Spartan Race Recaps the Montana Reebok Spartan Sprint and Highlights Inspirational Runners

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Spartan Race, an international obstacle racing series, recaps one of the most challenging Spartan Sprints ever in Kalispell, Montana.

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On June 10, Spartan Race, an international obstacle racing series, recaps the Montana Reebok Spartan Sprint and commends racers for their valiant efforts.

According to the Spartan blog, Race Director Todd Sedlak did not expect any racers to finish the course in under an hour due to its extreme difficulty. However, four racers in the men’s elite heat finished under an hour. Cody Moat finished first with a time of 50 minutes and 25 seconds, while Chad Trammell and local Brian Suttle finished second and third. Despite the rough terrain and mud, 60 year-old Beverly Watson took first place in the women’s elite heat, beating other racers half her age.

Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of Spartan Race, praises racers for putting their blood, sweat and tears into the race. “The Spartan Sprint in Montana featured an extremely tough course with rough hills and dense forests,” he says. “We challenged racers to beat the hour mark and four Spartans rose to the occasion. We look forward to being back in Montana in 2014.”

Other participants included Nyk Kuntz, who was surprised by his girlfriend, Specialist Kaela Causey, an active service Black Hawk mechanic, and Ian Reynolds, who had the lower half of his right leg amputated after an accident. Ian brought his service dog Miles to the race.

Another racer, Brad Ludden, ran on behalf of First Descents, a non-profit organization that teaches young adults with cancer how to kayak, climb and perform other types of outdoor activities. Ludden, along with cancer survivors Kelsey Tanner, Andy Bonnet and Denise Pearson, drove 16 hours to the Montana race.

Spartan Race, voted Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race in 2012, is the world’s leading obstacle race series and the first of its kind to have global rankings. Spartan Race is a timed event series featuring races at three escalating distances in locations worldwide that culminate in a World Championship Finale with cash and prizes for the champions. While featuring competitive elite heats, Spartan Races are for athletes of all levels and abilities and are geared towards ripping people off their couches and into the outdoors. Go to for more information, a schedule of events or to register for a Spartan Race. For videos, please visit

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