THE SPARTAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

POWERED BY RAKUTEN

The world’s greatest athletes will compete for glory at the 2019 Spartan World Championship, powered by Rakuten. Will you join them?

HOW TO QUALIFY

The 2019 Road to Tahoe begins at 14 global National and Regional Series events and 5 major championships. There are two ways to qualify for the Spartan World Championship.

1. At the end of each National/Regional Series event, the final leaderboard determines who gains entry into the World Championship. The more points an athlete earns throughout the series, the higher their chances of earning a spot become. Each series is allocated a certain number of spots.

2. Participants must finish in the top 10 at any regular season event or National/Regional Series race in the Elite or Age Group categories to qualify for the continent-wide Championship. Rank high enough at a Championship, and earn a qualifying spots for the Spartan World Championship.

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NON-QUALIFIER SPOTS

Don’t just stay at home and watch the World Championship. Take on the course for yourself.

Saturday, September 28, Spartan will be solely dedicated to the Open category Beast, along with Ultra and Kids events. There are no qualification requirements for the Open category. This is the first of its kind celebration for Open racers in Spartan history.

As an Open racer, you’ll also have access to a Saturday night party with live music, food, entertainment, a celebrity race and more. Then on Sunday, get a front-row seat to watch the world’s best athletes compete for the biggest prize purse in obstacle course racing.

THE COURSE

The Spartan World Championship venue at North Lake Tahoe is no stranger to first-class events. This rugged course was also the home of the 1960 Winter Olympic Games. Now, this stunning venue will become a Spartan battleground.

Racers will start among the chateaus of The Village at Squaw Valley. But then, the ascent begins. At over 4,000 total feet of elevation gain, be prepared for steep climbs and thin mountain air. Conquer obstacles at the peak of a mountain, then get ready for the rugged descent.

Once you’ve finished your event, explore Lake Tahoe’s 72-mile shoreline, soothe yourself at the nearby Grover Hot Springs or grab some grub at the Village at Squaw Valley.

YOUR STAY IN TAHOE

With athletes from around the world headed to the Spartan World Championship, finding a place to stay can be difficult. Take the stress out of your trip with Spartan Travel.

Book through Spartan Travel, and save up to 30% on your stay in North Lake Tahoe. Choose your hotel, stay dates, event and transportation add-ons. Choose from over 46 hotels in the area, with easy access to the course.

Need somewhere to stay during a different event? Check out Spartan Travel’s other packages, including West Virginia, Hawaii, Nevada and more.

CHAMPIONSHIPS

This year, top elite athletes from around the world will descend on five continent-wide Championships to compete prior to the World Championship.

These Championships are fully gated for athletes who qualified to race. Each Championship event also features unique collectible medals and prize money.

The top athletes of these Championships will earn a coveted spot at the World Championship. Championships also provide an alternative route to the World Championship for athletes who may not have qualified via National or Regional series.

Road to Tahoe Qualification

Anyone can enter these events. The top 10 male and female Elite and Age Group finishers unlock entry into their nearest championship. The final leaderboard for each series determines who earns spots at the 2019 World Championship powered by Rakuten via a “roll-down week,” starting with 1st place. Each series will be allocated a number of spots at the World Championship.

  • South American Regional Series
  • Mexican National Series
  • Canadian National Series
  • United States National Series
  • France National Series
  • Spain National Series
  • Italy National Series
  • UK + Ireland Regional Series
  • CEU Regional Series
  • DACH Regional Series
  • Australian National Series
  • SEA Regional Series
  • East Asia Regional Series

To qualify for one of the 5 gated championships, you must be a top 10 Elite or Age Group Finisher (male or female) at any regular season race. The same applies for each National / Regional Series event. A roll-down mechanism for Elite category athletes exists globally.

Qualify for the 2019 World Championship powered by Rakuten at any of these events:

  • South American Championship
  • North American Championship
  • European Championships
  • APAC Championships
  • Middle East & Africa Championships

Elite spots are scarce, with just 600 total Elite spots available (300 men / 300 women). There are only 2,000 spots for Age Groupers (200 per age group, 100 male / 100 female). Elite and Age Group racers will have the course to themselves for an entire day at the World Championship, Powered by Rakuten.

Qualification for the 2019 World Championship powered by Rakuten now occurs during roll-down week.

Roll-down week follows the ceremony:

  • Immediately after age group awards at each National series final + championship.
  • Runs until the following Sunday.
  • For example: North American Championship roll-down begins August 25, 2019.

Opportunity to be immediately registered:

  • Given to athletes present at the event with roll-down.

Qualifying email invitations:

  • Email invitations sent for all remaining spots post on-site roll-down.
  • Email invitation is sent with a unique code.
  • Email invitation sent to remaining qualified athletes.