Spartan Vermont Events Cancelled

Spartan Race Cancel

The cancellations and postponements of races continues to pile up, as the COVID-19 pandemic takes it’s toll on the OCR and Endurance Race industry. Below is a list of races that have been cancelled or postponed. We will keep this page updated as more information becomes available.

Update June 25, 2020 

The Utah event is BACK ON. The event is moving back to Solider Hollow in Midway UT, where the event took place for many years before moving to Huntsville last year. The event will now be a trifecta weekend and will offer an ULTRA as well. The Super distance will be part of the USNS. There are some space constraints at this venue which is making for some interesting decisions. The Beast will be 2 laps of the Super course. The Ultra will be 5 laps of the Super course.

Some other updates include:

The Big Bear Event that was to take place in May has now been moved to October 3rd.

The Vermont Beast and ULTRA scheduled for September 12 are now cancelled. These love/hate events will NOT be happening this year. The 24 Hour ULTRA Championship scheduled for Sept 19, is also cancelled. Spartan let us know they will have more information coming about a new location for this championship event.

In addition, Spartan is cancelling Citi Field, TriState, and Indiana which were all scheduled to take place on October 3. Along with Ocean City and Citizens Bank Park on October 17th and 31st respectively. The Virginia Super, Sprint and Trail scheduled for November 7th has also been canceled. The last two scheduled Stadion events at Fenway Park on November 14th and Oracle Park on December 5th also went away for 2020.

Here are the events that Spartan is confirming WILL occur at this time:

August 
8/29  Utah Trifecta and West Virginia Trifecta – (Utah Super and WV Beast are part of the USNS)

September
9/12 Seattle North Trifecta – (Super is part of the USNS)
9/12 Michigan Sprint Super
9/26 North Lake Tahoe Beast – NA Championships, and ULTRA

October
10/3 Atlanta and Palmerton – Sprint/Super
10/3 Big Bear -Super/Beast/ULTRA
10/17 Palm Beaches Sprint
10/24 San Diego City
10/24 SoCal and Dallas Sprint/Beast/ULTRA

November 
11/7 Monterey Sprint/Super
11/14 San Luis Obispo Super/Beast/ULTRA (Beast is part of USNS)
11/14 Laughlin Trifecta
11/21 Sacramento Sprint/Super
11/21 Carolinas Sprint/Beast/ULTRA

December
12/5 Austin Sprint/Super
12/12 Los Angeles Sprint
12/12 Central Florida Sprint/Beast

UPDATE: June 5, 2020 2:35 PM EST

Following yesterday’s announcement about the US National Series, The Spartan Zendesk was updated to reveal additional cancellations including AT&T Stadium in Dallas, and Fayetteville. Both of those events had initially been postponed from their original date. Other races no longer taking place in 2020 are Hawaii, Denver, Tri State #2 , National Park and Kissimmee City.

 

UPDATE: May 21, 2020 2:00PM EST

This afternoon Spartan made an official announcement about postponing the Fayetteville, NC event. As we approached the end of May, many participants were hoping this could be their first Spartan 50K of the year. It won’t be.

Similarly, the Palmerton, PA Super/Sprint weekend scheduled for July 11 and 12 was moved to October. The following was sent out by Spartan:

You are registered for our Fayetteville 50K Ultra, 21K Beast and 5K Sprint on June 27-28, 2020. Due to current executive orders in the state of North Carolina, this race has been postponed. We are going to make sure you can still get back out on course as soon as possible: NEW DATE: August 15-16, 2020. Your registration has been automatically moved to the new event date. No further action is required.

You are registered for our Palmerton 10K Super and 5K Sprint Weekend on July 11-12, 2020. Due to current executive orders in the state of Pennsylvania, this race has been postponed. We are going to make sure you can still get back out on course as soon as possible: NEW DATE: October 3-4, 2020 (10K Super Saturday, 5K Sprint & 10K Trail Sunday). Your registration has been automatically moved to the new event date. No further action is required.

In addition, Spartan also announced the cancellation of the following events: Washington DC, Boise, Ohio, Indiana, Asheville, Fort Campbell- Nashville. 

UPDATE: April 2, 2020 12:30PM EST: We have updates from Spartan and Hyrox on postponed events. Spartan’s Seattle Race, scheduled for this upcoming weekend, has now been added on to the Fall Seattle North event September 12-13, 2020 and will now be a full Trifecta Weekend.

Hyrox has also announced the new date for their World Championship event. The new date will be October 10th, 2020 and the event will now be held in Amsterdam.

UPDATE: March 27, 2020 9:00AM EST: Spartan has rescheduled their Tri-State NJ Ultra, Beast Weekend that was slated originally for April 25-26. These events will be moved to the October Tri-State NJ Weekend and will now be a Trifecta Weekend, with the Ultra and Beast being held on Saturday, and the Mountain Series Super will be moved to Sunday.

UPDATE: March 20, 2020 9:00PM EST: Spartan emailed customers tonight announcing their intent to suspend all races through May 15, 2020. This comes one week after announcing a 30-day stop on all events.

Spartan stated in their email that they have full intention of attempting to reschedule these events for later in the 2020 calendar. They also state they’ll be hosting “virtual races; Same day. Same intensity. Different obstacles. More details to come.”

UPDATE: MARCH 19, 2020 12:15PM EST: Tough Mudder has now announced the delay of their first US race of 2020. Tough Mudder Virginia has been postponed from May 30-31, to August 29-30.

UPDATE: March 17, 2020 4:00PM EST: Tough Mudder has communicated upcoming changes to their schedule between April and early July. Our grid below has the full list of impacted events.

UPDATE March 15, 2020 10:00PM EST: Rugged Maniac has announced the cancelled of it’s first three events of 2020 – South Carolina, Arizona, and North Carolina.

Rugged Maniac is offer its customers the option to either switch their registration to any remaining events in 2020 or compete in a “Virtual Fitness Challenge” where you can run your own 5K, and compete a list of workouts, to earn your medal and t-shirt. You’ll also get a code for a $24 registration for another Rugged event, regardless of which option you opt for.

UPDATE March 13, 2020 3:00PM EST: Spartan Race has announced the postponing of all US-based races effective immediately. The temporary suspension will last through April 12, 2020.

This temporary halt on all events will impact races all over the country, including the second stop of the US National Series in Seattle, and the kick-off race of the US Stadion Series at CitiField in New York.

At this time all races scheduled after April 12, 2020 are still considered to be on schedule.

The decision to suspend these events comes after the sudden and abrupt cancellation of the San Antonio Super & Sprint weekend that was scheduled for March 14-15 as well as the postponing of the San Luis Obispo weekend. San Luis Obispo has already been rescheduled for November 14-15, 2020. A full list of impacted races in the US and across the world can be found below.

As the COVID-19 virus continues to impact races all over the world, we will continue to update you here with the most timely information available.

Spartan Race

Date Location New Date
2/15 Hung King Memorial Park, Vietnam 5/16/20
3/13 San Antonio, TX cancelled
3/13-14 Riyadh, Saudia Arabia cancelled
3/14-15 San Luis Obispo, California USA 11/14-15
3/21-22 Las Vegas, NV Date TBD
3/21 Paris, FRA 11/28
3/27 Spartan ME & Africa Championships, Abu Dhabi, UAE cancelled
3/28 Maggiora, ITA 10/24
3/28-29 Okinama, JPN Date TBD
3/28-29 Melbourne, AUS Date TBD
4/4-5 Seattle, WA US National Series Race #2 USNS Status TBD 9/12-13
4/4-5 CitiField, NY US Stadion Series Race #1 Date TBD
4/4-5 Charlotte, NC Date TBD
4/4-5 Atlanta, GA Date TBD
4/4-5 Veszprem, HUN Date TBD
4/6-7 Latrobe Valley, AUS Date TBD
4/11 San Diego, CA Date TBD
4/11 S. Korea Stadion 11/7
4/17-18 Munich, GER 10/30-31
4/25-26 Palm Beaches, CA Date TBD
4/25-26 Tri-State NJ 10/3-4
5/2-3 Bigfork, MT Date TBD
5/2 Jacksonville, FL Date TBD

Deka Fit

Date Location New Date
3/21 Denver, CO Date TBD
5/2 Dallas, TX Date TBD

Savage Race

Date Location New Date
3/14-15 Dade City, FL 11/14-15
3/28 Dallas, GA 9/26
4/11 Cat Spring, TX 10/10
5/2 Kennedyville, MD 9/12

Tough Mudder

Date Location New Date
4/17 Tough Mudder City – North London – Finsbury Park 10/9-10
5/9-10 Tough Mudder London West 9/19-20
5/30 Tough Mudder Virginia, USA 8/29-30
6/13-14 Tough Mudder Midlands / Europe’s Toughest Mudder 8/22-23
7/4-5 Tough Mudder Scotland 10/3-4

Hyrox

Date Location New Date
3/28 Los Angeles, CA USA 9/13
3/21 Munich, GER Cancelled
4/4 Hyrox World Championships – Berlin, GER Amsterdam 10/10

OCR European Championships

Date Location New Date
6/11-14 Val de Fiemme, Dolemites ITA Cancelled

Tough Guy

Date Location New Date
3/29 Wolverhampton, UK 2/21/21

Monster Hydro Stadium Blitz

Date Location New Date
3/14 SMU Stadium, Dallas TX Cancelled
4/18 Ohio Stadium, Columbus OH Date TBD
4/25 Booth Stadium, Kansas KS Date TBD
5/2 Rutgers Stadium, New Jersey Date TBD

Epic Series OCR

Date Location New Date
3/28 Fresno, CA 5/23

Abominable Snow Race

Date Location New Date
3/14 Devil’s Head Resort, Merrimac, WI Cancelled

Rugged Maniac

Date Location New Date
3/21 Ravenel, SC Cancelled
4/4 Chandler, AZ Cancelled
4/11 Rockingham, NC Cancelled

FIT Challenge

Date Location New Date
4/4 Cumberland, RI Date TBD

For any information regarding the postponement, cancellation or rescheduling of your event, please reach out directly to the race via the “Contact Us” option on their websites.

We will update this list as more information becomes available.

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VJ Shoes Xero 5 Review

 

VJ Shoes exploded on to the OCR scene in early 2019 with their incredibly popular XTRM shoes. With a signature design and color scheme, super grippy butyl rubber (#thebestgripontheplanet isn’t just a hashtag) and athletes with names like Albon, Webster, and Woods wearing them, it’s easy to understand why they because so popular.

VJ Shoes haven’t slowed down yet, though. Next up they brought the MAXx to the masses, with a wider toe box, and cushioned heel. Then it was the iRock 3, with a precision fit on a lighter design.

As we closed in on the winter months, VJ shoes has just released their 4th US design – The Xero 5. The Xero is an all-weather studded shoe with aggressive treads, and 20 carbon-carbide studs for traction in all conditions. The Xero 5 also has enough cushion to make any terrain feel like you’re running on tiny little clouds.

Xero 5 Features

Poron Cushioning  – The first thing I noticed when strapping the Xero’s on was the cushion and padding around my foot. The XTRM and MAXx shoes are definitely more “rigid” and less forgiving than the new Xero 5’s. I felt like my feet were wrapped in thick comfy socks.

20 Carbide Studs – Being know for amazing grip and traction is sort of VJ Shoes’ modus operandi. The Xero 5’s are no different. I took them out in the dead of New England winter on frozen dirt, ice, and snowy trails. I quickly realized that I could trust in the grip, and confidently gazelle my way through the woods focused on speed instead of footing.

FitLock – In the previous two models of VJ Shoes that I’ve worn, a 12.5 fit either perfect, or a bit snug. The Xero’s had some extra space in the toe box and mid-foot. I could probably have sized down without much issue. The Xero’s had a wider width in all 3 parts of the shoe, which is great for winter running. You’ll be able to wear some extra layers without any issue or crowding of your toes.

Xero 5 Usage

As I walked through the parking lot, sounding like a golfer wearing spikes heading to the 19th hole, I was eager to get some miles on these shoes considering the terrain. I went out and put a handful of miles on my Xero’s which included some ice covered fire roads, harder than cement frozen muddy sections, and some fresh snow pack through the woods. The water-repellent membrane in the upper will help keep out any errant water, snow or slush you plow through.

If you’ve never run in a shoe with studs before, they can take some getting used to. I could feel the studs on the bottom of my feet as I landed on the frozen trail. The focus on that quickly shifted to how easily I could run over questionable terrain with confidence, thanks to those same 20 studs on the shoes.

Studded shoes may have a place out on the frozen trails of New England, or the snowy mountains of Colorado but the one place they may not have a place? Your favorite OCR course, as most races will rule out running in studded shoes for its competitors. For training though, no longer do you have to take a day off because the ground is a little too treacherous, unless you would rather just stay inside and enjoy some grilled cheese and tomato soup.

These shoes are a perfect addition to your closet to ensure that you can conquer any terrain and any weather that you come across while getting miles in. But when it comes to race day, keep them in the trunk and opt for VJ’s core models – the XTRM, MAXx, or iRock.

VJ Xero 5 Review
VJ Xero 5 Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Incredible cushion and fitting. The most comfortable VJ Shoe model I have worn, by far.
  • 20 carbon-carbide star studs make your grip almost invincible even on the sketchiest terrain.
  • Waterproof membranes protect your feet against moisture while out in the snow and mud

Cons

  • The first obvious con – is an inability to wear these on course. Studded shoes are banned from most races.
  • Landing on studs while running can be uncomfortable to some, or at least take some getting used it.
  • With a 19mm stack in the heel and 11mm in the toe, and 8mm drop is larger than other shoes offered from VJ.

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VJ Xero 5 Conclusion

I’m slowly acquiring a small arsenal of shoes in my closet. Much like machines at the gym, each has a function. The Xero 5’s have a spot in my training regimen – these winter months when I am trying to avoid running outside due to weather or temperatures, the Xero’s give me a little bit more courage to get out on the trails. Just because they may not be allowed on every course, doesn’t mean they won’t have a spot in your lineup as well.

While I wouldn’t normally go out and hunt down a pair of studded shoes, now that I have them, I’ve noticed my runs in inclement weather have gotten better just due to the fact that I’m not worried about footing as much as I would with my more worn down trail shoes.

If you need a shoe that won’t relent on the most atrocious of conditions, offers a cushioned landing, and can survive the elements, the Xero 5 is for you and your feet.



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Spartan 2020 US National Series Schedule

We’re barely through the 2019 Spartan Season and already the talk about what’s to come in 2020, continues to heat up. So far we’ve seen Spartan’s new medal design, finisher shirts, and a more standardized approach to race distances.

If you’re already in the planning stages for your 2020 season, you’re in luck. Spartan has released the 2020 US National Series venues and dates, so get those airline miles and AirBnB bookings ready!

2020 US National Series Changes

Similar to last year, the season kicks off in Jacksonville, FL with the Super on February 22nd, 2020. The second stop will be Seattle (Super) on April 4th as it’s been since 2017. Saraland, Alabama was a one and done and has been removed from the National Series, presumably after issues with “cell coverage” and low attendance numbers.

Montana is part of the National Series again with its first time back since 2016 with a Kalisepell, MT Beast on May 2nd.  At the turn we’ve got the newly upgraded Utah Beast on July 18, before finishing … somewhere. While the fifth race isn’t confirmed according to the graphic released, we’re taking a guess at where it will be.

2020 USNS Full Schedule

Sunday, February 23 2020 Jacksonville, FL SPRINT
Saturday, April 4, 2020 Seattle, WA SUPER
Sunday, May 3, 2020 Big Fork, MT SUPER
Saturday, July 18, 2020 Huntsville, UT BEAST
Saturday, August 29, 2020 Glen Jean, WV BEAST

 

North American Championship Venue Change

West Virginia was the home to the Spartan North American Championship in 2018 and 2019. That moniker will now move west to Lake Tahoe where competitors from the US and Canada will battle for the title of North American Champion on September 26th, 2020.

So if Lake Tahoe is the North American Championship for Spartan, where will the World Championships be?!?

Stay tuned, true believers. Stay tuned.

UPDATE 11/15 5:39am EST: Spartan has released a new graphic updating the schedule which calls out that Jacksonville’s race will be the Sunday Sprint as the first race of the National Series. Montana will be a Super and will also be on Sunday.

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Spartan Announces New Standardized Distances in 2020

In January of 2019 David Watson, VP of Product at Spartan talked with Matt B. Davis on the Obstacle Racing Media podcast about changes that were happening in the 2019 season. They talked about the US National Series and qualification guidelines for athletes. During that conversation, Watson also teased a change to the distance of Super events in that conversation.

Spartan then sent out surveys to participants in May of 2019, asking their opinion on the idea of changing Super distances from 8+ miles to a more standard 10K distance.

Standardization – Good or Bad?

We’ve heard the word “standardization” a lot this year – most notably around standardizing the obstacle set that would be at each race distance. Spartan has now gone live with their next iteration of standardization beginning in 2020 – Standardizing the distances of events.

So the 2020 Spartan events now look like this:

Sprint / Stadion 5K
Super 10K (formerly 8+ mi.)
Beast Half Marathon (21K)
Ultra 50K
Trail 10K / 21K

The Spartan website has not yet been updated to reflect these changes. We have seen the 2019 Spartan medal preview however, which removes the word “Sprint” altogether, in favor of the new 5K distance.

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Why the Change?

Spartan’s reasoning behind this change was two-fold; First, the distance is much more recognizable with other running events all over the world. Second, according to Spartan, surveyed participants wanted this change. They wanted “less running and more obstacle density.” It also will help first timers, and Sprint participants to step up easier to a Super as their next achievement.

Personally, I like the change if for no other reason than it makes sense in terms of effort vs reward. Supers are now twice as hard as a Sprint, and Beasts are now twice as hard as Supers. That makes sense. Also, any move to the metric system is a positive move.

Feedback from the Fans

The real question is – what do you think about the change? Social media exploded with both positive and negative comments in regards to the change. Looking at the Instagram post announcing these changes, we’ve got a few examples of how people feel about a 10K Super distance:

“I LOVE it! 🙌” says Spartan Pro Nicole Mericle

@isaac__88 disagrees by stating “Super should of stayed at 8 miles. People that want less should find other races or step their game up!!”

@aka_rhino seems concerned about his or her apparel consistency going forward, “Glad I got my 8+ mile super in so my hoodie is true to its word!”

At first it definitely seemed that the overwhelming opinion was against the change, but there has been a large amount of support for the change recently as well.

Let’s hear your thoughts – How do you feel about Super’s being moved to 10K distance?

 

Spartan Elite Qualification Process for 2020 Season

 

Are you fast enough to qualify for elite? – Click here.

Click here for Spartan 2020 Season Pass. Open, Age Group, Elite.

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.

Click here for Spartan 2020 Season Pass. Open, Age Group, Elite.

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2020 Spartan Season Pass Info Released

Spartan teased the information for the 2020 Season Passes earlier today.

The Season Pass has always been a popular choice amongst Spartan enthusiasts to get the most bang for their buck. This year, Spartan is including even more with their Season Pass (for even more USD).

The Elite Season Pass is also changing for 2020 – Elite competitors will have to qualify AND apply to run as Elite. The Season Pass will be fully gated, meaning you will not be able to sign up before submitting qualifying information

Season Passholders Receive:

  • Unlimited US Races (Includes Spartan Trail)
  • 50% Discounts off Spartan Ultra & Agoge events
  • One (1) Spectator Pass per event
  • Multi-Lap Discounts
  • Passholder T-shirt
  • Passholder Hat
  • Passholer Jacket
  • 10% Merch Discount at all races

How to Sign Up For Spartan Race Season Passes:

Open Wave Season Pass Sign Up
$799 

Age Group Season Pass Sign Up
icon$999 

Trifecta Pass

$349 – Any Wave for Stadion, Sprint, Super, and Beast.

2020 Elite Season Pass: Article here on Qualifications & Application process.

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