables.’
    • ‘Athletes competed in the 60-meter dash, 150m, ball toss to a partner, hit the wicket, obstacle course and water relay.’
    • ‘Throughout the obstacle course are automated training drones and turrets.’
    • ‘As a former member, I can believe it - my own initiation, as I dimly recall, involved a blindfold, several ‘dirty’ pints and an obstacle course across the Pleasance courtyard.’
    • ‘You could have giant trees that you swing from, lifting acorn weights, climbing an insane obstacle course with a giant bird feeder at top.’
    • ‘The locations reflect many of the US bases including basic training missions at a rifle range, obstacle course and McKenna Urban Training Site at Fort Benning, GA.’
    • ‘The group of 14 experienced urban art, crafts, wall climbing, volleyball, an obstacle course, water activities, novelty games and skateboarding.’
    • ‘We set up a live-fire combat assault lane that required the soldiers to negotiate a grueling obstacle course and engage targets as they moved through the course.’
    • ‘As part of the seminar, participants were required to take part in a leadership reaction obstacle course.’
    • ‘Wright placed first in the rowing contest, third in basketball shooting, third in swimming, fifth in the bicycle race, fifth in golf and seventh in the obstacle course.’
    • ‘Lunch didn't last long, and to Noman's dismay, he and the other soldiers were brought back to the obstacle course.’
    • ‘Twenty-three robotic vehicles, designed to operate without human guidance, set off yesterday to navigate through a desert obstacle course in a US military-sponsored race.’
    • ‘The section took out first place in five of the 15 activities and scooped the competition on day two winning the forced march, obstacle course and water crossing.’
    • ‘When the order is finally processed it's handed to a man in a full-body cast who has to pass through an obstacle course designed to help our soldiers train for urban combat.’
    • ‘The Team Snap Match required a team of six to negotiate a 100m obstacle course before shooting at 300m prone and 200m kneeling or squatting.’
    • ‘The first eight-week phase is known as the physical conditioning phase and places a strong emphasis on running swimming navigating the obstacle course and basic water and lifesaving skills.’
    • ‘Those wanting a taste of Army life could visit the displays of high-tech military vehicles and equipment, tackle a climbing wall or obstacle course, and watch chefs from different areas do culinary battle.’
    • ‘Years 1, 2 and 3 spent the morning negotiating an obstacle course, 3-legged racing and bean bag throwing, to name but a few of the events.’
    • ‘The students were given the chance to tackle a range of activities, including an assault obstacle course, aerial runway and mini bikes.’
    • ‘This is when he hadn't devised a macabre obstacle course, something out of the training grounds of an army base somewhere.’
    • ‘In the spring when I train at the Kahana Stunt Ranch, it is very strict with boot camp like training - pushups, crunches, running, obstacle course, and stunts themselves.’
    • ‘Team One reported back to the Commander as Team Two began their assault on the obstacle course.’
    • ‘You will have to complete this obstacle course,’ he held out his paw, ‘and you will start by making your way under these logs lifted off the ground by rocks, then you will have to climb up a rock wall.’’
    • ‘They knew the bunker was on the eastern side, along with the Shitzu River, and the obstacle course was north of there.’
    1. 1.1 A series of difficulties that have to be negotiated in order to achieve a particular aim.
      ‘the regulatory maze is an obstacle course for inexperienced would-be entrepreneurs’
      • ‘So instead of wandering about aimlessly, set a goal and bask in the challenge of the obstacle course you'll face to get there.’
      • ‘Life can be like an obstacle course.’
      • ‘It is a fun, insightful primer for success in the "obstacle course" of life!’


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