After a lost 2020, the 2021 race season ramped up in a hurry. Beginning with our first race back in Jacksonville, in late February, we traveled from coast to coast doing what we do best: putting on epic events.
With the heart of the pandemic further and further in the rearview mirror, we're riding that momentum into 2022 for what promises to be the most epic race season we've ever had. The jam-packed U.S. slate features more than 50 races in some of the most scenic locations on Earth, from breathtakingly beautiful islands to iconic ballparks to mesmerizing mountains.
There will be a full host of Sprint (5K, 20 obstacles), Super (10K, 25 obstacles), and Beast (21K, 30 obstacles) races — as well as Kids events — and no shortage of opportunities to claim your coveted Trifecta. (You'll have more than a few chances to do that in one weekend, if you're feeling up the challenge of a lifetime. More on that below.)
Whether you're a beginner looking for a new challenge, a competitive Age Group racer fighting for a podium spot, or an Elite trying to beat the best of the best, there is something for every type of Spartan competitor on the 2022 schedule.
Here are five things we're especially looking forward to in 2022, and click here to view the full schedule and find your next race.
1. There Are 12 Epic Trifecta Weekends to Choose From
The 2021 schedule featured nine Trifecta weekends, in which racers could complete a Sprint, Super, and Beast in one weekend and capture their elusive Trifecta medal. We're upping the ante in 2022: There will be 12 Trifecta weekends, giving racers a golden opportunity to shatter their personal Trifecta record and complete more races than ever before.
There will be Trifecta weekends in a myriad of epic locations, including Montana (pictured below) on May 7-8, Big Bear on May 14-15, Fayetteville on May 14-15, Ohio on June 18-19, Utah on July 9-10, Seattle on Aug. 13-14, Hawaii on Aug. 20-21, West Virginia on Aug. 27-28, New Jersey on Oct. 1-2, Southern California on Oct. 22-23, Arizona on Nov. 19-20, and Central Florida on Dec. 10-11.
2. We're Coming to the Islands
Two years removed from the heart of the pandemic, we're leaning hard into "racecations," where you can spend quality time with your family in a spectacular location and crush it out on the course. In addition to returning to O‘ahu, Hawaii for another Trifecta weekend, we're headed to a new island destination in 2022.
On Aug. 27-28 — conveniently scheduled right before the kids go back to school — we'll be at Atlantis Paradise Island, in the Bahamas (pictured above), for a City race and the 2022 Kids World Championship. That will truly be a weekend unlike any other in Spartan history, complete with a boat excursion, a reception, workshops, a Parade of Nations, Spartan-specific workouts, and so much more. Click here for a full rundown of the weekend itinerary, plus endless adventures and excursions that are available at the resort.
3. 12 New Venues From Coast to Coast
There's nothing like racing somewhere new, be it a new state, a new stadium, or a new course. And in 2022, there will be ample opportunities to race in a new location.
There are 12 first-time venues on the 2022 schedule, including Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, Calif. (Jan. 29-30), Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, Calif. (March 12-13), Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana (July 9), Paradise Island in the Bahamas (Aug. 27-28), and Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. (Nov. 19-20).
4. We'll Be Back at the Ballpark (and an Iconic Football Stadium)
We're coming back to ballparks and stadiums near you in 2022. The 5K, 20-obstacle Stadion races are held in some of the most revered stadiums in America. This is your chance to race where the pros play, and it counts toward your Trifecta! (It's the equivalent of a Sprint.)
The 2022 Stadion schedule features magnificent, historic ballparks in some of the greatest cities in the world. Do burpees in the clubhouse and sprint across the finish line at the homes of the Washington Nationals (May 21; pictured below), Los Angeles Angels (July 23), Philadelphia Phillies (Sept. 17), Boston Red Sox (Nov. 12-13), and San Francisco Giants (Dec. 3).
More of a football fan? We're returning to AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, on June 18. And for the first time ever, you'll have the opportunity to channel your inner Rudy at Notre Dame Stadium (July 9), the iconic home of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team.
5. A Full Championship Season (Plus the Return of the Kids World Championship)
We're still working through the final details of the remaining 2022 championship events, but make sure to keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook pages for event announcements, details, and breaking news. Also make sure to bookmark our Championships homepage.