About: Ryan Atkins is quite simply the most dominant long course OCR athlete the sport has ever seen. He just doesn’t have the word “quit” in his vocabulary. While a normal person may look at a certain endurance event, challenge, or extreme obstacle and say “are you crazy?”, Ryan is usually already out on the course, 2 laps in. The Ontario, Canada native competed in hockey, football, soccer, rugby, and wrestling as a kid, and was a two time world champion unicyclist at age 15 and 18. You can’t make this stuff up. The 2018 Iceland Ultra World Champion is back for more this year, and is a force to be reckoned with.
Fun fact: 2 time world champion unicyclist at 15 and 18!
Highlight: 2018 Ultra World Championships Champion
About: In her 5th year of obstacle course racing, Lindsay has already accumulated quite the resume. After having placed 1st in the World Championships in Lake Tahoe, California the past two years, there isn’t much left to conquer. Her first OCR race ever was in 2014 at the Spartan World Championships in Killington, VT - after around 200 burpees, she finally finished, and has been hooked ever since. Lindsay is terrified of heights, and is obsessed with chocolate peanut butter ice cream.
Fun fact: Terrified of heights, and is obsessed with chocolate peanut butter ice cream
About: There aren’t many men or women out there with the work ethic and drive of Robert Killian. A US Army Green beret and active member of the Colorado National Guard, Killian is a beast! He thrives off of the fact that OCR combines all aspects of fitness - speed, endurance, and strength - and there’s nowhere to hide once you’re out on the course. Robert is a 4-time Spartan Race World Championship podium finisher, and after finishing first in the US Mountain Series in 2018, he’s looking forward to dominating the Mountain Series again this year.
Fun fact: US Army Green Beret and member of the Colorado National Guard. Also is an intermediate French speaker!
About: Ryan Woods, at 39 years young, continues to prove that age truly is just a number. After debuting at his first Spartan Race at the Carolina Beat in 2014, the Boone, NC native has steadily risen up the leaderboard, culminating in a first place finish in the 2018 US National Series and 3rd in the 2018 US Regional Championships in West Virginia. He runs his own chiropractic clinic - Marathon Chiropractic in Boone, NC, and is ready to take his 2019 season a step further.
Fun fact: He runs his own chiropractic clinic - Marathon Chiropractic in Boone, North Carolina
About: The Charleston, SC native has a motto - work hard, have fun, and test your limits. That’s exactly what he does day in and day out. After finishing in the top 3 of each US National Series since 2016, Ryan is consistently in the mix to take the title at any event he toes the line at. He travelled to Paris, France earlier this year to compete in the Stade de France event, which is in line with one of the things that inspires him - getting outside of his comfort zone. Known as the guy with the best head of hair of all the Spartan Pro Roster athletes, he has no plans on slowing down any time soon.
Fun fact: Fantasy Football fanatic (die-hard Washington Redskins fan)
About: Not only is Rea one the most elite OCR athletes on the planet, but in her spare time she’s also completing a PhD in Applied Physics… at Stanford. That’s all the introduction she needs. The Boulder, Colorado resident clearly has the mental capabilities and strength to push through any obstacle in front of her. Prior to starting her Spartan career in 2013, Rea was an elite gymnast back in her home country of Slovenia, and represented the National Gymnastics Team for almost 10 years! At only 27 years old, she has a bright future ahead of her.
Fun fact: Currently working on Ph.D. in Applied Physics at Stanford
Championships: 1st 2017 US Reg Champs (WV)
Series: 3rd 2018 USNS, 1st 2017 USNS
Regular Season Podiums: 10 (2018), 18 (2017), 6 (2016)
About: Any girl who can compete on a boys football team in middle school is real Spartan material. She went on to compete as a Division 1 college athlete in softball at Stony Brook University, and since making her first appearance at a Spartan Race in 2015 at Citi Field Stadion, she’s been a regular on podiums around the country - most notably finishing the 2018 US Mountain Series in 3rd place, and racing hard to a 3rd place 2017 World Championships in Lake Tahoe, California. The Spokane, Washington resident is ready for a big season ahead.
Fun fact: Played football on the boys’ team in 8th grade, and competed as a Division 1 college athlete (softball) at Stony Brook University
Championships: 3rd 2017 Tahoe
Series: 3rd 2018 US Mountain
Regular Season Podiums: 9 (2018), 13 (2017), 12 (2016)
About: The Cape Cod, Massachusetts native has had a heck of a 2019 so far. With his first Spartan event coming way back in New Jersey in 2012, Ryan has been around for a while, but has only recently made himself a consistent podium contender. 2018 was a big year for him, winning several races including the legendary Killington, Vermont Spartan Beast in 2 hours and 30 minutes. He enjoys the solitude of training alone, lives for races in harsh terrain, and with no real endurance training background, he firmly believes that he still have massive opportunities for improvement in the coming years. 2019’s just getting started for Ryan Kempson.
About: A machine. A very fast machine, at that. After a phenomenal start to the 2019 season, Nicole Mericle is well on her way to having perhaps her most successful year of Spartan racing to date. The Boulder, Colorado native has only recently gotten into the world of OCR, after competing in the Fort Carson Super just 3 years ago in 2016. An avid rock climber and trail runner, Nicole was once an elite cross country and track star at Rice University, and is the reigning two time defending champion at the 3k meter OCR World Championships. Oh, and in her spare time? Nicole is a professional EMT and is studying to become a physician assistant.
Fun fact: She's a professional EMT and is studying to become a physician assistant
Championships: 2nd 2018 Trifecta, 3rd 2018 US Reg Chmps (WV), 2nd 2017 US Reg Chmps (WV)
Regular Season Podiums: 3 (2018), 5 (2017), 2 (2016)