Boston, MA (October 1st 2016)– Spartan Race, the world’s leader in obstacle racing announced today that 2013 Spartan Race World Champion Hobie Call (USA) and 2015 World Champion Zuzana Kocumova (CZE) have reclaimed their titles and have been named 2016 Reebok Spartan Race World Champions, after finishing first among a field of thousands of the world’s best athletes representing over 25 countries in Lake Tahoe, CA. Each earned over $15,000 in cash and prizes, along with the distinction of the title of Reebok Spartan Race World Champion.
Set on the same hallowed ground as the 1960 Winter Olympics, over 10,000 athletes from across the globe scaled some of the most challenging mountain terrain to compete for over $100,000 in cash and prizes. The 2016 Spartan World Championship course featured never before seen obstacles and utilized new terrain and mountain trails at the epic Squaw Valley in North Lake Tahoe. NBC was once again on hand to film all of the action, and will televise the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship on December 25th, 2016 at 5p.m. ET– a culmination of the network’s comprehensive season-long coverage of Spartan Race which began earlier this year.
Taking first in the men’s championship heat was 39-year-old Hobie Call from Tooele, UT with a time of 2:25:32. Finishing close in second place was 2016 Spartan U.S. Championship Series winner Ryan Atkins (CAN) in 2:25:59and 2015 Spartan Race World Champion Robert Killian (USA) finished third with a time of 2:28:10.
With another dominant performance in the women’s championship heat to take first place was 2015 Spartan Race World Champion and 2016 Spartan Race European Champion Zuzana Kocumova. The 37 year-old athlete from Liberec, Czech Republic finished with a time of 2:46:55. In a photo finish race for second place, 2016 Spartan U.S. Championship Series winner Lindsay Webster (CAN) took second place in the women’s championship heat with a time of 2:58:24, narrowly edging out fellow Canadian Faye Stenning who finished third, also with a time of 2:58:24.
The Reebok Spartan Race World Championship took place at the crest of the striking Sierra Nevada mountain range in North Lake Tahoe, California, with the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship Beast (12+ miles/ 30+ obstacles) taking place on Saturday, in addition to a Spartan Sprint (3+ miles/ 20+ obstacles), a Spartan Beast, Ultra Beast (26+ miles/ 60+ obstacles). The Spartan Kids race also took place on Saturday and Sunday.
“Having thousands of the best athletes from around the world compete at the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship is a testament to the incredible global growth we’re seeing in obstacle racing,” said Spartan Race founder and CEO Joe De Sena. “The level of competition this year was absolutely remarkable and as Spartan Race continues to expand to new countries, we can’t wait to see the sport reach new heights in 2017.”
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 170 events in 25+ countries in 2016, 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 over 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 Spartan Race World Championship. Visit http://www.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