HELENA -- It’s not often that Helena can boast a world champion.
However, it does happen on occasion. Actually, Capital City cowboy Ty Erickson is heading to the National Finals Rodeo later this week in Las Vegas, sitting at the top the PRCA world standings leader-board in steer wrestling.
And last month, Helena’s Tom Domme captured the World’s Spartan Championship for his age group at the Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) World Championships at Blue Mountain, Ontario, Canada.
“The Reebok Spartan Race is innovating obstacle course races on a global scale,” explained Domme, 66. “With over 120 races worldwide, we have three core races escalating in distance: Sprint 3-5 miles with 20-plus obstacles, Super 8-10 miles with 25-plus obstacles, and the Beast 13-15 miles with 30-plus obstacles.
“If you complete all three in a calendar year, you earn the ‘Trifecta Tribe’ Award. I completed two Trifectas in 2017, racing in the 65-plus open division - six races in five states – and was undefeated in every race.”
Domme originally started competing in Spartan simply to inspire a group of friends, peers and grandchildren.
“I (wanted) to prove that you’re never too old to set goals and work hard to achieve them,” he related.
He first started working and preparing for the races last January. He ran his first Sprint in Mesquite, Arizona, in March. Then he did the Seattle Super in April, followed by Bigfork’s Montana Beast in May.
After he learned about the world rankings, and how high he placed, the Butte native decided to go for the coveted "Double Trifecta," and needed two more races for the qualifying points.
In August he raced a “Super” in Eden, Utah, before running the Sprint and Beast in back-to-back days at the ski resort in Breckenridge, Colorado. There the competitors climbed from 9,000 to 13,000 feet multiple times during the race.
It was his high placing in the 50-plus age group both days in Colorado that convinced him to enter the World OCR in Canada.
“The other contributing factor was the fact that I would turn 66 the weekend of the WOCR, and no doubt be one of the oldest racers in the event,” he said.
This year’s finals were held in Blue Mountain, north of Toronto. The event was a 15K, with 49 obstacles chosen from multiple racing types.
“It truly was fitting of a ‘world championship,’ with over 4,000 athletes from more than 60 countries participating,” Domme said.
At Blue Mountain, he competed in the 50-plus division, placing in the top one-third of the field and winning the 65-plus title.
Domme is presently ranked No. 1 in his age group in the 2017 U.S. Open Series, and in the 2017 World Series, he is also rated No. 1 in his age group.
“So that would make me the undefeated World OCR champion in the 65-plus age group,” Domme proclaimed.