Ultimate Test of Grit and Endurance: Spartan World Championship Returns to Abu Dhabi
• Less than 100 days until world’s elite athletes descend upon iconic desert venue for pinancle of obstacle course racing
ABU DHABI, UAE – September 11, 2023: Spartan, the world’s leading endurance sports and extreme wellness brand, has announced that the 2023 Spartan World Championship will return to Abu Dhabi for a third consecutive year, reaffirming Abu Dhabi’s position as a global destination for sporting events. The event, held in partnership with and hosted by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, will bring together the world’s best obstacle course racing (OCR) athletes to take on a challenging new course from December 8–10.
Set in Abu Dhabi’s Al Wathba area for the second year, the race venue stands a mere 30 minutes away from both Abu Dhabi city and Abu Dhabi International Airport. This strategic location serves as a beacon of convenience, catering to the needs of both local and international competitors and participants.
Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council, said: “We are proud to announce - once again - that Abu Dhabi will host the Spartan World Championship for the third consecutive year and second time in a row in the Al Wathba Desert, after the great successes achieved by the first and second editions.
“We promise everyone that the championship will continue its successes during the upcoming edition, through the sand dunes of Al Wathba desert, which in itself constitutes an obstacle, a barrier, and an interesting challenge for participants from all over the world.'
A battle of titans awaits as the finest Spartan athletes, who have qualified throughout the racing season, come together for the pinnacle of competition—the men's and women's individual World Championship, slated for an adrenaline-charged showdown on Saturday 9 December. The Team World Championship will be held on Sunday December 10. Alongside the elite competition, members of the UAE and international community will also be able to participate in dedicated competition formats for the general public.
UAE residents keen to test themselves on the circuit can do so through the Open Heats. The Open Beast (21km; 30 obstacles) will roll out on Saturday, while Open Super and Open Team Super (10km; 25 obstacles), Open Sprint (5km; 20 obstacles), and Kids Open (500m-2km; 5-20 obstacles) will run on the Sunday, enabling budding Spartans the chance to tackle the course by themselves or with friends and family. There are no qualification requirements, and all interested parties are able to sign up.
“We're thrilled to return to Abu Dhabi for a third consecutive year for the Spartan World Championship. Crafting an entirely new course, we're gearing up to deliver one of our most challenging experiences to date—seizing the title will demand nothing short of absolute dedication,' revealed Joe De Sena, Spartan Founder and CEO. He continued, 'Beyond the intense Elite competition, we recognize the significance of offering every Spartan the chance to conquer the very same World Championship course embraced by our elite contenders. Embarking on this journey with us in Abu Dhabi guarantees a transformative experience—one that unshackles your physical and mental capabilities.”
In 2022, one of the greatest Spartan racers of all time, Lindsay Webster, took the first-place podium. The win — at a time of 1:12:49 — was not only a personal milestone for Webster, but she also made Spartan history with the most consecutive wins of all time (17). Sergei Perelygin, who has three Spartan Regional Championship titles to his name, returned with a vengeance to dethrone the reigning champion Ryan Atkins and take first place with a time of 1:03:47 on the 10K course.
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