North Lake Tahoe hosts the Spartan Race World Championship for the third consecutive year in a row.
From September 30 to October 1, Squaw Valley Ski Resort will be transformed into the obstacle racing's preeminent championship event. Featuring more than 10,000 of the world's greatest athletes from more than 30 countries, the event will be entertaining for spectators and racers alike. Competitors will go head to head to win $100,000 in cash and prizes, as part of the $500,000 in cash and prizes awarded during the 2017 race season – the most of any singular Spartan Race.
There will be 500 elite athletes from more than 30 countries as well that will put their skills and conditioning to the test in both individual and team competitions. In just a short seven years, the Spartan race series has become the premier competitive endurance race in the world with one million participants in over 200 races. The run, hike, climb, walk through mud, climb walls, carry weights and much more.
To qualify for the World Championship heat, competing athletes had to have finished in the top five at Spartan Races around the world during the 2017 qualifying season. In order to win at this competition in Lake Tahoe, an athlete has cemented themselves in obstacle racing history and can claim the title of "Spartan Race World Champion" alongside famed athletes Amelia Boone, Hobie Call and Zuzana .
"North Lake Tahoe's unique high-altitude terrain attracts competitive athletes all year long and is a natural fit for obstacle racing," said Amber Burke, Events and Communications Manager at North Lake Tahoe. "Spartan Race is a cornerstone event for the area that highlights many of our core destination offerings — human powered sports, outdoor adventure, high-altitude training and healthy competition within a supportive community."
Over the two days of competition, races for all calibers of athletes and families will test strength, endurance and resolve. At various time intervals, the Spartan Race World Championship Beast (13 plus miles/30 obstacles) will take place alongside the Elite, Competitive and Open Beast races on Saturday and Sunday, in addition to the Ultra Beast (26 miles/50+ obstacles) on Sunday. Children's races ranging from half mile (ages 4 – 8), 1 mile (ages 9 – 13) and 2 miles (ages 11 – 14) will also take place on both days.
There will be obstacles intended to push athletes deep into their discomfort zones strategically placed over varied terrain. Some of these obstacles will be familiar to competitors from past races, but others will be brand-new as they are specific to the venue and the terrain. Racers can expect to face fire, mud, water, barbed wire and elevations between 6,224 feet and upwards of 9,000 feet that test fortitude and physical strength.
The competition will be broadcast on NBC and feature live streaming of men's and women's obstacle races on Facebook. The broadcasts will be dynamically produced with multiple cameras, drone coverage, graphic packages, audio commentary, replays and behind-the-scenes content. Visit www.spartan.com for more information, tickets and registration.
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