While everyone was focusing on which of the top-three finishers from last year’s Ultimate Athlete would take home the prize, it was Mark Sayas who quietly creeped up on his challengers to emerge the winner of this year’s wide-open competition. More than 100 men from all over the world came to compete for the $5,000 grand prize and title of Men’s Fitness Ultimate Athlete. Former U.S. Army Captain and MRI athlete Kyle Clarke returned, alongside his dad, Dale, who at a spry 64 years old schooled guys half his age. Former football pro D’Juan Woods also came back to defend. But even the best teams have rough games. The basketballs just weren’t sinking for Woods, who vowed to come back next year and reclaim his title. Finally there was last year’s third-place finisher Richard Scott Jensen who sat gridlocked at the top of the leaderboard with Jason Rice. Richard and Jason thought they would have to compete at the end of Day 2 to break the tie—but Mark Sayas came out of nowhere and broke it for them.
Watch the video for Ultimate Athlete host Lauren Abraham’s interview with the winner. His plans for the $5,000 check? “Pay some bills and take the girlfriend out,” Mark says.