Abu Dhabi,


In 2024, Spartan returns to the Al Wathba desert for the Spartan Beast World Championship, hosted by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. Join thousands of athletes and spectators just 30 minutes from one of the world’s most exciting cities, and test yourself against our 21K Beast course in the heart of the desert.

This December, join thousands of athletes in Al Wathba desert, right outside of Abu Dhabi for a weekend of OCR, cultural immersion and adrenaline-packed adventure.

This year, both the Pro Championship and Age Group Championships will be held on the 21K Beast course.

Pro athletes must qualify by placing in the top 50 at one of our three Regional Championship races (PanAm, Europe, or APAC), while all competitive athletes are eligible to compete in the Age Group Championships.

Commit Now
A Weekend of Events

The 2024 Spartan World Championship weekend is packed with more exciting events than ever before. Athletes will be sure to find an event that tests their mind and body, no matter their skill level.

When you’re not racing, immerse yourself in rich Emirati culture in the festival area that spans towering sand dunes alongside a desert oasis.

Spartan Beast 21K World Championship (Pro and Age Group)

Spartan Team World Championship

Championship medals on the line

Cash prizes (Pro) and awards (Pro and Age Group)


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 largest festival Spartan has ever created.

Al Wathba, this year’s venue, sits just 30 minutes driving from Abu Dhabi, making it convenient for local and international racers alike. We recommend flying into Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) and renting a car for the duration of your stay.

Looking to have all your travel details taken care of? Book a NIRVANA X SPARTAN travel package for accommodation and receive exclusive extras including: airport transfers, daily breakfast, event day shuttles, merch discounts, and so much more.

Weekend Schedule

Details on Weekend Schedule for 2024 World Championship will be revealed soon!

How To Qualify

National Series Requirement:
Finish Top 3 Overall in a Regular Season Event to qualify for a National Series Championship heat.

Regional Champs:
Finish Top 20 Overall in the Championship heat of a National Series Event.

World Champs:
Finish Top 50 Overall in the Championship Heat of a Regional Champs Race.

NOTE: Qualification is not required for Age Group heats at championship events at this time.


Do I have to be a pro or qualify for the World Championship?
How do I get to the venue & Abu Dhabi?
Is there prize money?
Can I race with friends?
I’m a runner / I’m not good at upper-body strength / insert excuse here.
*By entering my email address, I agree to the terms and policy