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2023 Series, Championships and Qualifications

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The following outlines everything Elite and Age Group competitors need to know about earning a spot at the different 2023 Championships.

 Categories Eligible for Qualification:

National/Regional Age Group Series

Any competitor may freely sign up for these events, no prior qualification is needed. 

2023 National/Regional Age Group Series are:

North America

  • United States National Series
  • Canadian National Series

Europe

  • France National Series
  • UK Regional Series
  • Spain National Series 
  • Italy National Series
  • German-Austria Regional Series
  • CEU Regional Series

Latin America

  • Mexico National Series

APAC

  • Philippine National Series
  • China National Series

Middle East & Africa

  • TBA

National/Regional Elite Series

Inclusion in these series will be invite only. In early 2023 we will be opening an application process for racers who feel they deserve an invite. 

2023 National/Regional Age Group Series are:

North America

  • North American Elite Series

Europe

  • European Elite Series

Latin America

  • TBA

APAC

  • Philippines Elite Series

Middle East & Africa

  • TBA

2023 Regional Championships

  • Spartan Pan American Championship (Elite 3k and 21k)
  • Spartan North American Championship (Age Group 21k)
  • Spartan European Championship (Elite 3k and 21k, Age Group 21k)
  • Spartan Asia Pacific Championship (Elite 10k, Age Group 10k)

 Qualifying for Regional Championships

  • Qualifying events for the Elite and Age Group categories only, for admission to the Spartan World Championship and Regional Championships, are categorized as follows:
    • Regular Season = any Stadion, Sprint, Super, Beast or Ultra on the Spartan calendar
    • Elite or Age Group Series = any race belonging to one of these competitive series, which includes 3K short-course events
    • Regional/National Championship = a regional level competitive event such as the European Championship and Pan American Championship
    • Wildcard = any other race designed by Spartan as a “points eligible” event, made public on a case-by-case basis
  • All qualifying events are worth points for Elite and Age Group competitors:
    • Regular Season = 1 point 
    • Elite or Age Group Series = 3 points
    • Wildcard = 3 points
    • Regional/National Championship = 5 points
  • Elite and Age Group competitors always earn the same points. 
    • A competitor may earn points in both categories, however Elite athletes also racing against Age Group is considered unsportsmanlike and poor form, except in the case where an Elite athlete intends to make a permanent (downward) shift to the Age Group category.
    • Racers will only earn points for the same category they competed in. Racers wishing to earn a spot in the Age Group category must earn points in Age Group heats. 

 

  • 4 points are required to earn one spot at a Spartan Regional Championship.*
  • Any combination of events can be completed to earn the minimum number of qualifying points for a gated event. 
  • Total qualifying spots may be capped or limited at Spartan’s discretion.
  • Points are awarded regardless of an athlete’s finishing position. Points can not be transferred, even if more than 5 points are earned.
  • Once awarded, a unique registration code shall be issued to the competitor via email within 14 days

*Qualification into a regional championship does not guarantee entry into the 3K event. The 3K event will be invitation only with priority registration given to select athletes at Spartan’s discretion. Any spots remaining will be offered to qualified athletes on a first come first serve basis and will be extremely limited.

Determining Which Regional Championships Regular Season Events Qualify For

The geographical region where a regular season event is held determines which championship Elite and Age Group athletes qualify for.

For example, a regular season race held in Boston, Massachusetts in the United States would qualify Elite and Age Group athletes attending that event for the North American Championship, as Boston is located within North America.

 

2023 National Championships

  • Japan National Championship
  • Australia National Championship

 Qualifying for National Championships

  • These events are open to all racers. No prior qualification is needed. 

Qualifying for the 2023 World Championship

  • Qualifying events for the Elite and Age Group categories only, for admission to the Spartan World Championship and Regional Championships, are categorized as follows:
    • Regular Season = any Stadion, Sprint, Super, Beast or Ultra on the Spartan calendar
    • Elite or Age Group Series = any race belonging to one of these competitive series, which includes 3K short-course events
    • Regional/National Championship = a regional level competitive event such as the European Championship and Pan American Championship
    • Wildcard = any other race designed by Spartan as a “points eligible” event, made public on a case-by-case basis
  • All qualifying events are worth points for Elite and Age Group competitors:
    • Regular Season  = 1 point 
    • Elite or Age Group Series = 3 points
    • Wildcard = 3 points
    • Regional/National Championship = 5 points
  • Elite and Age Group competitors always earn the same points. 
    • A competitor may earn points in both categories, however Elite athletes also racing against Age Group is considered unsportsmanlike and poor form, except in the case where an Elite athlete intends to make a permanent (downward) shift to the Age Group category.
    • Racers will only earn points for the same category they competed in. Racers wishing to earn a spot in the Age Group category must earn points in Age Group heats. 
  • 5 points are required to earn one spot at the Spartan World Championship.*
  • Any combination of events can be completed to earn the minimum number of qualifying points for a gated event. 
  • Total qualifying spots may be capped or limited at Spartan’s discretion.
  • Points are awarded regardless of an athlete’s finishing position. Points can not be transferred, even if more than 5 points are earned.
  • Once awarded, a unique registration code shall be issued to the competitor via email within 14 days

*Qualification into the Spartan World Championship does not guarantee entry into the 3K event. The 3K event will be invitation only with priority registration given to select athletes at Spartan’s discretion. Any spots remaining will be offered to qualified athletes on a first come first serve basis and will be extremely limited.

In any elite series, the top five racers will be granted early entry into the 3K event. An email, containing a unique sign-up link, will be sent to these racers ahead of the general qualifiers. Please note, these top racers will have a two-week period to secure their spots, after which any unclaimed spots will be opened up to the general qualifiers.

2023 Trifecta World Championship:

You can sign up prior to earning your Trifecta but must complete it prior to November 1st, 2023. Anyone signed up for this event who has not completed a TRIFECTA will be removed from Trifecta World Championship ranking WITHOUT a refund on November 1st, 2023. By committing to this event, you are committing to a TRIFECTA. Be sure to sign up for your races if you have not done so already. 

Elite, Age Group, and Open racers are welcome. You must be 18 years old on race day to be able to participate in the Trifecta World Championship. This event is meant to celebrate all Trifecta Tribe members. Racers will test their grit to earn unique Trifecta World Championship finisher swag.

Elite and Age Group racers will be eligible for Trifecta World Championship awards and prizes. Rankings will be based on racers’ cumulative time across all three distances. Sunday’s Beast race of the Elite category will feature a staggered Start: racers’ start times will be determined based on their combined time from the Sprint and Super. 

  • The racer with the fastest combined time will start first. 
  • The remaining racers will start based on the time difference between them and the racer with the fastest combined time (For example Joe’s combined race time for the Sprint and super is 2:05:30 and Tom’s time is 2:06:00. Which means Joe will start the beast first and Tom will be released 30-seconds later).
  • Any Racer with a combined time more than 15 minutes slower than the leader will be released 15 minutes after the start. 
  • All AGE GROUP brackets will have their own start waves for the Beast.

Qualifying for the Trifecta World Championship:

All heats (Elite, AG, and Open) must complete at least 1 Trifecta in 2022 or 2023. For more information on Trifecta please see the Trifecta FAQ.

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