Inaugural Spartan Trail Championship Proves Memorable in Central California
The inaugural Spartan Trail season came to a close over the weekend when the sport’s best athletes descended on Los Olivos, Calif., for the Spartan Trail US Championship Presented by Altra. With a $50,000 prize purse on the line, more than 500 of the country’s top trail running athletes showed up to compete in the 10K and 21K races for a piece of the largest purse in trail running history.
|MEN’S 10K ELITE||TIME||WOMEN’S 10K ELITE||TIME|
|1. Joseph Gray (CO)||33:24||1. Bailey Kowalczyk (CO)||39:37|
|2. Kris Brown (CA)||35:18||2. Anna Dalton (AK)||40:28|
|3. Chad Trammel (AK)||35:55||3. Natalie Miano (CA)||41:38|
|MEN’S 21K ELITE||TIME||WOMEN’S 21K ELITE||TIME|
|1. Andy Wacker (CO)||1:15:10||1. Regina Lopez (CA)||1:29:25|
|2. Chad Hall (CA)||1:15:27||2. Samantha Lewis (ID)||1:30:04|
|3. Ben Bruce (AZ)||1:15:41||3. Kimber Mattox (OR)||1:30:15|
Designed by trail running legend and Spartan Trail race director Luis Escobar, the course took racers through the woods and trails of Central California’s Ted Chamberlin Ranch, where they faced rugged technical terrain in both distances. In the end, Colorado’s Joseph Gray and Andy Wacker took first place in the men’s 10K and 21K elite races, respectively. Bailey Kowalczyk, also from Colorado, took the top spot in the women’s 10K. California resident Regina Lopez placed first in the women’s 21K race.
In addition to the elite competition, racers participated in 10 competitive age group brackets and open heats for a shot at the podium.
The event ended the first season of Spartan Trail Presented by Altra, which attracted thousands of participants from the trail running and obstacle course racing communities. The series consisted of 12 races across America. Spartan Trail combines a classic approach to trail running with the Spartan ethos that millions around the globe have come to experience. Races for the expanded 2020 Spartan Trail season can be found here, with more to follow.