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 Leslie St. Louis, Elite Spartan Athlete

The Colorado Military Sprint is coming to Fort Carson Army Base May 4th and 5th and expect a race like no other! It has a unique finisher medal and shirt, as well as its own rules and rankings. If last year’s nearly five-mile-length inaugural event is any indication, it will be longer than an average Sprint and obstacle-heavy, including Spartan favorites, such as the spear throw, rope climb, monkey bars and traverse wall, as well as military-themed obstacles, such as The Weaver, barbed wire crawl with training guns and heavy rock carry with backpacks. Of course, expect the unexpected too, as there are sure to be plenty of new surprises from a collaboration of efforts from Spartan organizers and 4th Infantry and Specials Forces units!

All the top three women from last year’s Saturday Military Sprint are coming back again, including:

* 1st place finisher and Spartan Athlete April Luu, who has been on a winning streak this season and is currently second in Spartan Points overall right now, only six points behind Hobie Call

* 2nd place finisher Taryn Haas, who just raced in the Las Vegas Super, coming in 15th, but completing the loop THREE times for “training.”

* 3rd place finisher and Spartan Athlete Leslie St. Louis (that’s me). I came in second for 2012 Spartan Points and in the 2013 SoCal Super and will be racing for the first time after recovering from a foot injury.

Not to mention, two of the top three women from last year’s Sunday race will be returning, including Spartan Athlete Corinne Kohlen, who took 1st last year and has already raced eight events this season, and Spartan veteran Sue Luck, who took 3rd last year and comes to Colorado having raced nine events this 2013 season.

Other women to watch are Spartan Athlete Andi Hardy, who made a strong showing in her first event post injury at the Indiana Sprint last weekend and Tonya Graham Stogsdill, who took 3rd in Indiana.

Look forward to an exciting match-up on the men’s side, too. Some of the Spartan veterans making a return appearance to Colorado include Joseph Kauder, Chris Obertlik, Chase Stewart and Spartan Athlete Shawn Feiock, who took 7th for 2012 points and has already made the podium twice in 2013.

Although these men will have familiarity of the location, each event is different and they will have tough competition from Spartan-sponsored racers Miguel Guillermo Medina and Elliott Megquier, who has made the podium eight out of 15 races this 2013 season, as well as Brian Hoover, LeEarl Rugland, Rob Michaud, Eric Hansen, Evan Williams, Joey Patrolia and Brad Fredricks.

Just like the obstacles though, there is always the possibility of a surprise. Ultra Racer Tyler Tomasello and Professional Xterra Triathlete Cody Waite are just two of the athletes racing Saturday who may fare well in their first ever obstacle event.

Finally, amid the army base setting there will be awesome stories of personal and group triumph, including the Project Sanctuary Team that will be racing at 10:30 on Saturday and include a combination of active military members and veterans as well.

There are more than 7000 participants expected at this unique and sure-to-be epic event. Are you one of them? If not, sign up or start planning now to head west next year!

Connect with Colorado racers and read more about what to expect at the Military Sprint as well profiles on many of these athletes on the website and facebook page, Colorado Obstacle Racers. https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoObstacleRacersPage#!/ColoradoObstacleRacersPage

Or http://www.coloradoobstacleracers.com/

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by Jason Rita

“THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN”  SPARTAN RETURNS TO GLEN ROSE WHERE THE BIGGEST NAMES IN OBSTACLE RACING WILL BATTLE FOR THEIR SHARE OF SPARTAN’S $40,000 POINTS COMPETITION PURSE.

FOLLOW ONE EPIC WEEKEND OF LEGENDARY SPARTAN RACING AS THE SPARTAN 300 POINTS LEADERS FACE OFF IN THE SEASON’S FINAL BEAST RACE IN ORDER TO SETTLE WHO WINS THE 2012 SPARTAN POINTS SERIES COMPETITION  TOMORROW WE WILL PREVIEW THE WOMEN’S RACE.

At nearly every Spartan Race from our inception to today, one man has had the target on his back. One man was the standard of excellence in obstacle racing. One man stood on the brink last year of achieving an unfathomable athletic feat, and only the Spartan Death Race stopped him from taking $100,000 of Joe Desena’s money. From January 2011 to today, that man has won 24 Spartan Races at all distances – from Sprints to Supers to beasts. He inspired many a start-line bounty declaration, Joe Desena grabbing a megaphone and dangling amounts increasing from $1,000 to $10,000 to anyone who could beat him. He vanquished all comers. He raced everybody and everywhere, and won. He went to other off-brand obstacle races, and won. He raced with a weight-vest, and won. He raced with one arm tied behind his back, and won. He raced blindfolded, and won. He proved he was not a robot sent from the future but was in fact a human when he actually lost a race after a nutrition bonk. Such was the legend of Hobie Call.

One year ago, Hobie Call came to Glen Rose, Texas, as the undisputed best obstacle racer in the world, and went home with $10,000 as he held off the USA national Xterra champion Josiah Middaugh at the 2011 Spartan Championship race. But this year, Hobie Call’s dream of retaining his Spartan championship title and winning the 2012 crown in Killington, Vermont, was extinguished when Cody Moat raced away from him in the last mile down the Killington mountain to claim the Spartan 2012 Championship.

For nearly two years, it seemed that Hobie Call was racing only against himself. But this year, after a shock defeat in Vermont at the 2012 Championships, he arrives in Glen Rose as not the hunted, but the hunter. Now it is Cody Moat’s turn in Texas where he has the opportunity to cement his status as the world’s pre-eminent obstacle racer. How will Hobie and the other Spartan 300 obstacle racers handle Cody’s emergence as the new sheriff in town? Can someone race forward to pick up the gauntlet thrown down by Cody?

And what a gauntlet! After putting his stamp on the Spartan racing world in Vermont and claiming the Beast Championship and UltraBeast victories, Cody went on to win Spartan South Carolina where Hobie did not race due to an injury. On November 3, Cody went and showed trail runners how Spartans roll, winning the USA Trail Marathon Championships in Moab, Utah, and then being subsequently named as USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week. But Hobie sent a resounding signal that he was ready to race again, when he returned to form at Spartan Sacramento with a victory, albeit in Cody’s absence.

Now Hobie and Cody will toe the line in Glen Rose, their first battle since Vermont. Like two gunslingers in an old Hollywood western, high noon will be observed in Texas this weekend – except that it won’t be at 12 o’clock, it will be at 8:00 am on Saturday when the attention of the obstacle racing world will be focused on The Great Race at Glen Rose. Cage/Travolta have nothing on the Moat/Call Face/Off to see who is fastest.

As the deciding race of their head-to-head rivalry this year, a lot is on the line for these two Spartan obstacle racing champions. Each has one victory over the other, and one victory when the other is absent:

Spartan Utah Hobie 1st, Cody 2nd

Spartan Vermont Beast Cody 1st, Hobie 2nd

Spartan South Carolina Cody 1st, Hobie did not race

Spartan Sacramento Beast Hobie 1st, Cody did not race.

For the Spartan Race Points Series, a 1-2 finish for the Cody/Hobie-monster will mean that the Points Competition will come to decimal points to separate them at the top of the table. If Hobie and Cody do finish in the top spots in Texas, they will leapfrog over current Points leader, Christopher Rutz, from Team Juwi, who has already done an incredible 22 Spartan Races in calendar year 2012, the most of any Spartan athlete worldwide. Chris’s strategy was to stake his spot at the top of the points table early and force others to overtake him. Any mistakes by Hobie and Cody will see Chris claim the title of 2012 Points Champion. Assuming he does both days at Texas, as expected, Chris will be the only Spartan racer who will have done every US-based Beast race possible: Utah, both days at Vermont, Carolina, Sacramento, and Texas. He will be henceforth known in these pages as Chris “SuperBeast” Rutz.

There are several Spartan racers who are expected to have a say in the proceedings, including Brakken Kraker, Elliott Megquier and Alec Blenis, each of whom have the talent and tenacity to potentially crash the Cody vs Hobie party, and upset the expected Cody-Hobie two-man race to the top of the Points table. Alec has a lot to prove after his experience in Vermont where he went off course early and destroyed his chances at a high finish, ending his year-long quest to be challenging for the points crown. Brakken proved he can not only hang with the leaders, as when he finished 3rd to Cody and Hobie in Vermont, and 2nd to Cody in South Carolina, but can also win races, as when he won the Indiana Sprint and the Mid-West Super. A strong showing in Texas will give Brakken a shot at the Points top 3 places, as well as an age group win in M25-29. Elliott has been balancing his Army training with his passion for obstacle racing, and is on top of the M20-24 Age Group.

All the Spartans racing at Glen Rose this weekend have a lot to race for as detailed in our recent Points Series Prize Update. Stay tuned as the 2012 Spartan Points Series reaches its exciting conclusion in Glen Rose and the top male and female rankings are finalized to determine how $40,000 in cash will be given away to the best Spartan obstacle racers. Tomorrow we will post our preview of the women’s race which is headed towards a similar dramatic conclusion and count down the final hours to race morning when all the Spartans atheltes will race for glory.

AROO AROO AROO!

 

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