What is Spartan Race?
Simply, Spartan Race is the world’s leading obstacle race series. It’s an event of pure primitive craziness that you’ll never forget! Spartan Race has:
• Different distances for different levels and styles or racing.
• A unique culture and community of athletes striving together to overcome any and everything
What are Spartan Junior Races?
In Eastern Canada every Spartan Sprint and Spartan Super hosts a Spartan Junior Race event. The SJR offers three levels of difficulty based on age: 5-7 years (.75+km, 7 obstacles), 8-10 years (1.25+km, 9 obstacles) and 11-13 years (2+km, 12 obstacles). Please note that children 4 years of age may participate in the 5-7 category, but their parent must accompany them. Only children in the specified age category race together. The course for Junior racers 11-13 years old is designed to help them develop and test their skills in preparation for transitioning to a Spartan Sprint when they reach the age of 14 years.
First heat is at 10:30AM and last heat is at 2PM. Discounted registration is available online. Standard registration fees apply for onsite registration on day of race.
In Western Canada every Spartan Sprint has a Spartan Junior race is for kids ages 5-10. These are a much tamer version of our adult race – roughly 0.5 miles of small obstacles. The race kicks off between 12pm and 1pm on race day. All registration proceeds go to charity.
How do I register for a Canadian Spartan Race?
Click on the Canadian event you are interested in on the main Spartanrace.com website. You will be directed to the Canadian Events page. Scroll down to the even you would like to register for and click the red REGISTER or yellow PRE-REGISTER text next to that event to begin the registration process.
What do I get with my entry?
• Event Race Shirt (if you finish)
• Chip Timing and individual race time
• Awesome Finisher Medal
• Post Race Party – music, food to purchase, and beer*!
• Bragging rights
*Beer where applicable and following all drinking age laws. See events page for details.
How do I get bib numbers, race waivers, the athlete guide, packet pickup info for my race?
As your race gets closer, we will email you all required pre-race information.
I have questions about my race, should I contact the venue?
Please DO NOT CALL the venue with questions about Spartan events. They will not have any answers. Please send all race-related questions via our Contact Page.
There is no race in my area, how do I demand it?
Visit it our officialand find your location on the map and Demand It! Let us know. If the votes and demand are high enough, then we just might come to your area!
What kinds of obstacles are at a Spartan Race? Where can I find a course map?
We do not have course maps. Each Spartan Race strives to surprise the athlete. Preparation for the unknown is a must. There are some staple obstacles in our repertoire. There are also some venue-specific and terrain-inspired obstacles. We will not, however, spell it out for you. There is fire, mud, water, barbed wire, and occasionally Hell on Earth. There WILL be obstacles to catch you off guard. Curve balls, so to speak. Get over it.
What is the Spartan Trifecta? How can I earn my Spartan Trifecta status?
A member of the Spartan Trifecta Tribe finishes one of each Spartan distance -, , - in a calendar year anywhere in the world. In doing so, they get added to the coveted Spartan for all to see and aspire to.
Am I tough enough for the Ultra Beast?
Probably not, but if you know someone that is tough, send them to this page:
How do I learn more about obstacle racing?
With our FREE eBook, You'll Know at the Finish Line, written by Spartan Race founders Joe Desena and Andy Weinberg. They present a thrilling alternative to mundane, sedentary life in the form of a sport that anyone - yes, anyone - can do. They outline the Spartan training philosophy, inspired by the courage and discipline of the Ancient Spartiates and dedicated to functional exercise, which requires neither equipment nor gym membership - just a body, a will, and the great outdoors.
PRIZES & DISCOUNTS
What are the World Championships?
Check back later for 2014 details.
How do I get a deal on registration?
There are a number of ways of doing this. 1) Form a team and build it up! The larger the team, the larger discount you will receive. 2) Consider buying a 2014 Season Pass. 3) Watch for Canadian promotions on our website, Facebook, Twitter or within our WOD or Newsletter signups.
Is there Team pricing?
YES! Eastern Canada :There is a $5 discount per person for teams of 4 or more people and a $7.50 - $10 discount for teams of 10 or more, depending on the race type. Western Canada : There is a 20% discount for Teams of 10 or more.
What is a Season Pass?
A Season Pass allows you to race any and all races in your region at greatly reduced price. You will automatically be entered into all races for the region (East coast or West coast) for that year.
Do I get a discount for being a member of the military or a student?
Eastern Canada : You’ll receive a 10% discount on your registration fees. Contact us to get your discount promo code prior to registering online. Be sure to bring your military or student ID with you when you check-in on race day.
Western Canada : You’ll receive $10 off registration as long as you show us your military/student ID at registration time. Just email us through the contact page and we will email you your discount code.
How do I dominate a Spartan Race and claim my free entry?
If you place in the top 3 as a male or female for any competitive wave, you will receive a free entry into the next level race. E.g. If you win a Spartan Sprint, you will receive a free race entry for the Super Spartan of your choice.
Eastern Canada: You will receive a voucher at the awards ceremony on the day you race.
Western Canada: Winners will be contacted via email the week after their race with instructions on how to collect their race voucher.
Can I volunteer at a Spartan Race?
Yes, go to the respective race event page you want to volunteer at and fill out the questionnaire link. We need as many volunteers as possible on race day. It's a fun way to meet like-minded people and spend a day behind the scenes of a Spartan Race!
Eastern Canada : We’ll provide you with a volunteer t-shirt, bagged lunch and water. At the end of your volunteer shift we’ll say “thank you” by offering you the choice of a free race entry for use at another race or a $40 Spartan merchandise voucher.
Western Canada: We’ll provide you with a volunteer t-shirt, food and drink and a free entry into another Spartan race.
How can I find out more about the Street Team?
Go to the race event page for the race you want to volunteer at and contact the listed Street Team leader. Street Team members are our ambassadors and we have over 5,000 of them around the world. The more you spread the Spartan word and the more sign ups you get, the more rewards you will receive. Rewards take the form of merchandise, free- entry tickets and more.
I am experiencing issues/problems with the online registration process.
Try opening the web page in a different browser and ensure that your browser has cookies enabled.
Can I register by mail or phone?
No, all registrations must be completed online.
I want to race on Sunday, but only Saturday is open to register.
Saturday's race registration is opened up before we add Sundays. If you click the Sunday registration link and only see Saturday, we have not reached a full enough amount for Saturday to justify opening the Sunday race. Check back and watch the "percent full" icon under the Saturday race as the fuller the Saturday race gets the greater likelihood we will open Sunday.
What is the wave start time system?
Waves of 250 athletes will be released every 30 minutes. Race against the best and join the Elite Heat. This is the first heat of the day - 8am at Western Canadian races and 9AM at Eastern Canadian races. Standard heats start 30 minutes later and occur every 30 minutes throughout the day. Check individual race pages for specific details on number of heats and final heat start time for each event. Make sure you register early to be guaranteed a time slot in your preferred heat, if it does not show as available then it has sold out.
How much does it cost to participate in a Spartan Race?
The prices of each event are listed in a pricing table on the specific race event page. The prices vary based on the type of race you're doing - Sprint, Super, Beast - and by when you sign up. Prices listed on the various event pages are per person, not per team. However, the more people that join your team, the larger the discount you receive!
Are prices listed per person or per team?
Prices listed on the various event pages are per person, not per team. However, the more people that join your team, the larger the discount you receive at registration.
Eastern Canada: There are additional discounts available for individual teams with more than 25 racers.
I want to race on Saturday or join a heat that is sold out.
Sold out heats are not open to additional registrants. Heats and race days have a firm participant limit to insure the racers’ safety and enjoyment of the events. Register early to insure your spot!
I found a discount code after I registered, can I still use it?
Unfortunately, it is not possible to retroactively apply a discount to an existing registration.
Can I change Heats?
Yes, please log into your profile, select “My Race”, select the event you wish to adjust and then change your heat there. Please note only heats with available places remaining will be available for you to change to. Our registration system allows you to make the changes that you want yourself.
Do I have to pay an insurance fee?
All ticket pricing include insurance coverage.
Do you offer refunds?
Unfortunately, we do not offer refunds, regardless of circumstances.
Eastern Canada: You can transfer to a race the following year or transfer your ticket to a friend. This MUST be done 14 days prior to the scheduled race date. No exceptions.
Western Canada: No transfers are available.
Is there an age limit or minimum age to participate?
Yes. The minimum age to race a full Spartan Race is 14, the maximum age is 99.
How do I register my child for a Junior Spartan Race?
You can register online, or on race day at the venue. Please check individual race pages for pricing.
If you plan to register at the venue, watch for signs when you arrive that direct you to Junior Spartan registration.
Every Junior racer must be accompanied by an adult at all times while onsite.
Eastern Canada : First heat is at 10:30AM. There are three age categories for races: 4-7 years old, 8-10 years old and 11-13 years old. Age categories start at different times – start times are posted online for each event. 4 year olds must have a parent/guardian follow alongside them during the race.
Every racer who competes receives a T-shirt and medal. There is an additional $5 charge per racer for tickets purchased on race day at the venue.
Every Junior racer must be accompanied by a parent/legal guardian who has photo ID. EACH racer must present an individual waiver, that has been completed and signed by their parent/legal guardian, in order to check-in for a race.
It is recommended that you arrive 1 hour before the heat start time.
Western Canada : Junior races begin around 12PM. Your start time will be confirmed when you check-in onsite. Registration closes at 11:50AM so please be sure to arrive early so you have sufficient time to complete the registration process.
Western Canada Junior Races are for youths 5-10 years of age.
I have lost my confirmation email, can I get another one?
You do not need your confirmation email for onsite check-in. Instead, use your registration user name and password to log into your profile, then go through the online check-in and print your race pass. Bring this document with you on race day along with your photo ID. If you require a copy of your email confirmation please contact customer service for assistance.
I can’t find my team?
Please contact the manager of your team to confirm the team name, race date and heat time. The team captain can make most changes for racers they registered and paid for. If your team captain cannot assist you then contact customer service regarding any changes that need to be made. Please note, we do not offer refunds.
Eastern Canada: Team members may transfer out of the team to another heat or race date as long as it does not cause the team to fall below the required number of racers for the discounted team rate. Transfers area allowed up to 14 days before the event.
Western Canada: Transfers are not allowed.
Can I transfer to another Spartan Race or transfer my place to another person?
Eastern Canada: Transfers are allowed up to 14 days before the event. Log into your profile and select the event you wish to alter. Choose the “change event” option and select from the list of available events. The list will reflect all similar type events that are not sold out. You will not be allowed to change an event once the deadline has passed.
Can I edit my Participant Information?
Yes, you can edit almost all aspects of your participant information. Please log into your profile and make your changes there.
Is there a deadline for race registration, and how do I see if there is room left?
Yes. Each events specific race page & it's corresponding registration page lists when registration for that event will close. However, most all of our events sell out before that close date, so it is important to register as early as possible. Each race page has a "Percent Full" icon, so watch that. Prices also increase as the day of the event approaches.
Are there Team discounts?
YES! There is a $5 discount per person of teams of 4 or more people and a discount of $10 for teams of 10 or more people for Eastern Canada races. Teams of 10 or more registering for Western Canadian races will receive a 20% discount.
Can we add people to our team after initial registration?
Yes, please contact the team manager (the person who set up the team in the original booking). They can add, add people to the team. They can also edit the members of the team that they paid for.
Can team members start at different times?
Yes, but this may vary from event to event.
Can I switch my registration from individual to a team that already exists?
If you have registered as an individual and you wish to create a team then you can do this yourself. Log into your profile (follow the link that was sent to you at registration), select the event and select the option to “Create a team”. If you wish to join an existing team, please send an email to the appropriate customer service email and quote your ID number and the team name you wish to join.
How can I manage my team and invite others?
Log into your profile (follow the link that was sent to you at registration), select the event and select the option to “Manage my team”. You can amend and invite your team member from there.
A couple other racers and I registered as individuals and now want to combine into a tam, can we do this?
One of you should create a team and then email customer services with the other participant IDs that wish to join that team. Please follow instructions above in “Can I switch my registration form individual to a team that already exists?”
How do I join or create a team? Does one person pay for everyone or can every racer pay individually?
If you're the first member of your team to register, please go to the races event page and select the REGISTER link next to the event you are interested in. You will be asked to select the number of people in your group and then if you wish to run as a team (you will get a team time as well as an individual time) or whether you simply wish to run as a group of individuals, but benefit from the group discount. As the creator of a team or group, you have the choice of paying for the members or not. If you choose to pay for them, you will always have control of this booking and can choose to amend the booking or gift it to other people. If you choose to not pay for a member, they will be sent an email with a link for them to follow and make their own booking. They will still be a member of your group with the same discount, but they will have control of this booking. IMPORTANT: The team captain is responsible for insuring that the proper number of racers sign up to qualify for the team discount rate that is applied at registration. If for some reason a team does not reach the required number of racers specified for the discount, the difference in rates will be charged back to the captain.
If Saturday is sold out can teammates still sign up for Sunday and race with the team?
Please contact customer services, and see if they are able to accommodate you, it is not always possible.
Where can I purchase Spartan merchandise online?
A small selection of merchandise is available through our online registration system for Western Canada. Simply add items to our shopping cart – just as you add a race ticket. You can then collect your purchases on race day. This is not available for Eastern Canada races. A comprehensive line of merchandise is available for purchase in the Merch tent on race day.
Can I get a refund or exchange clothing purchased at a race?
All sales at races are final, no exceptions.
PRE-RACE PACKET PICK-UP
Can I pick up my race packet on race day?
Western Canada race packets can be picked up on race day. Please make sure you arrive at least one hour before your scheduled heat time.
Eastern Canada does not issue race packets. Please arrive 1.5 hours before your scheduled heat time to check-in and receive your race chip and headband. Be sure to bring you printed Race Pass and photo ID.
What do I receive prior to race day? What is a pre-race packet pick up and should I go?
You will receive a confirmation email once your registration is complete, as well as important email updates with all race day information a few days prior to your event. If pre-race packet pick ups are available, relevant location and times will be communicated to you.
What time do I arrive on race day & what should I bring?
Eastern Canada : Arrive 1.5 hours before your scheduled heat time to insure sufficient time for parking, check-in and bag drop.
Western Canada : Arrive 1 hour before your scheduled heat time.
VERY IMPORTANT: Complete your online check-in then print and sign your Race Pass / Waiver. EVERY racer MUST present a completed and signed liability waiver and valid photo identification that matches the name on the waiver. This is a legal requirement. NO WAIVER or NO ID? NO RACE – no exceptions. We’ve worked hard to bring you a KICK#%& race – don’t miss out by leaving your ID at home or in the car!! We will have blank waivers available onsite, but remember that this will slow down not only YOUR check-in process, but the check-in process for people who are behind you in line.
We recommend shoes, lightweight apparel, and a camelback for longer events. We also recommend a towel and a plastic bag or two for your muddy clothes post-race. Forgot to bring a change of clothes? Don’t worry! We’ve got plenty of Spartan gear available at our merchandise tent.
What should I wear?
• Tutus, short shorts or Super Hero tights.
• Rabbit ears, Spartan capes, or a tiara.
• Marathon gear, triathlon gear, or spelunking gear.
• You’re choice really. Depends on how fast you want to go?
We strongly recommend trail running shoes or sneakers. Running in bare feet is discouraged due to terrain.
What about the weather?
Generally speaking, we race rain or shine, heat or snow. For us to not have a race, it must be a severe act of God such as a hurricane, forest fire, flood, blizzard, etc.. So, if you get up and it is pouring rain, we are racing. If it is snowing a bit, we are racing. If it is hot, we are racing. If it is cold, we are racing. IF for some reason we must cancel an event due to uncontrollable weather conditions, like the hurricanes in 2011, emails will go out and announcements will clearly be made here on the site and via social networking channels.
Where can I find medical help?
There will be numerous volunteer paramedics and EMS personnel at every event. If you get injured, we will radio them immediately for help. If you find someone injured on the course, do not attempt to move them, find the nearest Marshall and alert them and they will radio for medical attention.
Is there a time limit for each event?
There is no time limit!! Sign up, show up and DO NOT give up! We’ll be there to help you celebrate when you cross the finish line!
What if there is a water obstacle and I can’t swim?
Some of our events will have water elements. Most of them will be in water that you can walk in if you can’t swim. If there are water obstacles that require swimming, tell a Spartan official if you cannot swim and you can skip the obstacle and instead complete a set of burpees.
Can I bring my dog?
We love pets – but they are not allowed at any of our venues. Please DO NOT bring any pets (cats, dogs, birds, snakes, etc.) onsite or leave them unattended in your vehicle or tethered in the parking area.
Are water and aid stations on the course?
We have water and aid stations on every course. During a three mile Sprint course we may only have one aid station halfway through. During longer races like a Super or Beast we will provide up to 4 aid stations. We do not provide gels or food, so bring some with you. Make sure to hydrate as much as you can the night before the race. You can also bring a camelbacks or water bottles. If you think you might need it, bring it.
Are spectators allowed, do they pay for admission and can they roam the course?
We welcome spectators!! Most Canadian venues charge $15 per spectator, but spectators 13 and under are free. Please check individual race pages for details. Each registered Junior Racer may have one parent/guardian accompany them onsite at no charge.
Spectator admission fees are collected onsite on the day of the race. Please bring cash as credit card/ATM services may be limited. Eastern Canada spectators receive a $5 merchandise voucher that can be used to purchase Spartan Gear at the onsite Merchandise Trailer.
All spectators have access to the village area where there is music, vendors, activities and viewing locations for several obstacles that allow you to get up close and personal with the Spartan Warriors! Find a position near the Gladiator Pit to snap photos of your racer as he/she takes on the Gladiator challenge before crossing the Finish Line. You are guaranteed to see lots of smiles and get a MUDDY victory hug if you hang out in this area!!
Most of the Ski Mountain venues provide Ski Lift access that offers aerial views of different obstacles along the course. Access restrictions can vary from course to course and are established to insure both spectator and racer safety. Please adhere to the posted restrictions.
Wishing you had signed up to race? Not a problem. You can register onsite for a same day (if space is available - must have ID) or future race. Not quite ready? Don’t worry, we’ll help you prepare – check out our FREE online .
What is a hurricane heat?
The Hurricane Heat (a.k.a. HH) is a special Spartan Fun Run opportunity with Spartan Founders that we offer at some of our events throughout the season. The Hurricane Heat gives runners the chance to meet and run with the Founders and staff of Spartan Race in a unique and memorable way. Held sometimes early Saturday morning or Friday night (Head lamps and glow sticks required!) it will take you through the course in groups with the goal of just finishing the course. No chips, no clock, just a fun run Spartan-style that represents what our company and our athletes are about: Getting up when you’re knocked down and finishing what you start.
Not currently available in Canada.
Can I skip an obstacle? Is there a penality?
Spartans don’t SKIP obstacles, we overcome them! We strongly discourage skipping an obstacle if you have not made a solid attempt to conquer it. Overcoming obstacles is what obstacle racing is all about and we don’t want you to miss out on that experience. We suggest you take your time and complete the obstacle, but if you really can’t – no worries! Just drop and give us 30 burpees before moving on. This is the penalty for ALL skipped obstacles. That could be a LOT of burpees!!
What should I do when I arrive on race day?
Once you arrive on-site:
1) Look for REGISTRATION signs near the entrance to the festival area.
2) Show your signed waiver document and photo ID to the staff at the area leading up to the check-in zone.
3) Proceed to the check-in station specified by the staff member.
4) Present your waiver and photo ID to the check-in staff. They will assign you a headband/bib number, activate your racing chip and direct you to Prep Area.
5) Proceed to the Prep Area to:
a. attach your chip to your shoe with provided zip ties (the chip must be on your shoe to be activated at the start line – if it is in your pocket, you will not get a time)
b. pin your bib to your shirt front with provided safety pins OR position your headband on your head with numbers facing forward
c. get your race number marked on your arms/legs/back (optional)
6) Proceed to the bag drop location if you would like to check your bag for safe-keeping. Limit one bag per racer. Check individual race page for fees.
7) Now you are ready to race!! Make your way to the festival area and locate the START line. You should arrive at the START line at least 10 minutes before your heat is scheduled to leave. ENJOY YOUR RACE – AROO!!
What if I lost my timing chip?
Replacement chips will be charged for at $25/chip in Western Canada. So be careful, when you collect them at pre-race pick up. Eastern Canada chips are only distributed at registration, so there is less chance of loss or damage.
Are there awards and prizes for top finishers?
The top 3 male and female ELITE racers receive a plaque at each race, photo opportunities and prizes. Cash awards and prizes vary from race to race. However, every winner will receive a free entry into the next level race. E.g. If you win a Spartan Sprint, you will receive a free race entry for the Super Spartan of your choice. The week after each race, the winners will be contacted via email with instructions on how to redeem the voucher
How do I dominate a Spartan Race and claim my free entry?
If you place in the top 3 as a male or female for any competitive wave, you will receive a free entry into the next level race. E.g. If you win a Spartan Sprint, you will receive a free race entry for the Super Spartan of your choice. The week after each race, the winners will be contacted via email with instructions on how to redeem the voucher.
Where can I find results and photos of my race?
As soon as they are available after the race weekend, you will find the results under RESULTS & RANKINGS and photos and videos under the specific event pages and they will be emailed to you after the race.
How are points and rankings calculated?
With every race, add more points to your annual ranking score. The season started after the last year’s Championships on 22. September 2012 and continues to this year’s World Championship Spartan Beast, 21-22 September 2013, in Killington, Vermont.
The more difficult a race, the more points you earn. Run with the best in an elite heat and qualify for potential prizes. Total points possible with both Elite Heats and Open/Regular Heats is 300 – so each race loss or win critically important. Each competitor’s point score will be based on his/her performance against the winner’s time in his/her age group and the following overall measures.
Points attributed to each respective race performance are then attributed based on race difficulty: Beast – 100 percent; Super – 98 percent; and Sprint – 96 percent. In addition, bonus points will be awarded for podium placement in Championship Races.
What is Spartan Race iTab?
You can show off your Spartan Race Finisher's medal with a custom-made iTab insert. Personalize your medals with your finishing time or anything that is unique to your race and the journey you took to get there. To purchase your very own ITab, click. Each iTab costs $10 and will be sent to you in the mail. When you receive it, simple remove the protective sticker from the insert and place it into the rectangular slot on the back of your medal!
Register today to become a Spartan citizen and receive:
- Daily Spartan Workout of the Day
- Discounts on upcoming races
- Nutrition advice, and more!