The 16-mile course in Vermont pushes racers to their limits.
On a brutal, 16-mile course that pushed even the best obstacle racers in the world to their limits, Canadian Claude Godbout won her second Spartan world championship and Jon Albon won his first last weekend.
Canadian Ryan Atkins seemed to have the men’s race wrapped up with less than two miles remaining after passing Cody Moat and Albon during the killer double sandbag carry (just to show how tough it was, one of the pre-race favorites, Matt “The Bear” Novakovich, posted a picture of himself doing the obstacle on Facebook with the description “this is what it looks like when the wheels come off”). But Atkins missed his spear throw and Albon hit it, and that, like many Spartan races, was all the difference. Albon finished in 3:23 and Atkins clocked a 3:24. Moat made the podium by finishing in 3:30.
The men’s field rounded out with John Yatsko at 3:36, Hunter McIntyer at 3:43 and Isaiah Vidal just seconds behind. Chad Trammell (3:53), Brakken Kraker (3:59), Glen Racz (4:01) and James Appleton (4:0)2 rounded out the top 10. Novakovich finished 11th.
Godbout won the title in 2012 but lost last year to Amelia Boone. Boone was considered the favorite this year but pulled out at the last second so she could have surgery for a broken leg and a torn meniscus.
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Corinna Coffin, a relative newcomer and only 21, finished three minutes behind Godbout with a time of 4:20. Colorado resident April Dee made the podium with a time of 4:22.
Lindsay Webster (4:26), Tereza Klimesova (4:33), TyAnn Clark (4:36), Jackie Rust (4:41), Jenny Tobin (4:43), Rose Wetzel-Sinnett (4:46) and Rachel Paquette (4:49) rounded out the women’s top 10.
Clark and Wetzel were both pre-race favorites after winning events this year, but both said the course was the hardest they’d ever done. Wetzel rolled her ankle near the beginning of the race, and Clark had to “dig deep” just to finish sixth.