Spartan has announced the return of its US National Series for the 2021 race season.
The five-event OCR series, presented by USANA, will feature some of the sport’s best female and male athletes at some of the most challenging outdoor venues across the country. The 2021 Spartan US National Series (USNS) kicks off on Feb. 28 in Jacksonville, Fla. with a 5K, 20-obstacle Spartan Sprint.
Detailed information about prize money will be announced in early January.
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“We’re coming back stronger than ever in 2021,” said Spartan founder and CEO Joe De Sena. “While the pandemic has sidelined Spartan’s elite athletes for nearly a year, they haven’t lost their competitive edge. Athletes have been hard at work, training and plotting their return, and it’s almost here. It will lead to some of the best action we have ever seen on the Spartan OCR course.”
5 Stops Across the United States
Following the Jacksonville event, Spartan’s USNS continues to San Luis Obispo, Calif., on April 11, for a 10K, 25-obstacle Spartan Super. (That race, held at a brand new Spartan venue, is highlighted by rolling hills and technical terrain.) The next stop is Big Bear Lake (May 16) for an epic Spartan Super on unpredictable mountain terrain.
On July 17, the USNS heads to Huntsville, Utah, where racers will experience additional elevation and steep, technical descents during a 21K, 30-obstacle Spartan Beast. The series concludes on Aug. 28, with a Spartan Beast in the hills of West Virginia at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, the former site of the Spartan North American Championship.
Spartan USNS winners are decided by cumulative event points, with the best three out of five races counting towards the final leaderboard. Following the series, athletes from the U.S, Canada, and Mexico will compete in the Spartan North American Championship, with all roads leading to the 2021 Spartan World Championship in Abu Dhabi. The World Championship — the first to be held outside of the United States — will take place Dec. 3-4.
Athletes of All Skill Levels Can Compete (and Win)
In addition to the qualified elite field, competitive athletes will enter 10 women’s and men’s age group categories: 14-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, and 60+. Each Spartan USNS race weekend also features open heat events for athletes of all skill levels.
“We’re excited for the return of live Spartan events, and prioritize the safety of everyone onsite at our events with the utmost importance,” said Spartan’s Vice President of Production Mike Morris. “As such, we’ll continuously monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, and modify our operating procedures as needed to create the safest possible environment at all of our events.”
What We're Doing to Keep You Safe
With safety being Spartan’s No. 1 priority, the brand will implement modified operating procedures to maximize the safety of racers, spectators, and all event personnel. Spartan will continue to follow CDC safety guidelines and work closely with local officials and safety advisors, which could result in alterations to events on a case-by-case basis.