Nicole Mericle may be the fastest woman in OCR. Nicole is the reigning two-time back-to-back 3k champion of the OCR World Championships. In 2018, she won the Red Bull All in OCR in Oberstdorf, Germany. In 2018, she also placed second in the Spartan Trifecta Championship in Athens, Greece. This year she has won three of the four Spartan races held so far and she will be on the start line at the first race in the Spartan U.S. Series on February 23 in Jacksonville, Florida.

Nicole is a member of the Spartan Pro Team, and is sponsored by Darn Tough Socks, and AltRed Beet Supplement. She is an ambassador for Salomon Trail Running shoes. (Nicole likes the S/Lab Sense 7 SG.) Before we talked with Nicole, we talked dates and venues for the Spartan Mountain Series and Spartan Stadion Series. We also answer the question: “What is a Stadion?” (Spoiler: It’s a distance. Not a location.)

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For more on the Spartan Arizona race, be sure to listen to the latest episode of Overcome and Run with Heather Bode.


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