Albon Advances to 2018 Spartan Ultra World Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland for Chance to Win $1 Million USD – The Largest Prize in OCR History
SPARTA, GREECE (November 5, 2018) – The UK’s Jonathan Albon and Czech Republic’s Zuzana Kocumova made history over the weekend, taking home the top spots on the men’s and women’s podiums at the inaugural Spartan Trifecta World Championship in Sparta, Greece. The pair faced more than 1,000 athletes from 57 countries around the world who journeyed back to the ancient ruins, riversand mountains of the legendary city of Sparta for the biggest “Trifecta Weekend” in history. With a $20,000 USD prize purse, the weekend’s series of events tested the strength and endurance of athletes with the three signature races of Spartan’s coveted Trifecta.
The gated Spartan Trifecta World Championship featured the race formats of the Spartan Trifecta: the 13 to 15-km (eight to 10-mile)/24 to 29-obstacle “Super,” five to eight-km (three to five-mile)/20 to 23-obstacle “Sprint” and the behemoth 20 to 22-km (12 to 14-mile) 30 to 35-obstacle “Beast.” Albon had the best cumulative time across all three races for the men with 04:40:07 ahead of the Czech Republic’s Richard Hynek (04:50:28) and Spain’s Albert Soley Castells (04:52:53). Kocumova finished with a time of 05:41:03 ahead of the USA’s Nicole Mericle (05:49:42) and Slovakia’s JakaPepova (05:59:32). Competitor’s conquered signature Spartan obstacles including the Spear Throw, Fire Jump and Monkey Bars in addition to challenges that harkened back to ancient times.
All of the athletes invited to compete had previously earned a coveted “Spartan Trifecta,” which is accomplished by completing all three race formats in a calendar year. Many of the weekend’s competitors had earned multiple trifectas in their racing careers, including an elite few who have conquered the coveted shield more than 13 times.
Having placed No. 1 in both the 2018 Spartan World Championship Powered by Rakuten, which took place in September in North Lake Tahoe, California, USA and the weekend’s Trifecta Word Championship, Albon is eligible to win $1 Million USD alive as part of Spartan’s $1 Million Trifecta – the largest prize in OCR history. The final piece of the puzzle will see Albon facing 100 miles of unforgiving terrain during the final event of the challenge, the 24-hour Ultra World Championship outside of Reykjavik, Iceland December 8-9. If Albon wins, he will hold the largest prize in OCR history.
This event was under the auspices of the Municipality of Sparta. Sparta’s rich history, architecture andlandscape created a unique destination for competitors and visitors alike, and allowed athletes and their guests from around the world to learn about Spartan history and visit the extraordinary country. The weekend events featured a race festival with entertainment and activities. For more information, visitspartanrace..gr