Last night, I had a chat with Steve Hammond about this year’s Lake Tahoe Spartan World Championship Course. Here is a summary of what we discussed:
The Spartan Beast:
- Prepare for swim and dunk wall both days. Final decisions on those will be made on race day from Mike Morris, Tyler Gobin, and The Medical Team.
Currently the course is 13.7 including carries. (The carries may get longer)
There are 36 obstacles
There will be a 2nd sandbag carry for the Elites on Sunday.
There are 2 major climbs and 3800 feet of gain
Same amount of gain as last year, if you check Strava.
The course will be similar to last years, but some parts going in opposite directions.
Big Lump, Little Lump (like last year)
- Descending is going to be super key. A runner will be able to catch up minutes on the descent.
This is what last year’s Big Lump, Little Lump looked like.
Spartan Trail Race:
- 10 K long (6.2 miles)
- 1000 feet of gain
- Part of it goes on The Western States trail, part of it goes on the Beast course.
The maps will be out Thursday with more information.
Be sure to stay tuned to Obstacle Racing Media live streams all weekend.
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