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Ultra World Championship FAQ

SUBJECT TO CHANGE 

The information included below is subject to change and the Official Race Day Program (RDP) that is sent to racers ~10 days prior to the event will be considered the official guide. 

Location 

The 2022 Spartan Ultra World Championship, hosted by North Lake Tahoe, will be held at Palisades Tahoe, 1960 Olympic Vly Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146.

 

Qualification

For 2022 we have simplified the qualification process for the Ultra World Championship. Male and female Elite and Age Group competitors may earn a qualifying spot by finishing any Spartan Ultra as a competitor in their respective category (Elite or Age Group) between October 15th, 2021 through to the day prior to the 2022 Ultra World Championship. Open category racers may freely register for the Ultra World Championship.

 

Event Schedule (All times are Pacific Standard Time)

Date

Events

Friday, September 23rd

  • Merch Open 2:00-7:00 PM

Saturday, September 24th

  • 7:30 am: Beast Heats Begin
  • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm: Mandatory Ultra Packet Pickup at Registration 
  • 1:00 pm: Beast Awards 
  • 2:00 pm: Spartan Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremony
    • All Ultra Competitors meet starting at 1:45pm.
    • Please dress accordingly. All Competitors will be outside for the Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremony.
    • Beast Competitors and spectators are strongly encouraged to attend and cheer on all Competitors.
  • 3:00 pm: Mandatory Pre-Race Briefing
  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Ultra Packet Pickup at Registration (Continued)

Sunday, September 25th

  • 6:00 am: Transition Area opens for Elite Ultra Competitors ONLY
  • 7:00 am: Beast Heats Begin
  • 7:00 am: Transition Area opens for Age Group ONLY 
  • 8:00 am: Transition Area opens for 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)

Monday, September 26th

  • 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

Parking and Transportation

Parking will be onsite, a short walk from registration and festival grounds. 

 

Awards Ceremony

Please join us at the official post-race Award Ceremony on Monday, September 26th, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm! Tickets will be sold at the door only. Space is limited. Location is set at TBD. Podium winners will receive entry free of charge along with early access starting at 5:15 pm. Early access will be limited to each podium winner and an additional 3 people. All attendees will also receive a free raffle ticket to win one of several prizes including a 2023 Spartan Season Pass, Spartan Merchandise and more!



Course Details 

  • A full lap is 9.3 mi / 15 km (+/- 0.5 km depending on GPS noise) and 2,800 ft of elevation gain with approximately 25 obstacles. We are going to be continually testing this distance with various GPS devices throughout the days leading up to the race to determine the official lap distance and elevation for race day. It is agreed and understood that penalty loops shall not count toward an Ultra Competitor’s official mileage.
  • The highest point of the course will be at 8408 FT.
  • The first lap for all competitors will be an extended 12.4 mi / 20 km unique loop with 3,900 ft of elevation gain and approximately 26 obstacles. This will only be completed once as the racers first lap. 
  • The course is subject to multiple changes throughout the race based on weather conditions and race management discretion. If this happens, not all Competitors will complete the exact same course so Competitors will be credited for their distance based on timing mat data and/or race management discretion. If extreme weather is encountered, race management may pause the race and temporarily close the course. Official announcements will be made to all participants.
  • Hydration and nutrition will be provided by Spartan approximately at the 5k mark.

 

Official Finisher Status

An Ultra Competitor must complete a minimum of 50 kilometers (1 Large loop and 2 Small loops unless modified due to weather) to be considered an official finisher. 

Ultra Start Procedure

The Official Start for the 2022 Spartan Ultra World Championship is 10:00 am local time on Sunday, September 25th.

 

Ultra Finish Procedure

Ultra Competitors have until 11:30 am on Monday, September 26th, 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. 

 

Ultra Start Line Shutdown

Ultra Competitors must cross the Start line and begin their final lap by 9:00 am Monday, September 26th. After this time, no Competitors will be allowed to begin another lap. The Race Director reserves the right to adjust this final lap cutoff time. All Ultra Competitors will be made aware of any changes with more than adequate time to adjust their race strategy.

Obstacles & 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

Penalty Loop Obstacles

Burpee Penalty Obstacles

If a Competitor fails or does not complete a mandatory obstacle, they will be immediately disqualified and their timing chip will be removed.

Upon failure, Competitor 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 Penalties upon failure — Elite Ultra and Age Group Ultra Category Competitors must use the penalty tracking system outlined below. Open Competitors will pay burpee penalties at the obstacle.

 

OBSTACLE

1ST LAP

OBSTACLE

1ST LAP

PENALTY / TYPE

2ND LAP AND

BEYOND OBSTACLE

PENALTY

TYPE

Hurdles

No

Mandatory

Yes

Mandatory

Overwalls

Yes

Mandatory

Yes

Mandatory

The Box

Yes

Burpee

Yes

Burpee

Bucket Carry

Yes

Mandatory

Yes

Mandatory

Bender

Yes

Burpee

Yes

Burpee

Spear Throw

Yes

Burpee

Yes

Burpee

Z-Walls

Yes

Burpee

Yes

Burpee

Twister

Yes

Loop

Yes

Loop

Armer

Yes

Mandatory

Yes

Mandatory

Multi-Rig

Yes

Burpee

Yes

Burpee

Tyro

Yes

Loop

Yes

Loop

Beater

Yes

Loop

Yes

Loop

Barbed Wire Crawl

Yes

Mandatory

Yes

Mandatory

Slip Wall

Yes

Mandatory

Yes

Mandatory

Atlas Carry

Yes

Mandatory

Yes

Mandatory

Sandbag Carry

Yes

Mandatory

Yes

Mandatory

Monkey Bars

Yes

Loop

Yes

Loop

Inverted Wall

Yes

Mandatory

Yes

Mandatory

8-Foot Wall (On lap 1 only)

Yes

Mandatory

No

N/A

6 Foot Wall (On lap 1 only)

Yes

Mandatory

No

N/A

Barbed Wire Crawl (On lap 1 only)

Yes

Mandatory

No

N/A

Stairway to Sparta (On lap 1 only)

Yes

Burpee

No

N/A

7 foot wall (On lap 1 only)

Yes

Mandatory

No

N/A

Pipe Lair

Yes

Burpee

Yes

Burpee

Vertical Cargo

Yes

Mandatory

Yes

Mandatory

Rope Climb

Yes

Burpee

Yes

Burpee

Olympus

Yes

Burpee

Yes

Burpee

Helix

No

N/A

Yes

Burpee

Herc Hoist

No

N/A

Yes

Burpee

A-Frame Cargo

No

N/A

Yes

Mandatory



Ultra Race Finisher Awards

Distance

Award

50K (~30 Miles)

Belt Buckle

80K (~50 Miles)

Belt Buckle, Hat, UWC North Lake Tahoe Edition Patch

110K (~70 Miles)

Belt Buckle, Hat, UWC North Lake Tahoe Edition Patch, 100K Patch

155K (~100 Miles)

Belt Buckle, Hat, UWC North Lake Tahoe Edition Patch, 100 Mile Patch, Lifetime Spartan Race Pass

 

Ultra 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 — all seams should be taped/sealed
  • 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 & Safety

  • 2 waterproof light sources — these must be either headlamps or handheld flashlights or a combination of both
  • 1 survival/emergency blanket or bivvy
  • 1 emergency whistle

Hydration & Nutrition

  • Hydration system — the capability to carry a minimum of 16 oz / 470 ml of water in any type of container. 

 

Prohibited Items

All prohibited items are outlined in the Spartan Official Rule Book available here. In addition, no open flames or stoves (e.g. jetboil) are allowed in the Transition Area or Festival, or on course.

Transition Area

The Transition Area (TA) is a covered space provided for Ultra Competitors to refuel, rehydrate, change, rest, relax, and store additional gear during the race. Each competitor will have a ~4’x6’ space for their personal equipment. Personal equipment could include a small tent, chair, and/or bin as long as it is all contained in the allocated space.

 

The Transition Area opens Sunday, September 25th, at 7:00 am for Elite Ultra Competitors ONLY. Age Group Ultra Competitors can access the Transition Area starting at 7:30 am and Open Ultra Competitors can access the Transition Area starting at 8:00 am.

The following items are provided in the Transition Area:

    • Cold water for drinking
    • Hot water
    • Garbage bins
    • Medical tent access
    • Clock
  • Note: there will be no power outlets or heat source available to participants.  

Race Support

Ultra Competitors are allowed to have as many different support crew as they please. There is no need to pre-register people separately as a support crew. 

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