Athletes from all over the world will descend on Abu Dhabi for three days this December, 3rd to 5th, for the 2021 Spartan World Championships.
This will be the first time the event has taken place outside US, in what the organizers say is the “harshest desert terrain in Spartan history” – the Liwa Desert.
The 2021 Spartan World Championship will be held in the culturally rich and visually stunning Liwa Desert known for its sweeping dunes and vivid sunsets.
Desert, culture, history and adventure are encapsulated in this emirate from Abu Dhabi city’s famous Corniche, to the Oasis City of Al Ain, to the massive dunes of Al Dhafra’s Empty Quarter.
The tournament, hosted in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, was originally scheduled for early December 2020, but was postponed because of international travel restrictions owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The championship weekend will feature the Elite Spartan World Championship, the Spartan Team World Championship and the Spartan Kids World Championship, which is open to children ages 10 to 14 who have placed in the top three in their age and gender group at Spartan Kids races around the world.
The event is well-known for its grueling obstacles, and the desert landscape only serves to make this challenge even more demanding.
This year’s tournament kicks off with the kids’ event on the Friday, followed that evening by the Elite Spartan Beast Championship, a half-marathon route for qualified competitors only.
On the Saturday, there will be Open Spartan Beast heats, more races for children and it will culminate that night with the Teams World Championship.
Festivities promise to be infused with Emirati culture, too, as the event will also feature activities, traditional food, cultural shows, dune rides, yoga classes, a parade and, of course, fireworks.
There’s a total prize pot of about $115,000. The top 10 male and female contenders in the Elite category will take home some cash, with the top prize at Dh73,450, while second place runners get just more than Dh55,000.
Sign-up costs start from $214.99.
More information is at race.spartan.com