Race Information

“We are determined to be the leader among indigenous communities guided by the Sovereignty and grounded in Yavapai Tradition and Culture. We strive to improve the health, well being and happiness of our nation.” - Fort McDowell Site.

Welcome to Fort McDowell Rodeo Grounds.

This race is set just 35 miles from Phoenix. The land is a vast 24,000 acres with elevations in the park rising to 3,000 feet along the western boundary, at the base of the McDowell Mountains. While we won’t make our Spartans run all of that, the course will explore many parts of the valley.

Come race in this legendary and stunning venue which is sure to have twist and turns, as well as highs and lows. Conquer this blistering Arizona course and know that you’ve made history in a place built on a lasting future.

Registration Pricing

Price Valid Through
  • July 8th (Pre-Registration)
  • August 19th
  • September 30th
  • November 12th
  • December 24th
  • February 5th (Registration Closes on Thursday at midnight)

Race Details

Distance: 3 - 5 mile race
Obstacles: 20 - 23

Terrain: Fast-paced single-track trails up and down the hills surrounding the Fort McDowell Rodeo Grounds. 
Difficulty of course: Given the fast nature of this course, the Arizona Spartan Sprint will favor athletes that can quickly make up time in between obstacles.
Avg. temperature:
High 70, Low 42
Avg. rainfall: 1.37”
Elevation: 1,440 – 3,000 ft
Avg. finish time: 1.5 hours
Fastest finish time: 35 minutes
Special gear needed: We highly recommend that all athletes carry a headlamp and their own water supply in a camelback, or other type of pack

Start Times: Saturday – 8:00am, Sunday – 8:00am

Waves of 250 athletes will be released every 15 minutes across 6 groups (Elite, Confirmed, Morning, Late Morning, Afternoon, Late Afternoon). 

Racers: If you want to race for a prize, show up for the elite heat. 

BUILD A TEAM: Strength comes in numbers

Drag your friends, co-workers, and loved ones off the couch and into the mud!

Whether they’re helping you over the wall or chasing you up the mountain, make sure they’re with you at the starting line. 

Teams can be any size but must have at least 4 members to be included in the team rankings.


Getting all your friends registered and lined up together on race day can be tricky. Avoid any confusion by checking out: 2015: TEAM Registration and Start Times.


Badass Sprint Finisher Medal (personalize it with our partner site, iTab
A wedge of the trifecta medal (run a Super and Beast to complete it)
Free beer
Sprint Finisher t-shirt (your other one should be pretty dirty)
Free Professional Photos (to frame and flaunt)
Bananas at the finish line
Bragging rights

PARKING: Available, but limited. Carpooling encouraged. 

Space is available, but limited.  $10 per car. $20 per van. $50 per bus or RV. Cash only. Pay as you enter.
Parking is located at: Fort McDowell Rodeo Grounds 9500 S Rodeo Drive, Ft. McDowell, AZ 85264

SPECTATORS: Bring friends and family. (Your biggest fans)

Bring your friends and family to the race to watch you conquer obstacles, dominate the finish line and receive your medal!

Racers, your fans will motivate you over the wall and past the finish line. You wouldn’t believe how far a cheering section will go when you’re exhausted. Your fans will also enjoy music, raffles, entertainment, and festival challenges. 

Most importantly, fans will receive a front row seat to watch racers from a safe, comfortable, and relatively mud-less (no promises) Spartan Race festival ground area! And, when it’s over, they receive muddy hugs from thrilled Spartan athletes. After all, whats a sport without fans?

Cost: $20 Online until Friday prior to the Event. $25 on site (Cash Only).

As a Spartan Race spectator, you’ll get: $5 Spartan bucks redeemable at the merchandise tent, a festival map, and access to multiple key obstacles on the course, finish line viewing, the vendor tents, and hot food for sale on the grounds!

For detailed spectator information, please see: The Spartan Race Spectator Guide

KIDS RACE: First Heat - 10am

Kids can now race against someone their own size, on a course their own size.

$25 online. $30 onsite. Cash only. 

For more information about the kids' race, check out the Kids Race Tab above, or visit: www.spartankids.com


Saturday morning @ 5:30am sharp.

Show up early to run with the Spartan Staff in a whole new way!

Typically lasting 3-4 hours, the Hurricane Heat is a unique event, traversing on and off the Spartan Race Course. Hurricane Heat Participants will be assigned a team upon arrival and will be expected to work together to complete any and all challenges set before them, as a team.  You can't finish alone.

Dominate the course like the good founders intended.  There are no chips, no clock, just a fun run Spartan-style that represents what our company and our athletes are about…getting up when you’re knocked down and finishing what you start. And Burpees, lots of burpees.

Remember: You don’t want to be late. Plan to bring head lamps and glow sticks (required).

Successful finishers earn Hurricane Heat dog tags, a finisher shirt, entry into a closed networking group, and the chance to build relationships that will last well beyond the finish line.

For more information about the Hurricane Heat, check out: What is a Hurricane Heat? 

February 07 - 08, 2015

Race Day


Fort McDowell Rodeo Grounds 9500 S Rodeo Drive, Ft. McDowell, AZ 85264

Get Directions Get Parking Directions | Fort McDowell Rodeo Grounds


Located at Fort McDowell Rodeo Grounds 9500 S Rodeo Drive, Ft. McDowell, AZ 85264

Parking is $10 per vehicle. CASH ONLY.


Participant, Spectator, Volunteer, and Kids Waiver


8:00am Elite Men
8:15am Elite Women
8:30am - 9:15am Confirmed Start Time Waves
9:30am Open Waves Begin
Last Heat Time: 1:30pm

8:00am Elite Men
8:15am Elite Women
8:30am - 9:15am Confirmed Start Time Waves
9:30am Open Waves Begin
Last Heat Time: 1:00pm

Waves of 250+ racers will be released every 15 minutes.

YOUR exact start time in the group you registered for will be posted under the Race Day tab approximately 10 days prior to the events date.

ARRIVAL: Be early.

Arrive an hour and a half before your start time. This gives you plenty of time to park, pick up your packet, drop your stuff at bag check, and get warmed up.
Registration opens at 6:30am.


Your ID
Your bib #
Towel & extra (dry) clothes

What not to bring:
Outside food and drink (racers, fuel for the race is OK)
Your pets
Negative attitude


There’s no dress code, but you’ll be running in mud and water, climbing hills and mountains, crawling under barbed wire and jumping fire.

Our elites recommend: performance gear (NOT COTTON), water packs, compression underwear, Clif bars and energy gel. Visit shop.spartan.com to gear up for your race. 

Advice from experience: is to race in what you train in - new shoes on race day are NOT recommended. 


Professional event day photos will be posted on the event page 5-7 days after the event, FREE OF CHARGE! We’ll email you when your photos are ready!


Unexpected things come up in life. We understand that so we try our best to accommodate date and/or time transfers, whenever possible. For more information on how to change your:
Start Time: How do I change my Start Time?
Race Date: Can I transfer to another Spartan Race?


More Questions?  Visit our FAQ page.

February 07 - 08, 2015

Kids Race

Kid size obstacles.  Spartan size hearts.

Why should adults have all the fun? Bring the kids (ages 4-13) who can participate in their very own Spartan race.

Our mission is to inspire children to develop a love for fitness at an early age. We provide safe, age appropriate obstacle course race venues to build participant confidence while enjoying a thrilling outdoor activity. We encourage kids to jump, run, get muddy, help each other and have a good time while conquering obstacles that mimic the adult race. 

Types of races:
Junior Varsity kids aged 4-8
Varsity kids aged 9-13

Varsity Spartan | 1 mile 
Varsity Spartan Start Times: Saturday - 10am, 12pm, and 2pm | Sunday - 10am and 12pm

Jr Varsity Spartan | 0.5 miles
Junior Varsity Spartan Start Times: Saturday - 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm | Sunday - 10:30am and 12:30pm

Pre-Register: $25
Day of Registration: $30
Each child will receive a T-shirt and Finisher's Medal. 

Kids Registration and check-in day of the event closes at 2pm on Saturday and 12pm on Sunday, so please be early.

To register, click the REGISTER button on the top right of the page. Each family will receive two free spectator passes at registration (so you don’t need to include these in your purchase).

SPRINT? SUPER? BEAST? What’s the difference?
­Note that all kids’ races are the same in difficulty and distance. 

Looking to find out more about Spartan Kids? Visit our website for future events.

Spartan Kids

Let me know when results and photos are ready

Race results and photo notices will be emailed to racers within a week after the race date. Please do not contact Customer Service. Rest assured, the information will be emailed out as soon as it's ready.


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