A grueling schedule. Tactical challenges. The element of surprise. It all unfolds in the second season of Spartan Games, which will premiere on March 24 at 8 p.m. ET.
Developed by Spartan and presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare, Spartan Games 2.0 pits 16 of the fittest athletes on Earth against each other across a diverse list of athletic disciplines, from obstacle course racing to swimming to functional fitness and more.
This season's competition was held at Big Bear Lake, California, and the five episodes will air weekly at 8 p.m. ET on Thursdays. The athletes will be vying for a share of $50,000 and the title of Spartan Games champion.
New this year are two special challenges created in partnership with the United States Air Force. Airmen will lead mission briefings and offer guidance on challenges outside the realm of typical Spartan competitions.
“Spartan is all about pushing people to get out of their comfort zones, and Spartan Games 2.0 kicks that up a notch for some of the fittest athletes on the planet,” says Spartan founder and CEO Joe De Sena. “This year’s new challenges tested our competitors mentally and physically. They’ve never had to do anything like this. It will change the way we think of ‘warriors.’”
The Season Two athletes range from defending Spartan Games winners and reigning Spartan World Champions — Ryan Atkins and Lindsay Webster — to a Boston-area chiropractor and an inspirational woman who has overcome multiple health issues to become a fitness coach for others with physical challenges.
The Spartan Games 2.0 Men's Field
- Ryan Atkins returns after winning the first Spartan Games. Also the reigning Spartan World Champion, Atkins is married to Spartan superstar Lindsay Webster.
- Christian Harris is a competitive CrossFit athlete, gym owner, and entrepreneur.
- Veejay Jones is the youngest Spartan Race winner ever and the current U.S. National Series champion.
- Ryan Kent has 40 career Spartan victories and 64 career podiums, ranking him third and fourth all-time, respectively, in those categories.
- Layne Mayerstein is a U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant and Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician assigned to the 330th Special Warfare Recruiting Squadron in Colorado Springs, Colo. He is responsible for the protection of personnel and property through nine different mission areas.
- Hunter McIntyre is one of the most recognizable racers and functional fitness competitors in the world. He is the 2021 Hyrox World Champion, he set the Murph world record (34:13) in CrossFit, and has six top-seven Spartan World Championship finishes.
- Mack Roesch is an American Ninja Warrior finalist and a Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge champion.
- Tim Simansky is a chiropractor in the Boston area and a four-time Tactical Games Champion.
The Spartan Games 2.0 Women's Field
- Corinna Coffin is a former triathlete and regular DEKA and CrossFit competitor. She won the Spartan Stadion Series in 2019.
- Terra Jackson is a former NCAA Division I cross-country and track athlete. She is a three-time DEKA winner, and has more than 20 Spartan podium finishes.
- Arielle Miller is an obstacle course racer, rock climber, functional fitness athlete, and a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. She placed first at the 2019 Air Force Female for Alpha Warrior Challenge.
- Meg Reardon is a three-time CrossFit Games individual qualifier. In 2019, she won the Mid-Atlantic CrossFit Challenge Sanctional Event.
- Kris Rugloski is the current DEKA Mile record holder, and she has 40 Spartan podium finishes.
- Ariana Scalfo has overcome Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, Celiac disease, and chronic pain to become a fitness coach specializing in individuals with eating disorders, chronic disease, and chronic pain.
- Lindsay Webster is a three-time Spartan World Champion, and is the reigning Spartan Games champion. She is married to fellow Spartan superstar Ryan Atkins.
- Lauren Weeks is the current — and two-time — Hyrox World Champion, and she placed fourth at the Tough Mudder X World Championship in 2018.
U.S. Air Force Special Warfare takes mental and physical toughness to the next level, which is why they were the perfect partner for this year’s Spartan Games. To learn more about the heroes who make up the top 1% of the 1%, click here.