After two years in the wilds of Iceland, Spartan's Ultra World Championships have a new home for 2019. Come the weekend of November 8-10, Sweden's mountain resort of Åre will play host to those spartans brave enough to take on the 24 hour event. Voted one of the World's top 10 ski resorts in 2008 and hosting the Special olympics and World winter games in 2021, you can be sure there will be some incredible terrain for Spartan to play with. Let's just hope they don't go to Ikea for the obstacles or the build may take longer than expected.
“The Spartan Ultra World Championship is the most difficult endurance event on the planet. Åre will feature all the conditions of the course in Iceland with added elevation and the element of the unknown, creating a more challenging event for racers,” said Spartan Founder and CEO Joe De Sena. “We’re going to push athletes further than we ever have before and I can’t wait to watch the action unfold.”
The Ultra World Championship is a lapped event over a 24 hour period with racers competing to complete the highest total distance in the allocated time. To be an official Ultra finisher and recieve the coveted world championship buckle racers will need to complete over 30 miles, there will also be unique swag for those brave enough to tough out the full 24 hours.
There are limited entry spots available for the Elite and Age group categories and those hoping to compete for the prize money will have to qualify for those coveted spots. Racers must finish top 10 in the men’s and women’s Elite categories and top three in their gender for Age groups via one of Spartan’s 18 regular season “Spartan Ultra” events worldwide, and a roll-down system takes effect should spaces remain available.
Open category racers may freely register without prior qualification and can choose to complete the minimum Spartan Ultra distance of 50-km to earn a finisher’s medal. There will also be a one-loop “Spartan Sprint” is open to racers of all skill levels, age 14 and up for anyone who wants to experience the course.
We would love to see Spartan fully embrace their new home, instead of burpees have spartans assembling flat pack in the penalty pits. #Arookea