Day One of Obstacle Racings Main Event Tested Competitor’s Strength & Endurance in the First Leg of Spartan’s “Million Dollar Trifecta”
North Lake Tahoe, CA (Saturday, September 29) – The best obstacle racers in the world tackled the gritty course at the 2018 Spartan World Championship Powered by Rakuten in North Lake Tahoe, CA, Saturday morning, but in the end two competitors stood atop the podium as winners – Men’s World Champion James Albon of the United Kingdom and Women’s World Champion Lindsay Webster of Canada. The event took place at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and saw competitors from more than 50 countries vie for more than $125,000 in cash prizes in the biggest obstacle race (OCR) of the year. The Spartan World Championship Powered by Rakuten is hosted by North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.
With elite athletes from more than 50 countries, the 13.5-mile “Spartan Beast” course challenged competitors with 34 obstacles and elevations reaching more than 4,000 feet. As Elite Championship Beast winners, Albon and Webster have the chance to win $1 million 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, as part of the Spartan $1 Million Trifecta.
“The best of the best from across the globe came out and dominated this extremely challenging course at North Lake Tahoe,” said Spartan founder and CEO Joe De Sena. “Congratulations, not just to the World Championship winners, but to everyone who pushed their bodies to the limit at the race which challenged the minds and bodies of all who entered.”
Albon captured the men’s elite title with a time of 2:07:04, while Webster earned the top prize on the women’s side with a 2:25:27 course pace. Joining Albon on the men’s podium were Ryan Atkins in second and Robert Killian in third. Rebecca Hammond and Zuzana Kocumova rounded out the women’s top three, earning second and third respectively. The race streamed live exclusively on Facebook Watch via the Spartan Race LIVE Page – and will be broadcast on ESPN at a later date.
The race weekend kicked-off with a press conference on Friday afternoon with the sport’s top competitors. At the event, Rakuten Marketing CEO Stuart Simms joined De Sena on-stage to unveil the 2019 finisher’s kit, which features the Rakuten logo on the front and back as part of the brands’ partnership that was announced earlier in the month. The kit is an eco-friendly CRAFT Sportswear tee-shirt.
Events are scheduled to continue throughout the weekend, highlighted by the Team World Championship, which unfolds along an 8-mile Spartan Super course with more than 25 signature obstacles. The second annual event features athlete’s on more than 20country specific male and female teams of three competing for more than $10,000 in cash prizes.
Spartan powered 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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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.