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Located a short ride from Lake Tahoe, this epic venue was once host to the 1960 Olympic Winter Games. Join us today for the greatest obstacle course race in North Lake Tahoe.

The Village at Squaw Valley is a year-round destination in the heart of Squaw Valley, located in North Lake Tahoe. This European-inspired Village features over 40 bars, restaurants, galleries and boutiques, including a yoga studio and day spa. Condominium style suites are conveniently located for access to four season adventure including Aerial Tram rides to High Camp at 8200 feet, overlooking Lake Tahoe. Visit www.squawalpine.com to learn more.

The obstacle racing weekend of the year will feature three Spartan Race distances to choose from over two days of racing: The Spartan Beast, Spartan Ultra and Spartan Trail. Which challenge are you ready to accept?

To do well, runners will need to prepare for the thin air as heights reach over 9,000 feet of elevation. Lake Tahoe is one of Northern Californias premier destinations and draws a healthy crowd year-round for its spectacular skiing, water sports, and outdoor activities. With 72 miles of shoreline straddling the California-Nevada state line, theres always somewhere new to explore and plenty of terrain for Spartans to roam. The most popular areas to visit include the more nature-oriented North Tahoe, or the party scene of South Tahoe. Or you can do it all -- visitors have the potential travel around the lake in under 90 minutes.

Spartans are in for an adventure filled with traverses, climbs, crawls and perhaps even some swims. Come prepared.

TOP REASONS TO TAKE ON THIS COURSE:

1. Elevation is one of the most defining elements of the Tahoe venue, starting at a surface elevation of 6,224 feet and working upwards of 9,000 feet only means one thing: get those lungs and quads ready for the long haul.

2. Cozy cabins are a plenty. Just make sure you book one early so you can be as close to all the action as possible.

3. Grover Hot Springs: Drive South to Markleeville and soak in a natural thermal hot springs. Your leg muscles will thank us for this recommendation.

4. Kayak to Fannette Island: The small island in Emerald Bay is the only island in Lake Tahoe and is worth a kayak trip. At the top is the remnant of an old tea house.

5. Bike the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail or at least part of it for extended adventure off the course. Chances are you'll only want to bike a section of the route as part of your active recovery.

6. Take to the skies and launch out from Slide Mountain on a powered hang glider. The view of Tahoe is hard to beat and you get to wear a "stylish" blue jumpsuit.

How to enter the Spartan Race - North Lake Tahoe - World Championship

  1. Ultra

    Run 30mi
    Standard Entries
    $281.99–$306.99
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  2. Beast

    Run 12mi
    Standard Entries
    $179.99–$249.99
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  3. Kids Race

    Run 2mi
    Standard Entries
    $25.99–$47.99
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Spartan Race - North Lake Tahoe - World Championship routes

30+ Miles & 60 Obstacles (Ultra Distance):

The Ultra is the first race of its kind to bring the best of OCR and ultra-endurance sports together. If you’re a traditional ultra-endurance sports fan, you will love the Ultra.

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12+ Miles & 30-35 Obstacles (Beast Distance):

If you’re looking to unleash your inner beast and go to places you never imaged, the Spartan Beast is perfect for you. With 12-14 miles and 30-35 obstacles between you and the finish line, the Spartan Beast will test everything you’re made of your strength, your endurance, your resolve. The unpredictable terrain and Spartan Obstacles are masterfully designed to push you deep into your discomfort zone, and well past those self-imposed obstacles you once considered your limits. Beast mode: on

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Kids Race:

Spartan Race isn't just for adults. Our Spartan Kids Race offers two distances for the little Spartans in your life. Based on age, our Kids races have obstacles in them just like the grown up versions. Come watch your future Spartans run, jump, and play just like they're supposed to.


Event Details

What’s Included
Ultra Distance:

  • Badass Ultra Finisher Medal Belt Buckle (personalize it with a SpartanTab)
  • A trifecta medal wedge piece (run a Stadion, Sprint or Super to collect your remaining two pieces!)
  • Free 805 Beer
  • Craft Ultra Finisher T-shirt (your other one should be pretty dirty)
  • Free Professional Photos (to frame and flaunt)
  • Bananas at the finish line
  • Cold can of FitAID
  • BODYARMOR Sports Drink or Hydration Water
  • Kashi Protein Bar
  • Bragging rights

Beast Distance:

  • Badass Beast Finisher Medal (personalize it with a SpartanTab)
  • A trifecta medal wedge piece(run a Stadion, Sprint, or Super to collect your remaining two pieces!)
  • Free 805 beer
  • Craft Beast Finisher T-shirt (your other one should be pretty dirty)
  • Free Professional Photos (to frame and flaunt)
  • Bananas at the finish line
  • Cold can of FitAID
  • BODYARMOR Sports Drink or Hydration Water
  • Kashi Protein Bar
  • Bragging rights

Kids Race:

Kids Finisher Medal
Craft Kids Finisher T-shirt (your other one should be pretty dirty)
Bananas at the finish line
Bragging rights
Each Kids Race registration also includes two complimentary Festival Passes per family.

Raceday Logistics
Saturday Ultra

6:00am Elite Men and Women Start Time
6:15am Age Group Start Time
6:30am - 6:45am Open Start Times
Last Saturday Ultra Heat: 6:45 AM

Saturday Beast (No Elite Heats)

7:00am - 12:45pm Morning Start Times
1:00pm Afternoon Start Times Begin
2:30pm Spartan Trail 10k Elite and Age Group Start Time
Last Saturday Beast Heat: TBD (will be posted here 10 days prior to event day)

Sunday Beast

9:00am World Championship Elite Male Qualifiers
9:30am World Championship Elite Female Qualifiers
10:00am - 11:15am World Championship Age Group Qualifiers Heats
Last Sunday Beast Heat: 11:15am
Kit List
Ultra:

  • Your ID
  • Barcode
  • Towel & extra (dry) clothes
  • Recommended: Headlamp and Camelback
  • Mandatory Gear: One working headlamp and two glow sticks.
  • Recommended Gear: Extra headlamp batteries, a means of carrying at least 32oz of water, electrolytes, calories, appropriate gear given the weather, first aid material.
  • We recommend dressing in performance gear (NOT COTTON). Think compression tights or shorts and breathable tops made from water wicking material. Wear comfortable shoes that you’ve trained in, but beware, they are going to get dirty.In addition to your clothes, consider fuel when planning for race day. For a Sprint distance you can normally get away with the water stations on course, but for our longer distances (Super, Beast, Ultra) we strongly suggest wearing a hydration pack and carrying energy gels or Clif bars.

Beast:

  • Your ID
  • Barcode
  • Towel & extra (dry) clothes
  • Recommended: Headlamp and Camelback
  • We recommend dressing in performance gear (NOT COTTON). Think compression tights or shorts and breathable tops made from water wicking material. Wear comfortable shoes that you’ve trained in, but beware, they are going to get dirty.In addition to your clothes, consider fuel when planning for race day. For a Sprint distance you can normally get away with the water stations on course, but for our longer distances (Super, Beast, Ultra) we strongly suggest wearing a hydration pack and carrying energy gels or Clif bars.

Spectators
Spartan loves Spectators
Most USA venues will require one to purchase a Festival Pass to gain entry as a spectator, so check on the race's specific event page for pricing. Typically, the fee is $25 when purchased on race day. Kids 13 and under are free. There is no spectator age limit.
With the Festival Pass, you get a coupon at registration (redeemable at the merchandise tent). Additionally you will have viewing access of some obstacles, the start and finish line, the vendor tents, and hot food for sale on the grounds. Enjoy music while watching your friends and loved ones slip and slide through the Spartan course, from the Spartan festival grounds. Raffles, entertainment, spectator challenges, free muddy hugs from Spartan athletes, and all the other festival perks makes spectating all worth while. The next ticket you will want to buy will be a race entry.

Yes, but can I get on the course to watch my racer?
As for roaming the course or watching each obstacle, each course will have different restrictions. On some ski mountains, you can take a ski lift to the top where there will be obstacles to watch. At ALL events, the festival area is situated within sight of at least 6 obstacles where you can catch your family and friends.

My Junior Spartan(s) are in the Kids Race, do I need to purchase a Festival Pass?
Each Kids Race registration includes two free Festival Passes per FAMILY. If you have one child registered, you'll get two free passes. If you have two children registered, you'll still only receive two free passes. There is no need to register these spectators online ahead of time - just show up with your mini-spartans and check in with them at the Kids Race registration line.

What can I bring into the race with me?
You'll want to check the Athlete Guide and/or Event Page for your specific event for any special guidelines on what you may/may not bring into an event. However, as a general rule, outside food and drink, coolers, and tents are not allowed. You are welcome to bring folding chairs, backpacks, etc.

Volunteers
As a Spartan Race Volunteer, you will ensure that our racers and spectators have an epic experience. Along with a sense of extreme pride and sheer joy from helping out a ton of people you've never met before, there's a lot to gain from becoming a Spartan Volunteer.
Head over to https://www.spartan.com/en/about/volunteers to sign up.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I receive my race pack for the Spartan Race - North Lake Tahoe - World Championship?
Friday, September 27th you MUST pick up your packet at the venue prior to the race. It's recommended to show up 1.5 hours before the race. Registration opens at 5am.
At what time does the Spartan Race - North Lake Tahoe - World Championship start?
The start time is ~6am. Your exact start time will be listed by group via start times tab on the website.
What should I bring?
You must bring one working headlam and two glow sticks. You should also bring your ID, registration barcode, towel, dry clothes, extra headlamp batteries, food, weather appropriate clothing, and first aid material.
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Spartan Race - North Lake Tahoe - World Championship weather forecast

Possible light rain starting in the afternoon.

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