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What is the Spartan Trifecta? How do I earn it?

A member of the Spartan Trifecta Tribe finishes one of each Spartan distance - Sprint, Super and Beast - in a calendar year (January 1st - December 31st), anywhere in the world. You can earn multiple Trifectas in a single year, however only one lap per day, per event will count toward this accomplishment. 
(If you run in both the Elite and Open series, still only ONE run through the course, per day, per event will count towards a trifecta.)

The Hurricane heat does not count toward a Trifecta.
Racers that complete an Ultra Beast will be able to count that as a "Beast" for their Trifecta.
Racers that complete any stadium event, or Cornell College Classic, will be able to count that as a "Sprint" toward their Trifecta.

You can run the races in any order, the sprint does not need to be the first event.

There is nothing special that you will need to do to "claim" a trifecta medal, as you will earn the three pieces of it, as you complete your races during the season. Once you have your third piece, the medals will fit together to complete one big Trifecta medal. If you are earning your 2x, 3x, etc. Trifecta medal, they are available on site at the event. Please complete your race, then see our results tent and/or our announcer booth to be presented with your multi-Trifecta medal.

Trifecta merchandise (shirts, medal holders, etc.) will be available for sale at the merchandise tent at all events, but no additional merchandise, other than medal pieces, will be provided to Trifecta finishers.

Please note: Starting in 2015 all races in the world will award the Trifecta medal pieces. There are no single trifecta medals for any country. 

*You do not need the trifecta pass to earn the Spartan Trifecta.

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    Bao Ho25

    also do you have to do them in order from sprint super and beast or it can be in any order.

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    christian jardeleza

    How do you go about getting a trifecta shirt? I went to merch tent this weekend upon completing the beast at Temecula and they informed me it would be online but I cannot seem to find it.

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    Luke Rutherford

    As noted earlier in this thread, the Sprint, Super, and Beast must be completed in the same calendar year, in any order.

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    Frederika Villacarlos

    Can someone run the SoCal Beast or SoCal Sprint in January 2015, and use it towards a 2015 Trifecta? Thank you.

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    Ryan Peters

    I don't see the "make-up" days on January 17th and 18th for SoCal on the event page... only a Super and Sprint a week later. I'm going to be one Sprint short of a 4x Trifecta at the end of the year, and could use some clarification if this event counts for 2014.

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    Aja Varney

    Frederika and Ryan, The SoCal Makeup dates WILL count toward BOTH the 2014 and 2015 trifecta season. You can see full details on this here:
    https://spartanrace.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/203412536-SoCal-Heat-Cancellation-Questions-and-Answers-

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    Dillon

    So when do we get our registration information for that? Me and my nephew got cut short on the course for 1mile but reading that FAQ we officially didn't finish so we officially didn't get our trifecta so we should be getting a makeup race. I emailed spartan.com too.

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    Bignvv

    I am kind of bummed. So for this year, Spartan Race is no longer giving a separate trifecta medal? I am doing the Sacramento Super October 25th which will earn me the trifecta but I was really hoping to get an additional medal and not have to piece together the three that I will have. I feel like the accomplishment of completing all races should have earned me "additional" hardware as it has in the past. I planned to keep the medals for memories but it feels a little incomplete knowing that I won't get the extra medal. However, I could have sworn I saw folks floating around after the Temecula race with separate trifecta medals, no?

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    Aja Varney

    @Dillon - We'll be with you shortly, via email! We'll be setting you up with that make up race, no problem.

    @Bignvv - Unfortunately, we're not giving out a separate trifecta medal this year. You do have the option of purchasing additional trifecta merchandise (shirts, etc.) at the event, or through our online store. In addition, we are offering a "holder" that all three wedge pieces fit into (making it into "one" medal). That can be purchased on site at an event, or will soon be available in the online store.

    You may have saw one-piece trifecta medals in Temecula, as we still offer those for double, triple, quadruple trifectas, etc. (but they're much bigger than last years trifecta medal).

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    Michael Yebba

    Sorry if you already answered this question but will everyone who finishes the SoCal Beast on January 17th be receiving two sets of medals for both 2014 and 2015?

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    Sully

    Good news, I just finished my first trifecta with the Chicago Super and Sprint, then the Ohio Beast. Bad news, someone broke into my car and along with other valuables they stole all my medals. <Insert profanity here> Is there any way to get replacement medals? I worked hard to get those and its not easy (physically, financially, and travel times) for me to try to repeat this, certainly not this year. I also heard that the medals may change next year in which case I'd have no chance of getting the trifecta pieces.

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    Aja Varney

    Michael,
    Correct! The rescheduled "make up" date for Socal weekend will count for BOTH the 2014 trifecta season AND the 2015 trifecta season. Full details here:
    https://spartanrace.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/203412536-SoCal-Heat-Cancellation-Questions-and-Answers-

    Sully,
    No problem at all. Shoot us an email (or choose "submit a request" on this page) with your mailing address - no PO boxes, please - and we'll get a replacement out to you. :-)

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    Kennethphaas

    Does multiple trifecta only count for one calender year? Aka if you do a trifecta in 2012 2013 214 does that earn a multiple trifecta? Or do does it only count for multiples in one year?

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    Aja Varney

    Kenneth,
    Multiple trifectas mean within the same calendar year. SO, you'd have to do 2 sprints, 2 supers and 2 beasts to get a double trifecta in 2014.

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    Coastal Palm

    Someone told me the Tampa Sprint on Feb 14, 2015 would NOT count toward the 2015 trifecta because it takes place at a stadium. Reading this section of the FAQ, it looks like it WILL count as the Sprint of the trifecta. Is this correct? Thanks!

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    Aja Varney

    Coastal - Stadium Sprints DO count as a "sprint" toward your Trifecta. I apologize for the confusion - it looks like that was a rumor that came out of our Australian partners, but it is NOT correct. ALL Stadium sprints WILL count as sprints toward a trifecta.

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    Richard Bowers

    Didn't see any Trifecta-specific merch at the merchandise tents, and I don't see anything online. Is there a shirt I can buy? (Not asking for more freebees, just something other than the medal to wear). At least, this time, I remembered to buy the venue-specific shirt before the race, so I didn't miss out.

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    Aja Varney

    Hi Richard,
    It sounds like you might've visited our merch tents after some of the trifecta items had sold out. However, we'll have Trifecta shirts, as well as medal holders, online as of the first week of November. Keep checking back to: shop.spartan.com

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    Kevin Maille

    I am currently one race away from my trifecta! My Super medal must have incorrect magnets because it will not connect to my Beast medal. I reached out to customer service and they sent me a new Beast medal but my Super medal seems to be the issue. Any chance someone from Spartan Race can bring me a new Super medal to Milwaukee Nov. 1st, so i can have my three piece trifecta metal? If not, can they send me one... I reached back out to Spartan Race (Jake) and have not heard back.

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    christian jardeleza

    If you completed the beast in temecula(even though it was cut short), does it still count towards your trifecta as completely a beast? Or did it not qualify?

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    Aja Varney

    Hi Christian,
    If your Beast was cut short (or for some that didn't even get let on course), it will NOT count toward your trifecta. However, you can find out how we're handling that, here:
    https://spartanrace.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/203412536-SoCal-Heat-Cancellation-Questions-and-Answers-

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    Aja Varney

    Hi Kevin,
    You're welcome to ask a staff member at your next event, they may be able to get you one on site. However, we've got a new one headed out to you shortly!

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    Kevin Maille

    Aja,

    Wow, so you are going to send me a new Super medal? That would be awesome! I will keep an eye out for it. Do you want me to mail the beast medal you sent me back, since this was not the issue medal?

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    christian jardeleza

    How do you know if yours was cut short?

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    Aja Varney

    Christian,
    If you're not sure, feel free to shoot us an email and we can check for you. We sent out an email a couple of weeks ago, letting you know either way, but it sounds like that might've hit your spam.
    In general, only the very first few morning heats had racers that finished the whole thing, but definitely send us an email with your info and we can check for you!

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    Chesar Tan

    Hi, Aja!
    I understand that 2014 racers won't be awarded a separate Trifecta medal. I would like to let you know my concerns: In 2013, I decided to train and pursue this specific medal and I set it as my goal. Surely, you can understand how disheartening it feels to fail at accomplishing something, so you must understand - I need this medal. This isn't feedback or a simple expression of my concern as previously stated, rather this is a request that I receive my medal after the event race this Saturday, at the Dallas Beast. I'm traveling all the way from New Jersey to pursue this medal, and it has been established as my goal since 2013. I'm not sure who changed the rules or what caused this change, but regardless, I am requesting I still receive my medal after the completion of the race, even if it has to be mailed to my home address afterwards. There has been a lot of effort, hard work, determination and money put into these races, and I expect to reach this goal. Kindly advise how this shall be handled.

    THANK YOU

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    Aja Varney

    Chesar,
    While I can certainly understand your desire to have that specific medal, unfortunately, we can not provide it. We did not stock it or produce it for 2014 and have none to provide. In addition, it would not be fair to provide one to you and NOT provide one to the several thousand other trifecta finishers that finished this year.
    You WILL receive your third piece of your trifecta medal, that will magnetize together to form the large 2014 trifecta medal. In addition, you may purchase (on site or online) the trifecta medal holder, which fits all three pieces and makes one larger item.

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    Chesar Tan

    Like I said, I understand how the separate trifecta medal was falsely advertised in 2013 for 2014 racers, and you're right, it's not fair to the several thousand others who were duped into thinking they'd receive this medal when completing the races. As a racer and a consumer (being that I am a paying "customer" of these races), can you understand the disappointment, too? Just imagine how it feels to be training for a full year with this specific trifecta medal on your mind, and in the end, you're not receiving it. I've seen past pictures of it, and that's what has captivated me. This medal is more than just a piece of metal, it's a display and expression of long terms goals and discipline. It's a symbol of hard work and determination, and by ceasing its production, it deprives people of that vision. Is this just an experimental year where it's production has discontinued? I would be upset if in 2015, racers are awarded a separate medal. If that occurs, 2014 racers should receive one - that wouldn't be fair. Spartan HQ should have put it in their e-mail notifications the details of the trifecta medal and the updates/changes concerning it. Regarding that trifecta medal holder, kudos to Spartan capitalizing on this opportunity. That should have been complimentary to trifecta racers, but I guess we wouldn't be the capitalist Americans we are without doing so.

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    Aja Varney

    Chesar,
    You are incorrect. There are new medals for Spartan Race every year. The new wedge medals (and the absence of the single, round trifecta medal) were announced at the beginning of 2014, so that all 2014 racers would know what to expect. They were given out at our first race in 2014 and ever since for this year. You still get a trifecta medal, just in 2014 it is formed by the three pieces you earn that magnetize together to form the medal.
    The 2013 trifecta medal has not been in production since late 2013, as we moved to a completely new set of medals. Also, as you've probably noticed in our recent email promotions, we've got new medals set up for 2015, so the 2014 medals will no longer be available. It's not a decision we make to disappoint our customers, but to keep it fresh, with new medals to collect each year.

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    Chesar Tan

    Hi, Aja

    If you were meticulous enough, you'd read in detail that I said in 2013, the trifecta medal was falsely advertised - you stated that at the beginning of 2014, the new wedge medals were announced. So, no - I'm not incorrect. I purchased my Spartan Sprint in 2013 and planned all of this back in November 2013. So, yes, I was duped into thinking I would receive a trifecta medal at the time of my purchase because back in November 2013, there was nothing in my registration/e-mail regarding the change for the trifecta medal. You state that I will "still get a trifecta medal, just in 2014 it is formed by three pieces you earn that magnetize together to form the medal." I'm sure even you can understand how that is not the same thing as earning an actual trifecta medal - we're earning a piece of it to complete it, not a whole medal. Can you also understand how the incentive diminishes? My total costs for this medal, including flight/hotels and transportation to Dallas and with the completion of past races, have summed up to more than $800. It seems as if I'm better off buying the trifecta medal on eBay for $200. You also state that this decision was made not to disappoint your customers, but to keep it fresh. As per this article: http://obstacleracingmedia.com/ocr-news/spartan-race-release-2014-medals/ -- it seems like this was actually a way to rectify Spartan's own issues with failing to properly stock the medals as some races didn't have enough and had to send it in the mail months later. Sounds more like an excuse for poor organizational skills than a way to "keep it fresh." If it's not broken, why fix it? I'm sure you can relate. Please find a way to revive the incentive for this race for me, as I'm sure you care about the concerns of each paying customer, and even though it's just a piece of metal, it means more than that to me.

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