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Spartan Elite Qualification Process for 2020 Season

 

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When Spartan “released” the 2020 Season Pass details, one Pass was notably missing from the lineup. The Elite Season Pass came with the caveat that competitors would need to qualify to run in the Elite Wave in 2020. The details around that qualification process have been released.

TL;DR (too long, didn’t read AKA Cliff’s Notes):

  • Elite Waves are gated for races after January 1, 2020
  • Each application requires a one-time payment of a USD $30 fee
  • Application will be opened on or before 10/31/19
  • CRITERIA
    • One or more top 3 finishes at Spartan events in the Elite and/or Age Group category within the previous 24 months
    • One or more top 10 finishes within the Elite category at any regular season Spartan event within the previous 12 months
    • One or more top 5 finishes within any Age Group category at any regular season Spartan event within the previous 12 months
    • US$2000 or more of lifetime prize money earned to date in the Spartan Elite category. (International Prize money will be converted from local currency to USD based on current exchange rates)

Here is the official information is from the Spartan Zendesk site:

NEW for 2020: Elite Category Qualification Requirement

In the interests of continuing the growth of Spartan OCR as a truly competitive global sport, a competitor may no longer register for any Elite category heat (or purchase an Elite Season Pass) without first meeting qualifying criteria listed below. This rule applies to all Elite category heats globally starting on January 1st, 2020. 

Any Elite competitor already registered for an event on or after Wednesday, January 1st 2020 must complete the qualification process or will be moved to the Age Group category. Competitors who are automatically moved may apply for qualification at a later date.

​Elite Category Qualification Application Process

Any prospective Elite category competitor, whether a prior Spartan participant or not, may submit an application for Elite category qualification via spartan.com (submission details coming soon).

Each application requires a one-time payment of a US$30 fee, payable to Spartan HQ upon application submission. This fee covers program administration and processing and is non-refundable in the event of application rejection.

Successful applicants will be emailed a unique Elite Qualifying Code (EQC) which will be good for the remainder of the 2020 season. This code must be input each time the competitor registers for an Elite category heat, or chooses to purchase an Elite Season Pass.

Denied applicants will have 7 days to dispute their decision without having to repay the application fee. Any disputes after 7 days will require a new application and application fee.

​Elite Category Qualification Criteria

To earn an Elite Qualification Code (EQC), a competitor must be 14 years of age or older as of Wednesday, January 1st, 2020 and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • One or more top 3 finishes at Spartan events in the Elite and/or Age Group category within the previous 24 months
  • One or more top 10 finishes within the Elite category at any regular season Spartan event within the previous 12 months
  • One or more top 5 finishes within any Age Group category at any regular season Spartan event within the previous 12 months
  • US$2000 or more of lifetime prize money earned to date in the Spartan Elite category. (International Prize money will be converted from local currency to USD based on current exchange rates)

Elite Category Automatic Qualification

On December 1st, 2019, the top 30 male and female athletes from certain 2019 championship series and events will be automatically sent Elite Qualifying Codes (EQC) via email, which will be good for use throughout the 2020 season. These athletes do not need to separately apply for an ECQ. 

The eligible events for automatic EQC qualification are:

  • All 2019 National & Regional Series, final leaderboards
  • All 2019 championships, final leaderboards
  • The 2019 World Championship, 2019 Trifecta World Championship, and 2019 Ultra World Championship, final leaderboards.

In addition, all members of the Spartan Pro Roster and selected athletes at any HQ designated Spartan Combine event, will be issued an Elite Qualifying Code (EQC) and do not need to submit an application.

Spartan 2020 Elite Qualification

​Downgrading from Elite Category

An Elite competitor with an EQC may freely choose to register for, and compete in, the Age Group or Open categories at any event globally.

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Spartan 2020 Trifecta Passes – Elite/AG/Open Heats – $349.99

Spartan 2020 Trifecta Pass

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The 2020 Spartan Trifecta Passes are out and are one of the best deals going for 2020 Spartan Races.

You can race any 3 Spartan races for $349.99 plus fees. That’s any wave. Elite, Age Group, or Open.

That is up to a $200 savings over the course of three races that can run from $154, $174, and $219 for Sprint (or Stadion), Super, Beast Age Group waves respectively.

With the Trifecta Pass, you don’t have to worry about price increases if you are waiting until the last minute to find out if you can travel to a specific race. You are locked in at the lower price range, regardless of the price increase. In a worst-case scenario, you would have to run an open wave, if all elites and age groups are sold out.

In addition, you receive 10 percent off of Spartan merchandise all year, some free swag, and free entry to the Spartan Expo Events.

Learn more about the 2020 Trifecta Passes.

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Spartan Race World Championships: Elite/Pro Tips for the Mental Obstacles

Spartan Race World Championships - Start Line

When one chooses to compete in a Spartan Race, one never knows, 100%, what to expect.  Having designers, directors, and build crews acting as evil scientists in a lab, concocting what they feel would not just be a physically challenging course, but one that is filled with mental tests in which the winner and the quitter battle and tuning out the noise is a necessity. The 2016 Spartan Race World Championships delivered just such a course – one that required both physical and mental preparation and stamina.

So how does one mentally prepare to reach the finish? Here are a few tips from elite and pro racers on how they overcame the common mental obstacles faced before crossing the finish line.

Mental Obstacle #1: Extreme Temperatures

Spartan Race World Championships - Cold Water

The 2016 Spartan World Championships were held in Tahoe so athletes had somewhat of a preconceived notion of what to expect, or heard the horror stories of temperature from the previous year.

It’s northern California in October and the chance of cold weather is high. Not to mention swimming obstacles would be a guarantee. This didn’t stop athletes from across the world  making the pilgrimage to compete. How you might ask? Well aside from preparing physically and knowing how to work temps to your advantage, Male Elite Competitor, Kevin Seaman reminds himself that “… you didn’t make it there by accident. You’ve proven you’re strong enough to handle it.”

Mental Obstacle #2: Seemingly Endless Elevation Gain

Spartan Race World Championships - Elevation Gain

As the start line corral filled up, nerves and excitement set in. Athletes soared through the festival area, to the first set of walls and rolling mud before the first, of two, ascents up the mountain. Although, this first lap was obstacle light, the continuous uphill, paired with the mountain winds and dropping temperatures, make for a sure fire set up for becoming weary. Female Elite racer Alex Sawicki says the best route is to keep it positive. Don’t let any self-pity in. Especially when fighting injuries, she refuses to waste energy on negative thinking.

“Move with purpose, move forward.” -Alex Sawicki

Mental Obstacle #3: Facing New Obstacles

Spartan Race World Championships - New Obstacles (Thigh Master)

Upon reaching the bottom of the first climb, racers hit the first of quite a few new Spartan obstacles. First was The Thigh-Master. A fun addition, in my opinion, involving a solid amount of thigh strength rather than anything else. Other new creations unveiled were – Olympus (a slanted wall fitted with rock climbing holds, chains, and cut outs, testing your grip strength), the Spartan Ladder, and the new multi-rig style, filled with old favorite rings and adding in rope hangs to the finishing bell. Along with the Apehanger, making its first appearance at the Blue Mountain Championship, fitted with a rope climb to angled hanging monkey bars over 4-ft of water.

Spartan Race World Championships - New Obstacles (Apehanger)

How does one racing to the finish not get held up by so many new twists? Well, Spartan Pro Kevin Donoghue doesn’t waste a second  saying that speed is the best approach, “Quickly assess, dissect, and execute.”

Mental Obstacle #4: Added Sanded Bags and Extended Bucket Brigades

We all can agree that the carry obstacles can be some of the most mentally torturous. So when told that the Spartan World Championship Beast was going to have a double Sand Bag carry and half mile Bucket Brigade jaws dropped and eyes rolled. All the grip training and back strengthening efforts are great reminders to get you through. In addition, Pro racer and 2nd Place Elite Female Championship Finisher, Lindsay Webster’s advice might just make you dig a bit deeper than you thought you could and keep pushing.

The thing about obstacle racing that really and truly sets it apart from any other sport is the amount of mental grit it requires. You just have to set aside thoughts of your aching muscles and screaming lungs and focus on forward progress. I came to Tahoe to race a World Championship, and even though my body was cramping and exhausted, I did my darnedest not to let it stop me. – Lindsay Webster

Spartan Race World Championships - Log Carry

Throughout all the courses and especially one as intense as the Spartan World Championship course, the most important thing to keep in mind is that you ARE capable. Get out and race, and as Spartan Race says “You’ll know at the Finish Line.”

Spartan Race World Championships - Medal


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Episode 83 Todd Sedlak and Spartan Carolina Elites

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Today, you will hear an interview with Todd Sedlak. Todd has a few Death Race skulls and has helped countless others earn theirs. He is also one of a growing group of people who have turned themselves from obstacle/adventure enthusiasts to obstacle race employee. In this interview, we learn a little about what makes him tick and what led him to the world of OCR.

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We also hear from several top finishers from this past weekend’s Carolina Spartan Sprint. On the women’s side, they are Amelia Boone, Brittany Duckworth, Juliana Sproles, Melanie Jones, and Val Smith. On the men’s side, we talk with Matt Novakovich, Elliott Megquier, Dennis Welch, and David Magida. This interview contains smack talk which may be offensive to sensitive listeners.

(You can also read our review of the Carolina Spartan Sprint and few several more photos here).

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Spartan Illinois Elites Recap

Recap

Saturday’s Illinois Spartan Super saw Brakken Kraker take the 1st spot for the 2nd Saturday Spartan this year. With Hobie Call only making limited appearances at Spartan Races this year, the top spot for men has been up for grabs at most races. No less than 5 different men have claimed first place at Saturday events in the US and Canada, not to mention Australia and Mexico.. In 2nd place was Hunter McIntyre, who is one of the men who has taken that top spot at previous races. In 3rd was David Magida. David always puts on a show, giving the top men a run for it.

These 3 competitors play well together. (Magida, Kraker, McIntyre) (L to R)

These 3 competitors play well together. (Magida, Kraker, McIntyre) (L to R)

For the women. Amelia Boone took home first place. What is more impressive is that she lost about 10 minutes by not following the course. She clawed her way past everyone to win by less than 2 minutes. It was her 2nd Spartan win of the year and a repeat of the win she took on this same course back in October of last year. Hannah Orders took home 2nd for the 3rd time this year as she was also 2nd in Florida and Carolina. Leslie St. Louis came in 3rd.

On Sunday, David Magida found his way to the top of the podium,  the same thing he has done at Spartan Tri-State and Spartan PA in previous weeks. Elliott Megquier came in second place.  Winning used to be almost automatic for Megquier on Sunday’s. However, that has not been happening lately. We learned that Elliott had the lead at one point catching and passing Magida at the Spear throw which Magida missed.

“Oh he passed me by like 60 seconds halfway in at the spear. But I tracked him down after a mile and a half” David told us shortly after the race.  Miguel Medina, who recently returned from a 2nd place finish at the Mexico City Spartan, finished 3rd today.

Sunday’s women’s elite heat saw Amelia winning again and this time winning big. Her margin over 2nd place Leslie St. Louis was over 17 minutes. (We trust she did not get lost today). 3rd place was Tonya Stogsdill, it was the 2nd Sunday podium for Tonya who finished 2nd on Sunday in May in Texas.

Results

Saturday Men
Brakken Kraker         1:07:24
Hunter McIntyre       1:11:48
David Magida            1:14:17
Elliot Meqquier          1:16:26
William Swope           1:16:45

Saturday Women
Amelia Boone             1:33:28
Hannah Orders         1:35:54
Leslie St. Louis          1:43:34
Rose Marie Jarry       1:49:44
Jessica Langford       1:50:07

Sunday Men

David Magida           1:11:55
Elliot Megquier         1:12:58
Miguel Medina         1:16:28
Brian Hoover            1:20:32
Chris Rutz                  1:24:39

Sunday Women 
Amelia Boone           1:25:15
Leslie St. Louis         1:42:37
Tonya Stogsdill        1:47:42
Juliana Sproles        1:52:15
Jolene Wilkinson    1:54:17

 

 

 

 

Spartan Sprint in Fort Carson, Colorado Elite Heat Results

The Elite Men

We had a finish unlike no other up to this point in OCR. Isaih Vidal crossed the finish line first at 47:34.9* with local Justin Jindra crossing the finish line right after. However, it turns out that Justin started the race in the middle of the elite pack rather than “toeing the line”. He left the start line after Isaih. So Justin’s chip time was in fact faster at 47:31.9. which put Isiah in 2nd.

Top 3 men Spartan Colorado

Top 3 Men Spartan Colorado

Justin is not a stranger to the podium. He was 3rd in this same race last year, just 35 seconds behind first place finisher Hobie Call. In 3rd place was Nicholas Joseph. 4th place was given to Yury Shatnkov from Durango, Colorado. Yury has yet to podium on a Saturday but has had some strong Sunday showings including last year’s Vermont Beast.  Today he crossed the finish line ahead of Nicholas Joseph but was given a one minute penalty for something that happened at the “Rolling Mud” obstacle. At the time of this article, we do not have the official word from the race director as to what exactly happened, but we are working on that as quickly as possible.

The Elite Women

After winning at the Spartan in Las Vegas last month, April Luu got her 2nd win in a row. It was her 3rd podium of the year which includes her 2nd place finish in Arizona from back in February. April was the female favorite going in. She has been dominant in every race she has entered going back to last December’s Beast in Texas. On top of that, this race was in her backyard.

April Luu 1st place Colorado Spartan

April Luu 1st place Colorado Spartan

In 2nd place for the women was Tobie Rippy of Rifle, Colorado. Tobie is a former NCAA soccer player for the Colorado Buffaloes. When she was once asked what she liked most about soccer, she answered “I really enjoy a sport where you can hit people and get away with it”. If that is how she feels about soccer,we think she is a perfect fit for OCR.  Finishing in 3rd less than 4 seconds behind Tobie was Ashley Swallow, a fitness instructor, also from Rifle, Colorado.  Overall, six of the top ten women came from Colorado (including the winner’s wife Casey Jindra) which says to us that the Colorado elevation played a major role with the women today.

Some other members of the “Spartan 300” finished as follows: For the men-LeEarl Rugland, fresh off his 2nd place finish at Hard Charge, Wichita was 6th,  Miguel Medina (3rd place in last week’s Superhero Scramble) was 8th, and Chris Obertlik was 9th.  For the women: Leslie St. Louis, the woman behind Colorado Obstacle Racers, came in 4th, Corrine Kohlen was 6th, Tonya Stogsdill was 8th and Juliana Sproles, 15th.

 

 


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*All race times in this post were provided from J-Chip USA.