Rea Kolbl won World’s Toughest Mudder this weekend with a dominant performance in the face of brutal weather conditions. With temperatures dropping below freezing and obstacles being closed due to ice Kolbl put up 75 miles in 21 hours and 12 minutes.
In second place was newcomer Erin Rost. Rost said she had no idea she was in contention for the podium until she finished her 60th mile. She finished her 75th mile after 25 hours and nine minutes to move past Allison Tai for second place.
In third place was Allison Tai with 70 miles. Tai finished her 70th mile after 21 hours and 30 minutes. At that time she was in second place and due to a miscommunication or possible bad information, Tai and her team believed second place was secure. When they realized she would need five more miles to win second place, it was too late. Tai had been sitting for too long and her body would not be able to make it through another lap.
In the eight-year history of the race, Rea Kolbl is only the second woman to repeat as WTM Champion.
In the eight-year history of the race, Rea Kolbl is only the second woman to repeat as WTM Champion. She follows Amelia Boone, who won back-to-back in Las Vegas in 2014 and 2015. Kolbl will have the opportunity to become the first woman to three-peat when World’s Toughest Mudder returns to Atlanta on November 16th, 2019.