DELIGHT: Tony Curtis following the qualifying race near Ipswich.
DELIGHT: Tony Curtis following the qualifying race near Ipswich. Contributed

Lismore athlete wins trip to California spartan race

LISMORE athlete Tony Curtis has earned an all-expenses-paid trip to the World Championship Spartan Beast race in California.

Curtis, 40, finished third in the elite men's division of the Reebok Spartan race at Peaks Crossing, near Ipswich, on Saturday.

The top 10 competitors qualified for the world championships but only the first three get the all-expenses-paid trip to the eventin October.

"It was the toughest field they've assembled at these races because of what was on the line," Curtis said.

"Everyone came to the party for this race. It was the big one for me and I'm pretty chuffed to be on my way now."

The field was capped at 200 competitors at the weekend.

It was a longer distance than usual with 41 obstacles over 24km.

"I was very proud and happy because I'd been eyeing off this race all season," Curtis said.

"I did a lot of heavy training before tapering off about two weeks ago."

Curtis competed in two world championship events last year.

He came fifth overall and first in the 40-45 years in the Spartan Stadium race in Milwaukee

He was also 16th in the elite field and the first Australian to finish in the Obstacle Course Racing World Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio.

That event attracted 1200 participants from 18 countries.

Curtis will compete again in Cincinnati in another OCR world championship event in October.

"I'm hoping the family will get to come over this time," he said.

"The first race is October 4 and then back in Cincinnati about two weeks later.

"My younger brother Glen is also racing in California too."

Curtis thanked coach Marion Brownlie and his Lismore sponsor GroupFX.



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