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

Since the dawn of time, there has been disparity between the sexes.  Women, perceived as the weaker sex, have waited patiently.  We wait no more.

A Brief History of Time

K. Switzer

776 B.C. – The first Olympics are held in ancient Greece. Women are excluded.

(Lots of stuff happens here)

1967 -K. (Katherine) Switzer registers to run the Boston Marathon. Race officials try to tear her number from her back during the race.

1972 – Congress passes Title IXBOOM.

1973Billie Jean King wins the “battle-of-the-sexes” tennis match against Bobby Riggs on Sept. 20 in Houston in front of more than 30,000 people and a world-wide TV audience of more than 50 million people.

2000 -Fabiola Da Silva’s scorching athleticism leads to the introduction of the “Fabiola Rule,” which allows women to qualify into the men’s vert finals of competitions of the X-Games. Since then, Fabiola has placed several times in the men’s Top 10 and she was the only girl competing against a field of male inline skaters at the 2004 X Games.

2004Michelle Wie becomes the youngest person and the fourth-ever female to play in a PGA tour event when she tees off at the Sony Open.

Michaela Hutchison

2006 – In Anchorage, Alaska Michaela Hutchison becomes the first girl in the nation to win a state high school wrestling title while competing against boys.

2011 – This morning– I passed four dudes on the trail during my little training run.

Okay, so the last one isn’t compelling, but it made me smile when it happened (four times, actually, and they were the only other people on the trail.)

The point is, women are making advances in all sports and we are gaining ground on our male counterparts.  “Getting chicked” is what happens when a man is passed, beaten, bested, or out-done by a woman.  And though it’s becoming a more frequent phenomenon every day,  men almost universally are not entirely okay with it.

Most of my male friends acknowledge their aversion to being bested by women.  I’m no Paula Radcliffe, but in my circle of running buddies, I’m no slouch either.  I can throw down some good times and on a pretty consistent basis.  I’ve been challenged to races more times than I can count by those who didn’t know better, those who thought they knew better, and those who had been drinking heavily.  In the sake of transparency, I haven’t always won those bets (yes, I generally take them), but on the trail and on the road, I can hold my own.

Chrissie Wellington

Regardless, whenever I roll up on a guy in an event or even on a gym track, I get the same reaction: deer-in-the-headlights eyes, the sudden onset of panic/embarrassment/fear, and an overly exaggerated effort to not let me pass them.  When I do, when they forfeit, it’s a small victory for me and a huge shot to the ego for them.

But let’s get real for a hot second.  I’m just a blip on the radar screen.  Take Chrissie Wellington for example, the phenom Ironman athlete.  She has rarely been outside the top 10 overall in her races – 7th in Roth, 7th in Korea, 8th in Arizona.  Her marathon times in some of her wins have been beaten by only a few men in those races.  Only at Kona does she find herself outside the top 10 (22nd in 2009, for example.)

Pam Reed

Or what about  Pam Reed, the ultra-distance runner who in 2002 was the first woman to become the overall winner of the Badwater Ultramarathon?  That’s a nasty little 135-mile ultra that has crazy elevation and heat indexes well above 120 degrees.  She subsequently repeated her feat as overall winner of the race in 2003. In 2002, her win also set the women’s course record.  In 2005, Reed became the first person (not woman, but PERSON) to complete a 300-mile run without sleep.  It took less than 80 hours.  And NO, that’s not a typo.  300 miles… in 80 hours… without sleep.

The moral of the story is simple.  Guys, the ladies are showing up.  Day in and day out, in all sports, niches, and events, we’re here.   Ask anyone who’s squared off against Sonya Thomas, the 98-pound professional eater who goes by the moniker “Black Widow” and is currently ranked as the fifth-best competitive eater in the United States and sixth in the world, with 29 world titles.

The ladies are kicking ass, and we aren’t going anywhere.  So when you hear the tell-tale sound of approaching footsteps behind you, it could very well be a woman about to smoke you.  Don’t fight it.  As she leaves you in her wake with what you’ll tell your friends later was superhuman steroid-fueled ease, give her respect (even if it’s only in your head.)  You and I both know that getting “chicked” may be the best thing to happen to you all day.

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