2021 Spartan Ultra World Championship: Dates, Details, and an Incredible New Location

2021 Spartan Ultra World Championship: Dates, Details, and an Incredible New Location

For the first time in Spartan history, we're bringing the 24-hour Spartan Ultra World Championship to the United States. 

When and Where

The championship event will be held at the Telluride Ski Resort in Mountain Village, CO on Oct. 10-11, 2021. Widely regarded as the most challenging event on Spartan's calendar, the 2021 Ultra World Championship will kick off Spartan’s World Championship season.

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Located in one of the most picturesque destinations in the world, racers will square off against more than 4,000 feet of vertical elevation per loop, technical terrain, and unpredictable weather conditions. 

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'The Most Grueling Event of the Season'

“The Ultra World Championship is the most grueling event of the season,” said Spartan founder and CEO Joe De Sena. “Twenty-four hours with no sleep, mountainous terrain, and hours of complete darkness puts athletes to the ultimate test of strength and sheer will, and I can’t wait for it to unfold here in the U.S. for the first time – especially in a location as epic as Telluride.”

The fourth annual Spartan Ultra World Championship will challenge the mental and physical capacities of racers as they complete multiple laps on a 10-mile course featuring at least 25 obstacles per loop – nearly double that of its previous format — for the 24-hour period. The male and female athletes who complete the most laps in the 24-hour time period will be crowned champions, and the top 10 in each category will share more than $35,000 in prize money.

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The ultra-endurance race is gated at the Elite and Age Group levels, with 300 and 1,000 spots available for Elite and Age Group categories, respectively. An Open heat will also be available for non-qualified participants, with limited spots available.

Tackle the Beast on Saturday

In addition to the 24-hour Ultra World Championship, the event weekend features a 30-obstacle, half-marathon Spartan Beast race on Saturday, Oct. 9.

Registration for the 2021 Spartan Ultra World Championship opens on Friday, Feb. 19 at noon ET. For more information and qualifying details, click here.

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