After a few years of event postponements and low morale, 2022 spawned an explosion of global excitement, expansion, and developments in the sport of obstacle course racing. The new Spartan North American Elite Series — where OCR legends and spouses Lindsay Webster and Ryan Atkins took home first-place titles — brought fierce competition to taxing courses across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and the U.S. National Series adopted an Age Group focus for the first time ever, allowing hometown heroes to shine and climb the ranks across America all season long.
As the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM) approved obstacle course racing to replace equestrian in the Olympic Modern Pentathlon in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games, we began testing a shorter, faster, 3,000-meter race format — designed to push a racer's speed and obstacle efficiency to the limit — at select races throughout the year, including the 2022 Spartan World Championship in Abu Dhabi, where the Team World Championship saw co-ed teams of three racers tackle the 3K course in 1,000-meter, 10-12 obstacle loops. (The new course format even includes revolutionary new obstacles such as the Laser Pistol, a feature part of the Olympic Modern Pentathlon event, as well as a new and more challenging version of the classic Z Wall.)
Beginning in 2023, Elites will compete on 3K courses at all Series and Championship races, save for the Trifecta World Championship and Honor Series races. And, since signing a historic Memorandum of Understanding with World Obstacle, the Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (FISO), to include the sanctioning and hosting of elite-level races, cooperation on competition rules, officiating and training, anti-doping rules, and broadcast planning, obstacle course racing is set to have an incredible year of growth and athletic opportunity in 2023.
With more worldwide obstacle course events than ever before, here's everything you need to know about the series and championship events on our 2023 schedule.
NOTE: Prize money details for these series and championships will be released in 2023.
2023 Obstacle Course Racing Series
No qualification will be required for ANY 2023 series (including Elite), and there will also be no burpee penalties for Elite and Age Group series races. However, the North American Elite Series is invite-only.
The Spartan North American Elite Series - 3K Course Format (Invite Only)
- Palm Beaches (April 21, 2023)
- Big Bear (May 19, 2023)
- Poconos (July 14, 2023)
- TBD, Mexico (Oct. 13, 2023)
The Spartan European Elite Series - 3K Course Format
- London West (April 29, 2023)
- Zandvoort - Netherlands (May 19, 2023)
- Šamorín - Slovakia (June 4, 2023)
- Zell Am See - Austria (Sept. 9, 2023)
- Madrid - Spain (Oct. 7, 2023)
The United States National Series (Age Group), Presented by USANA
- Jacksonville Sprint (Feb. 26, 2023)
- Big Bear Super (May 21, 2023)
- Utah Super (July 9, 2023)
- West Virginia Beast (Aug. 26, 2023)
San Luis Obispo Beast (Nov. 4, 2023)
Canada National Series
- Red Deer Sprint (July 22, 2023)
- Kelowna Super (Sept. 3, 2023)
Blue Mountain/Ontario Beast (Oct. 21, 2023)
Mexico National Series
France National Series
UK Regional Series
Spain National Series
Italy National Series
Germany-Austria Regional Series
CEU Regional Series
Philippines National Series
Japan National Championship
China National Series
Australia National Championship
The Honor Series is a U.S.-only series of races that commemorate and honor all who serve and protect their country and communities. This series is not connected to the Elite and Age Group competitive series in any way, participation is open to all, and racers earn a specially-designed, commemorative medal.
- Houston (March 11-12, 2023)
- Monterey (June 3-4, 2023)
- Colorado Springs (June 10-11, 2023)
- Nashville (Oct. 14-15, 2023)
- Fenway Park (Nov. 11-12, 2023)
2023 Obstacle Course Racing Championships
Races will earn points at races — regular, Series, and Regional Championship races — throughout the 2023 season. Four points will qualify a racer for a Regional Championship, and five points results in a World Championship qualification. To race at the Trifecta World Championship, a racer must have completed a Trifecta in 2022 (or complete it in 2023), as long as it was earned in full before Oct. 31, 2023.
For full rules, qualification terms, and regulations, consult the official Series and Championships handbook.
***Competing in all three of these Championship races will make a racer eligible to earn the newest worldwide trophy in obstacle course racing, the OCR Triple Crown.
Spartan Kids World Championship - Paradise Island, Bahamas, Aug. 26-27, 2023
This championship pits the world's toughest kids against one another to face off over 25 obstacles along a roughly 3-mile course.
***FISO OCR World Championships - Belgium, Germany, Sept. 14-17, 2023
This race is a 100-meter, 10-obstacle format.
Spartan Trifecta World Championship - Sparta, Greece, Nov. 3-5, 2023
This weekend-long event is a three-race championship in which racers must complete a Sprint 5K, a Super 10K, and a Beast 21K to earn a Trifecta.
***Spartan World Championship - Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi, Dec. 8-10, 2023
Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, this World Championship event will feature 3K and 21K Elite World Championship races, 21K Age Group World Championship races, and 3K Team World Championship races.
***World's Toughest Mudder - Granbury, Texas, Nov. 4-5, 2023
This is a 24-hour, ultra-endurance obstacle course race.
Spartan North American Championship - Killington, VT, Sept. 16, 2023
This Age Group-focused championship event will be a Beast 21K race.
Pan American Championships - Heroico Colegio Militar, Mexico, Aug 4-6, 2023
This championship event will feature Elite 3K and 21K races.
European Championship - Andorra, June 9-11, 2023
This championship event will feature Elite 3K and 21K races, along with Age Group 21K races.