Nicole Mericle


Nicole is a 5-time obstacle course racing world champion and the current Spartan Race World Champion. Nicole’s competitive background began as a Division 1 Cross Country and Track & Field athlete at Rice University where she held two school records and qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials in the 3,000m steeplechase. She raced post collegiately with Hudson Elite in Boulder, Colorado, and over time transitioned to trail running and garnered her passion for rock climbing. Her diverse athletic strengths led her to test her skills at her first obstacle course race in 2016. Nicole was immediately successful, and in 2017 she won the US OCR Championship in both the 3k and 15k, finished as the first American in the Spartan Championship Series, and won the OCR World 3k Championships and Tougher Mudder World Championships. In 2018, she repeated as the 3K OCR World Champion and in 2019 solidified her rise to the top of the sport winning both the Spartan Race World and Trifecta Championships.

Most buzzworthy accomplishment:

Winning the 2019 Spartan Race World Championship and successfully wiring the electrical system in my adventure van.

Favorite Honey Stinger product:

My go-to race fuel is Gold Energy Gels. For a pre-workout snack, halfway up a multi-pitch climb, or any other time ‘hanger’ might strike, Gluten Free Cinnamon Waffles are the best!

Favorite quote and/or words of wisdom:

“If you ain’t first, you’re last.” - Ricky Bobby