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2020 Spartan Ultra Continental Series & World Championships

New in 2020, the Spartan Ultra Continental Series gives Elite and Age Group competitors a chance to earn points and compete against each other in a series of Spartan Ultra events held around the world.

Regions/Countries

  1. Americas - United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Colombia
  2. Europe - United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Romania 
  3. Australia - Australia, New Zealand
  4. Asia - Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan

*Only Ultras in these countries will count towards the Ultra Continental Series. 

Scoring

  • Scoring will follow the Spartan Race Scoring System
  • Ultra Continental Series Leaderboards will track the progress of Elite and Age Group competition in each region.
  • At the end of the series, the top 10 male and female Elite points holders for each regional leaderboard will be awarded prize money, and the top three will receive awards.
  • The top 3 male and female Age Group points holders for each regional leaderboard will receive awards.
  • The more events a competitor completes, the higher their likelihood of finishing in a top position and earning prize money (Elite) and awards (Elite and Age Group).
  • All races in the Ultra Continental Series prior to September 17th, 2020 qualify for the Spartan Ultra World Championship. The series continues however, all the way until the final Spartan Ultra is complete in each region for 2020. The Ultra World Championship shall count as a standard race in the Americas regional leaderboard.

Ultra World Championships

The 2020 Spartan Ultra World Championship will be held on Friday September 18th in the birthplace of Spartan in Killington, VT in the United States. 

Note that the official 2020 Ultra World Championship qualifying season runs from September 20, 2019 through September 17, 2020. 

All Spartan Ultra events held globally during this time period shall qualify competitors for the Spartan Ultra World Championship. Qualifying competitors who completed past events in 2019 shall receive qualifying codes, which will be sent by Spartan early in 2020.

Qualification Rules

To be eligible for entry into the 2020 Ultra World Championship, male and female Elite and Age Group competitors must earn a qualifying spot by finishing any Spartan Ultra between September 20, 2019 through September 19, 2020 within the following positions, regardless of course location, length, terrain type, or environmental conditions:

  • Elite – top 25, male and female
  • Age Group – top 10 male and female, per Age Group

Golden Ticket Ultra events are another method of Ultra World Championship qualification and although not guaranteed, may be announced at Spartan’s discretion.

Golden Ticket events award automatic qualifying spots to the Ultra World Championship for the top 10 male and female Elite and top 3 male and female in each Age Group category.

Qualifying Spots

Ultra World Championship qualifying spots are defined by UCS regions, and are as follows:

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There are a limited number of spots. Once the spots are filled, registration will be closed. 

Non UCS region refers to all Ultras that are not in a defined region (as listed above). 

Once qualified, a competitor has 14 days to register for the 2020 Ultra World Championship, starting at 00:00 following receipt of their qualifying email and ending at 23:59 on the 14th day thereafter. 

If an athlete allows the qualification period to expire, their qualifying spot will be forfeited and the next ranked finisher will be offered their spot (starting immediately at 0000). The system continues in this fashion until all qualifying spots for that event have been allocated.

Once a competitor has qualified, completing subsequent Ultra events in finishing positions outside of the qualifying standard does not affect their qualification status. 

Payouts

Ultra Continental Series (Americas): Elite prize money for overall series winners (Male and Female payouts are the same).

  1. $3,000
  2. $1,500
  3. $800
  4. $600
  5. $400
  6. $350
  7. $300
  8. $250
  9. $200
  10. $100

Ultra World Championship: Elite prize money for the Ultra World Championships held in Killington, Vermont (Male and Female payouts are the same).

  1. $8,000
  2. $4,000
  3. $2,500
  4. $1,000
  5. $800
  6. $600
  7. $400
  8. $300
  9. $200
  10. $100
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