Welcome to the “Empty Quarter.” The world’s best will step into unfamiliar territory and take on the massive dunes in this desert oasis. Spartan Championship Beast racers will start the course in the afternoon, and take on this breathtaking Arabian landscape as the sun sets and gives way to dusk, while those participating in the Night Super will battle the course in the desert darkness.
Whether you’re competing in the championship heats or just looking for a one-of-a-kind adventure, Abu Dhabi is a can’t miss event.
In our fullest weekend of events for any Spartan World Championship to date, racers and attendees will choose their own adventure: Night Super racers will navigate a sea of sand dunes in the light of headlamps and in cooler conditions, while those racing in the World Championship Beast will brave the desert obstacles in daylight. Kicking off the schedule are two trail race distances through the rocky mountain terrain that weaves through the sands, and racers and spectators alike will be immersed in the rich Emerati culture via festival areas.
Spartan Night Super 10K
Spartan Trail 21K and 50K
Spartan World Championship Awards Ceremony
Check the World Championship Event Page for exact details of the event.
Thursday, December 2nd, 2021
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.
Racers and attendees staying in Abu Dhabi will enjoy five-star hotel properties with world-class amenities and pre-scheduled shuttle buses to and from the venue in Liwa. Rather be on-site? Check out our campsites under the stars at the venue. Campers will enjoy all of the comforts of the modern world in a travel trailer or traditional bedouin tent.
More information on travel packages and camping rentals coming soon.
To learn more about Abu Dhabi, please visit: visitabudhabi.ae
No, everyone is absolutely welcome to run the Championship Beast. 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.
Athletes wishing to compete in the Elite or Age Group category must qualify through their individual event rankings.
Each National and Regional Series event counts towards qualification to the Spartan World Championship. Invitations sent immediately after each event. The Final 2021 National/Regional series leaderboard will be used for any unclaimed spots.
*Cutoffs vary by region. For more information on leaderboard cutoffs for the 2021 Spartan World Championship Elite and Age Group categories, please read our 2021 Championships FAQ below.
Prize Money will be awarded to Elite Male and Female racers only Male and Female Elite Prize Money