Seattle, Wash. – Top endurance athletes in the obstacle racing world tackled the gritty Snohomish County course for the Spartan Seattle U.S. National Series race weekend, April 13-15. 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 Kent of Mammoth Lakes, CA captured the men’s elite title with a time of 01:04:31 while Lindsay Webster of Caledon, Ontario earned the top prize on the women’s side with a 01:18:18 course pace. Joining Kent on the men’s podium was Ryan Atkins in second and Veejay Jones in third. Faye Stenning and Alyssa Hawley rounded out the women’s top three, earning second and third respectively. Finishing at the top of the field in these qualifiers, Kent and Webster earned the right to compete in the 2018 Spartan North American Championship and World Championship.
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 Seattle, the series continues at Big Bear Lake in Southern California on May 19, before heading to new championship venues in Chicago, IL June 23; and the finale in Eden, UT July 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 www.spartan.com for more information.
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