DeSena Responds To Podium Controversy

Spartan Podium

We heard from Joe DeSena late yesterday in regards to the recent Spartan Race podium rule changes. Here is what he sent us.

I’m here in Tokyo and find myself wanting to write my friends directly. I haven’t read anything online, but a few people in our organization have said, “Wow, I can’t believe what some people are writing about the new Spartan podium rules.” Even though I never read these ridiculous things, I believe all press is good. 

I realize that I need to offer clarity to everyone who’s confused, frustrated, or simply impacted. I apologize for not contacting each of you directly, but in the interest of time—and because I want to be completely open about this—I thought this email was a better choice of communication. 

So, feel free to share this message. Or not. And also always know that the world has my email address should they want to talk to me.

There’s an old adage: “Before you criticize a person, walk a mile in his or her shoes.” This saying was first coined by the Cherokee tribe of Native Americans as “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.”

Henry Ford also said, “If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.”

In other words, when you understand what drives another person’s perspective, you’re not only likely to have a complete view of the subject but are likely to regard the other person’s viewpoint with greater empathy. 

That’s what I’m doing now. I’m walking in the shoes of the elites: What’s the issue with the rule Spartan has put forth and how does it negatively impact the elite athletes we’ve helped develop over the past 7 years? I suspect they’re concerned that if they have to take a photo on our podium in standard Spartan gear, it will hurt their chances of earning sponsorship dollars. I suspect they also believe that being told what to wear is not American. 

These are valid concerns. I realize now that I should have fully explained this rule, along with the reasons for it, before we released it. I take complete responsibility and hope this message helps create clarity around these changes.

Here’s why we are putting this rule in effect: We believe obstacle racing is a sport. We also believe that for it to be recognized globally as a sport—not only by the elites, but by civilians, military, and the Olympic Committee itself—we need to start acting like a sport. 

This is not just an opinion. I have been working for 6-plus years trying to get us recognized by the Olympics, so that we can be included in the Games. I have had countless meetings with individuals who know what it requires, and several who are involved in decisions like this.  

The common themes in all these conversations: professionalism and consistency—in everything from how our elites dress to the branding of our events. To that end, it’s vital to the brand and our sponsors that we not allow our podium to be hijacked.

Your turn: Walk in Spartan management’s shoes for a minute. Imagine how taken aback we are when an elite quickly rips off his shirt to slip into one from another brand in front of our NBC cameras? Or how we feel when we get a call from one of our sponsors, which help finance 200 races in 30 countries annually, berating us. Lets be clear- there is NO Spartan Race without these sponsors. Luckily, we are Spartans. We move past it and don’t get upset. You can forgive in one minute or carry anger for a lifetime, that said- not everyone is like us.

The bottom line is this: We all want this to become a legitimately recognized sport, with participation and spectator rates as high as the other major sports. Together, we can continue to grow Spartan and make the world a healthier place along the way. We are well positioned to take that next step. Professionalism and consistency is a small price to pay. 

In fact, from my perspective, it is logical, and helps us all win. I hope this email will help you begin to see it in much the same way. Stay tuned for more updates. 

Joe- your friend in good times and bad.

Joe@spartan.com

We’d love to know your thoughts on Joe’s statements. Please comment below and let us know.

*Photo credit: Trek and Run

New Spartan Rules : Yancy Culp Speaks Out

Editor’s note : Yancy Culp is arguably the most prolific trainer in OCR these days. Through Yancy Camp, his training programs and stable of trainers (which includes Matt Novakovich, Ryan Kent, Rose Wetzel, and April Dee), have become one the leading resources for hundreds of athletes in our sport. The following are his views regarding the recent Spartan Rule announcement. This announcement includes changes which state Spartan Gear must be worn on the podium at all Spartan Races. We’ll include a link to his website at the bottom of his article.

Since the rules changes were shared around on Facebook I’ve been able to talk to a lot of people through phone calls, text messages, social messaging, and email. I have great appreciation for both sides of this discussion. I fully support a company’s right to outline rules and conduct as they see fit. I also understand the top level athletes showing concern when levels of control are put in place. It’s a great discussion to have early on in a sports infancy. Spartan has performed far beyond and accomplished more than most of us could have ever thought possible for our sport of OCR in a short period of time. I’m one of the biggest supporters of Spartan and the entire OCR racing community. The racing experiences they have provided for us over the past 5+ years has been nothing short of amazing. Many like to say, “the sport is so young”, “we’re not there yet”, “we’ll never be big like other sports”, etc. Try and find another sport that had as much success as OCR during the first few years of existence. I’m willing to bet you can’t find one. Basketball started out with a group shooting homemade balls in to a bushel basket. They weren’t as far along as OCR was five years in. I think it’s safe to say Basketball has made it to the big time. I could go on for days providing other examples.

We’ve moved very fast and Spartan has done an exceptional job keeping their foot on the gas. Because of great organizations/leagues, employees, sponsors, television networks, fans, and high performance athletes, there are sports that aren’t on the excitement scale of OCR who have had a crazy level of success while generating billions of dollars.

One problem that comes up when topics like this surface is the fact that some get extreme with their rhetoric vs trying to understand the topic from both sides. People will lash out with rhetoric that serves little to no purpose while a graciously direct conversation can go on in the middle and things can get accomplished.

Spartan has to operate under a budget watching P&L’s, EBITDA numbers, etc. and at the end of quarters and annually, they have to show success and profit. The television networks have to do the same thing. The high level athletes who have brought a lot to the sport and have been a big part of the success also have to operate under a budget. Most organizations in the sport of OCR have aligned their races in a way to create high level competition and OCR is a sport. Without the top level athletes you have a televised event. With the top level athletes you have an edge of your seat viewing experience that’s a full blown race! If you watched the NBC and CBS televised races on Christmas Day 2016 you saw how the networks spent a lot of time showing the audience top level athletes going toe to toe out on course. The viewers start following the top level athletes and all successful sports have top level athletes creating edge of your seat excitement. We love it and we always will!

The sport has top level athletes grooming their work schedules and teaming with sponsors in a way that allows them as much time at possible to train and race. There are also athletes who are earning enough money with the sport to train and race full time. Some of the athletes in both categories are accomplishing this because of support from the race organizations they align with and they receive additional sources of revenue from other sponsors. Because of the high level athletes who dedicate a huge amount of time annually training, the sport has worked its way in to a situation where the athletes are arguably being considered some of it not the best athletes on the planet. We are also a sport now where top level athletes from other sports can’t waltz in and knock off our top level athletes.

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Up to this point, Spartan and other OCR organizations have allowed athletes to use their bodies and garments to market their sponsors, which as Spartan recently said, has played a key role in the development of the sport. In my opinion, this has been a very smart move on their part and I hope rules and conduct continue to allow this to take place in a way where the athletes can continue using their body and garments to support their sponsors. A very large majority of the top level athletes are in agreement. There are great examples where this has been very successful and there are examples where athletes have been overly controlled. Golf is an example many don’t think about. When you watch golf on television you’ll see almost every golfer wearing different hats, visors, shirts, using different clubs, balls, golf bags, etc. There is definitely a level of control in place with golf but the athletes have the freedom to promote their sponsors. Golf is performance based. Prize winnings can be very high if you perform well and sponsorships can be huge. Like most other sports, when you watch golf on television, the top golfers get the majority of the air time. They get to show off their sponsors and a healthy amount of money is earned. There are other sports models that have had similar success where the athletes make a very nice living. In other successful sports there are strong league minimums where the lowest paid athletes are paid very well and the highest performing athletes earn huge annual salaries. In most if not all the cases listed above, all the people involved in making the sport great are making a good living off the sport. Both models can work very well. The Track and Field/Athletics comparison is brought up a lot in the world of OCR conversations. This is in large part because the majority of top level athletes in the sport make very little money and the athletes consider the model unfair. Their bodies and garments they wear are also heavily controlled which doesn’t create a situation where outside sponsors want to give them any attention and create partnerships. I personally know that a vast majority of top level athletes in the sport of OCR do not want a model that would ever look like track and field.

My next point may ruffle some feathers but I think it’s important to bring up. Imagine if you were a top level athlete in your sport and the organization/league/federation was involved in very large sponsorship deals and you were paid very little to no income. Imagine being controlled to the point to where outside sponsors weren’t interested in teaming with you because you had very little ability to market their brand during competitions, on podiums, etc. Imagine being that high level athlete and being the lowest paid individual in the ranks of all involved in making the sport what it is. In the world of Track & Field, this is the case.

We are knee deep in an awesome time in our sports history where Spartan Race along with NBC and a lot of top level athletes are creating amazing viewing experiences. We’re moving in to the 5th year of NBC televised Spartan events. It has been successful! Without a level of success, there’s no way NBC could continue putting together a budget to come back each year. Private business just doesn’t work that way. Now we have Tough Mudder partnering with CBS and they will have seven televised races in 2017 which follow up the successful World’s Toughest Mudder race that aired on Christmas Day. The top level athletes have been a huge part of the success. Many top level athletes rely on outside sponsors to help supplement their ability to train and race full time or as much as possible. When Spartan launched the latest rule changes, it was presented in a way that the majority of top level athletes didn’t know about the changes until after they were already posted. Most can probably understand why the top level athletes would be alarmed when they saw the new rules being posted around social media by individuals who found them on the website. The rules stated you are required to wear the Spartan issued headband for the entire race and purposely discarding headband during the course of the event will be subject to DQ & In order to be eligible for awards racers agree to wear a Spartan branded finisher shirt or other shirt of Spartan’s choosing for any award ceremony and promotional photos. It also discussed consent to WADA drug testing which is a rule I’m confident the majority of the top level athletes are excited about.

I think most, including myself, understand why Spartan and other organizations need to have some level of control in place to ensure corporate sponsors are happy and for other reasons. I also think it’s important for people to understand why most top level athletes don’t want their bodies and garments controlled at a level that would inhibit their ability to promote their sponsors. There is common ground here for sure.

Yancy and Morgan

I’ll close with something that I feel can be a game changer in a world where there seems to be a lack of civility often times when processes, issues, challenges, and decisions are being made. No matter if you’re knee deep in the middle of what’s happening, or on the outside looking in, avoiding snap extreme decisions with your actions and words can go a long way in helping promote graciously direct dialogue and actions which is where great things get accomplished. Avoiding the extremes on both side will almost always put you and everyone involved in a better situation.

Much love to everyone involved in making the past 5-6 years an amazing experience for us all. From Austin Texas, here’s to an awesome year of training and racing.

2.3.17 Update to this article – A conversation with Joe Di from Spartan Race.

 

Learn more about Yancy Camp here:

Yancy Camp

OCRWC Announces US Championship

This morning, Adrian Bijanada and the OCRWC announced a United States Championship to take place Labor Day weekend in Texas. Keeping with the #ocrunited theme of the World Championships, The U.S. only version already has several races on board including Savage, Green Beret Challenge, BoneFrog Challenge, Warrior Dash, Terrain Racing, Conquer the Gauntlet, and more. These races will all be qualifiers for this new Championship. They will all, in theory, be donating obstacles for the actual race this Fall as well.

The complete press release will follow at the bottom of the page.

But first…Some quick Q and A With Adrian Bijanada

ORM: Is this event being produced with your partners from OCRWC?

AB: Yup, 365 Sports will be one of the partners helping to bring this to life.

ORM: Is this event open only to US Citizens?

AB: We are following the same path as similar competitions like US Track and Field. You must be a U.S. Citizen or a something called a “U.S. National”. A “National” is someone who has lived here for at least 3 years and has the ability to represent the United States in other competitions.

ORM: Will there be a journeyman category?

AB: No, because there is currently no qualification for the Open divisions.

ORM: So, to clarify, anyone can sign up for the Open (Non-Pro) division?

ABFor the inaugural year, and presently, there is no qualification for the Open divisions.

ORM: What about prize money? Will it be for all divisions?

AB: Cash prizes are definite for the Pro, we are currently determining the feasibility for age groups (Open division) prize money.

ORM: Can we expect maybe a U.K. version of OCRWC? Or perhaps a European version?

AB: We currently have no plans for additional events beyond this and the OCRWC

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UNITED STATES OBSTACLE COURSE RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS TO TAKE PLACE IN TEXAS ON LABOR DAY WEEKEND

New York, NY, January 12, 2017 – Adventurey LLC, organizers of the independent Obstacle Course Racing World Championships, announced today the launch of the first United States Obstacle Course Racing Championships (USOCRC) to be held on Labor Day weekend, September 2 & 3, at Y.O. Ranch Headquarters, Mountain Home, Texas.

The two day event will consist of a 3k short course competition on Saturday, September 2, followed by a 15k long course championship on Sunday, September 3. Both distances will feature a Pro Division for qualified athletes as well as Open Divisions for Age Group competitors. Qualifying criteria will be available at http://USOCRChamps.com in the coming days. Additionally, qualifying spots for the 2017 OCR World Championships will be awarded for top Pro and Age Group division finishers.

“The sport of obstacle course racing continues grow at an amazing pace with the support of many like-minded companies and individuals looking to take it to the next level,” said Adventurey CEO Adrian Bijanada. “With enthusiastic community support, strong partnerships, and a deep bench of professionals willing to work together for the betterment of the sport, the U.S. Obstacle Course Racing Championships is poised to be another incredible experience for obstacle course racers from all over the country.”

In an effort to serve the growing community, the 2017 USOCRC will feature obstacles from many United States-based partners, including: Green Beret Challenge, Savage Race, BoneFrog Challenge, Warrior Dash, Terrain Racing, Conquer the Gauntlet, Indian Mud Run and more. Additional details will be available shortly on http://USOCRChamps.com.

About Adventurey, LLC

Founded in 2013, Adventurey, LLC is a New York City based company whose holdings include eCommerce, Event Production, and Marketing companies specialized in the endurance sports industry.

Media inquiries may be sent to HQ@USOCRChamps.com.

 

 

5K Foam Fest Returns To The United States

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5K Foam Fest, which has had recent success across Canada, is bringing 9 events to the United States in the spring of 2017. 365 Sports (the same company currently partnered with the OCR World Championships), initially purchased the series from Round House Racing. After touring the country with 20 plus events in 2013, Round House cancelled all races mid year and officially closed for business in July of 2014.

365 have spent the last 3 years producing 5K Foam Fest in Canada to rave reviews, and are now ready to bring it back to the States. The website currently lists dates and venues for Nashville, TN, Atlanta, GA, and Dallas, TX.

There are an additional 6 events (Boston, Detroit, South Carolina, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Ohio) listed as “coming soon”. When asked about finalizing those cities, President Jesse Fulton told ORM “We are getting them done now. Some are firm but we can’t announce until our permits come through”.

For those asking “Where’s my money from the cancelled events from Round House Racing from 2014?”, 365 Sports will honor those tickets as free admission to a 2017 event with proof of purchase.

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The complete press release is below.

In 2014, Utah based Round House Events who operated the American 5k Foam Fest went bankrupt. Days before their ticket holders were expecting to attend events. Ticket sales continued until the day of bankruptcy, and no one was issued a refund.

In a statement to the press, Round House pointed out that 5k Foam Fest Canada
(owned and operated separately) would remain in business. With the immediate shuttering of Round House, all inquiries both press and angry customers were pushed to 365 Sports Inc., a small Canadian company based in the Blue Mountains, Ontario (2 hours north of Toronto).

After a phenomenally successful 3 years of bringing the foam fest to more than 150,000 people all across the country; the team at 365 Sports Inc. has decided to re-launch 5k Foam Fest in the USA. In order to sweeten what was soured by the acts of former Foam Fest owners, 365 Sports Inc. is honoring tickets purchased for 5k Foam Fest USA in 2014. Any person that was affected by the lost ticket price is invited to attend the event by showing proof of purchase and event cancellation.

“We decided to return to the USA because of an overwhelming amount of interest. We also felt that people needed to see and experience how fun this event truly was. In addition it will raise money for Charity in the USA and the biggest reason was because every time we had US participants participate in the Canadian events they all made a point to let us know how much they loved it and suggested we come back down. The US events will run as its own entity with a great trusted staff down there! Looking forward to getting south of the boarder to see all our American friends and family!” – Jesse Fulton, President & Founder of 365 Sports Inc.

In addition to raving American fans, the 5k Foam Fest reviews prove that 365 Sports Inc. has captured the hearts of thousands.

“We had an amazing day and many many laughs. It was well organized and the run is set up for all fitness levels.” – Lori, Moncton

“My boyfriend and I have done many runs, and so far this is our favourite, we are already signed up for 2017!” – Kenya, Vallee du Parc

The Foam Fest is a non-competitive, non-timed 5k obstacle course that is suitable for participants 8 years of age and up. Both participants and spectators are welcome to partake in the events activities, featuring a kids’ zone, a 20-foot “sky fall” drop onto a stunt bag, bouncy castles, the world’s tallest portable inflatable water slide, food and drink vendors, and an on-site DJ.

Running or not, there truly is something for everyone.

For more information or to register please visit: www.the5kfoamfest.com

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2016’s Highest Earning OCR Athletes

How much are the top racers in the obstacle racing world making?

In making this list, we used only official race pay-out information from the 2016 season. We did include TV shows winnings, but only those that had a substantial OCR element.

We did not include any sponsorship, affiliate earnings, or undisclosed payouts. Keep in mind many of these athletes receive podium bonuses from sponsors, along with appearance fees, per diem, coaching fees, and shared sponsorship revenue from TV races. On occasion these combined totals can match or exceed race winnings for an athlete.

We also did not include final points standing payouts from Spartan as they have not yet been officially announced. These payouts normally start around  $4-5,000 for 1st and drop $100 or more for each spot going down.

These USD-converted figures are at best rough estimates and should be treated as such.

 


5. Laura Messner/Beni Gifford

SPARTAN: ULTIMATE TEAM CHALLENGE -- "Spartan Season One Championship" -- Pictured: (l-r) Matt Campione, Beni Gifford, Lynnae Kettler, Ian Deyerle, Laura Messner of "The Comeback Kids" -- (Photo by: Mark Hill/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

SPARTAN: ULTIMATE TEAM CHALLENGE — “Spartan Season One Championship” — Pictured: (l-r) Matt Campione, Beni Gifford, Lynnae Kettler, Ian Deyerle, Laura Messner of “The Comeback Kids” — (Photo by: Mark Hill/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

2016 Race Winnings: $51,500+
Biggest Payday: Spartan Team Challenge, $50,000

Laura Messner and Beni Gifford, along with teammates Matt Campione, Lynnae Kettler, and Ian Deyerle, were the inaugural winners on The Spartan Team Challenge. With that title came $250,000, or $50,000 each, as well as a Spartan Pro Team position for Deyerle.

The two Yancy-Camp athletes are in a virtual dead-heat for the 5th spot in our rankings, both earning $1500-2000+ this past year on top of their TV winnings to edge out their Spartan Team Challenge Teammates.

Messner

  • 9th-BattleFrog Points Series
  • 1st-Spartan Sprint, Nashville
  • 1st-Spartan Beast, Lake Tahoe, Sunday

Gifford

  • 3x Terrain Mud Run Winner
  • 3rd-BattleFrog Dallas
  • 3rd-Savage Race Dallas
  • 1st-Conquer the Gauntlet

Both Gifford and Messner took substantial steps forward in their goals of racing with the best this year and their race placings, and subsequent winnings, reflect as much.


4. Lindsay Webster

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2016 Race Winnings:  $60,000+
Biggest Payday: NBC series, $19,900

The world’s top female racer has loads of range. Webster traveled to Sweden this winter, where she won the fast-paced Arena Run in a little over 22 minutes. Fast forward to fall and Webster came up just short in her quest to be the Spartan Race World Champion, coming in 2nd in just under 3 hrs. This would be the only North American Championship she would not win in 2016.

  • 1st-NBC series- $19,900
  • 1st- BattleFrog Points- $6,000
  • 2nd- Spartan World Championship- $10,000
  • 1st-OCRWC Short Course- $10,000
  • 1st-OCRWC Long Course-  $10,000
  • 1st- BattleFrog (4 races)- $3,000
  • 1st- Arena Run Stockholm- $1,000

3. Hunter Mcintyre

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2016 Race Winnings: $68,700+
Biggest Payday: Broken Skull Ranch, $60,000

Editor’s note: Hunter is up to 80,000 in winnings from Broken Skull as of December 13th

Hunter shifted his gaze away from Spartan and toward the television side of things the past couple years, but still managed to show up and take 2nd place in the 2016 NBC points series.

After spending a year filming Esquire’s Boundless, he was invited to CMT’s Broken Skull Ranch. As of now he holds the course record on the final challenge, an OCR-inspired course called the “Skullbuster.” Each episode his mark on the final course is not surpassed will earn him an additional $10,000.

Six episodes in and McIntyre’s mark is yet to be eclipsed, netting him a cool $60,000. For Hunter, Broken Skull is the gift that keeps giving.

  • Broken Skull Ranch- $60,000+
  • 2nd-Spartan NBC series- $7,700
  • 1st- SoCal Spartan Super- $500
  • 1st- Arizona Spartan Sprint-$500

2. Jonathon Albon

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2016 Race Winnings: $82,400+
Biggest Payday: World’s Toughest Mudder, 50,000

Jon Albon had a busy 2016, racing 24 times in less than 9 months.

Albon had a huge performance at OCRW in Canada, taking 2nd in the short course and winning the team race while repeating as World Champion in the Long Course, his second consecutive year successfully defending the overall title.

He’s a unique racer in that he’s had great success in athletics outside of the OCR racing world- In 2016 he won the Bergen Marathon in 2:26 and did well on the Alpine/Sky running scene, winning the 2016 Skyline Sky Running series.

  • 1st- World’s Toughest Mudder Team- $50,000
  • 1st- OCRWC Long course- $10,000
  • 4th- Spartan Race World Championship- $4,000
  • 1st- Spartan European Championships- $3,000
  • 2nd- OCRWC Short Course- $4,000
  • 1st- BattleFrog League Championship- $10,000/4
  • 1st- OCR Team Championship- $1,500/3
  • 1st- SkyRunner Extreme Series- $2,100
  • 1st-Toughest- Malmo, London, Stockholm, and Oslo- $2,100
  • 1st-Toughest Series- $3,200

1. Ryan Atkins

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2016 Race Winnings: $99,500+
Biggest Payday: World’s Toughest Mudder, $50,000

The endurance legend showed his range in 2016, winning events ranging from the 3k short course at OCRW all the way up to the 24 hr World’s Toughest Mudder, where he completed 105 miles along with his teammate Jon Albon, and in doing so, earned his share of a $100,000 payout.

Ryan had a duel role with BattleFrog in the first half of 2016, serving as race designer/racer, winning 6 of their events and taking 2nd at a 7th before they shuttered their race series.*

  • 1st-World’s Toughest Mudder- $50,000
  • 1st- Spartan NBC Series- $16,600
  • 2nd- Spartan Race World Championship-$10,000
  • 2nd- OCRWC Long Course-$4,000
  • 1st- OCRWC Short Course- $10,000
  • 1st- North Face Endurance 50-miler- payment n/a
  • 2nd-BattleFrog Points Series- $5,000
  • 1st-2x BattleFrog Regional Races- $2,000
  • 1st- 4x BattleFrog Local Races- $2,000

*Ryan is a 21-time BattleFrog champion. In 2015 a win was worth $2,000.


Other notable individual performances from 2016:

Stefanie Bishop, Trevor Cichosz-

  • 1st- World’s Toughest Mudder Individual- $10,000

Hobie Call

  • 1st- Spartan World Championships- $15,000

Zuzana Kocumova-

  • 1st-Spartan World Championships- $15,000
  • 1st-European Championships- $3,000

Robert B. Killian- (also won 2016 Best Ranger Competition)

  • 2nd- Spartan Race Series- $9,200
  • 3rd- Spartan World Championship- $5,000
  • 2nd World’s Toughest Mudder Team- $4,000

Faye Stenning-

  • 3rd- Spartan World Championships- $5,000
  • 2nd- Spartan Race Series- $10,000

Austin Azar– On top of his Spartan and BattleFrog race winnings, had two very nice payouts:

  • 1st-BattleFrog Points Champion- $7,000
  • 2nd-World’s Toughest Mudder- $4,000

Kate Cramer

  • 1st-Stadium Series- $4,000

All payout info found on the following sites:

ocreurope.com

spartanrace.com

skyrunnerworldseries.com

toughest.se/en/

Thanks go out to Beni Gifford, Battlefrog indo, and Scott Seefeldt for helping us track down European payout info.

Spartan World Champs Back In Tahoe – Confirmed

After teasing us two weeks ago, with a non-announcement, yet visible posting on the Spartan website…

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then a change to the website, a few days later…

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We can now confirm, straight from the Spartan’s mouth, that next year’s Spartan World Championship Race will in fact, be back in Tahoe for the 3rd straight year.

The website as of right now, does not use the word championship. The site does have a new feature showing “X number of Spartans are viewing this race”. Readers will want to qualify and register as soon as possible as the current price is $159 and rising.

Complete Spartan Press Release Follows:

SPARTAN RACE ANNOUNCES WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WILL RETURN TO LAKE TAHOE IN 2017

World’s Leading Obstacle Race Series to Host International Field of Elite Athletes Competing For Over $500,000 in Cash and Prizes in 2017

Spartan Race, the world’s leading obstacle race company, announced today that the internationally renowned mountain destination Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe will host the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship at North Lake Tahoe, on September 30, 2017. This will be the third straight year that North Lake Tahoe has hosted obstacle racing’s preeminent championship event.

The weekend will feature races for all types of athletes and families to participate in. The World Championship Beast, as well as the Elite, Competitive and Open category Beast races will take place on Saturday, September 30th. Sunday will play host to the Beast and 26+ mile Ultra Beast.

The Reebok Spartan Race World Championship is obstacle racing’s pinnacle event and the premier event in the global Spartan Race series. In order to qualify for Saturday’s World Championship heat, men and women racers must finish in the top 5 at any Spartan Race around the world during the 2017 qualifying season. Once someone has qualified and finishes in the top 5, the qualification will go to the next finisher.

Known throughout the world for its pristine lake and impressive panoramic mountain peaks; Lake Tahoe features many attractions, world class restaurants and great places to stay, making it ideal for elite athletes, fitness enthusiasts, weekend warriors, and families alike.

“I am thrilled to announce that Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe will once again host the 2017 Spartan Race World Championship,” said Joe De Sena, Founder and CEO of Spartan Race. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Squaw Valley and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association for a third year and look forward to working together to deliver a world class event for our racers. With its Olympic roots and significance in the world of sports, it’s the perfect stage for racers to test themselves against some of the best athletes and most challenging terrain in the world.”

About Spartan Race, Inc.

Spartan Race is the world’s leading obstacle race company and the first of its kind to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 200 events in 30+ countries in 2017, Spartan Race has more than 1 million global participants, and offers open heats for all fitness levels as well as competitive and elite heats. With more than 5 million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, as well as the popular NBC television series, Spartan Race has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports—and lifestyles— in the world. Spartan Race features races at three distances, 3+Mile/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 12+ Mile/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” culminating each year in the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship. Visit Spartan.com for more information, a schedule of events, and to register for a race.

About North Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is a crown jewel of the Sierra. Formed approximately two million years ago, it is the largest alpine lake in North America and the second deepest in the United States. North Lake Tahoe spans two states and boasts two dozen beaches, twelve ski resorts, hundreds of miles of biking trails, half a dozen communities, and a growing number of nationally recognized human-powered events, races and festivals. North Lake Tahoe is a 45-minute drive from the Reno Tahoe International Airport, two hours from Sacramento International Airport and just over three hours from San Francisco International Airport. Visitor information centers are located at 100 North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City and 969 Tahoe Boulevard in Incline Village. For the latest deals, check out the Deals tab on www.gotahoenorth.com.