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What is the Para Spartan Heat

The Para Spartan Heats welcome adaptive athletes to their own designated heat, for the first time in Spartan history. These heats (Elite and Open) allow adaptive individuals or teams to participate in the Para Spartan event at their own pace.

  • What is the Para Spartan Elite Heat?
    The Para Spartan Elite Heat welcomes adaptive athletes to compete as a team. On the course you and your team will complete the race according to the Para Spartan Race Rules to accommodate the unique aspect of this heat, to include the Equipment Sponsor, GRIT Freedom Chairs.
  • What is the Para Spartan Open Heat?
    The Para Spartan Open Heat welcomes adaptive athletes to their own designated heat for the first time in Spartan history. This heat allows for adaptive individuals or teams to participate in Para Spartan at their own pace.
  • Can I bring any kind of wheelchair or mobility device to compete in Para Spartan?
    • Para Spartan Elite Heat - The Permitted Devices for Para Spartan Elite Heat are as follows: Off-Terrain GRIT Chairs (3.0, Hemi, Forward); Rolling Walkers with adequate off-terrain tires, forearm crutches, traditional crutches (wooden, metal or other titanium/aluminum models); Vipamat or like model all-terrain beach chairs (“balloon wheels” and PVC pipe construction models are not appropriate); Mountain Trikes (MT EVO, MT Push). All athletes requiring mobility devices should coordinate with the Para Spartan Event Director on any equipment not listed in permitted section to ensure the device will be authorized on the course at minimum 30 days prior to race day. This equipment is safely equipped to handle the fast paced and rugged nature of the competitive Para Spartan Heat. The mobility device is ONLY allowed to be used as an assist for mobility, not to assist in completing obstacles or bearing weight of an obstacle.
    • Para Spartan Open Heat - An athlete may use a personal wheelchair or other assistive mobility devices in the Para Spartan Open Heat as long as it is not on the Prohibited Devices List (see Para Spartan Rule Book, at the bottom of this article). The athlete using this piece of equipment must follow the standard rules of the course and obstacles.
  • Can I bring my own GRIT Freedom Chair to compete in Para Spartan?
    • DEFINITELY! We welcome you to bring your own adaptive equipment! Each piece of equipment will be reviewed before competing in the Para Spartan Elite Heat.
  • Can I borrow a GRIT Freedom Chair to compete in Para Spartan?
    • A very limited number of GRIT Freedom Chairs are available to borrow. These chairs are first offered to the Para Spartan Elite Heat, however, all athletes who need one must request it through registration immediately.
  • Will there be spare wheelchair parts at the venue?
    • YES! GRIT will have a vendor booth at all Para Spartan Open House and Race events. They will have a limited amount of spare parts, so please come prepared with your own tools and parts if you are bringing your own equipment.
  • Do I need medical paperwork to compete in the Para Spartan Elite Heat?
    • YES! There are required forms and waivers that need to be completed in order to compete in the Para Spartan Elite Heat. The forms are provided through registration and in the confirmation e-mail. *PLEASE NOTE: The Medical Diagnosis Form MUST be completed by a licensed Medical Doctor.*
  • Who is qualified to complete the Medical Diagnosis Form for the Para Spartan Elite Heat?
    • The Medical Diagnosis Form MUST be completed by a licensed Medical Doctor who is familiar with your personal diagnosis. This form is an extensive measure of your physical capabilities and limitations for a competitive race.
  • Can I use my VA disability rating, or other medical paperwork in place of the Medical Diagnosis Form for the Para Spartan Elite Heat?
    • There is no substitution for the Medical Diagnosis Form. See the form at the bottom of this article.
  • Do I need medical paperwork to compete in the Para Spartan Open Heat?
    • There is no additional paperwork, after registration, required for the Para Spartan Open Heat.
  • Can I compete as an individual for Para Spartan?
    • Para Spartan Elite Heat - the Para Spartan Elite Heat is raced in teams of four.
    • Para Spartan Open Heat - the Para Spartan Open Heat may be raced as an individual or as part of a team.
  • What if I don’t have enough people for a full team for the Para Spartan Elite Heat or how can I find teammates to compete with in the Para Spartan Elite Heat?
    • Please contact the Director of Para Spartan, nicole.verneuille@spartan.com, if you are an individual looking to compete in the Para Spartan Elite Heat. If you do not have a team, team members will be suggested to you.
  • Am I allowed to get Sponsors for my Para Spartan Elite Team?
    • Yes! Your team is welcome to seek sponsors to participate in the Para Spartan Elite Team. If you seek the sponsorship of another OCR organization you will be asked not to display the competitor’s logo.
  • Can anyone compete in Para Spartan?
    • Para Spartan Elite Heat - In order to compete in the Para Spartan Elite Heat you must meet the Minimum Disability Criteria and qualify under one of the Classifications (See Para Spartan Rulebook).
    • Para Spartan Open Heat - This Heat is open for any athlete with a disability - please use your discretion when registering for an adaptive heat.
  • What classification would I be for the Para Spartan Elite Heat?
    • Classification determines who is eligible to compete in an elite Para sport and it groups eligible athletes in sport classes according to their activity limitation in a certain sport. Please read the Classification section in the Para Spartan Rulebook for further information.
    • Para Spartan Open Heat - the Open Heat does not require compliance with Classification system. Please use your discretion when registering for an adaptive heat.
  • Is Para Spartan for all distances of a Spartan race?
    • Currently, Para Spartan is only offered for the Sprint distance at select events.

 

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