Rules

Rules

THE SPARTAN RACE 2018 RULES

 
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 8:00 a.m. (Elite Heat Men) and for women at 8:15 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 Age Group Heat for both Men and Women but individuals only. Age Group heat can be extended to more heats depends on interest. The Age Group Heats are 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 2018 season is a 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. If there are no time limits mentioned in the Athlete guide for specific event, the limits in these rules automatically apply. The time limits can also be adjusted by Race Director after races if there is a significant impact on the limit due to other unpredictable circumstances such as weather changes, route changes, etc.

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. Our improved CEU registration system require for everybody to create one time mandatory profile (personal account within registration system) prior to registration to any event. Creating profile make easy for each participant to manage their present and next events, to make easy online substitution, to make changes within heats, to create invoice (these features are now under construction) and Trifecta reports within CEU. Such online changes are available till last Tuesday before event for free.

2. 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.

3. 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.
Note: Registration for SRTG members to SRTG heats has slightly different procedure.

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

5. Switching registration between individual and team and vice versa is not possible.

6. Any changes in the registration made at the day of the race are considered as additional service and fee 5 euro will be required.

 
 

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 equipment 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 camel-bags, flags, decorations, wigs, masks, costumes, etc. It is forbidden to use tourist, trekking or ski sticks, metal spikes on shoe soles, etc. Also any kind of natural wooden sticks found by track are forbidden to use.

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 – headband with the number flipped forward on his/her head. The headband must be carry visible all time on the track from start corral to the finish line. Wearing headband on the neck or on the wrist is not acceptable and will result disqualification.

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 forbidden to give and accept help between runners of Elite and Age Group 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 Ultra 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 summer races from safety reason. Runners who will use such forbidden shoes will be disqualified. Using of any trekking sticks, natural sticks is also forbidden.

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 organizers 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 AGE GROUP HEATS

1. Elite/Age Group 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/Age Group Wave competitor will not be penalized for verbal communication with medical personnel.

2. If additional video check reveals that an Elite/Age Group 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 behavior 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

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, camel-bag, 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 – 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 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.
 
 

BEHAVIOR OF A COMPETITOR

Unsportsmanlike conduct
Each participant is expected to behave in accordance with spirit of sportsmanship during the whole sporting event. Unsportsmanlike behavior 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 behavior”.

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 behavior”. 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 favor 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 2018 will have these categories: Elite, Age Group and Open. Awards will be for Men, Women and Teams in the Elite and Open category. Age Group category has rewards for individuals only – Men and Women. Age Group Category has 6 groups divided by age – 15-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-39, 40-49 and 50+. Each age group will have award for top 3 male and top 3 female (individuals only). Total will be awarded 36 runners from Age Group category.

2. Spartan Kids will have awards only for oldest kids from age category 11-14 years. First three boys and first three girls will get diploma.

3. Season 2018 will have series called CEU Regional Series. This series will count only points from particular events organized by CEU. Points will be counted only from four fastest events. Last event Beast is mandatory. Final results will be published after last event – BEAST in Miskolc. Top 10 men and top 10 women from Elite individuals will be awarded with prizes. Also qualifiers will go to EC from this series. Look at point 6.
List of events counted to the CEU Regional Series:

• 24. 3. Bytom SPRINT PL
• 12. 5. Donovaly SPRINT SK
• 9. 6. Várgesztes SUPER HU
• 23. 6. Kouty SUPER CZ
• 13. 10. Miskolc BEAST HU

4. 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.

5. Qualification process for season 2018.

The flow diagram below shows how qualification works across all events. Here we can see that:
i. A qualifies for C, but not D
ii. B qualifies for both C and D
iii. C qualifies for D
iv. A and B do not require prior qualification

Spartan Race Criterion

6. Qualification for European Championship 2018 in Morzine France:
TOP 10 men and women from ELITE in every European race from Sep 23 2017 to July 1st 2018.
TOP 10 men and women from ELITE in every CEU Regional Series.
• All Elite runners individual or team members are qualified with roll-down system.
TOP 5 men and women Age Group (15-17, 18-24 and 50+) a TOP 10 men and women Age group category (25-29, 30-39 and 40-49) in every European race
TOP 5 men and women Age Group (15-17, 18-24 and 50+) a TOP 10 men and women Age Group (25-29, 30-39 and 40-49) in national championship or regional series
• there is no roll-down process for Age Group so racers can be qualified more times from different events
• Other details about proper procedure to register for EC will be published on official web page of organizer.

7. Qualification for World Championship 2018 in Lake Tahoe USA:
TOP 10 men and women of Elite from all regional or national series
TOP 20 men and women of Elite from Euro Champ 2018
• All Elite runners individual or team members are qualified with roll-down system.
TOP 5 men and women Age Group (15-17, 18-24 and 50+) a TOP 10 men and women Age Group (25-29, 30-39 and 40-49) in national championship or regional series
TOP 5 men and women Age group (15-17, 18-24 and 50+) a TOP 10 men and women Age Group (25-29, 30-39 and 40-49) in European Championship 2018
• there is no roll-down process so racers can be qualified more times from different events
• Other details about proper procedure to register for WC will be published on official web page of organizer

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. All winners prior to award ceremony agree to go to under ID check to verify theirs personal data and DOB. Winners who avoid to go under ID check will not be allowed to attend award ceremony.

10. Winners must wear Spartan Finisher T-Shirt for the award ceremony in order to receive prizes.

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

12. 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.

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

14. 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.

15. 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 2018 were approved these prizes: Click Here.

 

CEU REGIONAL SERIES PRIZES 2018 for Elite and individuals (brutto)
1. place 850 euros, trophy
2. place 700 euros, trophy
3. place 500 euros, trophy
4. place 350 euros, trifecta ticket 2019
5. place 250 euros, trifecta ticket 2019
6. place 200 euros, 2 tickets (Sprint, Super)
7. place 175 euros, 2 tickets (Sprint, Super)
8. place 150 euros, 2 tickets (Sprint, Super)
9. place 125 euros, 1 free Sprint ticket 2019
10. place 100 euros, 1 free Sprint ticket 2019
 
All free tickets are valid for CEU events only!
 
 

Prizes for the best 3 Age Group individuals athletes men/women in each age group from CEU Regional Series:

1. place trophy and free trifecta ticket 2019
2. place trophy and 2 free tickets (Sprint, Super) 2019
3. place trophy and 1 free Sprint ticket 2019

Total 36 people will be awarded from Age Group.

Other awards

Fair-Play 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 official protests regarding preliminary results, breach of rules or route, or complaints on behavior 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. Official protests shall be declared verbally, directly to the Race Director.

3. Prior to the official protest the protest fee (30 €) must be paid in Registration desk.

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.

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.

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

General Race Rules

Each runner should in his own interest before race to read and know:

  • Spartan Race Rules
  • Obstacle Rules
  • Athlete Guide
  • Race Director email
  • Knowing the technique of Burpee

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