This fall, the peaceful ski village of Telluride, Colorado transforms into a brutal battle ground. The action starts on Saturday as obstacle racers compete on an epic mountain Spartan Beast™ course. Then, on Sunday morning, Elite racers will fight it out during the first Spartan Ultra™ World Championship on American soil. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this historic Championship weekend.
The coveted Spartan Ultra™ World Championship swag is as unique as the brave souls who endure the race. Finisher shirts, lap pins, the elusive Spartan Ultra belt buckle and more await on the other side of the finish line. Do you have what it takes?
2021 ULTRA WC Special Edition Finisher T-Shirt
2021 ULTRA WC Finisher Belt Buckle
Ultra Lap Finisher Pins
Cash prizes (Elite) and awards (Elite and Age Group)
Check the Ultra Championship Event Page
for exact details of the event.
Telluride may be tucked away in the Southwest corner of Colorado, but it is easily accessible by several means of transportation. Whether you’re road tripping or flying in, there are options that fit every Spartan’s budget. All local airports have door-to-door ground transportation to Mountain Village. Once in town, enjoy free transportation with Dial-A-Ride.
Lodging and accommodations are abundant, ranging from luxurious vacation homes to affordable hotel and rental options. Spartan has partnered with several lodging partners to offer fully loaded travel packages at a discounted rate. Stay tuned for the release of these packages.
Make the most of the holiday weekend and enjoy everything Telluride has to offer.
Montrose-Telluride Regional Airport
75 minute drive
GJT Grand Junction Regional Airport
2.5 hour drive
No, everyone is absolutely welcome to join us in Colorado this year. The (relatively) more relaxed Open category does not require pre-qualification to race, however if you intend to race in the Age Group or Elite categories, you must qualify first. For more information, see the FAQ here.
Yes. There are many traditional ultrarunners that take part in Spartan Ultras, including some of the world’s biggest names, and you can . Almost all of them return to compete regularly, some at the world championship level, because ultra running with obstacles is such an exciting challenge. If you like longer races, give it a go. It’s only 24 hours...
You’re going to attack many obstacles on top of running a hell of a long way, which for even the most seasoned Spartan Ultra fan is a big physical and mental task. Getting your nutrition, hydration, and pacing strategically on point is another huge challenge; compared to a regular ultramarathon, you’re going to be regularly relying on upper body strength and endurance as well as running and fast-walking. Weather conditions can also change drastically over the course of the race, and you’ll see night, day, heat, cold, and possibly rain, hail, and snow. Finally - perhaps the biggest challenge of all - is being comfortable being with your own thoughts for hours on end, while your body begs for you to give up. That’s what being a Spartan is all about.
Definitely. Invite your friends along to race with you, but if you’re solo that’s fine too. The Spartan community spans across 50 countries, and when you see someone in the street wearing something Spartan you’ll either nod to each other, or start a conversation. It’s a global movement that you can be proud to be a part of.
Believe us when we say we’ve heard it all before. The biggest challenge you face isn’t what you think it is - it’s getting to the start line. From that point on, your mind and body will get you through the challenge and you’ll be better off for it. 90% of people end up loving the experience, and the majority of folks return time and again. Many make racing Spartan a lifelong commitment, like triathlon, marathon, cycling and other endurance sports.
The Ultra World Championship is one of the most challenging endurance events around. If you’re new to Spartan, you might want to try one of the other race types first before tackling this demon. That said, you don’t have to run the whole way, and failing obstacles won’t get you a criminal record. There’s never a perfect time for anything, so get out there and challenge yourself. You’ll have fun, meet new people, and you’ll likely become addicted to this incredible sport.
Yes. You’ll be able to use the wedge earned from this race to count towards a special Sprint, Super, and Ultra combo Trifecta.