NORTH LAKE TAHOE, California (September 30, 2017) – 2017 Spartan U.S. Championship series winner Lindsay Webster and 2013 Spartan Race World Champion Cody Moat took home the gold at the 2017 Reebok Spartan Race World Championship in their respective categories.
Webster of Caledon, ON captured the women’s championship with a time of 03:06:10, while Moat of Fillmore, UT led the men’s field with a time of 02:32:34. In addition to bragging rights, both racers took home $15,000 in prize money. Joining Webster on the women’s podium was Zuzana Kocumoca in second and Alyssa Hawley in third. Jon Albon and Robert Killian rounded out the men’s top three, respectively.
Webster and Moat conquered the grueling mountainous 16-mile, 40-obstacle course at Squaw Valley to capture the world title in the preeminent event of the obstacle racing season. They beat out some of the best athletes in the world including, on the women’s side, defending champion Zuzana Kocumoca (Czech), Alyssa Hawley (USA), Faye Stenning (Canada), Amelia Boone (USA), Rea Kolbl (Slovenia), Nicole Mericle (USA), and Yoie Bohlin (Sweden) and, on the men’s side, defending champion Hobie Call (USA), Hunter McIntyre (USA), Robert Killian (USA), Jon Albon (UK), Albert Soley (Spain) and Ryan Atkins (Canada).
For the third straight year, a field of elite athletes and more than 15,000 competitors and spectators converged in Olympic Valley to take part in the pinnacle event of the obstacle racing season.
The Spartan Race World Championship featured a series of competitive events and a total purse of $100,000 in cash and prizes. The feature event Saturday was the grueling 16-mile Elite Championship “Beast” heat, in which elite racers from close to 50 countries crawled through barbed wire, scaled walls, swam through a near-freezing cold lake, and conquered close to 40 obstacles to determine the men’s and women’s individual world champions. The race tested each racer’s strength, endurance, and resolve on unpredictable terrain and over Spartan obstacles masterfully designed to push competitors deep beyond the comfort zone.
Fierce competitors earned entry to the championship heat by finishing in the top placings at SpartanRaces around the world during the 2017 qualifying season, with this weekend determining the reigning 2017 champion.