WILL YOU MAKE HISTORY?

Picture this. You’re running through epic Icelandic scenery, overcoming Spartan’s brutal obstacles in golden twilight and the darkest of nights. The sky above you is lit up by the mystical glow of the Northern Lights. You experience the electric atmosphere of the first 24hr indoor Spartan festival. You leave Iceland with a swag of limited edition collectibles, and maybe even a share of $25,000 in prize money.

Spartan invites you to enter the first-ever 2017 Ultra World Championship in Iceland. This is ultra-endurance history in the making, with 24 hours of non-stop action on and off the course, in one of the most incredible destinations in the world. You’ll also get a sneak preview of the all-new 2018 Spartan Ultra season. For Sprint racers, there’s a 5 mile race on the same action packed course.

RACE FORMAT - ULTRA

24 hours, non-stop, as many 5 mile laps as you can.

The Spartan 2017 Ultra World Championship is a first-class sporting event on the global calendar that takes ultra-endurance racing to a new level. Both teams and individuals are eligible to compete, and all athletes will be strictly timed, ranked, and officiated. Support crews will have access to a special indoor TA (transition area) which is secure and heated.

If you want to race as a team of 4, the minimum distance required to earn a finisher medal is 6 laps per team (approx 30 miles). Your cumulative distance will be recorded and ranked against other teams. To compete as a team, please pre-register individually – Spartan will be in touch with all registered competitors shortly to assign teams and team names.

Registration

The event is confirmed and registration is now open. 300 more Ultra spots have just been released – once these are sold out registration for the Ultra will be closed permanently. If you want to make history, commit to it now.

Anyone is eligible to register for either the Ultra, Sprint or Agoge – there are no pre-qualifications.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Click Here For Ultra | Click here for Sprint

If you pre-registered before September 1st, your card will have now been charged and your place is confirmed. If you have not registered yet, please click the link above.

TEAMS

If you wish to race as a team of 4 in the Ultra, sign up first as individuals. Spartan will reach out to all registered competitors shortly to assign teams.

SPRINT

Sprint competitors ready to attack 1 lap of the same 5-mile course can now register above. The Sprint event will have its own medal, awards, and take place early Sunday morning.

AGOGE

There are only 100 places for this landmark Agoge. Rumour has it the Agoge will include the 24hr Ultra. If you have already signed up for the Ultra and also want to take part in the Agoge, please contact us@spartan.com or use Live Chat on any Spartan web page.

SUPPORT CREW

All support crew are free (though must purchase a return bus fare if traveling with competitors). All registered competitors are allowed 1 support crew person, who will have access to the restricted TA area inside the heated dome. Competitors will be asked to nominate their support crews in the coming weeks.

Race Info

LOCATION

Reykjavik, Iceland
Nearest International Airport: KEF

KEY FACTS

24hrs non-stop, 5 mile loops
Sprint course – 5 miles
Indoor heated festival and TA (transition area)
1 Support Crew Allowed

FINISHERS RECEIVE

Limited edition 2017 Spartan Ultra World Championship Finisher’s Medal OR Team Finisher’s Medal
Ultra 50 mile, 75 mile, and 100 mile finisher patches
Limited edition 2017 Iceland Sprint Medal
Collectors’ Edition Iceland Finisher T-Shirt
Iceland Agoge Coin and Wedge
Potential to share in more than $25,000 cash prizes
Free Professional Photos
Access to Exclusive 2017 Ultra World Championship Merchandise
More free surprises – we can’t list them here

Schedule

All Ultra and Sprint competitors are required to attend the pre-race briefing on Friday 15th in the afternoon. You should plan on departing Iceland no sooner than the following Monday morning. Specific details with transport information, locations and times will be provided to all registered competitors once the event is declared open.

Travel Packages

Spartan has collaborated with Iceland Travel to prepare exclusive travel packages to suit your budget, with 2 star up to 4 star options and the very best available rates. Upon booking, accommodation packages will be further customizable to give you the flexibility to plan the best Iceland experience possible.

Invite your friends and family to join you! Save 50% on accommodation by sharing one of the below packages with a friend. You also have the option of rounding up a team of 4 people to share this trip of a lifetime.

2 Star Hotel
*Starting At
$351

Hotel Package includes:

– 3 nights in Reykjavik 15th-18th

– Up to 2 people

– Breakfast

– All Taxes

3 Star Hotel
*Starting At
$513

Hotel Package includes:

– 3 nights in Reykjavik 15th-18th

– Up to 2 people

– Breakfast

– All Taxes

4 Star Hotel
*Starting At
$726

Hotel Package includes:

– 3 nights in Reykjavik 15th-18th

– Up to 2 people

– Breakfast

– All Taxes

Save 50% on accommodation by sharing one of the above packages with a friend. You have the option of rounding up a team of 4 to share this trip of a lifetime.

FAQ

CAN I BOOK MY OWN HOTEL & TRANSPORTATION?

Yes, however for the absolute best rates available Spartan has partnered with Iceland Travel to bring you exclusive travel packages. Booking via Spartan & Iceland Travel means you’ll save the time and hassle trying to arrange your own accommodation, and you’re sure to get the best quality and value for your money.

Due to the event’s remote location and to ensure the race starts on time, competitors and support crew will be required to purchase an official event shuttle bus ticket to/from the event location. Buses will be departing from Reykjavik on Saturday. The cost of the ticket is $89. Tickets will be available for purchase online to all registered competitors shortly – please stand by to receive more information about the shuttle bus.

CAN ANYONE PRE-REGISTER? I HEARD I NEED AN INVITE.

Anyone, anywhere is able to sign up. We held an exclusive pre-registration period until September 1st, and that period has now expired. There are 300 spots remaining at the time of writing, and the event is confirmed as going ahead. Sign up now.

CAN I COMPETE AS A TEAM?

Yes. Teams of 4 will be allowed to run laps, with any number of team members able to be on course at the same time. Each team member’s total number of laps completed by the end of the race will contribute to the team’s final cumulative total – to officially finish a team must complete 6 laps in total. There will be a special team category medal and awards.

Please register as an individual first, and you’ll be able to nominate your 3 team members and choose a team name shortly. Spartan will email all competitors to ask who wants to race as a team.

THIS LOOKS EXPENSIVE. HOW MUCH WILL IT COST ME ALL UP?

It’s much cheaper than you think. Airfares from the US for example are very reasonable (our agents report 6-8 weeks out being the sweet spot for booking). If you bring your own food and share the cheapest accommodation package with another person, you’re looking at around $1075 all-in for the Ultra, and $674 for the Sprint. This includes air travel, accommodation, shuttle bus and entry. We think that’s not much for changing your life forever.

IS THERE AN ELITE CATEGORY?

Yes – there will be both an Elite and Open category with matching bibs. Elite category competitors will be eligible for prize money and this group is limited to 100. Spartan will email all registered competitors and ask those who wish to be eligible for Elite to apply shortly.

BESIDES THE ULTRA, IS THERE A SPRINT?

Yes, the Ultra World Championship weekend has something for everyone. The Sprint is one 5 mile lap of the same incredible course, and Sprint competitors will have access to the indoor festival area as well. Sprint competitors may also sign up to be a support crew person for an Ultra competitor at no extra cost. Sign up for the Sprint here.

I ALREADY REGISTERED FOR THE ULTRA. CAN I DO THE AGOGE?

Yes. If you have already registered and paid for the Ultra, you can add on the Agoge for no extra cost. Please contact us@spartan.com and let our friendly support team know. If you haven’t registered for the Ultra yet and wish to do the Agoge, click here.

WHEN WILL THE EVENT BE CONFIRMED?

The Iceland Ultra World Championship event weekend is now confirmed and will go ahead beginning with Agoge Iceland on December 14th. The Ultra will finish on Sunday December 17th.

HOW MANY LAPS DO I NEED TO DO TO FINISH?

In order to get an Ultra finisher’s medal and officially finish the race, you must complete 6 laps (approx 30mi / 48km).

If you’re competing as a team, each team must complete a minimum of 6 laps in total. Team members may contribute any number of laps to their team’s cumulative total, as long as the team completes 6 by the time the race is over.

HOW MANY OBSTACLES WILL THERE BE PER LOOP?

Expect 20+, as well as many natural obstacles such as single track, scree slopes, and thermal river crossings.

WILL THERE BE BURPEE PENALTIES FOR FAILING AN OBSTACLE?

Yes. All the regular Spartan rules apply, including 30 burpee penalties for failed attempts and disqualifications for failing to complete mandatory obstacles, such as Bucket Brigade and Barbed Wire Crawl.

CAN I BRING A SUPPORT CREW?

Yes. Each competitor is allowed 1 crew member to assist them in the TA (transition area). This person will be able to register as a crew member shortly when Spartan contacts all registered competitors to nominate their support crews. There is no cost for crew members, however they will be required to purchase a return bus fare to/from the event for $89. Crew will be given a special bib to grant them access into the indoor heated TA (transition area).

WILL IT BE COLD?

Iceland in winter isn’t as cold as it sounds. Temperatures compared to the American northeast for example are relatively mild. You can expect December averages from -1°C to +4°C (30 to 39°F). Be prepared though for high winds, rain, sun, fog, darkness, thermal river crossings, stray vikings and lots more.

IS THERE A MANDATORY GEAR LIST?

A basic gear list will be distributed to all registered Ultra and Sprint participants closer to the event. This will be comprised of small items that are easily sourced and of low-cost, and need to be carried for your own safety (eg. a headlamp and backup light, survival blanket). Please wait until further notice, we’ll inform you of the exact list of things you’ll need to bring.

WHAT KIND OF SHOES SHOULD I WEAR?

We recommend bringing several pairs, including one pair with an aggressive tread pattern suitable for slippery and muddy conditions. Use of spikes, cleats or shoe chains is not permitted.

HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER?

Please send a request to volunteer@spartan.com, and let us know you’re interested in volunteering for Iceland. One of our friendly team members will be in touch. Iceland promises to be an experience that is just as special for volunteers. Thanks for your support!

I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS.

Feel free to post your questions on the official Iceland Event page on Facebook or use the Live chat feature on the bottome right side of this website and we’ll answer you as quickly as possible.