Top Athletes Set the Bar for 2018 Spartan U.S. National Series in Kick-Off Race on Mount Diablo

March 25, 2018

Two-Day U.S. National Series Stop Tests Competitor Strength & Endurance; Winners Earn Coins for Entry into 2018 North American Championship




San Jose, Calif. – Top endurance athletes in the obstacle racing world tackled the gritty course on Mount Diablo for the Spartan San Jose U.S. National Series race weekend, March 23-25. The event featured a range of competitive heats and saw athletes battle for more than $15,000 in cash and prizes as well as the right to compete in the 2018 Spartan North American Championship on August 25 in West Virginia and the 2018 World Championship in North Lake Tahoe September 29.

The race weekend included some of the nation’s top athletes as well as weekend warriors and new racers taking on Spartan’s signature events, including the “Super” (8-10 mile, 24–29 obstacle), “Sprint” (3-5 mile, 20-23 obstacles), and Kids Races. The course featured miles of technical terrain, steep elevation and signature Spartan obstacles designed to push competitors to their limits.
Ryan Woods of Boone, NC captured the men’s elite title with a time of 01:14:27 while Rea Kolbl of Palo Alto, CA earned the top prize on the women’s side with a 01:27:03 course pace. Joining Woods on the men’s podium was Ryan Kent in second and Robert Killian in third. Faye Stenning and Myriam Guillot-Boisset rounded out the women’s top three, earning second and third respectively. Finishing at the top of the field in these qualifiers, Woods and Kolbl earned the right to compete in the 2018 Spartan North American Championship and World Championship.
The weekend featured additional competitions for wide range of abilities, including the three-mile Elite Spartan Sprint which saw Angel Quintero of Mexico City, Mexico take home the men’s title and Rea Kolbl take home the women’s title. The weekend also features a “Hurricane Heat,” a unique endurance event, traversing on and off the Spartan race course. In total, the San Jose National Championship stop saw more than 15,000 participants put their strength and endurance to the test to tackle the unforgiving terrain. 
The U.S. National Series leads to the 2018 Spartan World Championship, the pinnacle event of the obstacle racing season featuring a field of elite athletes from more than 50 countries around the world battling it out over a 12+ mile (20+ kilometer) “Beast” race. To qualify for the world championship heat, competitors must finish top 10 in a Spartan National Series event or a Regional Championship anywhere in the world during the 2018 qualifying season.
After San Jose, the series returns to Snohomish, WA April 14, before heading to new championship venues in Southern California’s Big Bear Lake May 19; Chicago, IL June 23; and the finale in Eden, UTJuly 28.

Spartan events focus on sport and athleticism, pushing the bodies and minds of competitors to the limit across miles of unforgiving terrain while conquering signature obstacles. With more than one million annual participants, and more than 200 events across more than 30 countries, Spartan is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand. Visit for more information.
VIDEO CREDIT: Spartan Productions
PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy of Spartan


1. Ryan Woods 01:14:27


1. Rea Kolbl 01:27:03


2. Ryan Kent 01:16:57


2. Faye Stenning 01:28:04


3. Robert Killian 01:17:47


3. Myriam Guillot-Boisset 01:32:49


4. Angel Quintero 01:18:20


4. Alyssa Hawley 01:36:04


5. Aaron Newell 01:19:37


5. Leigh Anne Wasteney 01:36:56



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 2018, Spartan 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 Spartan World Championship in North Lake Tahoe, CA. Visit for more information and registration.

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