World’s Best Endurance Athletes Make 2017 Reebok Spartan World Championship Most Competitive Ever

Two-Day $100K Event Crowns Inaugural Team World Champion
and Individual World Champions in Men’s and Women’s Competitions

MEN’S ELITE WOMEN’S ELITE WORLD TEAM CHAMPION
1. Cody Moat 2:32:34 1. Lindsay Webster 3:06:10 1. USA 1:37:00
2. Jonathan Albon 2:36:11 2. Zuzana Kocumov 3:07:53 2. Czech Republic 1:39:19
3. Robert Killian 2:37:17 3. Alyssa Hawley 3:15:19 3. Canada 1:39:39

Lake Tahoe, CA.  Top endurance athletes in the obstacle racing world demonstrated their skill and tenacity at one of the world’s most demanding racing destinations in this weekend’s 2017 Reebok Spartan Race World Championship at Squaw Valley. For a third straight year, a field of elite athletes and more than 15,000 competitors and spectators converged in Olympic Valley to take part in the pinnacle event of the obstacle racing season.

The Spartan Race World Championship featured a suite of competitive events and a total purse of $110,000 in cash and prizes. The feature event Saturday was the grueling 16-mile Elite Championship “Beast” heat, in which elite racers from close to 50 countries crawled through barbed wire, scaled walls, swam through a near-freezing lake and conquered nearly 40 obstacles to determine the individual world champions. The race tested each athlete’s strength, endurance, and resolve on unpredictable terrain and over Spartan obstacles masterfully designed to push deep beyond the comfort zone.

Fierce competitors earned entry to the Championship heat by finishing in the top five at Spartan Races around the world during the 2017 qualifying season, with this weekend determining the reigning 2017 champion. Cody Moat captured the men’s individual title with a time of 2:32:34 while Lindsay Webster earned the top prize on the women’s side with a 3:06:10 course pace. In addition to bragging rights, both racers took home $15,000 in prize money. Joining Moat on the men’s podium was Jonathan Albon in second and Robert Killian in third. Zuzana Kocumov and Alyssa Hawley rounded out the women’s top three, earning second and third respectively.

Sunday, October 1 marked the inaugural World Team Championship, with international co-ed teams comprised of three elite racers vying for national and international prestige on a demanding 8.5-mile “Super Course.” Team USA (Robert Killian, Alyssa Hawley, and Ryan Woods) emerged victorious, outpacing 26 other tenacious teams to earn first place. The Czech team (Tomas Satinsky, Zuzana Kocumov, and Tomas Tvrdik) finished second with a time of 01:39:19 and the runner-up title. Team Canada (Mikhail Gerylo, Austin Azar, and Faye Stenning) finished third with a time of 01:39:39.  All World Team racers also qualified for and competed in Saturday’s World Championship Beast event.

Sunday also featured the arduous 26-mile Ultra Beast race, featuring more than 70 obstacles, in which Ryan Atkins secured the win in a time of 06:40:05, as well as a kids’ competition and a CEO challenge. In total, the Spartan World Championship courses saw more than 15,000 participants fight the unforgiving terrain.

In a first step towards eventually meeting the international standards set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), Spartan tested eight athletes at this weekend’s Reebok Spartan Race World Championship for prohibited substances.

In just seven years, the Spartan race series – with one million annual participants in more than 200 races across 30 countries – has become the premier competitive endurance race in the world. Visit http://www.spartan.com for more information.

Video Credit: Spartan Productions
PhotoCredit: Courtesy of Spartan

World Team Results: https://results.chronotrack.com/m/ctlive/#32204/race/84918
Men’s Elite: 
https://results.chronotrack.com/m/ctlive/ – 25523/race/63380
Women’sElite: https://results.chronotrack.com/m/ctlive/#25523/race/63380/675393/dynamic

About Spartan Race Inc. 
Spartan Race is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand, and the first in-sport to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 200 events across more than 30 countries in 2017, Spartan Race will attract more than one million global participants offering open heats for all fitness levels, along with competitive and elite heats. The Spartan Race lifestyle boasts a community of more than five million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, training and nutrition programs, and a popular NBC television series, which has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Spartan Race events feature races at three distances, 3+Mile/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 12+ Mile/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” culminating in the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Visit www.spartan.com for more information and registration.

Media Contact
Jonathan Fine, Spartan: 781-248-3963, jonathanf@spartan.com
Sarah Rich, Elevate Communications: 617-861-3658, srich@elevatecom.com

 

 

Spartan, the World’s Largest Obstacle Race and Endurance Brand, to Bring Live Content to Facebook’s Watch Platform

Exclusive Facebook Live Streaming of Spartan Events Launches with
2017 Reebok Spartan World Championship in Lake Tahoe September 30 

Boston, MA  – Blood, sweat, athleticism and pure grit will stream exclusively on Facebook’s new Watch platform thanks to a partnership between Spartan and Facebook. The partnership will feature live streaming of men’s and women’s obstacle races (OCR) through the 2017 Spartan season, kicking off with the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship September 30 and October 1 in Lake Tahoe, CA. The broadcasts will be dynamically produced with multiple cameras, drone coverage, graphic packages, audio commentary, replays, and behind-the-scenes content.

“Spartan draws some of the world’s most talented athletes to obstacle racing to battle technical terrain and punishing obstacles, which creates fierce competition that is unlike any other broadcast sport,” said Spartan COO Jeffrey Connor. “Producing live broadcasts of our races was a major focus for us in 2017 and an important part of Spartan and the OCR industry’s growth. Partnering with Facebook to stream our events exclusively on Watch will bring the action to sports fans across the globe, showcasing the pure grit of the fastest growing participation sport while helping Spartan spread its message of healthy transformation to a new audience of millions.”

In addition to broadcasting the race events, Spartan’s Facebook Live streams will feature interviews with competitors and major players in the industry along with a host of socially-driven content optimized for a mobile audience, including live-polling and real-time engagement. Spartan will also produce a weekly workout session exclusively for Facebook’s Watch platform. People can add this content to their watchlist by following Spartan LIVE.

“As a producer of lifestyle content that spans sport, nutrition and training, Spartan has more than five million Facebook followers and established television shows on NBC Sports Network and NBC primetime, which makes this partnership a natural next step as we expand our media programing,” said Spartan Founder and CEO Joe De Sena. “The live streaming broadcasts of our events this year received tremendous views, averaging more than one million for each, and as we expand our Championship Series to more than 30 countries across the world in 2018, we’re excited to grow those numbers globally as we work with Facebook.”

Spartan’s militaristic-style obstacle races push the bodies and minds of competitors to the limit across miles of unforgiving terrain while they conquer signature obstacles such as the spear throw, bucket brigade and barbed wire crawl. Spartan is a leader in transforming obstacle racing into a mainstream endurance sport, having been the first brand to feature timing, rankings and a Global Championship Series. The 2017 Reebok Spartan World Championship is the pinnacle event of the obstacle racing season and features a field of elite athletes from more than 50 countries battling the mountainous terrain at Squaw Valley during the 16-mile “Beast” race for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes. This year’s event features a new World Team Championship, which will see coed teams of three from 25 countries facing off in a team-style competition.

Following the World Championship, Spartan plans to broadcast races in Atlanta (October 21), Dallas (October 28), Sacramento (November 11) and at AT&T Park in San Francisco (November 18), which is part of the Spartan “Stadium Series” that unfolds at the hallowed grounds of the most beloved ballparks across America.

About Spartan Race Inc.
Spartan Race is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand, and the first in-sport to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 200 events across more than 30 countries in 2017, Spartan Race will attract more than one million global participants offering open heats for all fitness levels, along with competitive and elite heats. The Spartan Race lifestyle boasts a community of more than five million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, training and nutrition programs, and a popular NBC television series, which has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Spartan Race events feature races at three distances, 3+Mile/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 12+ Mile/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” culminating in the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Visit www.spartan.com for more information and registration.

 

Reebok Spartan Race World Championship Returns to Squaw Valley featuring Elite International Competitors and First-Ever World Team Championship

Boston, MA – Spartan, the world’s largest obstacle race (OCR) and endurance brand, today announced weekend details for the 2017 Reebok Spartan Race World Championship at Squaw Valley in North Lake Tahoe, CA September 30 through October 1. The premiere event of the OCR season will see elite athletes, representing nearly 50 countries descend on the former Olympic venue, to put their skills and endurance to the test in both individual and team competitions.

Dating back to the 1960 Olympic Winter Games, Squaw Valley has long been considered one of the best training grounds for American Olympic athletes, with elevations reaching more than 9,000 feet. Now, Squaw Valley marks another important athletic milestone, as some of the best athletes in the world will compete for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes in the culminating event of the 2017 obstacle racing season at one of the most challenging courses in the world.

Underscoring the global appeal and impact of the sport, Spartan also announced the format of the first ever World Team Championships, where top racers from around the world will form country-specific, co-ed teams of three to go head-to-head on a Spartan “Super” course, battling for the title of World Team Champion and more than $10,000 in cash and prizes as well as national glory and international prestige. With more than one million participants participating in 200+ races spanning across the globe this year alone and events taking place in more than 30 countries in five continents, Spartan race events impart worldwide appeal and significance.

“There is tremendous excitement and anticipation for the World Championship as we bring this incredible and growing sport to more and more people around the world,” said Spartan Race founder and CEO Joe DeSena. “We are excited to elevate the race with the addition of the format this year, including the launch of the international team competition, which is just the beginning of the competition’s global growth.”

In addition to the World Team Championship, which will take place on Sunday, October 1, the World Championship Race weekend will feature Beast, Super and Sprint competitions, as well as a Kids Race, for youth ages 4 – 13. The event is the culmination of the 2017 Spartan Race Season, following the Global Elite Point Series.

The premier event of the World Championships weekend is the Elite Championship Beast race on Saturday, September 30. Every racer that will stand at the start line has earned the right to compete. Competitive and open class racers are still able to run the course, but to be eligible to compete in the World Championship prize money Elite heat, racers must earn a coin. The top five male and female athletes in all Elite heats from January 1 – September 24, 2017 in the US and Canada will earn coins. Races outside the US and Canada will provide top 10 male and female athletes in all Elite heats from January 1 – September 24, 2017 with coins.

The women’s competition promises to be fiercely competitive with Spartan Pro-Team members Alyssa Hawley, winner of her first U.S. Championship race at the Seattle Super; Rea Kolbl, a former Slovenian National Gymnastics Team Champion; and Nicole Mericle, a NCAA Division 1 Cross Country Champion and star track athlete, bringing impressive resumes to Squaw Valley. Defending World Champion Hobie Call and fan favorite Hunter McIntyre are just two of the names that highlight the men’s competition.

On the team side: the Czech Republic, led by defending Women’s World Champion and this year’s favorite Zuzana Kocumova; Team USA, featuring Spartan Pro/2015 World Champion Robert Killian, Hawley and elite OCR competitor Ryan Woods; Team Canada with star/Spartan Pro Faye Stenning; and Mexico with Spartan pro Angel Quintaro will all be competing. Team Iceland will be testing the Spartan Waters before the 24-hour Ultra World Championship taking place outside Reykjavik this December.

In addition to competing, Obstacle Course Racing fans are invited to take in all the action, including viewing access to select obstacles as well as the start and finish line, live music and entertainment, panel discussions, raffles, spectator challenges, vendor tents, and more. The event itself is free to the public, with a VIP spectator package available at $40. Tickets for a dinner with athletes are $40 for adults and $20 for children (13 and under). The dinner is scheduled for Friday, September 29 at 6:00 pm. For more details on Spartan World Championship events throughout the weekend, please visit www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/2605.

Spartan’s national partners include Reebok, Yokohama, Clif, Eat the Bear, FitAID, Perfect Shaker, FitFour, GT’s Kombucha. Proud official partners of the 2017 Reebok Spartan World Championship include Jeep, Speck, Gatorz and Groove Life with festival partners including Optimum Nutrition, Mobile Locker Co, Country Archer Jerky, Nature Nate’s, Ascent, Wilderness Athlete, Darn Tough, Junk Headbands, Inside Tracker, Caterpy, Runderlust, Wacac, Spenco, Kettle & Fire, Rapid Recovery Hydration, North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, Chagit, Infuze, Powerdot, A Little Common Scents, US OCR and Zuke’s Pet Treat.

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ABOUT SPARTAN RACE, INC.
Spartan Race is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand, and the first in-sport to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 250 events across more than 35 countries in 2017, Spartan Race will attract more than one million global participants offering open heats for all fitness levels, along with competitive and elite heats. The Spartan Race lifestyle boasts a community of more than five million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, training and nutrition programs, and a popular NBC television series, which has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Spartan Race events feature races at three distances, 3+Mile/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 12+ Mile/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” culminating in the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship in Lake Tahoe, Calif. Visit http://www.spartan.com for more information and registration.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Sarah Rich, Elevate Communications: 401-525-1266, srich@elevatecom.com
Jonathan Fine, Spartan: 781-248-3963, jonathanf@spartan.com