Spartan Race Tahoe Course – First Look

Last night, I had a chat with Steve Hammond about this year’s Lake Tahoe Spartan World Championship Course. Here is a summary of what we discussed:

The Spartan Beast:

  • Prepare for swim and dunk wall both days. Final decisions on those will be made on race day from Mike Morris, Tyler Gobin, and The Medical Team.
  • Currently the course is 13.7 including carries. (The carries may get longer)
  • There are 36 obstacles
  • There will be a 2nd sandbag carry for the Elites on Sunday.
  • There are 2 major climbs and 3800 feet of gain
  • Same amount of gain as last year, if you check Strava.
  • The course will be similar to last years, but some parts going in opposite directions.
  • Big Lump, Little Lump (like last year)
  • Descending is going to be super key. A runner will be able to catch up minutes on the descent.
Spartan Tahoe Coures PreviewThis is what last year’s Big Lump, Little Lump looked like.
Spartan Trail Race:
  • 10 K long (6.2 miles)
  • 1000 feet of gain
  • Part of it goes on The Western States trail, part of it goes on the Beast course.
  • Undulating
The maps will be out Thursday with more information.

Spartan World Championship Results 2016 (Men)

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Hobie Call surprised the OCR world by winning the 2016 Spartan World Championship in Lake Tahoe Saturday morning. Call stayed mostly quiet for the bulk of the season, then showed up yesterday and beat out a stellar field.

In 2016, 39 year old Hobie did participate in (and win) 2 BoneFrogs, the Utah BattleFrog, and The Utah Spartan Super. The last being his ticket, er coin, to Tahoe. This, however, is a far cry from the 20 plus races a year he used to do show up and dominate, prior to his first (sort of) retirement.

Not many expected Call to be victorious after he stayed mostly quiet and did not participate in the 5 race US Spartan Points Series. The 3 men who battled it out all year for that series were Ryan Atkins, last year’s Spartan Champ Robert Killian, and Hunter McIntyre (who has yet to win the big Spartan dance). They finished 2nd, 3rd, and 6th respectively.

Here are the rest of today’s top male finishers:

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1 Hobie Call 2:25:33
2 Ryan Atkins 2:25:59
3 Robert Killian 2:28:10
4 Jon Albon 2:29:30
5 Cody Moat 2:32:30
6 Hunter McIntyre 2:33:09
7 Peter Ziska 2:33:53
8 Chad Trammell 2:37:22
9 Isaiah Vidal 2:37:33
10 Glen Racz 2:38:36

 

 

 

 

Spartan World Champions History

Year          Venue                           Winner                         2nd                              3rd

2011         Glen Rose TX            Hobie Call              Josiah Middaugh        Junyong Pak

2012        Killington, VT            Cody Moat              Hobie Call                    Brakken Kraker

2013        Killington, VT            Hobie Call               Matt Murphy              Hunter McIntyre

2014        Killington, VT            Jon Albon              Ryan Atkins                  Cody Moat

2015       Squaw Valley, CA       Robert Killian       Ryan Atkins                  Cody Moat

2016      Squaw Valley, CA        Hobie Call              Ryan Atkins                  Robert Killian