2019 Spartan Stadion Series Announcement

The 2019 Spartan Stadion Series has been announced and it may bring us some top 10 shake-ups ib both the Stadion and US National Series.  More on that in a bit, let’s give you an overview first.

Back in the fall of 2012, doing an obstacle race at Fenway Park was just a cool idea/bucket list item for a lot of racers. However, we quickly found out that there was more to it than just running around a famous stadium. In this early podcast, we learned all of the built-in infrastructure benefits for the race directors such as parking, concessions, and registration. Soon thereafter, the idea of running in stadiums became popular with a ton of races and not just OCR. “Finishing on the 50” is a concept that has been taken on by 5ks all over the country.

Back to our history lesson. After that initial Fenway weekend being such a huge success, it was no surprise that Citi Field in New York and Miller Park in Milwaukee were added as race venues in 2013. Pretty soon, ole Spartan had themselves a series. They even began “crowning” a series champion, but with little marketing or fanfare. Previous “Stadium Series Champions” are tough to find. We did an extensive search on the internet and only turned up this January 16 article, that we compiled for the 2015 Spartan Stadium Series.

Last April, Spartan announced the 2018 series would have 10 races, bigger payouts, and a reduced penalty of 15 burpees. However, only 3 of the stadium races counted towards the point series championship so racers needed to show up and perform at their best at Citi Field, AT&T Stadium, and Fenway Park.

This year, there will be 4 races that count towards the series championship.

April 13 – Citi Field – NY, NY

May 11 – Nationals Park – Washington, D.C.

June 22 – AT&T Stadium – Dallas, TX

Nov 29 – Fenway – Boston, MA

Plus, stadium lovers can also get their “no mud” fix at the following:

June 15 – State Farm Stadium – Phoenix, AZ

Aug 3 – Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA

Sept 21 – Citizen’s Bank Park – Philadelphia, PA

The increased payouts of $800/$600/$400 for all spartan stadium podiums versus the $500/$250/$100 at “regular” Spartan races will continue in 2019. Plus the $3,000 series top payout will also stay the same.

Here is an interesting wrinkle. The series opens at Citi Field on April 13th, which the same date as the Seattle Super. That Seattle event is the 3rd of 5 events in the US Championship Series. This means certain athletes on the men’s side who could be top 10 athletes in both series such as Robert Killian, Ryan Kent, or The Kempson Brothers (Ryan and Matt) will be forced to go all in on series or the other.

Additional reporting and fact-checking for this article by Jack Bauer. Be sure to check out Jack and Yancy’s amazing Spartan Rankings and Stats Website.

Gary Vee and Ryan Woods SuperBowl 53 Special


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If you have been following ORM Instagram over the last few days, you are aware of the hours of podcast content being produced for upcoming episodes.

In addition, we wanted to bring you something as fast as we could, with two giant personalities, Ryan Woods and Gary Vee. Enjoy your SuperBowl Sunday.

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Charlie Engle – Airport Conversations


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Ultra Runner Charlie Engle has a conversation with Matt B. Davis in two different airports after last year’s Spartan Tahoe event. Hilarity ensues.

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Interview: Tough Mudder Not Handing Out Cash Prizes in 2019

Tough Mudder announced this morning that they will not be handing out prize money to any events in 2019. The Tougher Mudder, Toughest Mudder, and World’s Toughest Mudder events will all go on as scheduled, but no cash will be awarded.

Once upon a time, Tough Mudder was the original bucket list muddy adventure. You were promised 10-12 miles, tons of mud, larger than life obstacles, and things that scared the shit out of you like electrical shock and ice bath plunges. They had tremendous growth with a model of “events, not races” and minus their once a year World’s Toughest Mudder extravaganza, never timed anyone or gave out any rewards other than orange headbands.

That all changed in August of 2016, with the announcement of a media partnership with CBS and a new overnight event, called Toughest Mudder. Toughest is an 8-hour overnight event, that has become a training ground for World’s Toughest, and has built-in mileage qualifications for the November WTM. A World’s Toughest feeder system if you will.

A few months later, TMHQ announced Tougher Mudder which was a timed wave first thing in the morning at every Tough Mudder location. This was something which many had been clamoring for, in the years leading up to the announcement.

5 months after that, in June 2017, Tough Mudder announced Tough Mudder X. This was yet another timed, competitive event that had CBS as a media partner and large cash payouts. The inaugural championship event was held in Minnesota one month later, was received well, and a sport was born that was tailor-made for Hunter McIntyre.

In September, TMHQ announced that Tougher Mudder would have it’s own Regional Championships and a World Championship which would be broadcast on a new Facebook Live Channel, much like Spartan had been doing for the past year.

In 2018, The Tougher Championship season was renewed with the same number of events and prize money, but without any media coverage by CBS or Facebook.  The 2nd “season” of TMX took place with 1 of 2 qualifiers being filmed for Facebook live, and the finals being broadcast on CBS.

Yesterday, on a call with Eli Hutchison, Mudder’s Senior Manager – Sport Production, the following details were confirmed for 2019.

  • No prize money for Tougher, Toughest, World’s Toughest (The TM Competitive Series)
  • Medals will be handed out to all participants of The Competitive Series event.
  • The 3 medals will form “something” when put together.
  • Special bibs still provided for competitors in The Competitive Series events.
  • Headbands for all finishers.
  • New mileage patches for every 5 miles after 25 miles.
  • No current dates for any TMX events. New media partner being openly searched for.

Here is the full conversation with Eli.

Below is the email Tough Mudder sent out:

We’re making changes that allow us to do right by the people we were founded to serve—everyday amateur athletes who are looking to test themselves and better their best. YOU are the lifeblood of why we do what we do at Tough Mudder. You’ve shown up even when the weather didn’t, tattooed our logo on your bodies, and shared our values with your communities. You committed to us, so in 2019, we’re committing to you.

RACE SERIES PRIZING

We’ve made the decision to remove prize money from our Race Series events in 2019. This is a highly intentional decision to allow us to reinvest in what we do best: collaborative, unconventional events with epic obstacles that make each and every participant feel like a champion.

 At Tough Mudder, we believe true accomplishment isn’t about a few prize dollars in your pocket. It’s about challenging yourself, bettering your best and conquering the toughest, most unique events on the planet. Sound like your cup of tea? Then join us in the mud and let’s make 2019 a season to remember.

MEDALS

You asked, and we listened. Each and every Race Series participant will receive a badass new medal when they cross the finish line. First, second and third place winners will receive exclusive gold, silver and bronze editions, plus free passes to future events, epic swag, and unlimited podium glory.

HOLY GRAIL PRIZING

It’s the ultimate test to push yourself to be the best you can be. Conquer Tougher Mudder, Toughest Mudder, and World’s Toughest Mudder, all in a single season, and earn a one-of-a-kind Holy Grail race bib and an official TMHQ Holy Grail. Complete the most miles in a single season and win the grand prize: a Holy Grail champion jacket and patch, an All-Access pass to 2020 events, epic swag, and the ultimate prize: Mudder Glory.

TOUGH MUDDER X (TMX)

TMX was founded in 2017 as a made-for-TV competition. We’re working with potential media partners on new ways to bring engaging content to you—in the meantime, stay tuned for updates, and be on the lookout for a TMX-inspired challenge at Tough Mudder weekends in the US this season.

Jan 25-26 Spartan Race Monday Numbers

Date : Jan 25 – 26 2019   Venue:    SoCal- Prado Regional Park

Total Finishers: 13,219

Podium Saturday Super

Men

1 VeeJay Jones

2 Nikolaj Dam

3 Kirk Dewindt

Women

1 Nell Rojas

2 Nicole Mericle

3 Natalie Miano

Podium Sunday Sprint

Men

1 VeeJay Jones

2 Nikolaj Dam

3 Ryan Kent

Women

1 Nicole Mericle

2 Nell Rojas

3 Natalie Miano

North American Championships Qualification – Men

1 VeeJay Jones

2 Nikolaj Dam

3 Kirk Dewindt

4 Aaron Newall

5 Daniel Sorenson

6 Jon Clark

7 Ryan Kent

8 Chris Miano

9 Digger Lauter

10 Ken Corigliano

11 Leon Kofoed

12 John Howard

13 Steve Hammond

14 Alex Cann

15 Jacob Klinker

16 Aaron Nowlin

17 Noah Grime

18 Justin Thornley

19 Ryan Polin

20 Ismael Hernandez

North American Championships Qualification – Men

1 Nell Rojas

2 Nicole Mericle

3 Natalie Miano

4 Faye Morgan

5 Timmie Brann

6 Nicole McManus

7 Emilee Smith

8 Evelyne Ruiz

9 Ally Kottcamp

10 Kandace Gonzalez

11 Heather Buchta

12 Elia Figueroa

13 Shannon Woodard

14 Leah Duhon

15 Ally Reitte

16 Nicole Kifer

17 Tenesha Robinson

18 Kara Martin

19 Raquel Wagner

20 Janelle Beaudry

Finishers plus or minus: The number of finishers was 814 less than the same venue on the same weekend last year.

Tough Mudder 2019 Preview with Nolan Kombol


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Tough Mudder 2019 Preview. Nolan Kombol comes on the podcast to talk about:

  • Level Up Lanes
  • Obstacles we will and won’t see on 2019 courses
  • World’s Toughest Mudder Qualifications
  • Toughest Locations
  • 12 hours versus 8 hours
  • Daytime versus Night Time Toughest
  • Why the hell did they ever try 5-mile loops?

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