Obstacle Racings Premier Event Weekend Closed with Elite Country-Specific Teams Competing for $10,000 Prize Purse and National Pride
North Lake Tahoe, CA (September 30) – The best obstacle racers in the world formed country-specific teams and tackled the gritty course at the 2018 Spartan Team World Championship Powered by Rakutenin North Lake Tahoe, CA, Sunday morning. Team Canada took home Gold for the men while the Canadian team also took top honors in the women’s contest. The event took place at Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, home of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and saw teams from more than 20 countries vie for more than $10,000 in cash prizes and national pride. The race was part of the weekend of events surrounding the 2018 Spartan World Championship Powered by Rakuten, which is hosted by North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.
The elite teams, which qualified for the gated event at events throughout the 2018 Spartan Global Championship, battled the 9.5-mile “Spartan Super” course with 28 obstacles and elevations reaching more than 4,000 feet. Three men’s and three women’s teams from each country were eligible. 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 best endurance athletes from around the world joined forces to take on the mountainous course in North Lake Tahoe for their country’s pride and it was incredible to watch the action unfold,” said Spartan founder and CEO Joe De Sena. “The display of pure athleticism, grit, and most importantly, teamwork – showed the world exactly what it means to be a Spartan, and propelled the sport forward as it continues to grow across the globe.”
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.”
On the Men’s side, Team Canada, featuring Ryan Atkins, Austin Azar, and Samuel Herbert, captured the men’s elite title with a time of 1:40:27 while the Women’s Canadian team, comprised of Lindsay Webster, Faye Stenning, and Jessica Lemon, earned the top prize on the women’s side with a 2:03:33 course pace. Joining Team Canada on the men’s podium were two USA teams in second and third place. Two USA teams rounded out the women’s top three, earning second and third respectively.
On Saturday, James Albon of the United Kingdom and Lindsay Webster of Canada were crowned men’s and women’s champions at the individual World Championship race, which saw elite athletes from more than 50 countries compete on the 13.5-mile “Spartan Beast” course with 34 obstacles and elevations reaching more than 4,000 feet. The pair shared a prize purse of more than $125,000 with the top placing athletes and are now eligible 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.
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.
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.