The 2016 Reebok Spartan Race World Championship will take place this weekend, October 1-2, 2016 at Squaw Valley in Lake Tahoe for the second year in row, as more than 10,000 athletes will compete for $100,000 in cash and prizes.
Throughout the year, competitors were able to qualify for the World Championship by placing in the top five in one of the qualifying races. The reigning men’s and women’s champions—U.S.’s Robert Killian and Czech Republic’s Zuzana Kocumova—will return to defend their titles.
Also competing this year is 14-year NFL veteran Randy Moss, who is aiming to complete the “Spartan Trifecta,” which consists of completing all three types of the obstacle races—Sprint (3+ miles and 20 obstacles), Super (8+ miles and 25+ obstacles) and Beast (12+ miles with 30+ obstacles)—within one calendar year. Moss participated in the Sprint race in April in Charlotte, finishing with a time of one hour and 54 minutes, and the Super distance in Asheville in August.
The World Championship Beast will start on Saturday, Oct. 1, with the men’s heat starting at 7:30 am and the women’s heat at 7:45 am. In addition to the Spartan Beast race, the weekend will also feature an Ultra Beast, Sprint and Spartan Kids race. The race will be filmed by NBC and will be televised on Dec. 25. Live video of the race will be streamed from Spartan social channels, including Facebook.