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Everything you need to know about the Spartan Ultra World Championship

 

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SPARTAN ULTRA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITOR GUIDE & RULES

*Please note, the official Spartan Race Day Program and rules supersedes the info in this document if there is a conflict.

 

In this article:

  1. Where is the 2021 Spartan Ultra World Championship being held?
  2. What race categories are available and what is the difference?
  3. What is the full event schedule?
  4. Are there special perks for Volunteers?
  5. What if I can not make packet pickup?
  6. What race details do I need to know?
  7. What awards and prizes are there?
  8. Is there mandatory gear?
  9. Will there be a transition area between laps?
  10. Am I allowed to have support crew?

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Where is the 2021 Spartan Ultra World Championship being held?

 

The 2021 Spartan Ultra World Championship, hosted by Telluride Ski & Golf will be held in the beautiful town of Mountain Village located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

What race categories are available and what are the differences?

  • Elite
    • Qualify by completing any Ultra in the Elite category since January 1st, 2019.
    • Capacity is limited to the first 200 athletes to register.
    • Finisher belt buckle for completing at least 50K plus additional swag for hitting further milestones listed below.
    • Eligible for Cash and other awards.
    • Burpee penalties will be tracked per obstacle, and penalties completed and officiated at the end of each lap.
  • Age Group
    • Qualify by completing any Ultra in the Age Group category since January 1st, 2019.
    • Capacity is limited to the first 200 athletes to register.
    • Finisher belt buckle for completing at least 50K plus additional swag for hitting further milestones listed below.
    • Eligible for non monetary awards only.
    • Burpee penalties will be tracked per obstacle, and penalties completed and officiated at the end of each lap.
  • Open
    • Entry is open to anyone.
    • Standard Spartan rules enforcement per obstacle
    • Burpee penalties paid at obstacles upon failure.
    • Finisher belt buckle and other swag available if earned.
    • Not eligible for awards or prize money.  
    • Burpee penalties paid at obstacles upon failure.

What is the full event schedule?

 

Wednesday, October 6th

  • 9:00 am: Virtual Pre-Race UWC Athlete Brief

Friday, October 8th

  • 4:00 pm: Vertical 300m Heat

Saturday, October 9th

  • 7:30 am: Beast Heats Begin
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Ultra Packet Pickup
  • 3:00 pm: All Ultra Competitors meet for Parade of Nations and Mandatory Ultra Pre-Race Briefing.
  • Ultra Packet Pickup will resume for one hour immediately following the Mandatory Ultra Pre-Race Briefing
  • 6:00 pm: Athletic Brewing Athlete Dinner

Sunday, October 10th

  • 7:00 am: Transition Area opens for Elite Ultra Competitors ONLY
  • 7:30 am: Transition Area opens for Age Group and Open Ultra Competitors
  • 9:15 am: All Ultra Competitor Transition Area bins are racked and Competitors are race ready.  Final pre-race ceremony and walk to start.
  • 10:00 am: Ultra Race Start (all categories)
  • 10:00 pm: Burpee count per failed “Burpee Penalty” obstacle changes from 30 to 15 

Monday, October 11th

  • 9:00 am: Ultra Start Line Closes
  • 11:30 am: Finish Line Closes
  • 2:30 pm: Transition Area must be cleared
  • 6:00 pm: Award Ceremony at Telluride Conference Center

Are there special perks for volunteers?

  • We need more volunteers. If you or someone you know can volunteer, click here to register and receive the following:
    • Venue hoodie
    • Volunteer Tech Shirt (long sleeve or short sleeve)
    • $60 merchandise credit (online only at Spartan Shop)
    • $100 travel stipend (If you work 2 shifts)
    • Volunteer Delta Wedge
    • A free meal
    • Free 2021 Telluride Beast race entry (we’ll schedule your shift around the race)

 

What if I cannot make the packet pickup?

Packet pickup on Sunday morning will only be available to those who make prior arrangements by emailing us@spartan.com no later than Wednesday, October 6. There will be very limited availability and your start may be delayed. We highly recommend you make every effort to be onsite Saturday for standard packet pickup.

What details about the race do I need to know?

  • Course Details:
    • A full lap is ~10 km 1800’ of elevation gain with 20 obstacles.  
    • The first lap for all competitors will be a 20 km unique loop with 3600’ of elevation gain and 30 obstacles. This will only need to be completed 1 time.
    • An Ultra Competitor must complete a minimum of 50 kilometers to be considered an official finisher.
    • Only mileage from completed laps will be counted towards an Ultra Competitor’s official mileage. It is agreed and understood that any penalty loops shall not count toward an Ultra Competitor’s official mileage.
    • Mileage will be based on Spartan’s official mileage, personal GPS watches or other devices will not be considered.
  • Start Procedures            
    • The Official Start for the 2021 Spartan Ultra World Championship is 10:00 am local time on Sunday, October 10.
    • Obstacles will have staggered opening times.  Competitors will be updated prior to the start of the race.
  • Finish Procedures
    • Ultra Competitors have until 11:30 am on Monday, October 11th to complete as many miles on the course as possible and cross the finish line.
    • At 11:30 am Monday, the finish line will close and the Ultra Event will officially end. At such time, any Ultra Competitors on an active lap must return immediately to the Transition Area. Incomplete laps do not count towards a Competitor’s total mileage.
    • Ultra Competitors must pass the Timing and Results Tent and begin their final lap by 9:00 am Monday, October 11th. After this time, no Competitors will be allowed to begin another lap. 
  • Obstacles and Penalties
    • Unless otherwise stated in this document, all Competitors must properly attempt every obstacle according to Spartan Obstacle-Specific Rules available here.
    • There are three categories of obstacles on the Spartan Ultra World Championship Course:
      • Mandatory Obstacles: If a Competitor is not able to complete a mandatory obstacle, they will be immediately disqualified and their timing chip will be removed.
      • Penalty Loop Obstacles:  If a competitor fails the obstacle they must complete the marked penalty loop. Failure to complete the penalty loop will result in disqualification or penalty at the discretion of Race Management.
      • Burpee Penalty Obstacle: If a competitor fails the obstacle they must complete the required amount of burpees. Elite and Age Group racers will complete it at the end of the lap, while open racers will complete the burpees in the designated area at the obstacle.
  • Burpee Passport — Elite and Age Group Ultra Competitors Only:
    • Elite and Age Group Ultra Competitors must carry a penalty tracking card (“Passport”) to track penalties during each lap (will be provided by Spartan).
    • Passports will be punched by designated Race Support Staff upon COMPLETION of designated Burpee Penalty obstacles.
    • It is up to the competitor to ensure you get your passport stamped or you will be assessed the penalty at the end of the lap.
    • The first Passport will be given prior to the start of the race.
    • A new Passport must be issued at the start of every lap at the Timing and Results Tent.
    • A means of attaching the Passport will be provided by Spartan, but Elite and Age Group Ultra Competitors are 100% responsible for the security and functionality of their Passport.
    • Burpee Penalties for Elite and Age Group Ultra Competitors will be completed in the designated Elite / Age Group Ultra Burpee Zone. All Open Ultra Competitors will complete their Burpees at the obstacles.
    • The quantity of Burpees for Ultra Competitors will change depending on time.
      • Ultra start until 10:00 PM: 30 burpees per failed Burpee Penalty obstacle
      • 10:01 PM until Ultra finish: 15 burpees per failed Burpee Penalty obstacle

What awards and prizes are available?

 

  • Awards are based on how many laps you complete. All racers regardless of which category you are in are eligible for the awards below:
    • 50k: Ultra Finisher Shirt and Belt Buckle
    • 80k: Ultra Finisher Shirt and Belt Buckle, 50 mile hat, UWC Telluride Edition Junk Headband
    • 100k: Ultra Finisher shirt and Belt Buckle, 50 mile hat, UWC Telluride Edition Junk HeadBand, 100K T-Shirt
    • 160k: Ultra Finisher shirt and Belt Buckle, 50 mile hat, UWC Telluride Edition Junk HeadBand, 100K T-Shirt, You Probably Won 

Is there any mandatory gear?

 

Unless otherwise noted, all items on this list must be carried by Ultra Competitors from all categories at all times while on the course. Random gear checks will happen during the event. If you do not have an item on this list during gear check, you receive a 30 minute penalty for each item you don’t have. This penalty will be served at the time of the infraction.

 

  • Clothing
    • 1 backpack, running vest, or other device capable of carrying all mandatory equipment.
    • 1 waterproof shell jacket — all seams should be taped/sealed
    • 1 long sleeve shirt — synthetic preferred
    • 1 pair long running pants, tights, or leggings — must fully cover the legs
    • 1 pair waterproof shell pants
    • 1 “beanie” style winter hat — to protect you from the cold, such as a skull cap, balaclava, thermal buff etc.
    • 1 pair of full fingered gloves 
  • Medical and Safety
    • 2 waterproof light sources — these must be either headlamps or handheld flashlights or a combination of both.
    • 1 survival blanket or bivvy
    • 1 emergency whistle
  • Hydration and Nutrition
    • Hydration system — the capability to carry a minimum of 16 oz / 470 ml of water in any type of container. There are NO water stations on the course.

 

 

Will there be a transition area for between laps?

  • The Transition Area (TA) is an outdoor space provided for Ultra Competitors to refuel, rehydrate, change, rest, relax, and store additional gear during the race. 
  • Ultra Competitors are given an allocated outdoor space in the Transition Area. The Transition Area (TA) is an outdoor space provided for Ultra Competitors to refuel, rehydrate, change, rest, relax, and store additional gear during the race.
  • Your Drop Box must be no larger than 21in (53cm) wide, 36in (91cm) long and 24in (61cm) tall.
  • Note that each Competitor’s space is limited. The bigger the bin, the less space available for your body.
  • It is recommended that Ultra Competitors make the appropriate accommodations given that this is an outdoor Transition Area on a hard surface.
  • The Transition Area opens Sunday, October 10 at 7:00 am for Elite Ultra Competitors ONLY. Age Group and Open Ultra Competitors can access the Transition Area starting at 7:30 am.
  • The following items will be provided by Spartan in the Transition area
    • Cold water for drinking
    • Garbage Bins
    • Medical tent access
    • Clock
    • Spartan Nutrition Products

Am I allowed to have a support crew?

 

  • Ultra Competitors are allowed to have as many different support crew as they please. There is no need to pre-register separately as a support crew but they must check-in once onsite.
  • The following support is allowed by someone supporting a racer:
    • Accessing equipment and supplies from their Competitor’s Drop Box.
    • Updating their Competitor on position of competition.
    • As the competitor comes through the Transition Area, providing hydration and food including items purchased.
    • Assistance changing clothing/gear while in the Festival.
  • Race Support will not be provided by Spartan, and can only be arranged by the Ultra Competitors themselves.

 

 

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