The Land of Fire and Ice Beckons Endurance Athletes for 24-Hour “Spartan Ultra World Championship” with Richest Prize Purse in Obstacle Racing History

April 25, 2018

World’s Largest Obstacle Race and Endurance Brand Returns to Iceland for Second Annual Ultra Endurance Event with More than $125,000 in Cash Prizes; Dec. 8

BOSTON, MA (April 25, 2018) – Spartans will once again stake their claim on the Land of Fire and Ice when the world’s largest obstacle race (OCR) and endurance brand hosts the second annual Spartan Ultra World Championship outside Reykjavik December 8, 2018. The inaugural event in 2017 pushed competitors to their breaking points as Mother Nature unleashed her beauty and throughout the 24-hour event where athletes raced through unforgiving terrain, geysers and signature Spartan obstacles. This year’s event promises to offer much of the same conditions – with new twists and turns including an increased prize purse worth more than $125,000 USD.
“When the Northern Lights lit up the sky in the middle of last year’s race, I took it as a sign that we needed to return,” said Spartan Founder and CEO Joe De Sena. “The energy in Iceland was like nothing I have ever seen. The incredible natural landscape, grueling conditions and determination of the athletes, made the first Spartan Ultra World Championship one of the most challenging – and most rewarding obstacle races in history – and we can’t wait to do it again.”
The 2018 Spartan Ultra World Championship will challenge competitors’ mental and physical abilities as they complete as many laps as they can around a 6-mile (10-km) course with more than 20 obstacles for a 24-hour period. The ultra-endurance race is Spartan’s first fully gated event, open only to athletes who have completed a Spartan Ultra event in 2017 or 2018 under the guidelines set for their heat category. Regardless of course location, length, terrain type or environmental conditions, “Elite” racers must have finished an Ultra in less than 10 hours, “Age Group” in less than 13 hours and “Open” heat racers must have finished in less than 16 hours – in order to be eligible to race. The event is limited to 1,000 qualified participants on a first come, first serve basis.
“The grit and sheer will of racers at the inaugural Spartan Ultra World Championship was incredible and we’re turning up the level of competition at this year’s race even more, offering the richest prize purse in OCR history,” said Spartan Vice President of Product David James Watson. “We look forward to returning to the storied land the Vikings first discovered more than 10 centuries ago to host another epic Spartan event for our athletes.”
The male and female athletes who complete the most laps in the 24-hour time period will be crowned champions, with the top 5 competitors in each gender category sharing a $26,000 prize purse. New to this year’s event is the addition of a $100,000 cash prize, offered only to the first competitor who completes 100-miles (160-km) in the 24-hour period, should anyone reach that distance. 2017’s men’s winner Joshua Fiore (USA) crossed the finish line with 71.1-miles (114.42-km) and the women’s No. 1 Morgan McKay (Canada) finished with 57.5-miles (92.54-km). 2018’s event will also bring special prizes and podium celebrations for the winners of Spartan’s six Age Group categories.
The minimum Spartan Ultra distance of 50-km will earn racers a finisher’s medal but, only the strongest will vie for the title and prize money.

The weekend also features a one-lap “Spartan Sprint,” race, which takes place during the only four-hours of daylight available, and is open to adults of all skill levels, with no qualification needed.
To register and learn more about the 2018 Spartan Ultra World Championship visit Athletes who register for the event and do not meet the qualification standards by December 8 will be not be allowed to race. There are 15 Spartan Ultra events across the globe.
Spartan is the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand, and the first in-sport to feature timing and global rankings. With more than 200 events across more than 30 countries in 2018, Spartan will attract more than one million global participants offering open heats for all fitness levels, along with competitive and elite heats. The Spartan lifestyle boasts a community of more than five million passionate social media followers, health and wellness products, training and nutrition programs, and a popular NBC television series, which has made obstacle racing one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Spartan events feature races at three distances, 3+Mile/20+ Obstacle “Sprint,” 8+ Mile/25+ Obstacle “Super” and 12+ Mile/30+ Obstacle “Beast,” culminating in the Spartan World Championship in North Lake Tahoe, CA. Visit for more information and registration.

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