Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council

Spartan is raising the bar with the 2020 World Championships hosted by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council: We’re headed outside the U.S. for a Beast in the stunning desert near the city of Abu Dhabi.

December 4th & 5th, 2020 in Abu Dhabi

The 2020 Spartan World Championship will be held in the culturally rich and visually intoxicating Liwa Desert known for its sweeping dunes and vivid sunsets.

Desert, culture, history and adventure are encapsulated in this emirate from Abu Dhabi city's famous Corniche, to the Oasis City of Al Ain, to the massive dunes of Al Dhafra's Empty Quarter.

Soak up and embrace the friendly and noble culture that combines centuries of fascinating history with an incredibly modern and tolerant way of life. The Spartan World Championship festivities will include a myriad of local traditions and flavor, including local fare, cultural demonstrations and some good old fashion dune buggy rides.

The Road to Abu Dhabi

The 2020 World Championship will feature the following events:

Friday, December 4th, 2020
An exciting timeline of events kicks off on Friday with the Kids World Championship. With race distances for all ages, dozens of countries represented, and an incredible Kids course and post race celebration, this is a race that the younger generation of Spartans will never forget.

The Elite Championship Beast, the crown Jewel of the epic weekend, will kick off on Friday night. Qualified Elite racers will have the dunes to themselves as they take on a remarkable desert course. The half marathon distance Beast will feature a perfect mix of high-speed running, leg-burning steep climbs, and breathtaking scenery.

Saturday, December 5th, 2020
Saturday morning and afternoon will feature Age Group and Open Beast heats, as well as Open heat Kids races of varying distances.

The event weekend will culminate on Saturday night with the Teams World Championship, an event first introduced in 2016. More details are coming soon.

Qualifying for Elite and Age Group:
Qualification for the 2020 Spartan World Championship will be confirmed during Spartan :World Championship Rolldown” week, beginning on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 12 P.M. EST. At this time, qualified Elite and Age Group athletes will receive their qualifying code and can complete their registration.

For more details on Elite and Age Group eligibility, click the link below.

It’s more than just a race.

Whether you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, craving adventure or simply want to soak up some rays and enjoy shimmering turquoise water, Abu Dhabi has you covered. Experience a one of a kind long weekend full of off-course experiences infused with local Emirati culture, including the biggest festival Spartan has ever created in one of the safest cities in the world. This epic event will include traditional Emirati food, cultural shows, extreme dune rides, yoga classes, a Parade of Nations, closing fireworks and much, much more.

Abu Dhabi is going to be the most epic Spartan event in history, and you won’t want to miss a second of it.

Abu Dhabi is known for its luxurious 5-star hotel properties with world-class amenities. Rather rough it outdoors? Then check out our campsites under the stars at the venue. Attendees will enjoy all of the comforts of the modern world in a travel trailer, traditional bedouin tent or while glamping.

Attendees staying in our preferred hotels in Abu Dhabi city will have the luxury of being shuttled to and from the venue. More information on travel packages and camping rentals coming soon.

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Male and Female Elite Prize Money

  • 1st $ 20,000
  • 2nd $ 15,000
  • 3rd $ 7,500
  • 4th $ 4,000
  • 5th $ 3,000
  • 6th $ 2,000
  • 7th $ 1,800
  • 8th $ 1,600
  • 9th $ 1,400
  • 10th $ 1,200
  • 11th $ 1,000
  • 12th $ 900
  • 13th $ 800
  • 14th $ 700
  • 15th $ 600
  • 16th $ 500
  • 17th $ 400
  • 18th $ 300
  • 19th $ 200
  • 20th $ 100

2020 Spartan World Championship