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What's the difference between Elite, Age Group and Open?

ELITE: 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.

Visit our FAQ article here: What you need to know about running Elite/Age Group.

The official rulebook and guidelines can be viewed HERE.

 

AGE GROUP: The Age Group Category, formerly known as “Competitive” 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.

Please visit our FAQ article for more information about the Age Group category.

 

OPEN: 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 Age Group 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. Racers ARE allowed to give and receive assistance at obstacles in this category.

If this is your first Spartan/obstacle race, or you are not looking to race competitively, we would recommend registering for the Open wave.

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