Elite, Competitive, and Open Heats


Every Spartan has a chance to race

Getting out of your comfort zone means different things to different people. For some, it means getting back into shape. For others, it means bringing their top-level, maximum-intensity training to the brink of insanity. At Spartan Race, we respect our athletes no matter where they fall on the spectrum. That’s why, starting in March with our Atlanta event, we will continue to drive the evolution of obstacle racing as a sport by introducing the Competitive category.

With three ways to race, you may be asking yourself, which one is right for me? With Spartans like you in mind, we have put together this guide to help you know for sure.

Not a Spartan Elite? You Can Still Compete!

The Open category is for everyone, period. Weekend warriors, novice athletes, first-time racers, and teams are all welcome here. The Open category offers the same opportunity as the Competitive and Elite categories to get far outside your comfort zone, test your body’s limits, and experience the awesome rush of the finish line. However, there’s no pressure to push your pace.

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