Set on some of the same hallowed ground as the 1960 Winter Olympics in North Lake Tahoe, Calif., 2015 Reebok Spartan Race World Championships drew more than 10,000 athletes from across the globe. In addition to the World Championship Beast (13+ miles/ 30+ obstacles) event on Saturday, the championship weekend also included a Spartan Sprint (3+ miles/ 20+ obstacles), Ultra Beast (26+ miles/ 60+ obstacles) and Charity Challenge (3+ miles/ 20+ obstacles) races on Sunday plus kids races on Saturday and Sunday.
Competitors maneuvered through a variety of Spartan obstacles, as well as the challenging terrain of the sierra Nevada mountain range to compete for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes—including $15,000 to the winners. Robert Killian, a 33-year-old U.S. Army captain from Longmont, Colo., won the men’s race in 2:25:54, about a minute ahead of runner-up Ryan Atkins of Canada and two minutes ahead of third-place finisher Cody Moat of Utah. Zuzana Kocumova, a 36-year-old athlete from Liberec, Czech Republic, topped the women’s elite field in 2:53:01. Canadians Lindsay Webster (2:58:02) and Rachel Paquette (2:58:39) finished second and third, respectively, to round out the podium.
“We continue to push athletes to new limits with our races,” said Spartan Race founder and CEO Joe De Sena. “This is the toughest race we’ve designed to date, most definitely. We can’t wait to show the world what we have in store for 2016.”
NBC Sports will televise the 2015 Reebok Spartan Race World Championship on Dec. 26 at 5 p.m. ET. Click through the images below to get a glimpse of the action.