After nearly a decade of iconic championships in the U.S., the 2021 Spartan World Championship has found a new, even more challenging home to test the world’s best athletes: the majestic Liwa Desert outside Abu Dhabi, UAE. Hosted by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
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.
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A Weekend of Events
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. Included on 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 Emirati culture via festival areas.
Spartan Night Super 10K
Spartan World Championship Beast Elite, Age Group & Open Heats
Spartan Trail 21K and 50K
Cash prizes (Elite) and awards (Elite and Age Group)
Check the World Championship Event Page for exact details of the event.
December 3-5, 2021
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021

  • 3:00 pm - First Shuttles Arrive and Camping Check In Begins
  • 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm - Activities and Celebrations

    Friday, December 3rd, 2021
  • 3:00 pm - Elite Male Spartan Beast® Championship
  • 3:30 pm - Elite Female Spartan Beast® Championship
  • 6:00 pm - Spartan Night Super® Open Heats

    Saturday, December 4th, 2021
  • 9:00 am - Age Group Spartan Beast® Championship
  • 9:00 am - Spartan Kids Competitive Heats
  • 10:00 am - Spartan Kids Open Heats
  • 11:00 am - Spartan Beast® Open Heats
  • 12:00 pm - 21K and 50K Spartan Trail
  • 4:30 pm - Spartan Team World Championship

    Sunday, December 5th, 2021
  • 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - Activities and Celebration
  • 2:00 pm - Last Shuttles Leave for Abu Dhabi
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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.

Check out our campsites under the stars at the venue. This is a unique opportunity to bond with fellow Spartans and experience the entire schedule of festivities. Campers will have the choice of a roomy traditional bedouin tent, standard tent or bringing their own tent.

Rather be on at a hotel? Racers and attendees staying in Abu Dhabi will enjoy five-star hotel properties with world-class amenities and pre-scheduled 3.5-hour shuttle buses to and from the venue in Liwa (~8 hour round trip).

Visit our travel partner Nirvana's Abu Dhabi site to book all your needs including travel and camping packages.

To learn more about Abu Dhabi, please visit: visitabudhabi.ae

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