Biggest Obstacle Race of the Year to Take Place at Squaw Valley, as the Top Competitors Battle for more than $125,000 in Cash Prizes during Individual and Team Events
Lake Tahoe, CA (September 24, 2018) – Spartan, the world’s largest obstacle course race (OCR) and endurance brand, will welcome the best endurance athletes from across the globe to North Lake Tahoe, CA September 29-30 to compete for the sport’s ultimate prize at the 2018 Spartan World Championship Powered by Rakuten. Taking place at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows - home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, the seventh annual event will see competitors from more than 50 countries vie for more than $125,000 in cash prizes in the biggest race of the year. The Spartan World Championship Powered by Rakuten is hosted by North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.
With more than 12-miles of mountainous terrain, more than 30 signature Spartan Obstacles and elevation reaching 9,000 feet, the course will prove challenging for even the most seasoned racers. North American Regional Championship winners Lindsay Webster (Canada/2017 Spartan Women’s World Champion) and Robert Killian (USA) will look to continue their success against a strong field of competitors. Top contenders in the Men’s division include 2017 Spartan Men’s World Champion Cody Moat (USA), Jon Albon (UK), Ryan Atkins (Canada), Angel Quintero (Mexico) and Albert Soley Castells (Spain). In the Women’s division, Rea Kolbl (Czech), Faye Stenning (Canada), Alyssa Hawley (USA), Nicole Mericle (USA) and Myriam Guillot (France) are among the favorites for spots on the winner’s podium. The race will stream live exclusively on Facebook Watch via the Spartan Race LIVE Page – and will be broadcast on ESPN at a later date.
Following Saturday's Championship race, the Team World Championship unfolds along an 8-mile Spartan Super course with more than 25 signature obstacles. The second annual event features athlete’s on more than 20 country specific male and female teams of three competing for more than $10,000 in cash prizes.
“Each year, the level of competition in Tahoe increases with athletes becoming faster, stronger and smarter and I can’t wait to see what’s in store this weekend, as the best athletes in the world face the most changing event of the Spartan season, said Spartan founder and CEO Joe De Sena. “We’re excited to bring the World Championships back to Squaw Valley and showcase the best the growing sport of obstacle course racing has to offer in front of a global audience.”
The premier event of the World Championship weekend is the Elite Championship Beast race on Saturday, September 29. Each racer that stands at the start line has earned the right to compete through qualifying events along the 2018 Spartan Global Championship Series. The race also serves as the first leg of the Spartan $1 Million Trifecta – in which Spartan will award $1 million to the Elite Championship Beast winner in Tahoe if they can replicate 1st place finishes at the Spartan Trifecta World Championship in Sparta, Greece in November and the 24-hour Ultra World Championship in Iceland in December. On Sunday, September 30, the Spartan Team World Championships will take center stage with top competitors working together for the top prize.
The general public is invited to watch the Spartan World Championship, including viewing access to select obstacles as well as the start and finish line. Spectators can also enjoy live music and entertainment, panel discussions, raffles, spectator challenges, vendor tents, and more. Admission to the Spartan World Championship free to the public.
In addition to the elite competitors and teams, the event will offer opportunities for athletes of all ages and skill levels to hit the race course with open heats during Saturday’s 12+ mile, 30 to 35 obstacle “Beast,” and Sunday’s 30+ mile, 60+ obstacle Ultra. A Spartan Kids race is open to youth ages 4 to 13.
The weekend also features Locked and Loaded 24 Hours (LL24H), a 24-hour Isolation Challenge in support of mental health, veterans, and first responders. LL24H will see three endurance athletes stepping inside a shipping container where they will run on a TrueForm Runner in an environment deprived of light, sound and any other typical data used to gauge and monitor performance. The athlete running the furthest during the 24-hours will walk away the winner. Athletes include Retired United States Marine, Major Brian Chontosh (aka “Tosh”); 3-times Ironman, John Witzing; and one of Canada’s top personal trainers, Josh Chessman.
Spartan events focus on sport and athleticism, pushing 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 Brigadeand Barbed Wire Crawl. To register and learn more visit Spartan.com.
With more than 200 events across more than 40 countries on six continents, Spartan is the world’s largest obstacle race (OCR) and endurance brand. Providing transformation through sport, Spartan attracts more than one million annual participants across all fitness levels, from beginners to elite. More than five million participants have finished Spartan events, creating a lifestyle that extends beyond races including health and wellness products, training and nutrition programs, and popular media content, which has made OCR one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Spartan’s Global Championship series feature three race formats including the 3+Mile/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 12+ Mile/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” which lead to the Spartan World Championship powered by Rakuten in North Lake Tahoe, CA. Visit spartan.com for more information and registration.