The 2019 Spartan Race Categories

Every Spartan races for different reasons. For some, it means competing at the highest athletic level, for others it’s a way to get back into shape, others like the social aspect. Regardless of your motivations, we have race category options to ensure you have the best experience possible.

The Elite Category

These athletes are competing to win prize money, test themselves against the best of the best, attract potential sponsors, and rise to the top of the Spartan Race Point Series.
Elite Racers, like all Spartan athletes, commit to flawless sportsmanship and adhere strictly to the race rules and guidelines. Racers who fail to follow these guidelines risk disqualification.
If you have to ask yourself if you are elite, you probably aren’t.

Racing in Elite race category gives you the following opportunities:

  • Winners ranking in the single event- Top3 winners male and female are awarded on race day during the awards ceremony.
  • Elite Championship as part of the France National Series with a prize purse being offered to the Top3 winners in each race of the national series as well as for the overall ranking of the National Series (further information from 2019 France National Series can be found HERE infos about 2019 will follow shortly but the organisation will be the same).
  • Qualification for the European Championship in Elite race category. Further information can be found HERE (infos about 2019 will follow shortly when the annoucement of the venue will be published).
  • Qualification for the World Championship in Elite race category (direct qualification only via Elite category races that are part of the National Series). Further information can be found HERE.

The Age Group Category

The Age Group Category is a series of heats placed immediately after the Elite category. Age Group racers will follow the same rules and standards as the Elite racers.
Age Group heats will be officiated by on-course referees, video review, and feature an Age Group points series with exciting prizes, podium awards, and athlete rankings. Age Group Racers believe they could win or place in a given race when stacked against only the best of the best within their designated age group.

The Age Group categories can be seen here- same categories for both men and women. PLEASE NOTE: all races in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, France, Italy, Spain, Andorra and Greece have a minimum age of 16 years for the Sprint and 18 years for Super, Beast and Ultra. Therefore the age group category 14-17 is only used in Sprint races where there is a Age Group Race offered and it’s limited to 16-17.

How to determine my AG GROUP for all the year long :

Your Age Group is calculated for the entire season based on your Age on the 31st of December, 2019. 
Example: 
Your date of birth is December, 20, 1984. 
You’re racing the Spartan Sprint Munich on April 13th, 2019. Your age on race day is 34. But your age on 31st of December, 2019 will be 35. So you will be racing in Munich in the AG 35-39
Note: your age on race day still determines if you’re allowed to race or not (you have to be 16 for a Sprint, and 18 for Super, Beast or Ultra). 

AG Categories for 2019 :

  • Women 14-17 / Men 14-17 (16-17 for Western Europe Country only)
  • Women 18-24 / Men 18-24
  • Women 25-29 / Men 25-29
  • Women 30-34 / Men 30-34
  • Women 35-39 / Men 35-39 (NEW FOR 2019 !)
  • Women 40-44 / Men 40-44
  • Women 45-49 / Men 45-49
  • Women 50-54 / Men 50-54
  • Women 55-59 / Men 55-59
  • Women 60+ / Men 60+

Racing in Age Group race category gives you the following opportunities:

  • Age Group Ranking in each race with an Age Group race- Top3 winners in each age group are awarded on race day during the awards ceremony.
  • Age Group Championship as part of the France National Series (further information can be found HERE) (infos about 2019 will follow shortly).
  • Qualification for the European Championship in Age Group race category. Further information can be found HERE (infos about 2019 will follow shortly when the annoucement of the venue will be published).
  • Qualification for the World Championship in Age Group race category (direct qualification only via age group category races that are part of the National Series). Further information can be found HERE.

Open Category

The Open category is for everyone, period. Weekend warriors, novice athletes, first-time racers, and teams are all welcome here. The Open category offers the same opportunity as the Competitive and Elite categories to get far outside your comfort zone, test your body’s limits, and experience the awesome rush of the finish line. However, there’s no pressure to push your pace.
Regardless of which category you race in, all finishes will count toward the completion of a TRIFECTA or Spartan DELTA.