2018: Spartan Points System

In 2018, the standard Spartan weighted point system will be used to determine all Elite, Age Group and Open rankings in ALL Points Series, such as National/Regional Series races and Regional Championship events. 

Note: All 5 Regional Championships are standalone events with their own 300 point rankings per event. These events are not tied to National/Regional Series points series rankings in any way.

In order for your results to be properly tabulated into rankings for our Spartan Point Series, you will need to "claim" all your results through Athlinks and make sure all your relevant races are grouped under one Athlinks profile. You can find out how to do that here, as well as fix common Athlinks profile problems. 

Here's the specifics of how you earn points:

Spartan Race Point Series:

Base Points earned are weighted based on course distance:

Sprint: 96% points (288 total to first place male/female).

Super: 98% points (294 total to first place male/female).

Beast: 100% points (300 total to first place male/female).

Points are calculated based on a % of best finish time for overall male and overall female (overall male's time / your time x 300 points)

Example: You are an elite male, you finished the sprint race in 1:02:32. The first place male finished in 59:53. First you convert to seconds for both and then divide, so 3,593 / 3,632 x 300 pts x .96 (Sprint distance weighting) = 284.9 or 285

Each race an athlete runs, he/she will earn points based on both their age group and gender ranking (using the standard 300 point formula). In any Age Group Series, the age ranking of an athlete will be determined by their age on the first series race he/she competes in, not the last. Therefore, an athletes age group will remain the same throughout the series, and will not change if the athlete ages-up.

 Although Age Group Series rankings are determined based on a racer’s age during their first race in a series, the racer’s age category on race day, in which they can earn points, will be determine by their age on that day. For example, if a 39-year-old runs their first race of the season before their 40thbirthday, they will be a part of the 30-39 Age Group Series (for the entire year). If during the season they turn 40, for any race going forward, they will be ranked in the 40-49 Age Group Category and earn points within that bracket for the day. After the race, these points will then be applied to their original 30-39 Age Category Series Rankings, since they ran their first race of the series at 39 years old. 


Past points do not change or get recalculated based on the new age. 

What else you need to know:

  • To qualify as Elite you must race in the designated Elite heat. If you race in the Elite wave for some of your races and race in the Open heats, or Age Group Category for a couple of events, those Open heat or Age Group races will not  be combined with your Elite points in the Elite series.
  • Elite heat must have a minimum of 30 male or 10 female participants to qualify the athletes to receive ranking points at that event. In some cases, race directors may allow only ranked athletes to enter a Elite heat. 
  • Only your top 5 best races earn points
  • If you are late to your heat you will not earn Elite points, at the Race Director's discretion. 
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