Spartan Championship Retools Rules, Location, for 2015 Event
23 Dec, 2014
Looks like the Spartan Race is taking a page from the Ironman’s book.
In 2015, the Spartan Race will host its world championship in Squaw Valley. And according to Obstacle Racing Media, big changes are afoot:
Spartan Race is making major changes for their 2015 Spartan World Championship. Rather than a “sign-up and show-up” process that has existed since their first Championship Race in 2011, the event will take on a new format for 2015. Much like the IRONMAN World Championship, obstacle racers must now qualify in order to be eligible to compete in the elite heat for the Saturday morning race. There will only be 600 spots available for 300 men and 300 women for this championship heat.
According to the article, the change in venue is also expected to shake things up:
The other big (and largely speculated upon) detail is the date and venue of this event. Spartan has done an incredible job of creating a championship event the last 3 years in September in Killington, Vermont. As the next town over from the birthplace of Spartan, it was a logical location with terrain unlike any other obstacle race. Many racers, elite and otherwise, have come to fear it, sometimes gearing their whole year of training around it. The mountains of Vermont have seemingly grown each year as the legend builds with how tough this race will be.
While Killington will still put on a Beast and UltraBeast, this year’s Spartan World Championship will take place in Squaw Valley, California, near Lake Tahoe on October 3 and 4, 2015. Time will tell if the hype and the race can live up to previous years at this new location.
Read the full article here.