2020 Championships

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The following outlines everything Elite and Age Group competitors need to know about earning a spot at all 5 Regional Championships, and the World Championship in Abu Dhabi.


Categories Eligible for Qualification:

National/Regional Series

Any competitor may freely sign up for these events, no prior qualification is needed. The top 10 male and female Elite finishers (with roll down) and top 10 male and female finishers in each age group (with roll down) unlock entry into the Championship for their region. For example, US National Series competitors will qualify for the North American Championship, held in Lake Tahoe.

2020 National/Regional Series are:

North America

      • United States National Series
      • Canadian National Series


      • UK + Ireland Regional Series
      • France National Series
      • Spain National Series
      • Italy National Series
      • CEU Regional Series
      • DACH Regional Series

Latin America

      • Mexican National Series
      • South American Regional Series


      • Australian National Series
      • SEA Regional Series
      • East Asia Regional Series
      • New Zealand National Championship

Middle East & Africa

      • UAE National Series
      • South African National Series

2020 Regional Championships

There are 5 2020 Regional Championship events:

      • North American Championship (Sept 27, 2020 Sunday: North Lake Tahoe, California)
      • European Championship (September 12, 2020: Oberndorf, Austria)
      • Latin American Championship (October 24, 2020: San Luis Potosi, Mexico)
      • APAC Championship (October 24, 2020: Alviera, Philippines)
      • Middle East & Africa Championship (March 27, 2020: Al Ain, UAE)

 Qualifying for Regional Championships

      • Elite athletes may qualify for a Regional Championship by finishing in the top 10 at any regular season event.
      • Age Group athletes may qualify for a Regional Championship by finishing in the top 10 of their Age Group category at any regular season event.

The period for qualification for any of the five Regional Championships is a rolling period (which may be more or less than 12 months), with the start and end dates determined by the window of time between the previous season’s championship and the next season’s championship.

The exact period of qualification is calculated by defining the start date as the first week-day following the previous season’s Regional Championship, and the last week-day before the first Elite heat of the next season’s Regional Championship. Local time in both locations governs the exact start and end times.

For example, the window of qualification for the 2020 European Championship is from the Monday after the 2019 European Championship in the Dolomites, Italy (0001 on Monday, 1st July 2019) to the day prior to the first Elite heat of the 2020 European Championship in Obendorf, Austria (2359 on Friday, 11th September 2020).

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.

Citizenship Rules for Regional Championships

To simply participate in a Regional Championship event, an Elite competitor does not need to be a citizen of a country within that region, so long as they have qualified at a regular season event within that region. This athlete is regarded as an “exhibition” competitor.

To be eligible for prize money, awards, and official podium recognition, an Elite athlete must be a citizen (whether by birth or naturalization) of a country that is deemed a part of the region where each championship is held.

      • For example, an Elite category athlete who is a citizen of Canada may qualify for the North American Championship by finishing in the top 10 at a regular season event held in the United States. This athlete is eligible for prize money, awards, and podium recognition as their country of citizenship (Canada) is regarded as being within North America.

All Elite athletes who finish within the top 10 at any championship must provide proof of citizenship upon request from the Head Official or Race Director.

In the case where a non-eligible athlete finishes in a podium position, they will not be eligible to receive prize money, overall awards, or be part of the final official podium. 

Proof of citizenship must include documentation establishing the applicant is a lawful and officially recognized citizen of their nominated country. A passport is the usual means for this.


 2020 Spartan World Championship

The following table provides an overview of the 2020 World Championship qualifying system and spots allocated:


*bonus spots


Qualifying for the 2020 World Championship

In total, there are 1200 total Elite spots and 4500 total Age Group spots at the World Championship:

Gender Elite Qualifying Spots Age Group Qualifying Spots
(225 per category)
Male 600 2250
Female 600 2250


Competitors may qualify in two ways:

      1. By ranking high enough in the final leaderboard of a National/Regional series. The table above shows the exact number of spots allocated per series. If a competitor does not register during a seven day rolldown period following the last race of each series, they will forfeit their spot and the next eligible competitor will be offered the spot. This continues until all spots allocated to that series are taken.
      2. By ranking high enough at a Regional Championship (eg. North American, European). See the chart below for the number of spots allocated to each Regional Championship.

2020 World Championship Qualifying (Rolldown System)

The 2020 rolldown system qualifies competitors for the Spartan World Championship. In 2020, there are two distinct qualification periods used to determine qualifying spots for the World Championship:

      • Elite and Age Group leaderboards as they stand immediately after the final race of each National & Regional Series, and each of the 5 Championships, and;
      • One additional global rolldown period which will occur during a designated period called “World Championship Rolldown Week”. During this period, any previously unclaimed spots will be made available.

The Elite and Age Group leaderboards for all global National & Regional Series, and each of the 5 Championships, as they stand on the Monday immediately following their completion (pending any outstanding officiating decisions) will be used to determine which athletes earn qualifying spots at the World Championship.

Spartan World Championship Rolldown Week (the week of qualifying in addition to each series) will begin Monday October 26th 2020 at 12pm EDT (New York, GMT-4).

At this time, all Elite and Age Group leaderboards as they stand on this date for all global National & Regional Series, and each of the 5 Championships, will be used to determine all remaining qualifying spots for the World Championship during “World Championship Rolldown Week”.

Emails with a qualifying code for entry to the World Championship will be sent by Spartan to any qualifying Elite and Age Group athletes who have not yet claimed their spot. These qualified athletes will be able to then complete registration for the 2020 World Championship.

World Championship Rolldown Week will conclude on Sunday November 1st 2020 at 11:59pm EDT (New York, GMT-4).

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