Spartan World Championship Weekend

Located a short ride from Lake Tahoe, this epic venue was once host to the 1960 Olympic Winter Games. Join us today for the greatest obstacle course race in North Tahoe Lake, Olympic Village, CA! The obstacle racing weekend of the year will feature two Spartan Race distances to choose from over two days of racing: The Spartan Beast and the Spartan Ultra Beast. Which challenge are you ready to accept? To do well, runners will need to prepare for the thin air as heights reach over 9,000 feet of elevation. Lake Tahoe is one of Northern California’s premier destinations and draws a healthy crowd year-round for its spectacular skiing, water sports, and outdoor activities. With 72 miles of shoreline straddling the California-Nevada stateline, there’s always somewhere new to explore and plenty of terrain for Spartans to roam. The most popular areas to visit include the more nature-oriented North Tahoe, or the party scene of South Tahoe. Or you can do it all -- visitors have the potential travel around the lake in under 90 minutes. Spartans are in for an adventure filled with traverses, climbs, crawls and perhaps even some swims. Come prepared. TOP REASONS TO TAKE ON THIS COURSE: 1. Elevation is one of the most defining elements of the Tahoe venue, starting at a surface elevation of 6,224 feet and working upwards of 9,000 feet only means one thing: get those lungs and quads ready for the long haul. 2. Cozy cabins are a plenty. Just make sure you book one early so you can be as close to all the action as possible. 3. Grover Hot Springs: Drive South to Markleeville and soak in a natural thermal hot springs. Your leg muscles will thank us for this recommendation. 4. Kayak to Fannette Island: The small island in Emerald Bay is the only island in Lake Tahoe and is worth a kayak trip. At the top is the remnant of an old “tea house.” 5. Bike the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail or at least part of it for extended adventure off the course. Chances are you'll only want to bike a section of the route as part of your active recovery. 6. Take to the skies and launch out from Slide Mountain on a powered hang glider. The view of Tahoe is hard to beat and you get to wear a "stylish" blue jumpsuit.
Spartan Race Inc.
Spartan World Championship Weekend
North Lake Tahoe1960 Squaw Valley Road Olympic ValleyCA96146
Lake Tahoe Ultra Beast

Lake Tahoe Ultra Beast

The Ultra Beast is the pinnacle Spartan event in the world. The standard Ultra Beast is held over 26+ miles, and it's not for the faint of heart - you'll face epic terrain, punishing obstacles, and even some surprises thrown in. The Ultra Beast is the only Spartan event featuring strict time cutoffs that must be met. *Please note that not everyone who signs up for an Ultra Beast will actually finish.
Spartan Race Inc.
North Lake Tahoe1960 Squaw Valley Road Olympic ValleyCA96146
Spartan World Championship Lake Tahoe Beast

Spartan World Championship Lake Tahoe Beast

If you’re looking to unleash your inner beast and go to places you never imaged, the Spartan Beast is perfect for you. With 12-14 miles and 30-35 obstacles between you and the finish line, the Spartan Beast will test everything you’re made of: your strength, your endurance, your resolve. The unpredictable terrain and Spartan Obstacles are masterfully designed to push you deep into your discomfort zone, and well past those self-imposed obstacles you once considered your limits. Beast mode: on.
Spartan Race Inc.
North Lake Tahoe1960 Squaw Valley Road Olympic ValleyCA96146
Tahoe Kids Race

Tahoe Kids Race

Spartan Race isn't just for adults. Our Spartan Kids Race offers two distances for the little Spartans in your life. Based on age, our Kids races have obstacles in them just like the grown up versions. Come watch your future Spartans run, jump, and play just like they're supposed to.
Spartan Race Inc.
North Lake Tahoe1960 Squaw Valley Road Olympic ValleyCA96146


The Spartan Race World Championship is the preeminent event of the obstacle racing season. To win this race means you have cemented your place in obstacle racing history. Some of the best athletes in the world can claim the title of "Spartan Race World Champion." Amelia Boone. Hobie Call. Zuzana Kocumova. Robert Killian. 2017 marks the third consecutive year the World Championship takes place in Lake Tahoe. Racers will battle themselves, competitors, obstacles, and high elevation, in pursuit of glory.


Spartan Race is pleased to invite you to join us at an Athlete Dinner on Friday, September 29th at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $40 for adults, and $20 for kids (13 and under). The Athlete Dinner is an ideal way to see the venue before race day, enjoy a great meal with fellow racers, and meet some of our top athletes and Spartan Staff. The dinner will take place at the historic Olympic Village Lodge - originally built as the dining hall for the 1960 Olympic athletes. 

Tickets for the Athlete Dinner are limited, so don’t wait. Reserve your ticket here.

Buffet Menu Includes:
Green Salad with Ranch or Balsamic Vinaigrette
Grilled Chicken Breast with Honey and Mustard
Roasted Seasonal Vegetables
Farro Risotto
Roasted Wild Mushrooms

BUILD A TEAM: Strength comes in numbers.

Callout your friends, co-workers and loved ones to get off the couch and into the mud.

Whether they’re helping you over the wall or chasing you up the mountain, make sure they’re with you at the starting line.

Teams can be any size but must have at least 4 members to be included in the team rankings. 


The best way to ensure that you are starting at the exact same start time as your friends is to create a Team during registration (or have your friends Join your team!). 

Any racers that are registered as part of a team, on the SAME DAY in the SAME TIME BLOCK (Elite vs. Competitive vs. Morning vs. Afternoon), will be moved to the common team start time in each block when start times are assigned (about 10 days prior to the event). Racers that are registered for Sunday will not be moved to Saturday with a team, or vice versa. 

Team times are NOT determined by the captains start time. Team members will be grouped together within each block (Elite, Competitive, Morning OR Afternoon), based on the preferred time that the majority of team members in that block choose. 

Racers that are registered for Elite or Morning start times will NOT be grouped with racers in the Afternoon start times or vice versa.   

For more detailed team information please see: 2017: Team Registration and Start Times. 

VIP SPECTATOR PACKAGE AND SPECTATORS: Bring your friends and family. (Your biggest fans)

Bring your friends and family to the race to watch you conquer obstacles, dominate the finish line and receive your medal!

Racers, your fans will motivate you over the wall and past the finish line. You wouldn’t believe how far a cheering section will go when you’re exhausted. Your fans will also enjoy music, raffles, entertainment, and festival challenges. 

Most importantly, fans will receive a front row seat to watch racers from a safe, comfortable, and relatively mud-less (no promises) Spartan Race festival ground area! And, when it’s over, they receive muddy hugs from thrilled Spartan athletes. After all, what’s a sport without fans?

VIP Spectator Package: $40, which will include:
An awesome Spartan t-shirt- waiting just for you!
You won’t have to worry about waiting in lines at merchandise or worrying they’ve sold out!
Lunch provided on the day(s) you’re spectating, which will allow you to choose between many vendors, to accommodate most dietary needs.

Regular entry into the venue will be complimentary.   

For detailed spectator information, please see: The Spartan Race Spectator Guide.


This year we're happy to announce that the Squaw Valley Funitel is up and running again! The Funitel transports passengers from the Village to Gold Coast at the top of the mountain where you can enjoy refreshments at The Arc, and enjoy easy access to more than 10 Obstacles at the top of the mountain, and spectacular panoramic views. To purchase your Funitel tickets in advance, please click here. Make sure you select the correct ticket type (Adult or Child) as well as the correct day(s) that you would like to enjoy access (Saturday, September 30th; Sunday, October 1st).


Squaw Valley | 1960 Squaw Valley Rd. Olympic Valley, CA 96146


Get Directions Get Directions

Event parking is free and located at Squaw Valley Resort, 1960 Squaw Valley Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146


Participant, Spectator, Volunteer, and Kids Waiver

 World Championship Race Day Program

Ultra Beast and Beast Course Closing and Cut-offs

Course Closing: The course closes at 10:30pm. Any racers still on the course at this time are subject to being removed.

Headlamp Cut-Off: Headlamps could be checked as early as 2:30pm at the approximate 9 mile mark. Addition checkpoints will exist starting at 4pm at other locations along the course. Bring a headlamp!

PRE-RACE PACKET PICKUP (Saturday Beast Racers Only)

There will be a pre-race packet pickup on Friday, September 29th from 11am-4pm at the venue.  Show up with your bib number, ID, and waivers to pick up your packet.



7:30am Elite Men's Prize Money Heat (Must qualify)
7:45am Elite Women's Prize Money Heat (Must qualify)
7:55am Elite Start Time (no prize money)
8:00am - 8:45am Competitive Start Times
9:00am - 11:00am Morning Start Times
11:15am - 2:00pm Afternoon Start Times

8:00am Elite Men and Women
8:15am - 8:30am Competitive Start Times
8:45am - 10:30am Morning Start Times

Waves of 250+ racers will be released every 15 minutes.

YOUR exact start time in the group you registered for will be posted under the Race Day tab approximately 10 days prior to the events date.


Badass Beast Finishers Medal (personalize it with our partner site, iTab)
A trifecta medal wedge piece (run a Super and Sprint to collect your remaining two pieces!)
Free beer courtesy of Shock Top
Beast Finisher t-shirt (your other one should be pretty dirty)
Free Professional Photos (to frame and flaunt)
Bananas at the finish line
Cold can of FitAID
Bragging rights

ARRIVAL: Be early.

Arrive an hour and a half before your start time. This gives you plenty of time to park, pick up your packet, drop your stuff at bag check, and get warmed up.
Registration opens at 5:30am.


Your ID
Your bib #
Towel & extra (dry) clothes
Recommended: Headlamp and Camelback

What not to bring:
Outside food and drink (racers, fuel for the race is OK)
Your pets
Negative Attitude


There’s no dress code, but you’ll be running in mud and water, climbing hills and mountains, under barbed wire and jumping fire.

Our elites recommend: performance gear (NOT COTTON), water packs, compression underwear, Clif bars and energy gel. Visit to gear up for your race. 

Advice from experience: is to race in what you train in - new shoes on race day are NOT recommended. 


Professional event day photos will be posted on the event page 5-7 days after the event, FREE OF CHARGE! We’ll email you when your photos are ready!


Unexpected things come up in life. We understand that so we try our best to accommodate date and/or time transfers, whenever possible. For more information on how to change your:
Start Time: How do I change my Start Time?
Race Day: Can I transfer to another Spartan Race?


More questions? Visit our FAQ page.