We dug into the Spartan Zendesk to place collectively these ceaselessly requested questions:
How are Age Teams and Elite Classes Altering in 2024?
In 2024, Spartan Race shall be eradicating the barrier between race classes and debuting a redesigned “Aggressive Class” in any respect normal occasion weekends.*
On this new system, racers will register for Aggressive begin waves based mostly on their anticipated tempo and/or end time. The general podium winners would be the high 3 quickest female and male instances from the Aggressive subject.
All different athletes shall be ranked inside their age group. The highest 3 finishers in every age group will obtain age group podium awards.
Are Age Teams going away?
Age Teams won’t be disappearing in 2024. Athletes racing within the Aggressive class will nonetheless be ranked inside their age teams, together with age group awards.
The highest 3 female and male instances total would be the total podium winners and shall be excluded from Age Group outcomes for that race.
How can I assure a spot on the entrance of the beginning line?
Any racer reaching an total podium end in 2024 – which means the highest 3 female and male instances within the Aggressive class – will obtain a Professional Armband in the course of the podium ceremony. This armband will be proven at subsequent races within the season to realize entry to the entrance of the beginning line.
The Professional Armband can be proof of qualification to the Elite wave at Nationwide Sequence occasions.
Present racers which have achieved a high 3 end within the Elite class in 2023 shall be pre-qualified for a 2024 Professional Band.
Will the race classes be totally different at Nationwide Sequence and Championship Occasions?
All championship occasions – together with Nationwide Sequence, Regionals, and World Championships – will nonetheless have a single Aggressive class; nonetheless, the heats shall be organized barely in a different way from regular occasion weekends.
The primary warmth, referred to as a “professional championship warmth” will encompass all athletes that certified into that championship occasion. These racers shall be launched in a mass begin wave, with the general winner of the championship race decided by the quickest time from the gun begin. Solely racers on this warmth shall be eligible for money prizes and the general podium. Qualifying and racing on this professional championship warmth will exclude racers from Age Group podiums.
Racing within the Professional Championship Heats would require qualification to lock in a assured spot. The present qualification requirements are:
Nationwide Sequence Race – 2024 Professional Band (i.e. Prime 3 total end within the Aggressive class of any ‘24) or a high 10 Elite warmth end in 2023
a high 10 Elite warmth end in 2023 Regional Championship – Prime 20 End at any 2024 Nationwide Sequence race
World Championship – Prime 50 End at a 2024 Regional Championship race
Subsequent Aggressive heats shall be grouped by age brackets, which can represent the Age Group Championships. Racers in these heats won’t be eligible for the championship prize purse, however will nonetheless be ranked inside their age teams and shall be eligible for the Age Group Championship podium. Age Group Championships shall be open to common registration, capability allowing; nonetheless, any racer ending high 3 of their age group at a 2024 occasion shall be granted precedence entry to those heats.
What’s the new Aggressive Class?
The Aggressive Class is the primary race class at Spartan races, starting in 2024. Racers on this class shall be competing for placement on the general leaderboard, podium finishes, and age group awards.
The highest 3 total female and male instances on this class would be the General Winners, with all remaining athletes being ranked inside their age teams. The highest 3 finishers inside every age group will earn age group awards.
Aggressive racers will register for heats based mostly on their anticipated end time and shall be launched in a rolling style.
The opposite major class in 2024 would be the Open class, designed for extra informal racers that wish to check out Spartan Race, with out the overt pressures of racing or rankings.
What kinds of Sequence and championship occasions will there be in 2024?
Beginning in 2024, Spartan are simplifying the construction of our championships to observe a easy progressive hierarchy.
There shall be three tiers of championships:
Nationwide Sequence: A 3-event collection (in most nations), consisting of a Dash, Tremendous, and Beast with a prize purse for the general collection winners
Regional Championships: A single occasion weekend per area with brief and long-format occasions
World Championships: One main World Championship occasion per self-discipline. The 2024 calendar contains championships for 3K, Beast, Extremely, Trifecta, World’s Hardest Mudder, and OCRWC.
Do I’ve to qualify for Sequence & Championship occasions?
To race within the Professional Championship warmth – and contend for the prize purses – at Sequence and Championship occasions, qualification is required. Qualification will be achieved for every degree with the next performances:
Nationwide Sequence Race – 2024 Professional Band (i.e. Prime 3 total end within the Aggressive class) or Prime 10 Elite end in 2023
Prime 10 Elite end in 2023 Regional Championship – Prime 20 End at a Nationwide Sequence race
World Championship – Prime 50 End at a Regional Championship race (3K or Beast)
Registration deadlines might apply for claiming earned spots at these occasions, with unclaimed spots being opened as much as extra athletes.
Registering within the aggressive class, and vying for age group podiums, at Sequence and Championship occasions won’t require qualification right now.
How do the brand new Professional Bands work?
Any racer reaching an total podium end in 2024 – which means the highest 3 total female and male instances within the Aggressive class – will obtain a Professional Band in the course of the podium ceremony. This armband will be proven at subsequent races within the season to realize entry to the entrance of the beginning line for the primary warmth of the day. (A legitimate Aggressive ticket for the occasion continues to be required).
Please be aware that the Professional Band doesn’t represent a special race class; runners with a Professional Armband will nonetheless be competing in opposition to all different Aggressive racers.
The Professional Armband can be proof of qualification to the Professional Championship Warmth at Nationwide Sequence occasions.
Any racer that has achieved a high 3 end in a 2023 Elite race shall be pre-qualified for a 2024 Professional Band.
What occurs in case you already registered as an Elite or Age Group athlete for a 2024 occasion?
If you happen to already registered as an Elite or Age Group athlete for subsequent yr, hold your eyes out for an e-mail from Spartan to assist switch your registration to the suitable Aggressive Warmth. Alternatively, you might contact Buyer Service on to provoke the method.
If you happen to’re an current Elite athlete who has podiumed in 2023, you’ll pre-qualify for a Professional Band to realize entry to the primary warmth of non-Championship occasions.
How do I choose my Tempo Group for a Aggressive warmth?
Each Aggressive race will characteristic 5 totally different tempo teams. Racers are requested to pick the group that most closely fits their anticipated efficiency within the race.
To assist athletes greatest approximate the suitable group for his or her capability degree, Spartan provide three reference factors for every of our major race codecs (Dash, Tremendous, and Beast). These reference factors are:
The quickest end time for that occasion format. For instance, a racer that has run their greatest Spartan Dash in 42 minutes would spherical down and choose Tempo Group 3. Quickest working tempo for a non-OCR occasion at a comparable distance. For instance, a racer that has accomplished a half marathon in 1 hour, 39 minutes would choose Tempo Group 2 for a Beast race. General End place. For instance – a racer anticipating to be aggressive for a high 20 end would choose Tempo Group 2.
The desk under can be utilized to assist choose the suitable Tempo Group in your subsequent Spartan race.