Spartan World Championships 2019

Represent Your Country

With 3 global events, and a $1 million challenge on the line, the Spartan World Championships are obstacle course racing’s biggest stage.

The Road to Tahoe

The Spartan World Championship, powered by Rakuten, returns to North Lake Tahoe on September 28-29, 2019. Athletes from more than 30 countries will compete at National Series Events and Regional Championships across the globe in hopes of qualifying for this course. With a simplified qualification process and added Age Group categories, there are more chances to qualify than ever before.

Open racers will run on Saturday, take in the festival on Saturday night and get a front row seat to the Age Group and Elite events on Sunday. Age Group and Elite athletes will enjoy a fully gated event that has been moved to a prime-time broadcast spot.

The Spartan World Championships are calling. It’s time to Make Your Mark.

The Tribe is Calling

The stage is set for an epic battle as the Trifecta World Championship returns to Sparta November 1-3, 2019. This course is an exclusive and gated invitational event for our Trifecta finishers. An invite-only event, athletes will make the journey to Sparta from around the world where they will be put to the ultimate test: three races in one weekend. Athletes will endure the biggest test of their lives as they race past the tomb of Menelaus, through the waters of Eurotas and finish in front of Leonidas to find glory in the ancient homeland of the Spartans. This is your time. Sparta is calling. Find out who you were born to be.


The Ultra World Championship in Sweden is a great expedition of body, mind and spirit. It’s not just an incredible physical journey across 30+ miles and obstacles over 24 hours, it’s a battle of will and perseverance. Traverse a mountain, crawl past your comfort zone, run across the Scandinavian landscape and find yourself, stronger. Join endurance athletes from around the world in Sweden for the greatest race of your life. Earn an Elite or Age Group spot at any Ultra event around the globe. Or, register now with no qualification needed for the Open category.

No Small Challenge

Pushing beyond your limits. Working together as a team. Having fun. Making new friends. Getting muddy. Playing in the great outdoors and forging lifelong friendships along the way is the very nature of being a kid. You're never too young to set goals and conquer them. Make 2019 your year. Race any kids event during the regular season and join us for the Kids World Championships. Jump, run, climb, get muddy, and crush the course with an energetic group of people your own size that you will establish bonds for a lifetime with. Set your sights on the world stage.


The $1 Million Challenge is back. This time, with a new qualification system.

You must compete in Elite in all three major Spartan World Championships to be eligible: the World Championship in North Lake Tahoe, the Trifecta World Championship in Sparta, and the Ultra World Championship in Sweden.

From there it goes off a point system. Your finishing place in Tahoe and Sparta will be subtracted from the total miles of course you complete in Sweden. For example: If a racer completed 100 miles in Sweden, placed 1st at Tahoe, and 1st at Sparta they would earn 98 points. The math: 100-1-1=98.

To win the $1 million, an Elite Male racer must earn 98 points or higher and an Elite Female must earn 78 points.

The 2019 Contenders

With Tahoe behind us and the daunting Sparta-Sweden double ahead, four contenders remain in the $1 million challenge: Nicole Mericle, Robert Killian, Ryan Atkins, and Lindsay Webster.

On the men's side, Killian is a two-time Spartan World Champion (2015 and 2019) and he ran the 2017 Ultra World Championship in Iceland. Atkins has placed second at Tahoe five consecutive times, and in 2019 he won the North American Championship.

On the women's side, Mericle capped her breakthrough 2019 with a Spartan World Championship in Tahoe. She is more of a flat runner than an Ultra runner, so it will be fascinating to see how she fares in Sweden. Webster, the reigning two-time North American champion, placed second in Tahoe after winning it all in 2018.