In 2023, Spartan returns to the Al Wathba desert venue for the pinnacle OCR event of the season: the Spartan World Championship, hosted by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. Thousands of athletes and spectators will gather just 30 minutes from the city to compete for Spartan immortality in the 2023 individual & team championship events.

This December, join thousands of athletes in Al Wathba desert, right outside of Abu Dhabi for a weekend of OCR, cultural immersion and adrenaline-packed adventure.

This year, Elite Racers will test their championship pedigree on the 21K Beast course OR all new 3K course.

Age Group Racers will compete on the 21K Beast Course.

Or grab a friend and represent your country in the 3K Team Championship Event.

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A Weekend of Events

The 2023 Spartan World Championship weekend is packed with more exciting events than ever before. Athletes will find an event that tests their mind and body, no matter their skill level. Choose from Sprint, Super, Beast and Kids courses, or test yourself at all distances with a desert Trifecta Weekend.

When you’re not racing, immerse yourself in rich Emirati culture in the festival area that spans towering sand dunes alongside a desert oasis.

Spartan World Championship Elite Beast 21K & 3K, or Age Group Beast 21K.

Spartan 3K Team World Championship

Championship medals on the line.

Cash prizes (Elite) and awards (Elite and Age Group)

DECEMBER 8-10, 2023
Weekend Schedule

Friday, Dec. 8
Zayad Festival: Packet Pickup, Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremony

Saturday, Dec. 9
Elite 21K World Championship
Age Group 21K World Championship
Open 21K Beast
Kids Races (Competitive & Open)
Kids Competitive Awards Ceremony
Elite 3K World Championship
Elite 3K, Elite 21K, AG 21K Awards Ceremonies
Post Race Party

Sunday, Dec. 10
Elite 3K Team Relay World Championship
Open 3K Team Relay
Open 10K Super
Elite 3K Team Relay World Championship Awards Ceremony
Kids Races (Open)
Open 5K Sprint


Whether you’re seeking an adrenaline rush, craving adventure or simply want to soak up some rays and enjoy shimmering turquoise water, Abu Dhabi has you covered. Experience a one-of-a-kind long weekend full of off-course experiences infused with local Emirati culture, including the largest festival Spartan has ever created.

Al Wathba, this year’s venue, sits just 30 minutes driving from Abu Dhabi, making it convenient for local and international racers alike. Restaurants, a spa/pool and cultural excursions will be available for purchase at the race venue.

Racers staying in Abu Dhabi, one of the safest cities in the world, will have the luxury of five-star hotel properties with world-class amenities. We recommend flying into Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) and renting a car for the duration of your stay.

To learn more about Abu Dhabi, please visit visitabudhabi.ae

road to the event
World Championship Events
Trifecta World Championship
Kids World Championship


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