Many of the world’s greatest obstacle racers gathered in Lake Tahoe, Calif., this past weekend to take part in the 2017 Reebok Spartan Race World Championships. Over 15,000 athletes competed throughout the two days at Squaw Valley.
The biggest event of the weekend, the 16-mile Elite Championship, took place on Saturday. The best Spartan racers from over 50 countries conquered almost 40 obstacles during the race. To qualify for the elite heat, competitors had to finish in the top five of a qualifying Spartan race during the 2017 season.
American Cody Moat was the top man to finish, in a time of 2:32:34. Behind him were Jonathan Albon of the UK in 2:36:11 and Robert Killian of the U.S. in 2:37:17. On the women’s side, Canada’s Lindsay Webster took first place in 3:06:10. Zuzana Kocumov of the Czech Republic was second in 3:07:53, while American Alyssa Hawley was third in 3:15:16. Both Moat and Webster received $15,000 for their win in what was one of the most competitive Spartan World Championships ever.
The inaugural World Team Championship was held on Sunday. Coed teams of three racers represented their country on a 8.5-mile “Super Course” filled with treacherous obstacles. Team USA (Robert Killian, Alyssa Hawley, and Ryan Woods) were the overall winners. Followed in second was Team Czech Republic, with Team Canada coming in third.
Spartan tested eight elite athletes for prohibited substances at the championships this weekend. This was the first step Spartan events is taking towards meeting the international standards set by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Spartan’s next big event is the 2017 Ultra World Championships, taking place in Iceland from December 15-17.
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