2020 Championships

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In 2020, we're introducing some exciting new ways that you can earn your spot at the Spartan World Championship event. 


Categories Eligible for Qualification:

National/Regional Series

Anyone can enter these events, no qualification 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 racers will qualify for the North American Championship.

2020 National/Regional Series are:

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


To qualify for one of the 6 gated Championships, racers must be a top 10 Elite or Age Group finisher (male or female) at any regular-season race (as well as all National / Regional Series events). A roll down mechanism for elite and age group competitors applies in 2020. 

 The 2020 Championship events are as follows:

  • Latin American Championship
  • North American Championship
  • European Championships
  • APAC Championships
  • Middle East & Africa Championships
  • New Zealand Championship (New in 2020) 


2020 World Championship

Elite spots are scarce with just 1200 total Elite spots available (600 men/600 women). There are only 4500 spots for Age Group racers (225 per age group). 

Racers can qualify in 2 main ways:

  1. By ranking high enough at a National/Regional Series. See the chart below for the number of spots allocated per series. If a racer does not register during the 7-day rolldown week following the last race of each series, they will forfeit their spot and the next racer on the list will be invited. This will continue until all spots allocated to that series are taken.
  2. By ranking high enough at a Regional Championship (eg. North American, European) you will also be invited to the World Championship. See the chart below for the number of spots allocated to each Championship.
  3. In 2020 there will no longer be automatic invites. All athletes will need to qualify. 


Rolldown Week

The 2020 rolldown system features major modifications to the 2019 Elite and Age Group roll down the process for World Championship qualification. In 2020, one global rolldown for World Championship qualification will occur during a designated period called “World Championship Rolldown Week”. 

  1. Spartan World Championship Rolldown Week will begin Monday, October 26th, 2020 at 12 pm EDT (New York, GMT-4). At this time, emails with a qualifying code for entry to the World Championship will be sent by Spartan HQ to qualifying Elite and Age Group athletes. All qualified athletes will be able to then complete registration for the 2020 World Championship.
  2. On Monday, October 26th, 2020 at 12 pm EDT, 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 qualifying spots for the World Championship. 
  3. Spartan World Championship Rolldown Week will conclude on Sunday, November 1st, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT (New York, GMT-4). 
  4. National & Regional Series that are not complete by Monday, October 26th, 2020 at 12 pm EDT may continue until the end of the 2020 calendar year. The incomplete series leaderboards will be used to determine which athletes qualify for the World Championship.


 Important Details:

  • Qualifying athletes may be of any nationality/citizenship
  • Elite and Age Group racers that qualify for a Championship by attending a regular-season race and obtaining a top 10 spot, are qualifying for the next calendar Championship in their region (for example, a race in Korea would act as a qualifier for the APAC Championship)
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