Following its cancellation due to the global pandemic in 2020, the Spartan Trail World Championship is back for 2021, and it will feature some of the most prestigious races in the world. The reloaded series features exciting new events and a brand new format.
The World Championship has 10 stops around the world, across four continents, and the final leaderboard will be split into two categories: Trail Run Championship (up to 49K distances) and Trail Ultra Championship (50K or more distances). Elite runners will battle at each stop for an unprecedented prize purse and collect points towards the series leaderboard prize purse.
Register Now: The 2021 Spartan Trail World Championship
Age Group runners will battle for important prizes at each stop, and for a final bundle at the end of the Championship. Each stop is categorized by three different labels — Crown Label, Blue Label, and Green Label — which are based on the amount of points and prize money they offer.
The Schedule: 10 Incredible Races Across the Globe
The 2021 Spartan Trail World Championship race schedule includes some of the most prominent trail events in the world, as well as some younger up-and-coming races.
Runners can participate as an Elite or Age Group athlete. Elite runners must apply and be accepted by matching standards — which can be found on the 2021 Spartan Trail World Championship FAQ page — and anyone can participate as an Age Group athlete. The points system aims for a clear way of ranking both Elite and Age Group runners. Points will be calculated based on a maximum quota for the winner (male or female) and distributed by an equation that is time-based. To avoid ties, bonuses per podium (first to fifth) will be awarded. Details and examples can be found here.
"In 2019, we saw the inaugural Spartan Trail season bring some of the best runners in the world to our courses alongside intermediate runners and newcomers to the sport,” said Spartan founder and CEO Joe De Sena. “After being sidelined in 2020, we can’t wait to come back bigger than ever, with some of the most prestigious trail running events in the new Spartan Trail World Championship. We are all about transforming lives through sport, and helping to grow not only the Spartan and Spartan Trail brands, but also the sport of trail running, is wholly important to our mission.”
Safety Is Our No. 1 Priority
With safety being Spartan’s No. 1 priority, the brand may implement modified operating procedures to maximize the safety of racers, spectators, and all event personnel. Spartan will continue to follow WHO safety guidelines and work closely with local officials and safety advisors, which could result in alterations to events on a case-by-case basis.
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