LISMORE athlete Tony Curtis has returned to competition after a painful leg injury slowed him down in America.

He clocked an impressive time of 32 minutes and 57 seconds to win the elite men's division at the Reebok Spartan Stadium sprint race in Simonds Stadium, Geelong.

The obstacle racing event includes different stations and challenges inside the stadium.

The 41-year-old is constantly finding new events and sports to challenge himself.

It was his first event back after World Championship races in California and Cincinnati, Ohio.

"I got the flu over there and had a pretty nasty leg injury heading into it," Curtis said.

"It would flare up whenever I'd run and could I barely stand up sometimes.

"It really had an impact on my result and what I could have done over there.

"I just love competing and it was hard to not be able to do the full training."

The trip was all-expenses-paid after he qualified in the top three from a field of 200 in Australia.

He already has his sights set on qualifying for world championship events for a third straight year in 2016.

Curtis trains on his own obstacle course he has set up at home and has a background in kayak racing and other endurance events.

"The Spartan races are awesome when you compete in front of a full stadium," Curtis said.

"The first one I did was at ANZ Stadium in Sydney and I actually got lost while I was doing it.

"But I love this format, it's short and high intensity stuff.

"I was really pumped to win this one, especially coming back from injury.

"I just want to say a big thank you to my wife Kim for her support, Marion at Head to Fitness for helping me get in the right head space for racing and Moxie Gear for supplying my gear.'

The next race is in February at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

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