Elite Qualification System

Elite Category Qualification Requirement

In the interest of continuing the growth of Spartan OCR as a truly competitive global sport, a competitor may no longer register for any Elite category heat (or purchase an Elite Season Pass) without first meeting qualifying criteria listed below. This rule applies to all Elite category heats starting on January 1st, 2020 for events taking place in the United States, Canada or the UK. 

Any Elite competitor already registered for an event on or after Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 must complete the qualification process or will be moved to the Age Group category before race day. Competitors who are automatically moved may apply for qualification at a later date.

​Elite Category Qualification Application Process

Any prospective Elite category competitor, whether a prior Spartan participant or not, may submit an application for Elite category qualification via (Applications may be submitted here.)

Each application requires a one-time payment of $30 fee, payable to Spartan HQ upon application submission. This fee covers program administration and processing and is non-refundable in the event of application rejection. 

Successful applicants will be emailed a unique Elite Qualifying Code (EQC) which will be good for the remainder of the season. This code must be input each time the competitor registers for an Elite category heat or chooses to purchase an Elite Season Pass.

Initial applications will be reviewed within 72 hours.

Denied applicants will have 7 days to dispute their decision without having to repay the application fee. Any disputes after 7 days will require a new application and application fee. 

​Elite Category Qualification Criteria

To earn an Elite Qualification Code (EQC), a competitor must be 14 years of age or older as of Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 for the 2020 season, or Friday, Jan 1st, 2021 for the 2021 season  and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • One or more top 3 finishes at Spartan OCR events in the Elite and/or Age Group category within the previous 24 months
  • One or more top 10 finishes within the Elite category at any regular season Spartan OCR event within the previous 12 months
  • One or more top 5 finishes within any Age Group category at any regular season Spartan OCR event within the previous 12 months
  • US$2000 or more of lifetime prize money earned to date in the Spartan Elite category. (International Prize money will be converted from local currency to USD based on current exchange rates)
  • Please note: Age Group category refers to the designated "Age Group" Heat. It does not apply to results in the Open category. 


​Downgrading from Elite Category

An Elite competitor with an EQC may freely choose to register for, and compete in, the Age Group or Open categories at any event globally. 


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