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Spartan Ultra World Championship: The $1m race designed to ‘break the world’s best’ | BBC

Spartan Ultra World Championship: The $1m race designed to ‘break the world’s best’ | BBC

The race begins at midday with a 5km prologue through the small town of Hveragerdi, 28 miles east of Reykjavik. It’s a hive of geothermal activity. Pillars of steam rise from hot springs.

There is one runner who qualifies for the top prize. Englishman Jon Albon will become a millionaire overnight if he wins the race and reaches 100 miles in the process. If rival Ryan Atkins does it instead, the Canadian will pocket at least $100,000.

Albon and Atkins are professional athletes from obstacle course racing (OCR). They have dominated this growing sport since 2010. Albon is a five-time world champion over 15km while Atkins is a five-time winner of the World’s Toughest Mudder event (WTM).

Source: Spartan Ultra World Championship: The $1m race designed to ‘break the world’s best’ | BBC

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