Two-Day U.S. North American Championship Tests Competitor Strength & Endurance; Winners Earn Coin for Entry into 2018 World Championship
Glen Jean, WV – The best obstacle racers on the continent tackled the gritty course at the Summit for theSpartan North American Championship race weekend, August 25-26. The event featured a range of competitive heats and saw athletes battle for more than $60,000 in cash and prizes as well as the right to compete in the 2018 World Championship in North Lake Tahoe September 29. The event was presented by West Virginia Tourism.
The race weekend included some of the top athletes from the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as weekend warriors and new racers taking on Spartan’s signature events, including the “Beast” (12+ mile, 30-35 obstacle), “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.
Robert Killian of Longmont, CO, captured the men’s elite title with a time of 2:00:48 while Lindsay Webster of Caledon, Ontario, earned the top prize on the women’s side with a 2:21:08course pace. Joining Killian on the men’s podium were Ryan Atkins in second and Ryan Woods in third. Rebecca Hammond and Nicole Mericle rounded out the women’s top three, earning second and third respectively. Finishing at the top of the field in these qualifiers, Killian and Websterearned the right to compete in the 2018 Spartan World Championship.
The North American Championship 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.
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.
Spartan 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 Race will attract more than one million global participants offering open heats for all fitness levels, along with competitive and elite heats. The Spartan 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 Race World Championship. Visithttp://www.spartan.com for more information and registration.