Spartan Trail World Championship Rules & FAQ

The Spartan Trail World Championship (STWC) features some of the best trail running events in the world, creating a world-class, global concept of trail running competition. It will include options for both long distance and short distance runners.

  1. What is the Spartan Trail World Championship?
  2. What are the Spartan Trail World Championship Events (Halo Events)?
  3. What Championship categories are available?
  4. What Events Are Part Of The Championship?
  5. Elite Runners
  6. Doping Policy
  7. How does the points system work?
    1. Points Calculation
    2. Leaderboard Scoring Races
    3. Tie Rules
  8. Prize Money & Awards
  9. Spartan Trail World Championship Passes
  10. Other Details

What is the Spartan Trail World Championship?

The Spartan Trail World Championship (STWC) is a global championship with multiple stops around the world. Each World Championship race will feature multiple distances. Elite runners will compete for prize money at each event with points on the leaderboard for the final prize purse payout.

What are the Spartan Trail World Championship Events (Halo Events)?

They’re premier events around the globe offering points for the championship leaderboards and increased prize money for the top finishers in the Elite category. For Season 2, there will be 9 championship races. Each race will feature a Trail Ultra Championship distance and a Trail Run Championship distance.

What Championship categories are available?

There will be two separate championships held side by side, with a distance for each championship at every event, a Trail Ultra Championship (50k and more) and a Trail Run Championship (up to 49k). A Spartan Trail World Championship season does not stay within a calendar year, Season 2 will begin in February 2022 and end in February 2023.

What Events Are Part Of The Championship?

1. Transgrancanaria (Canary Islands / Europe)

  • March 3-6, 2022
  • Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
  • Trail Ultra Championship distance: 126K
  • Trail Run Championship distance: 43K

2. Patagonia Run (Patagonia / South America) 

  • April 7-9, 2022
  • San Martín de los Andes, Neuquén, Argentina
  • Trail Ultra Championship distance: 100 Miles
  • Trail Run Championship distance: 42K

3. Brisbane Trail Ultra (Australia / Oceania)

  • July 8-10, 2022
  • Brisbane, Australia
  • Trail Ultra Championship distance: 100 Miles
  • Trail Run Championship distance: 30K

4. Fjällmaraton (Sweden / Europe)

  • July 30 – August 6, 2022
  • Äre, Sweden
  • Trail Ultra Championship distance: 100K
  • Trail Run Championship distance: 45K

5. Skyline Scotland (The Fells / Europe)

  • September 17-18, 2022
  • Kinlochleven, Scotland
  • Trail Ultra Championship distance: TBA
  • Trail Run Championship distance: TBA

6. Salomon Ultra Pirineu (Pyrenees / Europe)

  • September 30 – October 2, 2022
  • Bagà, Catalunya, Spain
  • Trail Ultra Championship distance: 100K
  • Trail Run Championship distance: 42K

7. Borneo Trail Classic (Asia Pacific / Asia)

  • Oct 15-16, 2022
  • Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia
  • Trail Ultra Championship distance: 100K
  • Trail Run Championship distance: 50K

8. Golden Gate Trail Classic (Golden Gate / North America)

  • TBA, November 2022
  • San Francisco, California, USA
  • Trail Ultra Championship distance: TBA
  • Trail Run Championship distance: TBA

9. Aconcagua Ultra Trail (The High Andes / South America)

  • February 2023 (TBA)
  • Mendoza, Argentina
  • Trail Ultra Championship distance: TBA
  • Trail Run Championship distance: TBA

Elite Runners

STWC events won’t have a special elite category. Top 5 overall for each category distance will be awarded with prize money. You don’t need to apply or do any special extra step to participate for awards or prize money.

We have a limited amount of slots available for elite runners on all our halo events. To be eligible for those slots, especially for races that are sold out, you need to contact us up to one month before race date. After that period of time, we can’t guarantee entry to the race if it is already sold out.

Reach us at trail@spartan.com to be eligible of our Elite slots on Spartan Trail World Championship stop.

Doping Policy

We’re reviewing proposals and alternatives for the application of doping controls on Season 2 of the Spartan Trail World Championship. They will be communicated as soon as it’s decided.

How does the points system work?

Two separate points leaderboards will be tracked, a Trail Ultra Championship Leaderboard, and a Trail Run Championship Leaderboard. Points are not combined between the two leaderboards.

  • Trail Ultra Championship Leaderboard – Only Trail Ultra Championship distances will be counted. 
  • Trail Run Championship Leaderboard – Trail Run Championship Race distances will be counted. 

Points are assigned based on an athlete’s final place and their gender, within their specified STWC category. Each stop will have a top score of 1000 points.

Points calculation

Points are calculated using the following formula:

1st Place Gender/Championship Finishers Time (Minutes)/Your Finish Time (Minutes) x 1000 = Total Points Score

Example:

  • 1st Place Gender/Championship Time – 60:00 Minutes
  • Your Time – 72:00 Minutes
  • 60/72 x 1000 = 833 Points

Bonus per position

To reduce the possibility of ties, we will add bonus points for the top 5 finishers the following way:

  1. 100 Points
  2. 70 Points
  3. 50 Points
  4. 30 Points
  5. 15 Points

Leaderboard scoring races

A runner can participate in as many races as wanted, but the four best results will be counted. There will be a minimum of two races to enter the Final Leaderboard, each athlete will be able to create its own strategy to score more points towards the end of the season.

Tie Rules

  • If there’s a tie at the final leaderboard in any podium / prize position:
    • For Elite Athletes, awards will be unified and will be distributed equally as a tie for each athlete.
  • If there’s an athlete that has the same amount of points in fewer races, it’ll be considered as the winner towards the tier with more races.

Prize Money & Awards

STWC Events

Trail Ultra

Trail Run

Male

Female

Male

Female

1

$2,500.00

$2,500.00

$2,300.00

$2,300.00

2

$2,000.00

$2,000.00

$1,500.00

$1,500.00

3

$1,000.00

$1,000.00

$800.00

$800.00

4

$800.00

$800.00

$600.00

$600.00

5

$600.00

$600.00

$400.00

$400.00

TOTAL

$6,900.00

$6,900.00

$5,600.00

$5,600.00

TOTAL: $25,000


STWC Season 2 Final Leaderboard

Trail Ultra

Trail Run

Male

Female

Male

Female

1

$3,500.00

$3,500.00

$3,000.00

$3,000.00

2

$3,000.00

$3,000.00

$2,500.00

$2,500.00

3

$2,000.00

$2,000.00

$1,500.00

$1,500.00

4

$1,500.00

$1,500.00

$1,200.00

$1,200.00

5

$1,000.00

$1,000.00

$800.00

$800.00

TOTAL

$11,000.00

$11,000.00

$9,000.00

$9,000.00

TOTAL: $40,000

All values shown in US Dollars

Spartan Trail World Championship Passes

The STWC passes are still not available, and will be updated as soon as they are. Stay tuned!

Other Details

  • All registrations will be made through the individual race organizer’s website. For questions/concerns about registrations or specific event questions, please contact the individual race organizer.
  • Each race organizer is responsible for setting their own rules regarding cancellations, refunds, transfers, etc. Championship races cannot be transferred to another Championship race, no exceptions. 

 

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