Meet The Elite Defenders Of Million Dollar Mile

These world-class athletes have one job: protect the $1 million prize at all costs! Don't miss the series premiere of Million Dollar Mile on Wednesday, Mar. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

These world-class athletes have one job: protect the $1 million prize!

1. These world-class athletes have one job: protect the $1 million prize!

In CBS' new high-stakes physical competition series Million Dollar Mile, there's only one thing standing in the way of the contestants and a $1 million prize: the most grueling obstacle course ever designed that's manned by elite athletes known as Defenders, whose primary goal is to defend the money at all costs. 

But you don't have to wait until Million Dollar Mile premieres on Wednesday, Mar. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access to find out who these world-class Defenders are—it's time to meet them now. 

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The Defenders are a group of 10 top-ranked international athletes, including a Green Beret and Army Athlete of the Year, the most decorated Obstacle Course Race (OCR) athlete in history, and a two-time Guinness World Record holder for both the farthest and highest wall flips. 

These exceptional competitors hold titles in some of the toughest races, including Kona Ironman World Championships, Tough Mudder X, CrossFit Games, Spartan World Championships and more. 

"We searched the globe to find the best athletes to defend the Million Dollar Mile. You may not know their names, but you're about to," said Executive Producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan. "These Defenders combine strength and speed with a level of endurance and mental toughness like you've never seen before. They are driven... they don't like to lose and when they are chasing runners down on the streets of Los Angeles it's truly riveting!"

Million Dollar Mile is hosted by former college football champion, Heisman Trophy winner, and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow with Matt "Money" Smith and Maria Taylor serving as commentators.  

Click on to meet the Defenders!

And don't miss the series premiere of Million Dollar Mile on Wednesday, Mar. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Emma Chapman

2. Emma Chapman

Age: 30
Hometown: Christchurch, New Zealand
Current city: Richmond, Kentucky
Nickname: "The Mighty Kiwi"

Emma is the reigning Tough Mudder X World Champion and a former member of the New Zealand Women's soccer national team. She has just qualified on a team for the 2019 CrossFit Games. 

Mixing uncanny power with speed and endurance, Emma is a dominant figure in the CrossFit community.

Watch the series premiere of Million Dollar Mile on Wednesday, Mar. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
​Max Fennell

3. ​Max Fennell

Age: 31
Hometown: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Current city: Menlo Park, California
Nickname: "The Machine"

Max is the first African American professional triathlete, earning his pro card in 2014. The former college soccer star has competed in 54 triathlons and dominates his competition in cycling, swimming, and running.

Watch the series premiere of Million Dollar Mile on Wednesday, Mar. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Rebecca Hammond

4. Rebecca Hammond

Age: 26
Hometown: Winters, California
Current city: Somerville, Massachusetts
Nickname: "The Harvard Hammer"

With brains and brawn, Rebecca is currently a fourth-year Harvard medical student and NCAA 1500 meter Track All American. This OCR prodigy recently took second place at both the Spartan American Championship and Spartan World Championships.

Watch the series premiere of Million Dollar Mile on Wednesday, Mar. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Veejay Jones

5. Veejay Jones

Age: 20
Hometown: Lakeview Terrace, California
Current city: Los Angeles
Nickname: "The Prodigy"

Since 2015, Veejay has held the record as the youngest Spartan Race winner in history. This powerhouse, whose six-times-a-week workouts consist of running mountains, weight training, and bouldering, can run a sub-five-minute mile and deadlift twice his body weight.

He is currently the American OCR 3k Short Course Champion.

Watch the series premiere of Million Dollar Mile on Wednesday, Mar. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
​Robert Killian

6. ​Robert Killian

Age: 37
Hometown: Charleston, South Carolina
Current city: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nickname: "The Captain"

Robert is a Green Beret with 13 years of active-duty service and currently serves in the California National Guard. He earned the title of "Army Athlete of the Year" in 2010 for winning the military division of the Kona Ironman World Championships.

Robert has competed in Ironman triathlons, marathons, winter biathlons, international orienteering, and was part of the 2016 history-making Best Ranger Competition winning team. He holds the record for the most podium finishes in the Spartan Race World Championships.

Watch the series premiere of Million Dollar Mile on Wednesday, Mar. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Hunter McIntyre

7. Hunter McIntyre

Age: 29
Hometown: New York City
Current city: Malibu, California
Nickname: "The Sheriff"

Malibu Pro Athlete and model Hunter McIntyre is one of the most dominant athletes in the sport of OCR. He is the reigning Tough Mudder X World Champion (2017 and 2018), holds six world OCR titles, and is one of the highest paid obstacle course racers in the world.

Watch the series premiere of Million Dollar Mile on Wednesday, Mar. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Erik Mukhametshin

8. Erik Mukhametshin

Age: 28
Hometown: Saint-Petersburg, Russia
Current city: Los Angeles
Nickname: "The Beast from the East"

Considered one of Russia's leading stuntmen, Erik is one of the world's most renowned free runners. He is celebrated as the Guinness World Record holder for both the furthest and highest wall flips and has podiumed at every event he has competed in since 2017.

Watch the series premiere of Million Dollar Mile on Wednesday, Mar. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Faye Stenning

9. Faye Stenning

Age: 29
Hometown: Alberta, Canada
Current city: Manhattan
Nickname: "The Canadian Crusher"

Faye is an elite athlete and OCR professional. She was #1 in the Global Ranking for Spartan Racing in 2016 and placed second in 2016 and 2018 in the Spartan U.S. Championships.

Her presence is also felt globally, where she consistently podiums at the Spartan World Championships, placing third in 2016 and fourth in 2017 and 2018.

Faye was part of Team Canada who placed first in the 2018 Spartan Team World Championships.

Watch the series premiere of Million Dollar Mile on Wednesday, Mar. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Isaiah Vidal

10. Isaiah Vidal

Age: 25
Hometown: Marble Falls, Texas
Current city: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Nickname: "The Destroyer"

Isaiah is the most decorated OCR athlete in the world, celebrating the most wins in the history of the sport. He has competed in over 150 races, stood on the podium more than 80 times and holds the title of the youngest competitor ever to be a two-time finisher of the Spartan Death Race.

He gained national attention in 2013 when he rode his bike from Austin, Texas to Killington, Vermont to compete in the Spartan World Championship. There, he placed top 10 in the world, and the next day, placed sixth in an Ultra Beast competition.

Watch the series premiere of Million Dollar Mile on Wednesday, Mar. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.
Orla Walsh

11. Orla Walsh

Age: 32
Hometown: St. Albans, Vermont
Current city: Burlington, Vermont
Nickname: "The Vermaniac"

A Vermont native and self-proclaimed "rough chick," Orla's speed, strength, and endurance helped earn her the childhood nickname "The Vermaniac" for devouring her competitors.

The Spartan Pro and CrossFit enthusiast is also a real-life hero who saves lives and helps others as a flight nurse.

Watch the series premiere of Million Dollar Mile on Wednesday, Mar. 27 at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.