Obstacle Mud Runner - issue 21

3826 FITNESS : HYROX HYROX Crowns 2023 World Champions @hyroxworld @hyroxworld @HYROX HYROX, the World Series of Fitness Racing, concluded its 22/23 season with the Elite World Championship race at the Manchester Convention Centre on Friday 26th May 2023. This season saw 43 races across 13 countries, with over 90,000 participants taking part and 2,500 people qualifying for the World Championships from 47 countries. Participants qualified in four different race and age group categories and of the 2,500 people who qualified, the fastest 15 individual pro male and female times qualified for the Elite 15 race. Hunter McIntyre successfully defended his World Champion title with a time of 56.40, and Lauren Weeks regained her World Champion title in 59.51, having conceded it to Kris Rugloski last year. Male Race Highlights Hunter McIntyre started the race aggressively running 3.30 - 3.45km pace for the first 4 laps, he opened a significant lead which at one point reached 2 minutes 26 seconds. He notched 1st place times in each of the first 5 workouts including blistering sled push (2.21) and burpees (2.27). His runs slowed noticeably in the second half of the race as he stopped in each of the last 4 runs for water, he finished the race with a 1 min lead over second place Alex Roncevic. Roncevic ran a consistent race to take 2nd, he recorded the second fastest times on 4 stations and won the wall ball station. One of the most consistent athletes in the field he worked his way steadily through the field following a mid-field start and ended the race in his best-ever finish in a World Championship race. The battle for 3rd and 4th was intense with Ryan Kent and Tobias Lautwein recording an identical 58.26 score which came down to a photo finish and saw Lautwein edge his American Counterpart for the final podium spot. UK athletes Graham Halliday (5th, 58.41 )and Michael Sandbach (10th, 1.00.30) both raced impressively in front of their home crowds Female Race Highlights Lauren Weeks regained the World Champion title she last held in 2021, breaking the 60-minute barrier in 59.51 she won two stations, came 2nd in four and held a steady run pace around 4.10/km. Having secured the lead in the first lap she never relinquished it, Hunter McIntyre and Lauren Weeks win HYROX World Championships in Manchester, UK in front of a packed 5,000-person crowd Photo credit: HYROX