Yokohama Tire Corp., already the Official Tire of the U.S. Spartan Race, has signed three athletes for the 2017 season: Pro Team competitors Faye Stenning and Robert B. Killian Jr., as well as amateur athlete Laurel Shearer.
The trio will represent Yokohama at Spartan Races across the country, including five U.S. Championship Series events (which air on the NBC Sports Network), and the 2017 Reebok Spartan Race World Championship on NBC.
The athletes will compete in Spartan’s ultra-demanding obstacle course races, including a segment called the Yokohama Tire Flip.
“Faye, Robert and Laurel epitomize the true Spartan athlete,” says Fardad Niknam, director of light truck radial segment development. “They are incredibly tough, competitive and never give up — attributes Yokohama Tire identifies with. They always ‘Go Strong’ and we’re honored to have them represent Yokohama and have them wear our logo while competing.”
Stenning, 27, is from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In the 2016 Spartan Race competition, she finished second in the U.S. Championship and third at the World Championships.
Killian Jr., 35, is from Charleston, S.C. and won the 2015 Spartan Race World Championships. He’s a seasoned steeplechaser, Ironman triathlete and a member of the Colorado Army National Guard. Last season he placed second in the U.S. Championship and third at the World Championships. “This season I have my sights fixed on winning the U.S. Championship Series, proving to be the most consistent elite athlete and take back my Spartan World Championship title in Tahoe.”
Shearer, a 37-year-old Redlands, Calif. native, is an accomplished equestrian who works in law enforcement. She began obstacle course racing in 2015 and was Spartan-ranked sixth in 2016.
“Spartan Race is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand, and sponsoring these amazing athletes is another way to align ourselves with this world-class organization and the Spartan community,” says Niknam. “Obstacle racing is one of the fastest-growing sports and lifestyles in the world and we’re glad to be part of it.”
Spectators can also get in on the action by trying their tire-flipping ability as part of the Yokohama Tire Flip Festival Challenge at the company's booth at each event.
For more information about Yokohama, visit www.yokohamatire.com.