Mud Run Guide is on the ground at the 2018 Spartan World Championships Powered by Rakuten. Athletes from over 50 countries have converged on the former Olympic venue to try a slice of the $125,000 in cash prizes. We are here in Squaw Valley to showcase the action all weekend. Bring you behind the scenes and on the course.

With more than 12-miles of mountainous terrain, more than 30 signature Spartan Obstacles and elevation reaching 9,000 feet, the course will prove challenging for even the most seasoned racers. North American Regional Championship winners Lindsay Webster (Canada/2017 Spartan Women’s World Champion) and Robert Killian (USA) will look to continue their success against a strong field of competitors. Top contenders in the Men’s division include 2017 Spartan Men’s World Champion Cody Moat (USA), Jon Albon (UK), Ryan Atkins (Canada), Angel Quintero (Mexico) and Albert Soley Castells (Spain). In the Women’s division, Rea Kolbl (Czech), Faye Stenning (Canada), Alyssa Hawley (USA), Nicole Mericle (USA) and Myriam Guillot (France) are among the favorites for spots on the winner’s podium. The race will stream live exclusively on Facebook Watch via the Spartan Race LIVE Page – and will be broadcast on ESPN at a later date.

Following Saturdays Championship race, the Team World Championship unfolds along an 8-mile Spartan Super course with more than 25 signature obstacles. The second annual event features athlete’s on more than 20 country-specific male and female teams of three competing for more than $10,000 in cash prizes.

 

“Each year, the level of competition in Tahoe increases with athletes becoming faster, stronger and smarter and I can’t wait to see what’s in store this weekend, as the best athletes in the world face the most changing event of the Spartan season, said Spartan founder and CEO Joe De Sena. “We’re excited to bring the World Championships back to Squaw Valley and showcase the best the growing sport of obstacle course racing has to offer in front of a global audience.”

Marquee Events for the Weekend

Friday, September 28
4pm – Pre-Race Press Conference
The weekend’s top elite competitors from around the world will discuss the road to Tahoe and the race ahead.

Saturday, September 29
7:30am – Elite Championship Beast
In the Elite Championship Beast, each racer that stands at the start line has earned the right to compete through qualifying events along the 2018 Spartan Global Championship Series. The race also serves as the first leg of the Spartan $1 Million Trifecta – in which Spartan will award $1 million to the Elite Championship Beast winner in Tahoe if they can replicate 1st place finishes at the Spartan Trifecta World Championship in Sparta, Greece in November and the 24-hour Ultra World Championship in Iceland in December.

Locked and Loaded 24 Hours (LL24H)
A 24-hour Isolation Challenge created by the Whiteboard Project in support of mental health, veterans, and first responders. LL24H will see three endurance athletes stepping inside a shipping container where they will run on a TrueForm Runner in an environment deprived of light, sound and any other typical data used to gauge and monitor performance. The athlete running the furthest during the 24-hours will walk away the winner. Athletes include Retired United States Marine, Major Brian Chontosh (aka “Tosh”); three-time Ironman, John Witzing; and one of Canada’s top personal trainers, Josh Chessman.

Sunday, September 30
Team World Championship
The Team World Championship unfolds along an 8-mile Spartan Super course with more than 25 signature obstacles. The second annual event features athletes on more than 20 country-specific male and female teams of three, competing for more than $10,000 in cash prizes.

WHEN:
Friday, September 28

Friday, 2:30 pm: Panel discussions (Main Stage)
Friday, 4:00 pm: Pre-race press conference (Main Stage)
Friday, 5:45 pm: Spartan x Craft Fashion Show (Main Stage)
Friday, 6:00 pm: Beast Feast Pre-Race Dinner (Olympic Village Lodge)

Saturday, September 29
Saturday, 2:00 pm: Locked and Loaded 24-Hour Isolation Challenge
Saturday, 7:15 am:  World Championship Beast Elite Heats begin
Saturday, 8:00 am: World Championship Beast Age Group Heat begins
Saturday, 8:45 am: Beast Open Heats begin
Saturday, 9:00 am: Kids Races begin

Sunday, September 30
Sunday, 6:00 am: Ultra begins
Sunday, 7:30 am: World Team Championship
Sunday, 7:55 am: Fit CEO Challenge
Sunday, 9:00 am: Kids Races begin

WHERE:      
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows
1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, CA