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Spartan Race introduces drug testing at 2016 Reebok World Championships

Spartan Race will introduce drug testing at the 2016 Reebok Spartan Race World Championships. (
Spartan Race will introduce drug testing at the 2016 Reebok Spartan Race World Championships. (

Recently, one of the world’s biggest obstacle racing company, Spartan Race issued a press release concerning drug testing for the upcoming race, Reebok Spartan Race World Championships next month.

Spartan Race is pleased to announce the creation of a joint educational initiative operating in conjunction with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that will help provide athletes with a baseline understanding of anti-doping regulations and best practices.

For many athletes, this will be their first chance to learn how anti-doping helps protect the health and wellness of athletes, as well as the integrity of sport, while also ensuring that athletes are able to compete clean and win.

Prior to the start of competition, USADA will deliver a 30-minute educational presentation at 3:00 p.m. on September 30, which will cover topics like the World Anti-Doping Code, performance-enhancing substances, the risks associated with dietary supplements, and the sample collection process.

Athletes will then be able to interact, ask questions, and learn more about anti-doping throughout the weekend by visiting with USADA’s representatives. Friendly experts will also direct athletes to USADA’s various anti-doping resources, such as the Athlete Pocket Guide and Wallet Card.

“By introducing athletes to USADA and anti-doping, Spartan is fully supporting the concept that clean competition is crucial to growing a sustainable and globally recognized sport,” said Spartan Race COO Jeffrey Connor.

“This step also illustrates Spartan Race’s continued commitment to the preservation of a level playing field.”

Spartan Race’s Director of Sport – Joe Di Stefano said:

“This is just an informational meeting to introduce the testing protocols for the athletes. Typically, when implementing new protocols, it takes about three months from the initial educational sessions to full implementation,”

DiStefano mentioned this is part of a two-step plan to bring anti-doping testing to the race series. Spartan Race has partnered with the USADA as the first phase to bring drug testing to all domestic races. The second stage will be expanding out to the international races.