Hobie Call and Kio Paul top the Sprint podium for the first Breckenridge Spartan Race | SummitDaily.com

Hobie Call and Kio Paul top the Sprint podium for the first Breckenridge Spartan Race

It's official: Breckenridge has crowned its first round of Spartan champions.

On June 13, more than 5,500 competitors from across the nation (and the world) descended on Breckenridge for the mountain's inaugural Spartan Race. They took on the Sprint, a 5.3-mile course filled with more than a dozen obstacles, and the Beast, a 12.5-mile course with more than 30 obstacles, including snowfields covered in barbed wire, at least four walls taller than 25 feet and the most devious jungle gyms invented by man.

In the crowd was a select group of Spartan Elite, high-level athletes who train throughout the year and travel from venue to venue in the name of competition. While others tackle Spartans for bragging rights, the Elite men and women can come away with up to $3,000 in prize money for topping the podium.

The first group of Sprint finishers rolled (and dove and scrambled) through the final few obstacles at Peak 9 before the first wave of Beast competitors even left the starting line, giving soon-to-be racers a sneak peek at the insanity to come.

On the men's side, Hobie Call of Utah made a fitting inaugural champion for the Breck Sprint, earning his first-ever gold medal with a lightning-fast time of 49:12. Right on his heels were nine-time Spartan champion Cody Moat of Utah at 50:19, followed by another first-time podium finisher, Ryan Atkins from Ontario who came in at 50:42. All told, the time difference between first and tenth place was incredibly tight at less than 6 minutes, leaving Spartan superstars like Isaiah Vidal out of the top three.

In the women's Sprint, Colorado's own Kio Paul notched her fifth Spartan Elite finish and first podium with a time of 57:22. In her rearview was veteran racer Amelia Boone of Chicago, who crossed the line nearly two minutes later at 59:19 to notch her second podium finish in 22 career starts. Third went to another Ontario native, Lindsay Webster, with a time of 1:00:33. Breckenridge local Orla Walsh placed in the top 10 with a time of 1:10:05.

Recommended Stories For You

Then came the Beasts. The Elite category is technically open to anyone — you just need that extra screw loose — but the majority of top-level Spartans opted for the Sprint in Breckenridge.

Still, racing was tight, and more than a few big-name endurance athletes tempted the course. Frequent GoPro Mountain Games competitor Travis Macy of Evergreen topped the men's podium with a time of 2:00:18, followed by another Evergreen local, Adam Adamowksi, and Robert Killian of Longmont. All three were racing in their first Spartans.

Women's honors went to Samantha Wood of Colorado Springs, who won with final time of 2:42:25. Rounding out the podium were five-time finisher Stephanie Hochman of Englewood — one of the few Beast competitors with Spartan experience — and another vet, 18-time finisher Ashley Seeger from California.

Breckenridge Spartan Race results

Men’s Sprint

1. Hobie Call — 49:12

2. Cody Moat — 50:19

3. Ryan Atkins — 50:42

Women’s Sprint

1. Kio Paul — 57:22

2. Amelia Boone — 59:19

3. Lindsay Webster — 1:00:33

Men’s Beast

1. Travis Macy — 2:00:18

2. Adam Adamowski — 2:03:27

3. Robert Killian — 2:04:48

Women’s Beast

1. Samantha Wood — 2:42:25

2. Stephanie Hochman — 2:45:56

3. Ashley Seeger — 2:49:31