2019 Spartan Trail Championship Preview

Spartan Trail Championship

Spartan Trail Championship

December 15th 1:30pm EST – Updated with results from Spartan Trail US Championship.

Spartan launched their Trail Series earlier this year inconjuction with Altra and Trail Running Magazine. The numbers have not been stellar, but it has had mostly solid reviews by the ocr scene.

There will be a 10K and 21K race this weekend, with payouts 10 deep for both distances and both sexes.
Spartan Altra Trail Championship

Here are some of the top men and women to watch this weekend in Los Olivos California.


Joseph Gray
• 8x world champion, 17x US national champion
• 10x USA Mountain Runner of the Year
• Running PRs – 14:12 5k, 29:03 10k, 1:03:42 half-marathon, 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials
• 3x Pikes Peak Ascent winner
• US record holder for Mt. Washington Road Race
• Check his UltraSignUp stats.
• Instagram – @joegeezi

Ramiro “Curly” Guillen
• Qualified for 2020 Olympic Trials Marathon with a PR of 2:17:33
• Self-proclaimed “world’s fastest DJ”
• Check his UltraSignUp stats
• Instagram – @deejaycurly

Ben Robinson
• 2018 Sky Running World Championship – Team USA member
• Beat Aaron Newell, Lindsay Webster, and Nicole Mericle at Broken Arrow 26k this year
•  Check his UltraSignUp stats
• 1st place at Spartan Trail in Asheville and New Jersey this year
• Instagram – @ben_robinson88

David Sinclair
• Team USA member at 2019 World Mountain Running Championship 14km (12th place)
• 2018 Speedgoat 50km champion
• 2 straight 5th-place finishes at Pikes Peak Marathon
• Beat Ryan Atkins by 14 minutes at Broken Arrow 52k Skyrace this year
• Check his UltraSignUp stats
• Instagram – @david.a.sinclair.92

Chad Trammell
• Finished 7th, 5th, 8th, and 13th at Spartan Race World Championship 2014-2017
• Former Spartan Pro Team member with 27 career Spartan Race podiums
• 2015 World’s Toughest Mudder individual champion (95 miles)
• 2017 World’s Toughest Mudder team relay champion
• Ran 100 miles at 2016 World’s Toughest Mudder with Robert Killian (2nd place team)
• 2nd place Toughest Mudder 8-hr (UK and Southern California)
• 2nd place Leadville 100 this summer
• Instagram – @chadtram

David Roche
• 2014 USATF Trail Runner of the Year (sub-ultra distance)
• 2x national champion, 3x Team USA member
• Wife is 5x national champion and 2016 USATF Trail Runner of the Year (Megan Roche)
• Author of “The Happy Runner”
• Twitter – @MountainRoche

Tyler Sigl
• 2018 US 50-Mile National Champion
• Competed in 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials and has a marathon PR of 2:17:28
• Declined Team USA 100-km roster spot due to the birth of his daughter
• 3x NCAA D3 Athlete of the Year (Midwest Region)
• Instagram – @tyler_sigl

Jeff Stern
• UCI professional mountain biker (2016-2017)
• 2x Leadville 100 MTB finisher
• Instagram – @uponward

Andy Wacker
• 2015 USATF 50k Trail Champion (same race Cody Moat won in 2013)
• 2x podium at Pikes Peak Ascent mountain race
• Running PRs– 13:41 5k, 29:10 10k, 1:03:25 half-marathon
• All-American cross-country at University of Colorado
• Check his UltraSignUp stats
• Instagram – @wackera


Dani Moreno
• 2019 USATF 50k Trail Champion (same race Cody Moat won in 2013)
• 2019 USA Trail Team member
• 2018 XTERRA Trail World Champion (21k)
• 2018 US Skyrunning champion
• 2016, 2019 USA Long Distance Mountain Team member
• College – https://www.tfrrs.org/athletes/3346261/UC_Santa_Barbara/Daniella_Moreno
• Trail – https://www.dani-moreno.com/results-schedule
• Instagram – @dan_yell_a

Amanda Basham
• 2015 USATF 50k Trail Champion (same race Cody Moat won in 2013)
• 4th place at Western States 100 (2016, 2018)
• 15 career Ultra podiums
• Check out her UltraSignUp stats.
• Instagram – @amanda_basham

Rea Kolbl
• 2x World’s Toughest Mudder champion (2017, 2018)
• Tied for women’s mileage record at World’s Toughest Mudder (90 miles)
• Multiple wins at Toughest Mudder 8-hour races (2017, 2018)
• Spartan Pro Team member with 40 career Spartan Race podiums
• 2019 Spartan 24-Hour Ultra World Champion (Sweden)
• 3x top-9 finisher at Spartan Race World Championship
• 2nd place at 2019 Broken Arrow Sky Race 52k
• Instagram – @reakolbl

Bailey Kowalczyk
• 2nd place at 2019 Barr Trail Mountain Race
• College runner at Clemson
• dating Spartan Pro Johnny Luna Lima
• Beat OCR’s Cole Schwartz in a downhill mile this summer (4:39)
• Instagram – @baileykowalczyk

We found out this morning that Dani Moreno will NOT be racing this weekend.

However, she told us about the following athletes to watch for.

Regina Lopez: She ran a sub-75min road half in October, and this sort of course gears more towards speed than strength.

Sam Lewis: She was a member of the USA Short course Mountain team this year, was the 2019 USATF Trail Half Marathon champion, and 2nd at the NACAC Championships.

Anna Henning: Local, was 3rd at the North Face Trail Half Marathon last month. A similar course, with slightly more climbing.

*Additional statistics and fact checking by Jack Bauer.

Matt B. Davis

is the host of the Obstacle Racing Media Podcast and the author of "Down and Dirty-The Essential Training Guide for Obstacle Races and Mud Runs". He is also the only (known) #wafflehouseelite obstacle racer.
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