Snohomish, WA (April 14, 2019) – The best endurance athletes in the country descended upon Snohomish, WA over the weekend for the third race of the 2019 Spartan U.S. National Series, the premier Obstacle Course Race circuit, which unfolds at five locations across the country offering more than $110,000 in cash prizes. The Meadow Wood Equestrian Center course tested athlete’s grit as they raced across 8.5-miles of wooded terrain and battled 25 obstacles on Spartan’s signature “Super” race course. In the end Canadian natives Ryan Atkins and Lindsay Webster took home the Spartan U.S. National Series victory with a times of 1:04:59 and 1:15:03. The Seattle Super and Sprint Weekend was hosted by Snohomish County.
|MEN’S ELITE||WOMEN’S ELITE|
|1. Ryan Atkins||1:04:59||1. Lindsay Webster||1:15:03|
|2. Veejay Jones||1:05:22||2. Nicole Mericle||1:18:30|
|3. Ryan Kent||1:07:51||3. Rea Kolbl||1:22:51|
|4. John Luna-Lima||1:08:19||4. Alyssa Hawley||1:26:09|
|5. Tyler Veerman||1:08:49||5. Faye Stenning||1:27:47|
Over 150 elite athletes competed for a piece of the event’s $16,000 prize purse. Placing behind Atkins was California’s Veejay Jones (1:05:22) followed by South Carolina’s Ryan Kent (1:07:51). Colorado natives Nicole Mericle (1:18:30) and Rea Kolbl (1:22:51) rounded out the women’s podium placing second and third respectively.
In addition to the elite competition, thousands of racers of all ages and skill levels competed in the weekend’s events, which included the Spartan Super and shorter-distance Spartan “Sprint” race course, which features three-miles and 20 obstacles – and boys and girls ages four to 13 competed in the Spartan Kids Race.
The weekend also featured the first-ever Spartan Trail race, where Liam Meirow took home the top prize on the men’s side with a time of 35:55, while Alex Roudayna took home first for the women with a 42:03 time. They were followed by Josh Fry (37:00), Aaron Newell (37:02), Maria Del Carmen Barriga (46:58) and Elia Figueroa (57:07). Spartan’s new Trail Running Series combines traditional trail running with the Spartan ethos, unfolding in some of nature’s most breathtaking landscapes, with 12 events in the U.S. planned for the 2019 season. Merging the two growing sports, racers will step up to the start line, shout the coveted Spartan chant and hit the signature Fire Jump obstacle before crossing the finish line – with nothing in between but miles of trail and natural obstacles.
The U.S. National Series heads next to the mountains of Southern California’s Big Bear Lake May 18. The National Series champions will be crowned at the finale in Huntsville, UT on July 20, based on cumulative series ranking points. The U.S. National Series leads to the Spartan North American Championship, which takes place August 24, 2019 in Glen Jean, WV – and will draw the best racers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. To qualify for the regional championship, elite male and female racers must place in the top 10 during a U.S. National Series event as elite spots are scarce with just 600 total available (300 men and 300 women).
Unfolding across more than 40 countries, the 2019 Spartan Global Championship Series features 14 National Series races leading to stand-alone championship events in five regions (North America, South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East & Africa), paving the road to the 2019 World Championship powered by Rakuten in North Lake Tahoe, CA September 29.
Spartan events focus on sport and athleticism, pushing the bodies and minds of competitors to the limit across miles of unforgiving terrain while conquering signature obstacles. With more than one million annual participants, and more than 200 events across more than 30 countries, Spartan is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand. Visit our Spartan page huge discounts on every distance (including Kid's and Trail) for more information.