Spartan Race announced today that the obstacle racing series’ World Championship will be held in Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, on October 3 and 4, 2015. Since its debut in 2011, the annual event had been held at Vermont’s Killington Mountain Resort & Ski Area.
The weekend event will include the World Championship Spartan Beast (13-plus miles, 30-plus obstacles) on Saturday, and a Spartan Sprint (3-plus miles, 20-plus obstacles), a Spartan Beast and Ultra Beast (26-plus miles, 60-plus obstacles) on Sunday. The mountainous course will peak at 9,050 feet in elevation.
Spartan Race expects more than 10,000 athletes around the globe to compete in the World Championships for more than $100,000 in cash prizes. NBC Sports has been awarded broadcast rights and is expected to produce a one-hour television special on the event.
Industry website MudRunGuide.com broke news of the move on Dec. 11 after finding information about the event in the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce Marketing Department’s October and November reports. The Chamber of Commerce expects the local economy to reap upwards of $1 million from the event in associated spending.