No Obstacle Too Tough: Teams take on championship course at Stratton

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STRATTON — Competition at the North American Obstacle Course Racing Championships continued Saturday with the 15K Classic Course Championships

Both Ryan Atkins and Lindsay Webster continued to prove they are the top athletes in North America. Both Atkins and Webster followed up their strong wins Friday with incredible wins Saturday.

Webster is currently the reigning 2017 OCR World Champion. Webster took the lead early in the race and never looked back, besting the rest of the women's field by six minutes. Nicole Mericle finished second, while April Cockshutt was third.

The men's race proved to be an exciting one with Mark Batres getting to the top of the first climb in the lead. However, Atkins was quick to take over on the descent to capture the lead. He continued to build a cushion throughout the race distancing himself from the rest of the men's field.

Mark Batres finished second and Jesse Bruce would take third place overall.

In addition to claiming the 15K Classic Distance World Title, Ryan Atkins took home $5,000 in prize money.

On the women's side Lindsay Webster earned her $5,000 prize for first.

Second place won $1,500 and third $500 in both the Pro- Divisions.

The third day of racing featured the Team Relay Championships.

The Sunday event featured a 10-Kilometer course with 23 obstacles.

Teams of three took on this relay style event featuring three sections of the course - Speed, Strength, and Tactical Obstacle specialties.The race is a combination of strategic planning among teams and knowing strengths and weaknesses.

With several powerhouse teams in the men's and women's divisions the races shaped up to be a battle between two Canadian teams in the men's Pro-Race -Team Platinum Rig and Team Northman.

Team Northman took a strong lead in the first part of the race. However, Jesse Bruce from Team Platinum Rig made up ground on the third section of the course before the last slant wall. It all came down to the last 20-foot slant wall to determine the winner. Team Platinum Rig edged out Team Northman to take the title.

In the women's Pro-Team Division, Mom Strong took the lead on the first climb up the mountain and never looked back. It became a battle for second and third place between Bad Ass Masters (whose team averaged 51 years old) and Strong as a Mother. In the end, Bad Ass Masters finished a few minutes before Strong as a Mother. All three Pro Women's teams are made up of mothers.

In the Co-ed Division, it was all about Team Suunto and Benji, Ryan Atkins the one male on the team finished running on Team Northman then turned around to race with his wife Lindsay Webster and Nicole Mericle.They took the lead during the strength section from Team Hotwheels Mud Gear and went on to win the division by eight minutes over the other co-ed teams.

Conquer the Gauntlet Pro Team finished second with Team Hotwheels Mud Gear coming back after dropping to 5th place at La Gaffe obstacle finishing third.

In addition to the Team Race Sunday also saw the charity Stratton Foundation Race.

The North American Obstacle Course Racing Championships worked with the Stratton Foundation to help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.


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