Woods captures Spartan event

Boone native Ryan Woods works through the course at the Spartan U.S. National Series in the kick-off race on Mount Diablo in San Jose, Calif.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Ryan Woods of Boone captured the men’s elite title of the Spartan U.S. National Series in the kick-off race on Mount Diablo.

Woods won with a time of 1:14:27. The event was held March 23-25. Joining Woods on the men’s podium was Ryan Kent in second and Robert Killian in third.

Top endurance athletes in the obstacle-racing world tackled the gritty Mount Diablo course for the Spartan San Jose U.S. National Series race weekend. The event featured a range of competitive heats and saw athletes battle for more than $15,000 in cash and prizes.

They also competed for the right to compete in the 2018 Spartan North American Championship on Aug. 25 in West Virginia and the 2018 World Championship in North Lake Tahoe Sept. 29.

The race weekend included some of the nation’s top athletes as well as weekend warriors and new racers taking on Spartan’s signature events, including the “Super” (8-10 mile, 24–29 obstacle), “Sprint” (3-5 mile, 20-23 obstacles) and Kids Races. The course featured miles of technical terrain, steep elevation and signature Spartan obstacles designed to push competitors to their limits.

Rea Kolbl of Boulder, Colo. earned the top prize on the women’s side with a time of 1:27:03. Faye Stenning and Myriam Guillot-Boisset rounded out the women’s top three, earning second and third respectively.

Finishing at the top of the field in these qualifiers, Woods and Kolbl earned the right to compete in the 2018 Spartan North American Championship and World Championship.

The weekend featured additional competitions for a wide range of abilities, including the three-mile Elite Spartan Sprint which saw Angel Quintero of Mexico City, Mexico, take home the men’s title and Rea Kolbl take home the women’s title.

The weekend also features a “Hurricane Heat,” a unique endurance event, traversing on and off the Spartan race course. In total, the San Jose National Championship stop saw more than 15,000 participants put their strength and endurance to the test to tackle the unforgiving terrain.

After San Jose, the series returns to Snohomish, Wash., April 14, before heading to new championship venues in Southern California’s Big Bear Lake May 19; Chicago on June 23; and the finale in Eden, Utah July 28.

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