Under sunny, blue skies in central Vermont, before an international crowd of 15,000, the Reebok Spartan Race World Championships crowned new male and female World Champions. Utah’s Hobie Call, 36, and Amelia Boone, 30, of Chicago, finished first and each earned a $15,000 payout. The hotly anticipated season finale with over $290,000 in cash and prizes, featured some of the world’s most talented professional obstacle course racers, Olympians, professional triathletes, and world champion trail runners. NBC Sports was on hand to capture all the action for a television special airing October 19, 2013.

The men’s competitive heat featured the winner, Hobie Call, emerged from the daunting 14 mile course with a time of 3:35:56. Finishing in second place was Australian Spartan Champion Matt Murphy, 28, in 3:44:15, and Spartan Pro Team member Hunter McIntyre, 24, now residing in Pittsfield, Vt., who finished a close third with a time of 3:44:42.

On the women’s side, Amelia Boone, who came in second last year, took the top spot this year with a time of 4:09:52, nearly 15 minutes ahead of the second place female finisher, Australian Spartan Champion Deanna Blegg, 44, who clocked in at 4:24:10. Rounding out the top three was Canadian National team biathlete, Olympic hopeful and 2012 Spartan Race World Champion Claude Godbout, 27, of Quebec City, with a time of 4:34:52.

At the finish line, still caked in mud, Hobie Call, of Erda, Utah, said, “The course is absolutely crazy. I had to do it carefully and pace myself. I’m still in denial that I won. I’m sure I’ll be crying in a corner in a couple of hours,” he jokes.

Female champion Amelia Boone, an attorney at Skadden Arps, says, “It really could have been anyone’s race. That’s what is great about these events. I went out not knowing what to expect. It was the toughest competition I’ve ever faced in a race.”

The Reebok Spartan Beast race, in Killington, Vt., which will attract over 9,000 competitors and 6,000 spectators this weekend, is infamous for a half marathon worth of steep inclines, technical terrain, and challenging obstacles such as carrying 65 pound sand bags, climbing walls, and crawling through mud under barbed wire.

“We continue to push athletes to new limits with our races,” said Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena of Pittsfield, Vt. “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 2014.”

In addition to the elite heat, the Reebok Spartan Race World Championships featured a charity challenge, an inaugural Vermont Spartan Sprint, and an Ultra Beast that began early Sunday morning on a cold, and windy morning.  More to come on an epic weekend of racing.  Congratulations to all our winners and all our Spartan World Championship weekend finishers!

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As the Reebok Spartan Race World Championships edge closer, the number of elite heat athletes in the line-up continues to grow. The $250,000 cash and prize purse is attracting Olympians from around the globe as well as Xterra, USTAF, and Trail World Champions, Professional Obstacle Course Racers, Adventure Racers, Triathletes, and marathon winners for the Reebok Spartan Race World Championships taking pace in Killington, Vermont, Sept 21-22. The event will culminate with the naming of the world’s top male and female obstacle racers. The talented crop of athletes, including the Spartan Pro Team, will also be featured in the NBC Sports Network TV special about the World Championships.

Says Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena, “We have some of the most talented athletes from around the globe converging on the Vermont course for the World Championships. It’s going to be the most competitive field we’ve ever seen on a race day. This is what this sport has been waiting for.”

Morgan Arritola
Photo courtesy blog.sunvalley.com

Spectators and participants will be able to watch the competition face off as well as take on the infamous Vermont course for themselves. The Vermont World Championships will feature the Spartan Beast, a half marathon of trail running and Spartan obstacles, a Spartan Sprint, roughly a 5K of trail and obstacles and the world’s only Ultra Beast, more than a marathon of trail running and obstacles for those brave enough to take on the challenge. The Spartan Beast will be the stage for the elite competition heat where the athletes will race head to head in an early morning heat Saturday, September 21st. Known for punishing hills in the Green Mountains, racers will tackle a gauntlet of challenging obstacles, including wall climbs, aerial traverses over water, challenging rope climbs, and barbed wire crawls.

All the action will be captured by NBC Sports Group, culminating in a 90-minute TV special that will air on the NBC Sports Network on October 19, 2013.

Notable athletes include: Olympians Morgan Arritola (USA), Fabiola Corona (MEX), German Silva (MEX), and Anthony Famiglietti (USA). Canadian biathlete National Team member Claude Godbout, the defending Spartan female world champion will also be in Vermont alongside the 2012 Spartan Male World Champion, Spartan Pro Team member and USATF 50 mile National Champion Cody Moat.

Additional Notable Athletes:

Name M/F Age Country Hometown Athletic Background
Matt Novakovich M 39 USA Anchorage, AK Mountain Runner -Won the 2012 Mount Marathon and the 2013 VA Spartan Super
Hobie Call M 36 USA Erda, UT Spartan Elite (1st place Spartan Series 2013) / Marathon Runner / Fastest Lunge Mile 24:56
Brakken Kraker M 26 USA West Allis, WI Spartan Pro US – Runner
Hunter McIntyre M 25 USA Malibu, CA Spartan Pro US – Triathlete
James Appleton M UK London 3x Tough Guy Champion – Adventure Photographer
German Silva M 33 MEX Olympic & Professional Runner; 2x NYC Marathon Winner
Junyong Pak M 35 USA Beverly, MA Elite Racer
Cody Moat M 35 USA Filmore, UT 2012 Spartan World Champion; USATF 50 mile National Champion
Octavio Ontiveros M 20 MEX Professional Triathlete & Olympic hopeful
Alec Blenis M 19 USA Roswell, GA Spartan Pro US – Ultra Runner
David Magida M 27 USA Washington DC Spartan Pro US – Runner
Benjamin Boucher M 24 CAN Quebec Elite Obstacle Racer
Elliott Megquier M 25 USA Fort Drum, NY Spartan Pro US – US Army
Jake Rhyner M 27 USA Sheboygan, WI Elite Triathlete
Isaiah Vidal M 20 USA Marble Falls, TX Spartan Elite US (Racing for Mexico) Riding his bike from Texas to Vermont for the World Championships
Miguel Medina M 25 USA Redondo Beach, CA Spartan Pro US – Runner
Matt Murphy M 28 AUS Victoria Elite Obstacle Racer
David Franco M SVK Elite Obstacle Racer
Alexander Nicolas M 34 USA New York Spartan Pro US
Anthony Famiglietti M 35 USA New York 2x Olympian – Steeplechase
Christopher Rutz M 44 USA Scottsdale, AZ Spartan Pro US – Triathlete – Cyclist
Shawn Feiock M 34 USA Dallas, TX Spartan Pro US
Claude Godbout F 27 CAN Quebec Returning Spartan World Champion – Canadian Biathlon National Team – Olympic hopeful
Morgan Arritola F 27 USA Ketchum, ID Olympian – Cross Country Skiier – Pro Trail Runner – Team Solomon
Amelia Boone F 29 USA Chicago, IL Spartan Elite – 2nd Place 2013 Series, 2nd place in 2012 World Championship Beast and 2nd Place 2012 Ultra Beast
April Luu F 34 USA Peyton, CO Spartan Pro US
Fabiola Corona F 33 MEX Guadalajara, Jalisco Olympic Triathlete; ITU Triathlete – Adventure Racer – Xterra
Jenny Tobin F 45 USA Boise, ID Spartan Pro US – Xterra World Champion – Triathlete
Hannah Orders F 23 USA Charlotte, NC Spartan Pro US – Collegiate Cross Country Runner (Appalachian State)
Rose-Marie Jarry F 30 USA Montreal Spartan Pro US
Deanna Blegg F 43 AUS New South Wales Adventure Racer
Tiffanie Novakovich F 36 USA Anchorage, Alaska 15th place 2012 Mount Marathon (female division)
Tyann Clark F 32 USA Toquerville, UT Spartan Pro US
Lindsey Scherf F 26 USA Chapel Hill, NC Pro Runner
Menna Blumears F 37 USA Fishersville, VA Mountain Runner – 2013 Virginia Spartan Super Open Champion
Janna Macinska F SVK Elite Obstacle Racer
Irene Call F 38 USA Erda, UT Spartan Elite – Attempting to set World Record for Lunging a Mile, Collegiate Cross Country Runner
Angela Reynolds F 33 USA Valencia, CA Spartan Pro US;                           Marathoner
Andi Hardy F 44 USA Atlanta, GA Spartan Pro US; Trail Runner
Juliana Sproles F 44 USA Ojai, CA Spartan Pro US – 2x Ironman Triathlete
Corinne Kohlen F 31 USA Visalia, CA Spartan Pro US

 

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by Carrie Adams

When we announced early 2012 that we’d be having the world’s first marathon(ish) distance Obstacle Course Race, the response was overwhelming.  Application only, thousands of race resumes flooded HQ with runners wanting to be a part of history.  When all was said and done, we had a line-up of Spartan Ultra-Beast participants that ranged from National Champion Trail Runners and Olympic athletes to first time marathoners.

When all was said and done, 386 were accepted (86 more than originally planned) to compete and on race day 345 would toe the line, 321 as individuals and 24 in eight separate three person teams.  Rules were laid out and it was decided at HQ that athletes could compete in both for cash prizes with the assumption that any Spartan tough enough to win both races deserved both cash prizes.  $5,000 was up for grabs for the top spot of the single and double loop Beast and Ultra Beast for top male and female, $2,000 would go to second place and $1,000 for third.  On the day, $50,000 would be handed out in cash prizes.  Other awards were also presented, making it the highest payday for any single obstacle race ever held.

When several of the Ultra Beast runners wandered off course, the time cut-offs were backed up so allow the runners to finish

the over 27 mile course.  Running as much as six miles extra, some were pulled from the course before they could finish when the dark and rain made it impossible for them to continue.  And when the day was over, 162 finished and 69 of those finished in less than 11 hours.  The Ultra Beast medals are special edition and will never be re-created.  They’re larger with a special ribbon, oh, and they glow in the dark.  That’s pretty badass.  We shared photos on our wall all day with breaking stories on Saturday that you can see HERE.

Some of the most compelling stories on the day were of those who DNF’d the course.  For those who missed cut-offs, dropped out due to injury, excuse, or exhaustion, they shared their candid stories with us that you can read HERE.

Results:

Men’s Ultra Beast Top Finishers:

Cody Moat – 7:01:26

Junyong Pak – 7:29:38

Brakken Kraker- 7:38:47

Female Ultra Beast Top Finishers:

Claude Godbout – 8:09:32

Amelia Boone – 8:35:55

Jenny Tobin – 9:00:46

Want to read the rest of the race report from the Ultra Beast?  Click HERE.   And if you want the Ultra Beast by the numbers including stats on fastest and slowest times, transitions in the pit, and average laps… click HERE. 

Not to be outdone, the Vermont Beast was the true World Championship of the 2012 season.  The monster Ultra Beast certainly captured a lot of attention, but the crowning jewel on the season was wrapped up in the Beast where a lot was laid on the line by those brave enough to race for the cash.

One look at the results board and one thing stands out immediately.  Hobie Call’s name is NOT at the top.  In our review of the male competitors coming to the race that we posted last week HERE, several names were visible at the top of the leader board that we predicted would be.  It would ultimately be Cody Moat’s day two times over, taking the top spot and besting Hobie Call in the Beast (one loop) and then continuing on and winning the Ultra Beast (two loops).  Call, nursing a hamstring injury was second on the day, finishing almost five minutes after Moat.  Other high finishers included Brakken Kraker who took third, Ben Nephew who captured fourth, and Sebastian Monette who snagged fifth.  We talk more about the Ultra Beast, HERE in this blog post published yesterday.

On the women’s side it was a tight race!  We previewed the ladies last

week HERE. The top spot went to Canadian biathlete and Obstacle Racing phenom Claude Godbout, who, like Moat, went on to a second loop capturing both race victories!  Godbout took not only top spot for females, but 7th overall, beating all but six men on the course.  Godbout was our top place finisher in the 2011 Vermont Beast last year and was able to reclaim her first place status.  Amelia Boone was a notable racer as well in Vermont.  The Death Race veteran swept in from the windy city of Chicago and took second place in the Beast and the Ultra Beast.  Like Godbout, she out paced many of our top men, her 14thoverall in the single loop Beast performance landed only 12 men total ahead of her.  Boone was followed by Ella Kociuba in third and Jenny Tobin in fourth a battle at the finish line.

In addition to the elite Beast heat Nearly 6,000 competitors and spectators from across the U.S. and several foreign countries representing every walk of life, age and stage and varying degrees of athletic abilities converged on Killington, VT to tackle the 2012 Spartan Race World Championship. Consisting of a Beast (one loop) 13 + and a first of its kind Ultra Beast (two loop) 26+ mile race, presented by Dial For Men on Sat., September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd it capped off our season with one hell of an Obstacle Race with $50,000 being handed out before the day was over for the top finishers.  The most EVER given out at an Obstacle Race event.

The Ultra Beast will be making an appearance in the 2013 season.  Stay tuned, details coming soon!  In the meantime? Can’t wait to race again?  We understand.  Click HERE and find your next Spartan finish line.

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by Carrie Adams

With all the trails, mountains, and gnarly terrain we’ve tackled, we’ve yet to take on one landscape – the URBAN jungle!  That’s going to change ONE WEEK from today!  Spartan Race is headed to Times Square!

For the first time, Spartan Race,  will take over New York City’s famed Times Square, not for a race, but a very special public demonstration of the best that Spartan has to offer.  There will be obstacles, some familiar Spartan faces, and even MUD at the famed Crossroads of the World!

Want to come check it out?  The public is welcome to come down and watch elite and local athletes test themselves against our most love (or feared) obstacles and cheer them to victory!  Dubbed The Spartan Race Times Square Challenge, we’ve created an invitational demonstration featuring some of New York’s fittest competitors, some special guests, and, of course, our crazy obstacles.  Thursday, Nov. 1, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., we’ll be rocking it out at Duffy Square (between 46th and 47th Street), in Manhattan.

Our good friends from Team X-T.R.E.M.E. will be on hand including always inspiring Marine Corporal Todd Love, trimembral amputee

Claude Godbout, Spartan Champion

of both legs above the knee and left arm below the elbow.  Claude Godbout will also be in attendance.  The Olympic bi-athlete from Canada is the only Spartan in our history to win a Spartan Race at every distance we offer!  That’s better than even Hobie Call or Cody Moat can claim!  A Sprint, Super, Beast AND Ultra Beast.  Godbout even headed overseas to Slovakia and took the top spot at our first race there earlier this year!

Other elite Spartans from our 300 group will be taking part in the demonstration alongside some other inspiring Spartans.  John Ulsh, car accident survivor and PA Spartan Super finisher will be one among the lucky 100 who will be showing the crowd some of our most beloved (and feared) obstacles!

For the next week, we’ll be counting down to New York on our blog and Facebook.  There may not be a ceremonious ball drop at the end, but who needs a ball when you have 8 foot walls to climb and traverse?  So, mark your calendars and get ready for some urban Spartan mayhem in the city that never sleeps.  See you at the Crossroads of the World November 1st!

Ready to get off your couch and race with us?  Get after it already!  Click HERE to find an event near you!

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by Carrie Adams

In May 2012, Spartan Race announced the inclusion of a new event, one that would be the first of its kind in the world.  An obstacle race that would be a marathon(ish) distance held in the Green Mountains of Vermont the same weekend as our World Championships.  Two loops on the course, almost fully self-supported, and imposed with time cut-offs and rules for obstacle completion.  It was promising to be so intense, an application process was introduced, so that Spartan could hand pick he 300 that would be a part of the event.  When thousands of applications flooded our HQ, we painstakingly chose our field.  When all was said and done, 386 were accepted (86 more than originally planned) to compete and on race day 345 would toe the line, 321 as individuals and 24 in eight separate three person teams.

Cody Moat, first place

Rules were laid out and it was decided at HQ that athletes could compete in both for cash prizes with the assumption that any Spartan tough enough to win both races deserved both cash prizes.  $5,000 was up for grabs for the top spot of the single and double loop Beast and Ultra Beast for top male and female, $2,000 would go to second place and $1,000 for third.  On the day, $50,000 would be handed out in cash prizes.  Other awards were also presented, making it the highest payday for any single obstacle race ever held.

When several of the Ultra Beast runners wandered off course, the time cut-offs were backed up so allow the runners to finish the over 27 mile course.  Running as much as six miles extra, some were pulled from the course before they could finish when the dark and rain made it impossible for them to continue.  And when the day was over, 162 finished and 69 of those finished in less than 11 hours.  The Ultra Beast medals are special edition and will never be re-created.  They’re larger with a special ribbon, oh, and they glow in the dark.  That’s pretty badass.  We shared photos on our wall all day with breaking stories on Saturday that you can see HERE.

The course was a monster, considerably more challenging than last year’s course, and when the top finishers came down the mountain; it was Cody Moat who would take home the top spot for both the Beast and the Ultra Beast.  Not to be outdone on the female side, Claude Godbout took top spot in both events as well!  Amelia Boone, multiple Spartan Death Race finisher took second in both the Beast and Ultra Beast making it an incredible demonstration of athleticism by all three.

Claude Godbout, first place

Men’s Ultra Beast Top Finishers:

Cody Moat – 7:01:26

Junyong Pak – 7:29:38

Brakken Kraker- 7:38:47

Female Ultra Beast Top Finishers:

Claude Godbout – 8:09:32

Amelia Boone – 8:35:55

Jenny Tobin – 9:00:46

Junyong Pak took second place followed by Brakken Kraker who took third place in the Beast behind Hobie Call.  The transition area was a hot spot for the athletes in between heats.  Grabbing food, gels, water, electrolytes, new socks, shoes, and clothes before taking off most of the competitors were all smiles and donning bright green arm bands they stood out in the crowd and battled most of the day as the rain started coming down late in the afternoon and persisted all evening.

On the team side, the top team that earned a $15,000 payday, The Rat Pack – Finishing time – 10:41:46, who crossed the line at about 7:09 PM.  The team consisted of Kenneth Lubin, PJ Rakoski, and Don Schwartz.  That was no easy task, forced to carry a team weight weighing at least 26.2 lbs, it had to stay with them for the entire course and be toted through each obstacle for them to earn their pay day.  Another notable team finish was Team Rollover – 11:05:21, who crossed the finish line at

Amelia Boone, 2nd place female

7:32 pm.  Their team included Kevin Donoghue, who rolled his truck while driving to the event and was thankfully not hurt in the accident, Eric Matta, and Andrew Hostetler.  This team was never in poor spirits, seen dancing in the bin drop to Skrillex in between the first and second lap.

Nearly 6,000 competitors and spectators from across the U.S. and several foreign countries representing

Kevin Donohoe’s truck post accident

every walk of life, age and stage and varying degrees of athletic abilities converged on Killington, VT to tackle the 2012 Spartan Race World Championship. Consisting of a Beast (one loop) 13 + and a first of its kind Ultra Beast (two loop) 26+ mile race, presented by Dial For Men on Sat., September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd.

Looking for Ultra Beast results: Click HERE.

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by Jason Rita

Reports are surfacing this afternoon that an elite two person special forces unit has been deployed from Quebec City and is marching on Vermont, with the mission to take Killington Mountain by storm.  Trained in the skills of cross country skiing and target shooting, this crack team (which American sources believe represents the entire strike force of the Canadian army) is made up of biathletes Marc-André Bedard and Claude Godbout.  The best intelligence available suggests their arrival at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning.  What does this mean for the country?

On the Men’s Side:  If confirmed, this will be the first major battle since last year’s Spartan Killington Beast between Hobie Call and Marc-Andre Bedard when the Canadian shocked the world, vanquishing the previously unbeaten Hobie.   Marco did not compete in the 2011 Spartan Championship Race in December at the Spartan Super in Glen Rose Texas, as Hobie fought off a strong challenge from Xterra and Teva Mountain Games Champion Josiah Middaugh to claim the title of Spartan Champion.  It is this title which is on the line this weekend.

A minor skirmish at Spartan Pennsylvania in July this year allowed Hobie to gain a measure of satisfaction when he defeated Marco, but insiders close to Bedard note he was a last-minute entry to that event and was not properly recovered from a heavy schedule of Winter Olympic training preparation.  No such excuses will matter this weekend as it is all on the line for these two Spartan heavyweights battling for the right to be crowned World’s Best Obstacle Racer.  Marco is coming fresh off a win a few weeks back at the Spartan Race in Slovakia.  And again, Hobie comes to Vermont as undefeated in the year, and carrying the burden of huge expectations.  But as previewed on Monday here, they will face serious challenge from the strongest field of obstacle racers ever assembled including Junyong Pak, Alec Blenis, Chris Rutz and Sebastien Monette, just some of the many Spartan300 elite athletes who are determined to upset the status quo.

With the Canadian threat level increasing to Defcon-5 status, US Army 1st Lieutenant Elliott Megquier must race in Vermont to reinforce the American line.  As of press time, we are given to believe that it is possible that Megquier could be on hand in Killington.  Elliott has been competing in Spartan Races since 2011, always on the podium and is sure to be amongst the leaders – if he can make it.  We call on Megquier – do your Spartan duty, sir, and race!

On the Women’s Side:  A similar border-war dynamic is in place in the women’s division.  2011 Spartan Champion Jenny Tobin will now have to defend the attack of Canadian Claude Godbout, as well as hold off challenges from the likes of Amanda Czapla and Ella Ann Kociuba.  Both Jenny and Claude have reached the heights of success in their professional athletic careers – Jenny in the world of Xterra and Ironman triathlon, Claude in biathlon; as the youthful vanguard of obstacle racing, Amanda and Ella have it all to prove in Killington.  The sport of obstacle racing requires all-around athleticism, and these Spartan women have adapted to the challenges from a variety of sporting backgrounds to claim their spots as major OR stars.  The match-ups between Tobin, Godbout, Czapla, Kociuba and all the elite Spartan women athletes were highlighted in our Women’s Race Preview here, and CrossFit star Bobbie Jo Hackenbruck will also have be out to prove her impact on proceedings.  Now that Claude is on her way south, the already fascinating race has another plot-line to follow.

What had promised to be an epic race is now certain to reach legendary status.   The racers are all chasing their share of the $150,000 cash and prizes on the table in the single biggest purse offered in obstacle racing history to date.  But it isn’t the money that motivates these competitors.  It is the chill up the spine as the cries of AROO echo in the Green Mountain morning Saturday when they charge up the mountain for glory, and battle stake their place in Spartan Race history.  One thing is sure:  they, and we, will know at the finish line!

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by Jason Rita

Should an Armageddon or Apocalypse ever threaten the human race, I am expecting that the Spartan Women survive and lead us back from oblivion.

The Spartan Race at Blue Mountain Pennsylvania in July was billed as a marquee match up of the best female Spartans, the sport’s top obstacle racers, battling it out for glory and cash, at one of the toughest Spartan courses on the circuit.  The poster proclaimed: “We Like Our Women Fast,” and the Spartan chicks proved it that day.    But at Killington, fast definitely won’t be enough to claim the 2012 Spartan Championship and the prize money on offer.   The toughest of all Spartan courses will demand a combination of speed, agility, strength, endurance, mental toughness and acuity – all these qualities and more will be required to be crowned as Queen of Sparta.

Jenny Tobin

At the PA race, former pro Xterra and Ironman triathlete Jenny Tobin came in unbeaten, fresh off a close win at the Pacific NW Spartan Sprint Race, and carrying the expectations that went with her clear victory at last year’s Spartan 2011 Championship in Texas.   But Canadian national team biathlete and Olympic hopeful Claude Godbout took 1st place.  (What is it about Canadian biathletes anyway? Maybe it’s the Timbits?)  Make no mistake; this loss motivated the take-no-prisoners Jenny to refocus her training in the mountains near her home in Boise, Idaho, in a calculated and determined mission to reclaim her title at Killington.    Both Jenny and Claude finished in the Top 10 overall in PA proving that Spartan women racers can challenge their male counterparts.   Jenny’s professional career in Xterra and Ironman proved that she is a money player, and she really likes collecting checks.    She has declared that she is aiming for 1st place in both the Beast and UltraBeast distances.

 

Claude Godbout would be expected to challenge Jenny for pre-race favorite, but like her compatriot and fellow national biathlete

Claude Godbout

Marc-Andre Bedard, Claude (and just like Marco, coming fresh off a win at Spartan Slovakia) is not racing Killington this weekend, removing one of Jenny’s biggest obstacles to a back-to-back Championship repeat, but the multisport veteran will still face strong challenges from an amazing group of racers.

Jacklyn Rust

Included in that group is the woman who finished second to Jenny at the Texas Super Championship Race last December, Jaclyn Rust. An All-Conference collegiate runner, Jackie was slowed down in Texas because she had to do 150 burpees.  Jackie decided on her strategy last year to train secretly and Killington will be her only Spartan Race since then, and she is going all-in to pull off an upset.

Ella Ann Kociuba

Another Texas challenger is the 19-year-old phenom Ella Ann Kociuba.  Ella’s athletic talent was obvious when she debuted in the Spartan Texas 2011 race clocking a time faster than champion Jenny Tobin in Glen Rose but in an open heat, not eligible for the cash prize.  For all her promise, Ella has had to show more grit than grins as she has battled injury after injury.  Sadly it is a common theme for Ella.  We featured Ella’s battle back from a debilitating horseback riding injury as a teenager to become a true Spartan competitor.   But Ella had to pull out of the 2012 Spartan Death Race in June with a leg injury, and when she recovered to race in Pennsylvania, another injury derailed her quest when she crashed on the trail soon after the race started breaking her shin open on her already injured leg.  Despite the pain, and with blood gushing from her wound she battled on to finish fifth, surrounded by some of the same women who came to compete against her.  Ella has warned she is fully recovered, and now sponsored by Flag Nor Fail clothing, she is determined to show the doubters that the only thing between her and the podium is a race without catastrophe.  Fair warning to Ella and all other racers:  that may not be possible in Killington.

Amanda Czapa

Another young-gun who hails originally from Texas, Amanda Czapla has in fact won more races in the USA 2012 than any other Spartan woman: first-place in Miami, Carolinas and Texas, so she could establish herself as the best female obstacle racer in the world with a win in Killington.  But she admits that she doesn’t know how to swim, in which case some of the Killington obstacles might prove more daunting and distressing than otherwise.  Amanda is one of the strongest runners in the field, but the now resident of Florida could be undone by the mountainous course – not a lot of hills to train on in the Sunshine State.  We hope she was able to find a tall office building with a staircase to the roof!

 

No such dilemma for Margaret Schlachter of Dirtinyourskirt.com.  Margaret has home field advantage, as

Margaret Schlachter

she is a Killington local, and she showed her endurance bona fides with a third place Beast finish in 2011.  Margaret has dedicated herself unlike many others to the sport of obstacle racing, and her ultra-distance training for this year’s Death Race will mean that she will be undaunted by the Killington distance and terrain.   One of the most popular obstacle racers in the fastest-growing sport in the world, Margaret has taken a leading role in the transformation of Chris Davis as he also toes the line at Killington in his quest.  We acknowledge Margaret’s dedication to another Spartan athlete.  The Spartan Code tells us that a Spartan gives generously, and Margaret demonstrates that quality like no other.

Rose-Marie Jarry

The only racer with more wins than Amanda Czapla is Canadian Rose-Marie Jarry, who has an amazing four wins in 2012, three north of the border capped off with an impressive showing at the recent Tri-State New Jersey Super.  Rosie’s pedigree is competing as a national 800 meter runner, representing her country on the international stage, so for sure she has the speed, and the second place finish at the Ottawa Beast coupled with winning in New Jersey Super show she now has plenty of endurance.  Rose is also leading the 2012 Spartan Race Points Series competition and is determined to maintain her standing with a strong showing in Vermont.  She is well known as the owner of all-natural sports nutrition brand Kronobar and now is sharing her healthy food recipes for training and living on the Spartan Blog.  Amazingly she has run 21 Spartan Races since 2010, earning at least a cake at Killington, maybe?   Knowing her, the competitive fire that has fueled her athletic success will not be satiated with cake; her sights are more set on devouring her competition.

Andi Hardy  has had a real breakout season, registering multiple wins and multiple podiums, but

Andi Hardy

more than that, transforming herself to a serious contender at every race she contests.  Her enthusiasm for the sport of obstacle racing has seen her embark on a veritable Summer of Spartan tour, a self-funded road-trip that included 8 races across the map, with more on the calendar, and made her into a one-woman roving Spartan ambassador.  She is currently 2nd on the Spartan Points Ranking table but more than results, Andi represents the best of Spartan racing and what makes our Spartan athletes incredibly special, always pushing herself to the limit, pursuing her passion to new realms of performance, and proving in action what is possible when you decide to change your life.

Grace Cuomo Durfee

For all the favorites above, we know there will be surprises to come to challenge the experienced racers?  Grace Cuomo Durfee suffered though 40 miles of brutal tests over 2 days during the 2011 Death Race, showing incredible physical and mental strength to finish 4th overall and 1st female. At Killington, she is expected to compete ferociously during the 26-mile challenge of the UltraBeast, and could blaze her way through the Beast field as well.

First time Spartan racer and recently retired professional Ironman triathlete Kate Pallardy is confident about her chances.

Juliana Sproles

And last year’s first female finisher at the World’s Toughest Mudder, Juliana Sproles has been preparing for the Vermont race by scouting and training runs at Spartan PA and MA, and the long course format of the Beast will suit her well.  Now a bona fide member of Spartan Chick’d Nation, Juliana is sure to leave it all on the course as she pursues Spartan glory.

Some other names that could shake things up include Spartan300 athletes Liz Law, Leyla De Cori, Sue Luck, Angela Reynolds, Corinne Kohlen and Irene Call.  All have raced well in 2012, and they too will be out to tame the Killington Beast and claim their place in the pantheon.

An intriguing battle awaits.  Any of these women will be worthy Spartan champions.  We know that the Amazons were a nation of all-female warriors in Greek mythology and Classical antiquity.  But for my money, it is modern Spartan Race Women that carry the battle to new heights of accomplishment and inspiration.

 

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Spartans Invade Slovakia!

by Carrie Adams

No location is too far, no venue to obscure for Spartan to make an appearance.  And September 1st, we are invading Slovakia for the first EVER Spartan Race in that location.  Our international team who made landfall in Slovakia earlier this week, let us know that it is a very Spartan friendly place with a few things that our own Vermont HQ can’t claim… namely, a lot of castles…

In addition to our Spartan staffers, we brought the Vermont Beast winners from 2011, who also happen to by Olympic Biathletes from Canada, Maco Bedard and Claude Godbout to get their take on the location and introduce Spartan properly to the good people of Slovakia.

More to come!  Are YOU registered for a Spartan Race?  What are you waiting for?  Click

HERE

and find one near you… especially if you are in Slovakia!

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by Carrie Adams

The Spartan Chicks of PA

On July 14th, 10 of the fastest female Spartans lined up to take on the mountains of PA in an event being billed as the “Mini-Beast” to see who would emerge in the top spot.  It was the first time that so many talented female Spartans would be at the same event and there was quite the build-up leading up to the start.  We introduced you to the women in a blog a week ago.  Click HERE to read it.  From a tried and true Spartan professional – Jenny Tobin, who won last year’s World Championships and Claude Godbout who won last year’s inaugural Spartan Beast to virtual unknowns to Spartan start lines like CrossFitter Janice Marie Ferguson it was set to be an epic race for our female athletes.

A campaign was launched and several faces graced a poster announcing the line-up headed into PA and the excitement was growing.  The women arrived in good spirits, in good company, and with high expectations of themselves and each other.

The Women of PA Poster

One of those at the start line was familiar face Ella Kociuba, a Death Racer and female athlete known for her speed and strength.  She was coming into PA with high hopes of finishing on the podium. Just one month ago, she’d suffered a hairline fracture in her leg and was still recovering but chose to come to PA regardless to try her hand and compete with some of the best.

Her race did not go as planned as she hit a log shortly into the race breaking her shin opened on her already injured leg.  Despite the pain, and with blood gushing from her wound she battled on, surrounded by some of the same women who came to compete against her.

Ella at the Finish Line

Of her injury, Ella says, “It wasn’t very far into the race, and part of the trail went straight down a path with huge logs laying across the trail. The momentum I had was incredible and I began to just fly down the trail.  Then, I got nervous because I felt so out of control and sure enough I jumped over a log and hit it with my foot and fell first on my right quad and rolled.”

The damage wasn’t done, Ella had another log in her path.  ”I got up” she said, “and I hit a bigger log straight on with my right shin and cracked it open and fell.”  She had just reinjured her damaged leg.  ”It hurt like hell.” she explained, “And it was directly above my old hairline fracture I got four weeks ago from the Death Race.”

Down but not out, Ella chose to continue her race, despite the wound, the hardest part being the mental wound that she sustained.  ”Mentally I felt so down and negative, I was in back of the pack after it happened and it kept splitting further open with every step.”  She wouldn’t quit, however and she says, “Well, I pushed though and finished!”  And finish she did, collapsing beyond the finish line receiving immediate medical attention and swarmed by her other female competitors giving her words of encouragement and support.  Admits Kociuba, “It was a very uncomfortable run for me.”  But she adds, “Everyone was so sweet and so amazing. I loved it.”

The event proved to be a feat of incredible athleticism with Claude Godbout, Canadian Olympic Biathlete ended up taking the top spot and then it was Jenny Tobin, former Xterra professional, and rounding out the top three was Andi Hardy Jory, another Spartan top finisher.  But athleticism isn’t the only thing the women of PA showed that day.  It was a true day of camaraderie and support for one of their own who wouldn’t see the podium on this day.  Kociuba is home and recovering, but she proved that some races aren’t about getting to the podium they’re just about getting to the finish line.  That’s a true Spartan.

Want to see what it’s all about?  Get signed up today and find YOUR Spartan finish line.

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by Carrie Adams

carrie_kenn1This story is special to me, because as a female endurance athlete, single mother to two daughters, AND a Spartan employee, promoting the women who come to our races and encouraging more to take part means a lot to me!  Spartan Race is one of the fastest growing active racing organizations in the world. We are more than just your average “mud” run we are an international obstacle racing organization that promotes athleticism, an active lifestyle and bringing together a community of people across the globe. A community of people comprised of some pretty amazing women and girls. 

Spartan Chicked is a movement I began last summer to educate, motivate, and empower women and girls to begin and continue active, competitive, supportive, and fitness driven lifestyles. 

BD2_7586Currently, 32% of Spartan Race competitors are female and we are looking to increase those numbers in 2012 with efforts focused on our female demographic and encouraging participation in our 32 global events. With Spartan Chicked gear and some big ideas for 2012, expect to hear a lot about the Spartan women!  30,000 women raced with Spartan in 2011 and that number is expected to double in 2012!

Spartan Chicked is a movement open to women of all athletic backgrounds from competitive to just beginning a journey of health and well-being. Competitive female athletes like Xterra racer Jennifer Tobin, 2011 Spartan first place female, professional adventure racer Danelle Balangee, Olympic hopeful Lindsey Scherf Georgia Spartan Sprint winner, and Canadian National team member Claude Godbout, Spartan Beast second place finisher have all graced Spartan courses with their feats of athleticism and performance. Check out the special edition Spartan Chicked video that details the movement and some of the amazing women.

Our nearly 700,000 FB fans are represented by 30% female fans and Spartan Race TV and Radio Show regularly feature female Spartan stories and special interests and every Tuesday is dedicated to Spartan Chicks on all our digital platforms highlighting our amazing community. Spartan Chicked has a dedicated blog that is regularly updated by Spartan Chicks!

clip_image013The Spartan Chicked campaign targets young women and girls to show them that being strong, capable, and pushing ourselves is fun and fulfilling. We are here to inspire a nation to get off the couch, take care of their bodies, and ultimately challenge themselves to push through obstacles and overcome adversity.

Our Spartan tagline is “You’ll Know at the Finish Line” and we want as many women as possible to get to experience that feeling of achievement through one of our races!

We will be featuring the amazing Spartan women on our blog and telling their stories.  So look forward to more from our Spartan Chicked community!

Are you a Spartan Chick?  Two things. 

1. Become a part of our closed network on FB: Click HERE and request to join.  No boys allowed!  We share fitness tips, nutrition information, motivation, support and everything in between. 

2. If you want to share your own Chicked story, email carrie@spartanrace.com

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