by Carrie Adams
Since he first burst onto the scene in February 2011, Hobie Call has dominated the Spartan male competitive landscape. While there have been a few notable exceptions and despite a very talented male field, Call has nearly single-handedly owned the top male Spartan spot unchallenged.
When it comes to the women, there is a very different story in play. With a field of female athletes that is vast and varied, the Spartan women have been battling it out course after course with several names coming to the surface in a pool of talent that is growing daily.
In Pennsylvania, there will be a showdown of some of the biggest names in obstacle racing you should know by now and we want to introduce you them!
In Sparta, we like our women fast. Let’s take a look at the line-up!
Jenny Tobin. 2011 Spartan Champion and 2012 PacNW 1st place female this professional Xterra triathlete and Ironman Champion took home the top spot in Texas’s World Championships also nabbing a $10,000 payday in Glen Rose, TX. Jenny brings experience in racing to the table and two solid wins make her an obvious choice for the PA course champion.
The Spartan Challengers
The In-Form Racer:
Andi Hardy- Jory is the winner of 2012′s Tuxedo Race and the Indiana Founder’s race not to mention a second place finish in Georgia and Montreal. Does this Spartan winner and high school prinicpal have what it takes to outclass the field?
The Familiar Face:
Blogger and familiar Spartan figure
Margaret Schlacther of Dirtinyourskirt.com is heading to PA and a race more suited to her trail background. With a third place Beast finish in 2011 and a second place finish in New York behind Hardy-Jory, Schlachter is going to be toeing the line at several upcoming Spartan Races.
The Young Gun:
At 19, Ella Ann Kociuba is young, but this recent Death Race paticipant raced faster than Jenny Tobin in Glen Rose in 2011 but in an open heat not eligible for the cash prize. We featured Kociuba in a story earlier this year and her battle back from a debilitating horseback riding injury to become a real Spartan competitor. Will she be able to outpace Jenny in the same heat?
36 year old Gretchen Krueger is coming back to PA. Krueger took top spot in PA in 2011… can she hold her own in her backyard and defend her title?
Alyssa Tokorcheck’s first Spartan race was 2011′s Beast in Vermont. Since then she’s been chipping away at the races she’s run. Tokorcheck just took third place in Toronto and also took home a second place finish in the Carolinas in 2012. She’s poised to be a competitor in this field of road and trail runners.
The Canadia Phenom
Rose-Marie Jarry, a 29 year old ex-Canadian national level 400 and 800 meter track and field athlete.
Jarry owns and runs her own all natural sports nutrition brand called Kronobar, all the while she keeps up her training for Spartan racing. She has run 17 Spartan Races since 2010. Jarry has won the Mont-Tremblant race 3 years in a row and Toronto 2 years in a row, she took the top spot in Malibu in 2010 and made podium every year after. Jarry also ran the Beast in Ottawa last week and finished second with a time of 3:58. In Pennsylvania, she will be looking to have a great race and a good time. Jarry has also joined Spartan Race in providing healthy recipes on our Spartan Blog!
Juliana Sproles aka “The Shark” will be onhand in Pennsylvania for her first Spartan race. Known as the World’s Toughest Mudder, she claimed top spot in the Tough Mudder World Championships last year but can she hang with the Spartans?
Another new name to be watching is Janice Marie Ferguson, who qualified for the SouthCentral CrossFit Games Regional in San Antonio, TX this year. An injury left her in a disappointing 30th place and while she intends to return to compete in CrossFit again, she now has her sites set on Sparta.
Be at the Spartan Pennsylvania race and watch the drama unfold in a Spartan Chicked Battle of Champions and Challengers. It all goes down Saturday, July 14th at 9 AM. More challengers might even get added to the line up so stay tuned!
There are still a few slots open so GET REGISTERED and watch the ladies take on the PA course for top spot and bragging rights this round!