New for 2018, Spartan is introducing the Age Group Category (the Age Group Category will replace the Competitive Category seen prior to 2018).
There will be six Age Group categories, for both male and female competitors:
- 14-17 (you can not participate on sprint/super under age of 16 and Beast under 18 in DACH/ESP/IT/FRA/AND/NL)
Top 3 Male and Female Age Group winners at every event will win an award. Age Group winners of the Overall US National Series, Regional Championships and the World Championships will win a Limited Edition Training Pack with non-monetary prizes. Racers MUST be present at the time of the award ceremony to receive their trophy. No awards will be given or mailed out after the fact.
For details on what is expected for Age Group racers on race day, please see: What you need to know about running Elite/Age Group .
Age Groups will be determined by your age on Race Day.
Each race an athlete runs, he/she will earn points based on both their age group and gender ranking (using the standard 300 point formula). In any Age Group Series, the age ranking of an athlete will be determined by their age on the first series race he/she competes in, not the last. Therefore, an athletes age group will remain the same throughout the series, and will not change if the athlete ages-up.
Although Age Group Series rankings are determined based on a racer’s age during their first race in a series, the racer’s age category on race day, in which they can earn points, will be determine by their age on that day. For example, if a 39-year-old runs their first race of the season before their 40thbirthday, they will be a part of the 30-39 Age Group Series (for the entire year). If during the season they turn 40, for any race going forward, they will be ranked in the 40-49 Age Group Category and earn points within that bracket for the day. After the race, these points will then be applied to their original 30-39 Age Category Series Rankings, since they ran their first race of the series at 39 years old.
Age Group Start Times:
Participants that register for the Age Group category will be assigned a start time based on their AGE GROUP and gender - regardless of whether that participant is part of a team. Team members are NOT placed together in the Age Group category, unless they are in the same age group range.
Spartan reserves the right to combine age groups and/or genders into one start time, depending on the number of registered participants. However, all members of an age group will always start at the same time.