Spartan World Champion 2012
by Carrie Adams
In May 2012, Spartan Race announced the inclusion of a new event, one that would be the first of its kind in the world. An obstacle race that would be a marathon(ish) distance held in the Green Mountains of Vermont the same weekend as our World Championships. Two loops on the course, almost fully self-supported, and imposed with time cut-offs and rules for obstacle completion. It was promising to be so intense, an application process was introduced, so that Spartan could hand pick he 300 that would be a part of the event. When thousands of applications flooded our HQ, we painstakingly chose our field. When all was said and done, 386 were accepted (86 more than originally planned) to compete and on race day 345 would toe the line, 321 as individuals and 24 in eight separate three person teams.
Rules were laid out and it was decided at HQ that athletes could compete in both for cash prizes with the assumption that any Spartan tough enough to win both races deserved both cash prizes. $5,000 was up for grabs for the top spot of the single and double loop Beast and Ultra Beast for top male and female, $2,000 would go to second place and $1,000 for third. On the day, $50,000 would be handed out in cash prizes. Other awards were also presented, making it the highest payday for any single obstacle race ever held.
When several of the Ultra Beast runners wandered off course, the time cut-offs were backed up so allow the runners to finish the over 27 mile course. Running as much as six miles extra, some were pulled from the course before they could finish when the dark and rain made it impossible for them to continue. And when the day was over, 162 finished and 69 of those finished in less than 11 hours. The Ultra Beast medals are special edition and will never be re-created. They’re larger with a special ribbon, oh, and they glow in the dark. That’s pretty badass. We shared photos on our wall all day with breaking stories on Saturday that you can see HERE.
The course was a monster, considerably more challenging than last year’s course, and when the top finishers came down the mountain; it was Cody Moat who would take home the top spot for both the Beast and the Ultra Beast. Not to be outdone on the female side, Claude Godbout took top spot in both events as well! Amelia Boone, multiple Spartan Death Race finisher took second in both the Beast and Ultra Beast making it an incredible demonstration of athleticism by all three.
Men’s Ultra Beast Top Finishers:
Cody Moat – 7:01:26
Junyong Pak – 7:29:38
Brakken Kraker- 7:38:47
Female Ultra Beast Top Finishers:
Claude Godbout – 8:09:32
Amelia Boone – 8:35:55
Jenny Tobin – 9:00:46
Junyong Pak took second place followed by Brakken Kraker who took third place in the Beast behind Hobie Call. The transition area was a hot spot for the athletes in between heats. Grabbing food, gels, water, electrolytes, new socks, shoes, and clothes before taking off most of the competitors were all smiles and donning bright green arm bands they stood out in the crowd and battled most of the day as the rain started coming down late in the afternoon and persisted all evening.
On the team side, the top team that earned a $15,000 payday, The Rat Pack – Finishing time – 10:41:46, who crossed the line at about 7:09 PM. The team consisted of Kenneth Lubin, PJ Rakoski, and Don Schwartz. That was no easy task, forced to carry a team weight weighing at least 26.2 lbs, it had to stay with them for the entire course and be toted through each obstacle for them to earn their pay day. Another notable team finish was Team Rollover – 11:05:21, who crossed the finish line at
7:32 pm. Their team included Kevin Donoghue, who rolled his truck while driving to the event and was thankfully not hurt in the accident, Eric Matta, and Andrew Hostetler. This team was never in poor spirits, seen dancing in the bin drop to Skrillex in between the first and second lap.
Nearly 6,000 competitors and spectators from across the U.S. and several foreign countries representing
every walk of life, age and stage and varying degrees of athletic abilities converged on Killington, VT to tackle the 2012 Spartan Race World Championship. Consisting of a Beast (one loop) 13 + and a first of its kind Ultra Beast (two loop) 26+ mile race, presented by Dial For Men on Sat., September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd.