Since about 2010, obstacle course racing has been gaining traction as a legitimate sport. With more than 120 events across 20 countries in 2015 alone, Spartan leads the pack on that front. But other race series, including Tough Mudder, Warrior Dash and BattleFrog, continue to gain ground as well.
While Killian was new to obstacle course racing, he’s not new to obstacle courses. He’s competed in the obstacle-heavy Best Ranger Competition four times, coming in second the last two years.
The Spartan championship was just his second Spartan event. He placed third in a Spartan Race in Colorado in June, which qualified him for the championship event.