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Author of Spartan Up Crowns World's Most Fittest Bride

Photo Credit: Barrie Fisher Photo

Photo Credit: Barrie Fisher Photo

BOSTON, MA ,  Oct. 18, 2015 – The Spartan Race ( Fittest Bride Challenge presented by QALO ( concluded over the weekend resulting in Ms. Polly Lynn from Killington Vermont, being crowned the winner. “It hasn’t quite sunk in yet that I’m Spartan’s Fittest Bride, but I’m thrilled,” said Ms. Lynn, 32.  “It’s a dream come true to have a wedding at Riverside Farm. I hope Spartan plans to do this every year. I know that brides from all over would love to have the opportunity that I had.” She plans to marry her fiancé, Jay Mikula in spring of 2016.

In what was nothing short of a showdown of epic proportions, the world’s leading obstacle race hosted the Spartan FittestBride Challenge at Riverside Farm ( in Pittsfield, VT on October 17th-18th. Brides-to-be got the chance to appear on TV with the winner receiving an all expenses paid wedding reception at Riverside Farm.  The first 15 brides accepted to compete received two nights of lodging at Amee Farm Lodge ahead of the competition. Riverside Farm features six beautifully restored barns, over 700 acres of sprawling Vermont land, a working organic farm and much more. Riverside Farm is one of New England’s most exclusive wedding venues.

The contest, which was filmed and will be televised, featured 35 contestants with Ms. Lynn taking home the coveted 1stplace prize package in a time of 23:03:06. 2nd place went to Rachel Corvington, (23:16:0) of Saint Petersburg, Fla. 3rd place to Georgina Norton (23:31:10), New York, NY. The course is a 2.36 mile mountain trail.

The QALO silicone wedding ring is the functional wedding band for an active lifestyle. Made from medical grade silicone, QALO rings are safe, durable, and comfortable for the gym, the job, and every adventure.

Ms. Lynn’s Grand Prize Package included:

--Wedding reception for up to 100 guests at Riverside Farm.--Reception to be held in the classic  

   Brown Barn on Saturday night.

--Party to include gourmet cuisine for up to 100 guests.

--All coordination by Riverside staff included.

--Free lodging for Bride & Groom plus six (6) guests at Riverside Farm.

--Reception dates are subject to availability.

--Free QALO rings and apparel from QALO’s brand new Outdoors Collection.

"We were excited to invite brides-to-be from our global Spartan community to come up to Vermont to compete in our newest challenge,” stated Spartan Race Founder and CEO Joe De Sena.  “With so many phenomenal women competitors who come out to each of our races, we thought this would be a perfect way to help celebrate those who will be tying the knot. Polly showed true grit and determination and as a result was able to come out on top.  Congratulations to her and all of the contestants.”

About Spartan Race

Spartan Race—voted Outside magazine’s Best Obstacle Race— is the world’s leading obstacle racing company and the first of its kind to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 120 events in 20+ countries planned for 2015, Spartan Race has more than 1 million global participants, and offers open heats for all fitness levels as well as competitive elite heats. With 4-plus million engaged social media followers, brand extensions such as Spartan Training, which includes Spartan SGX certified programs and coaches, and a popular NBC television series, Spartan Race has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports—and lifestyles— in the world. Spartan Race features races at three distances, 3+Mile/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 13+ Mile/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” culminating each year in the Reebok Spartan Race World Championship. Visit for more information, a schedule of events, and to register for a race.

About QALO

QALO (pronounced KAY-LO) ring started out of pure frustration.

After getting married we realized what a nuisance wearing our traditional wedding band was. While we love our wives, and love being married, the reality was that our ring was getting in the way (literally) of our active lifestyle. The married men we talked with shared the same frustrations. Every time we hit the gym, worked on the car, surfed, rock-climbed, you name it (insert sport of choice here________) our wedding band got in the way.

These are the stories we heard over and over: “I lost my ring.” “I put it in my locker and it was stolen.” “I dove in, and didn’t even realize it was gone.” “I gashed it on a rock, and the rock won.” “Man, I don’t even play ball with my ring on!” After all of these stories we searched for a solution that would allow us to show our commitment of marriage, and wear a comfortable wedding band that could withstand our active lifestyle. We started playing around with some rubber wedding rings, and then discovered 100% medical grade silicone wedding rings and thus: QALO was born.

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