THE REEBOK SPARTAN RACE RULES 2017
 
GENERAL RULES (for all disciplines and all start heats)

1. Every runner is responsible to fully understand and know Race Rules, Obstacle Rules and how to do proper Burpees before event.

2. If some runner do not understand Race Rules it is on his responsibility to ask organizer before stepping on start line or before obstacle.

3. Any verbal or written instructions provided by emails before race, by race director briefing or by volunteers on obstacles or by course marshals may have priority before this written Race Rules here.

4. Competitors run in various Heats (start waves), in groups of 250 runners in each heat. The first two heats are Elite Heats, separately for men at 9:00 a.m. (Elite Heat Men) and for women at 9:15 a.m. (Elite Heat Women). In order to be awarded with points for Elite, the minimal number of participants for Elite Heat Men have to be 30 persons, and for Elite Heat Women 10 persons. Next heat is Competitive Heat for both Men and Women. The Competitive Heat is followed by one or two heats of the SRTG (Spartan Race Training Group) – special heats intended only for members of training groups from particular cities. Other heats which starts at 10:00 a.m. are open (Open Heats), and both men and women can run in them together.

5. Usually, start heats follow each other in 30-minute intervals but the intervals may be shortened to 15 minutes or even less. Start times of all heats may be shifted, depending on discipline, weather, season and number of registered competitors.

6. For the 2017 season is a new performance criterion regarding participation of a competitor in the Elite Heats – men. Runners for these heats should run below this times limits:

Spartan Race Criterion

Note: The time limits are indicative and will be specified for each race separately in Athlete Guide for each race.

7. In order to be awarded with points for Elite category the runner must finish better time then is time limit for certain discipline. The fee for participation in the Elite Heat is 10 € . Results from runner who will not make time limit will be moved to Open category. In this case runner can not claim for compensation.

8. Competitors must run in the time heat to which they registered. If a competitor will run in other time heat than he registered to, he will be disqualified and such participation shall even not be taken into account for qualifications to Trifecta.
 
 

REGISTRATION
1. All competitors are required to indicate complete and correct data in the registration form. The score evaluation is also affected by the age of a competitor. Incorrectly indicated date of birth on the registration form shall result in disqualification without any refund of entry fee.

2. Team captains should not indicate their own email and their own phone number for other team members in the registration form. Each team member must indicate own e-mail and phone number in the registration form.

3. Registration changes could be done before a start but not after reaching a finish line.

4. If a competitor is registered as a member of a team, so he took the advantage of the group discount, he cannot re-register himself as an individual.
 
 

OBSTACLES

For detailed OBSTACLE MANUAL please click HERE.

 
 

DISQUALIFICATION (DQ)

Any cheating results in immediate disqualification. The following shall be considered as cheating:

1. Failure to follow specified route and use of shortcuts. An athlete is responsible for staying on the route. Sometimes it is difficult to navigate in complex terrain and then does not help even the most sophisticated marking. Athletes should understand that quick and correct orientation is also part of this sport – obstacle run in the field, and it is necessary to have certain abilities and skills necessary for successful completion of the race. Intentional altering of the route marking by an athlete or his/her associates falls into the category “Unsportsmanlike conduct”, according to these rules. The athlete who intentionally or unintentionally leaves the route, not being able to get back to the route point where he left it, will be disqualified. In some cases, caused for example by weather, reduced visibility or incorrect instructions of organizers, such violations can be solved individually, case by case.

2. Execution of incomplete penalty exercise Burpee, regarding the number of less than 30 Burpees and its technical execution. The exercise is executed properly when a chest fully touches the ground and an athlete jumps above the ground so that the soles of his/her feet doesn’t touch the ground.

Here’s how to do proper Burpees on all races organized by the CEU:

  • Start in standing position.
  • Go into squatting position and put your hands on the ground in from of you.
  • Kick your legs behind yourself so that you get into position for push-up.
  • Make a push-up so that your chest touches the ground and go up again.
  • Kick your legs back under yourself so that you get into squatting position.
  • Stand up and jump with straightened body.
  • While you are in the air, clap with your hands above your head.

 
 

To see video with demonstrative example of correct BURPEE


 
 

Common mistakes:

  • A competitor doesn’t touch the ground with his/her chest.
  • A competitor doesn’t jump.
  • He/she doesn’t jump with straightened body.
  • He/she doesn’t clap above head.
  • A competitor doesn’t make the whole set of 30 burpees. We recommend to say out loud every fifth burpee.

3. A competitor is responsible himself/herself for correct counting of penalty exercises. He/she cannot anticipate that someone else will count for him/her. A competitor have to comply with instructions of the obstacle referee. If the referee doesn’t recognize some exercises, a competitor have to repeat penalty exercises.

4. Leaving or dropping of any part of clothing, shoes or equipmnet with which a competitor originally started on. Each part of clothing and equipment must go through all obstacles and nothing can be left on a route. We mean also camelbags, flags, decorations, wigs, masks, costumes, etc. It is forbidden to use tourist, trekking or ski sticks, metal spikes on shoe soles, etc.

5. Skipping of obstacles by running next to them.

6. Running without the starting number (BIB) or its intentional covering, soiling, hiding, or removing of the starting number. Each competitor has to be identified with his/her starting number on the front and rear side. A competitor must have a headband with the number flipped forward on his/her head. He/she must have the starting number pinned to the back side of his/her shirt. If he/she doesn’t have a shirt, the starting number must be pinned to the back side of his/her boxers. In case BiB # is not part of Starting Pocket the headband must be carry visible all time on the track.

7. If men use the load intended for women.

8. If men use help steps intended just for women on the Wall.

9. Masking the timing chip with opaque adhesive tape (duct tape – silver adhesive tape) in order to avoid its loss but causing malfunction of the chip itself.

10. Every person who throws waste on the route, outside of refreshment station or obstacle, will be disqualified.

11. Acceptance of help from others. Outside help. It is not permitted to accept help from audience or from members of support team. Competitors may not accept equipment, clothes, shoes, water nor food on a route, unless it is from organizers. There is no penalty for verbal communication with medical staff or acceptance of help and support from other competitors, with the exception that the Elite competitors cannot help each other on obstacles. Any form of physical therapy by medical personnel will result in immediate disqualification.

12. Acceptance of help from other runners. Inside help. It is forbiden to give and accept help between runners of Elite and Competitive heats on the course. Breaking this rule lead to disqualification. Only runners of Open heat can help each other.

13. Failure to comply with Cut-off time. Cut-off time may be given for some races (usually for Beast and UltraBeast disciplines). Most often it is due to the safety of athletes. If the Cut-off time will not be met, a competitor is obliged to resign and he/she will be disqualified. The Cut-off time for completion of the race is given by the Director of the Race prior to the race and it is published in Athlete Guide for given event.

Note: Don’t be confused with „Cutoff Time“ and „Time Limit“ for Elite heats. These two thing are totally different.

14. Testing of an obstacle. Testing of an obstacle before official start of the race is a reason for disqualification. The exception to this rule is testing of the obstacle placed within festival area. While obstacle in Festival area or on the course is covered with SR tape it is considered as closed obstacle and such obstacle is not allowed for testing.

15. Using of running shoes with metal/plastic or other material spikes. Also any kind of aid tool installed on shoes called – „snow traction aid“ or „anti slippery aid“. Such shoes and aids are forbidden for winter and same as for sommer races from safety reason. Runners who will use such forbided shoes will be desqualified.

16. DNF (Do Not Finish)
Each obstacle have to be completed and each penalty exercise must be made correctly and in full. If a competitor can no longer proceed on due to physical or mental exhaustion at any part of a route, he/she may withdraw from the race. All those who give themselves up shall notify the referee on a obstacle or the course marshals. First, they will take the timing chip away on-the-spot and all the other bands, and then, if it’s necessary, provide transportation to festival area. In case runner will give up on track between obstacles and nobody from organisers took his timing chip he must bring it to the timing company at finish line such way to avoid of scanning his chip by timing mat.
 
 

SPECIFIC RULES FOR ELITE AND COMPETITIVE HEATS

1. Elite/Competitive runners cannot accept any help “from outside”. If a competitor accepts any help from persons who are not competing, e.g. audience, member of service or support team, including official medical assistance on a track, e.g.: quick bandage, Advil, ice pack, giving drinking water by audience, or if someone from audience helps him/her and gives him/her hand during obstacle overcoming, then the competitor loses entitlement for all prizes and will be assigned only with an unofficial time. He/she will receive only medal and T-shirt. Elite/Competitive Wave competitor will not be penalized for verbal communication with medical personnel.

2. If additional video check reveals that an Elite/Competitive runners didn’t do proper penalty exercise, he/she will be penalized with 30 seconds for each incorrect exercise. If the video will evidently reveal that a competitor made less than 20 proper penalty exercises, he/she will be disqualified additionally.

3. Any competitor’s protests regarding preliminary results, breach of rules or route, or complaints on behaviour or acts of other competitors can be declared no later than 1 hour prior to the award ceremony, or as stated in Athlete Guide for given race.
 
 

SPECIFIC RULES FOR BEAST AND ULTRA BEAST

1. All competitors must have mandatory equipment, otherwise they won’t be allowed to the race and will be disqualified:

  • a. Hydration sources such as – water bottles (no glass), pouch, bottles strap, camelbag, etc.
  • b. Mandatory equipment for competitors who take part in start heats after 11:00 a.m. at Beast is a headlamp.

For the Ultra Beast – all competitors from all heats must have a headlamp. Racers who will not have this equipment will not be allowed to race at all.

2. Ultra Beast competitors have to meet certain Cut-off Time on the route, otherwise they will be withdrawed from the route and disqualified. Cut-off time will be announced in Athlete Guide for each race minimum 14 days before race.
 
 

BEHAVIOUR OF A COMPETITOR

Unsportsmanlike conduct
Each participant is expected to behave in accordance with spirit of sportsmanship during the whole sporting event. Unsportsmanlike behaviour is the reason for disqualification, exclusion from the competition, expulsion for one year, or lifetime exclusion from all races, depending on the fault severity and on the decision of organizers.

Arguing.
Runners may not arguing with the referee, course marshal, obstacle volunteer, staff member etc. Argues will be considered as Non-Sports behaviors. Instructions or commands of obstacle volunteers or referee shall be fulfill without delay, otherwise it will lead to disqualification. Unless they feel they have been unfairly treated have the right to give a protest when they rich the finish line.

Slow runners
Slow competitors must allow faster athletes to overtake. Deliberate obstructing of faster runners in overtaking at any part of a route will be classified as „Unsportsmanlike behaviour”.

Littering
Every person who throws waste on the route, outside refreshment station, will be disqualified. In addition to the refreshment stations rubbish may be left also on obstacles which are equipped with the garbage bags or plastic bins.

Health and safety
If a competitor is a witness to accident and injury which require immediate medical attention, he/she cannot continue on until someone from organizers reach the place. Failure to provide help to the competitor in need of such medical assistance will be considered as “Unsportsmanlike behaviour”. Each competitor is expected to use his/her own best judgement in regard to seriousness of the injury in order to decide if he/she should stay and help the person in difficulty and need, or run for help to the nearest obstacle. A competitor have to understand that his/her decision in favour of injured person could jeopardize his/her own time result. In such cases, a competitor must take the cognizance that additional time compensation for time loss caused by granting such assistance is possible but not guaranteed.

Penalty in Burpee Zone
Athletes are required to complete their penalty burpees within the designated zone or area, as burpees are monitored by Course Officials and/ or video cameras. Course officials will review video to ensure proper form is used and the athlete has completed the burpee penalty. Burpee zones are there for safety and to allow for athlete flow on course. Blocking other Athletes progress by doing penalty burpees in the athletes path falls under the rules of “unsportsmanlike conduct”.
 
 

RESULTS AND EVALUATION:
1. SR season 2017 will have these categories: Elite, Competitive and Open. Awards will be for Men, Women and Teams in all categories. In the category Elite will be new awards for runners older then 40 years called MASTER.

2. Spartan Kids will have awards only for oldest kids. First three boys and first three girls will get diploma.

3. Season 2017 will have new series called CEU Regional SPRINT Series. This series will count only points from particular SPRINTs organised by CEU. Points will be counted only from four fastes SPRINTs. Final results will be published after last SPRINT in Poznan PL. Top 15 men and top 15 women will be awarded with prizes.

List of Sprints counted to the CEU Regional Sprint Series:

  • 1. 4. Veszprem HU
  • 8. 4. Krakow PL
  • 13. 5. Nitra SK
  • 19. 8. Litovel CZ
  • 16. 9. Poznan PL

4. Season 2017 will have new series called CEU Regional SUPER Series. This series will count only points from SUPERs organised by CEU. Points will be counted only from four fastes SUPERs. Final results will be published after last Super in Krynica PL. Top 15 men and top 15 women will be awarded with prizes.

List of SUPERs counted to the CEU Regional SUPER Series:

  • 29. 4. Kouty CZ
  • 17. 6. Kazincbarcika HU
  • 1. 7. Trojmiasto PL
  • 16. 7. Valca SK
  • 30. 7. Krynica PL

5. Runners awarded with free tickets can use tickets for following race of the same discipline or discipline one level above. These free tickets are non-transferable and cannot be used by other persons nor alternates. Free ticket is valid for one year from award ceremony.

6. Top 5 men and top 5 women of the Elite Heat will qualify for the SR World Cup in the Lake Tahoe, USA. They will get qualification coin after the race. Other details about proper procedure to register for WC will be published on official web page of organiser.

7. Top 10 men and top 10 women of the Elite Heat will qualify for the Euro Championship SR in Spain. Other details about proper procedure to register for EC will be published on official web page of organiser.

8. Awards ceremony must be attend in person, the winner can not delegate a representative. Prizes for winners who will not attend award ceremonies in person shall forfeit. Nothing will be sent by post.

9. A competitor is responsible for correct mounting and wearing of timing chip through all check points on a route and at a finish.

10. If a competitor loses his/her timing chip, he/she has to inform the timing company about it immediately at a finish. Such competitor won’t have his/her official time confirmed until it is approved by the Director of the Race.

11. Any loss of the chip, or missing record from a check point, may lead to disqualification.

12. Course Marshals can be helpful in confirming a route to a competitor who lost the chip or his/her chip didn’t record the check point time.

13. The Spartan Race reserves the right to revise all videos and photos from the race and based on findings change results or additionally disqualify competitors. Penalty 30 seconds for every missed burpee. If an athlete does less than 20 burpees then he is disqualified.
 

Team results:
1. Each team consisting of 4 or more members will be included automatically into the team evaluation. In order to be evaluated, the team must have at least 4 members who finished the race.

2. Times of all team members will be recorded.

3. Only the time of fourth top team member, will be included in overall evaluation of teams. Decisive for the team ranking is the time of the 4th athlete of the team in the finish. It’s not about the best 4 or more individuals but about the best team effort. So run through the course together as a team and you will get in with a better team time.

4. Teams can be divided into different heats and doesn’t have to run together.

5. Teams can be mixed – men and women together.

6. A competitor registered as an individual cannot be evaluated and awarded as a member of a team.
 
 

PRIZES FOR THE WINNERS

For season 2017 were approved these prizes:Click Here.

 
 

CEU REGIONAL SPRINT SERIES
1. place 750 euros, throphy
2. place 500 euros, throphy
3. place 300 euros, throphy
4. place 150 euros, trifecta ticket 2018
5. place 100 euros, trifecta ticket 2018
6. place 100 euros, 2 tickets (Sprint, Super)
7. place 75 euros, 2 tickets (Sprint, Super)
8. place 50 euros, 2 tickets (Sprint, Super)
9. place 50 euros, 1 free Sprint ticket 2018
10. place 50 euros, 1 free Sprint ticket 2018
11. place 1 free Sprint ticket 2018
12. place 1 free Sprint ticket 2018
13. place 1 free Sprint ticket 2018
14. place 1 free Sprint ticket 2018
15. place 1 free Sprint ticket 2018
 
 

CEU REGIONAL SUPER SERIES
1. place 1000 euros, WC registration and accomodation for 4 days, EC reg., special throphy
2. place 750 euros, WC registration and accomodation for 4 days, EC reg., special throphy
3. place 500 euros, WCH registration and accomodation for 4 days, EC reg., special throphy
4. place 300 euros, WC registration, EC registration
5. place 200 euros, WC registration, EC registration
6. place 150 euros, trifecta ticket for 2018
7. place 125 euros, trifecta ticket for 2018
8. place 100 euros, trifecta tickect for 2018
9. place 75 euros, trifecta ticket for 2018
10. place 50 euros, trifecta ticket for 2018
11. place 2 free tickets to 2018 (Super, Beast)
12. place 2 free tickets to 2018 (Super, Beast)
13. place 2 free tickets to 2018 (Sprint, Super)
14. place 1 free ticket to 2018 (Super)
15. place 1 free icket to 2018 (Sprint)

All free tickets are valid for CEU events only!
 
 

The oldest competitor
– SR diploma, eventually material prizes and gifts from sponsors and partners.

The Biggest team
– SR diploma, eventually material prizes and gifts from sponsors and partners.

FairPlay Prize
The prize doesn’t have to be awarded at each race. It is awarded occasionally for notably honourable, human, and sporting act.
 
 

PROTESTS
1. Any competitor’s protests regarding preliminary results, breach of rules or route, or complaints on behaviour or acts of other competitors can be declared no later than 1 hour prior to the award ceremony, or as stated in Athlete Guide for given Race.

2. Protests shall be declared verbally, directly to the Race Director.

3. The protest fee is 30 Euros.

4. In the case of justified protest, the fee will be returned.
 
 

NATURAL DISASTER OR SAFETY CONCERNS
In the case of very bad weather or other natural disasters, or by other organizational or technical reasons, the organizers of the Spartan Race reserve the right to change, modify the part of, or the whole, route, as well as some obstacles, or suspend or terminate entire race on behalf of preservation of health and safety of competitors, organizers and audience. In the case that competitors will be requested to suspend or terminate an activity for above mentioned reasons, they shall do so immediately.

These rules are not final and will be continuously modified, updated and amended by the Director of the Race, depending on situation.

Any verbal or written race day instructions given in pre race emails, pre race briefings, or by
volunteers and/or course marshals will supersede rules in this manual.