Spartan Debuts 2021 Trail Races, Including Bay Area Event
12 Jan, 2021
Spartan, billed as ‘the world’s leading endurance sports and wellness brand’, has stepped up its trail running offering amidst a complicated year. Having cancelled its inaugural series season as a result of the global pandemic, the Spartan Trail World Championship kicks-off in 2021 with ‘some of the most prestigious races in the world.’
The reloaded series features new events and a new format, reaching the world’s trail running community…
‘The World Championship has 10 stops around the world, across four continents, which give points for a final leaderboard, split into two categories: ‘Trail Run Championship’ (up to 49k distances) and ‘Trail Ultra Championship’ (50k or more distances).’
Elite runners will battle at each stop for an ‘unprecedented prize purse’, and collect points towards the series leaderboard prize purse. Age group runners will battle for prizes at each stop and for a final bundle at the end of the championship.
Each stop is categorized by three different labels, which separate from each other by the amount of points and prize money they give, based on events hierarchy and antiquity: Crown Label; Blue Label; and Green Label.
‘The 2021 Spartan Trail World Championship race schedule includes some of the best trail festivals in the world, and younger races that will be elevated by the Spartan brand and their fellow World Championship partners.’
“In 2019, we saw the inaugural Spartan Trail season bring some of the best runners in the world to our courses alongside intermediate runners and newcomers to the sport,” said Spartan Founder and CEO Joe De Sena.
“After being side-lined in 2020, we can’t wait to comeback bigger than ever with some of the most prestigious trail running events on the new Spartan Trail World Championship. We are all about transforming lives through sport, and helping to grow not only the Spartan and Spartan Trail brands, but the sport of trail running is wholly important to our mission.”
Mariano Alvarez, CEO of Spartan Trail, added: “Spartan Trail World Championship is the perfect motivation to leave behind a year that kept us away from the sport we love the most. Ten absolutely challenging races, in wonderful places, shaping a Championship with options for both elite and amateur runners.
“An inaugural season that will travel throughout the year from America to Europe, Asia and Oceania and a growth plan to reach the whole world in the upcoming years.”
Spartan’s long-term plan for the growth of its trail running brand, features expansion outside of the World Championship, with regular season races around the world.
With safety being Spartan’s number one priority, the event brand noted that it may implement modified operating procedures to maximize the safety of racers, spectators and all event personnel. Spartan will continue to follow WHO safety guidelines and work closely with local officials and safety advisors – which could result in alterations to events on a case-by-case basis.