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

  • Elite 3K World Championship
  • Elite 3K Awards Ceremonies
  • Night Sprint
  • Zayed Festival

Saturday, Dec. 9

  • Elite 21K World Championship
  • Age Group 21K World Championship
    – Elite 21K, AG 21K Awards Ceremonies
  • Open 21K Beast
  • Kids Races (Competitive & Open)
  • Competitive Awards Ceremony
  • Post Race Party
  • Parade of Nations and Opening Ceremony
  • Zayed Festival

Sunday, Dec. 10

  • Elite 3K Team Relay World Championship
  • Open 10K Super
  • Elite 3K Team Relay World Championship Awards Ceremony
  • Kids Races (Open)
  • Open 5K Sprint
Detailed Schedule

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. We recommend flying into Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) and renting a car for the duration of your stay.

Looking to have all your travel details taken care of? Book a NIRVANA X SPARTAN travel package for accommodation and receive exclusive extras including: airport transfers, daily breakfast, event day shuttles, merch discounts, and so much more.

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World Championship Events
Trifecta World Championship
Kids World Championship


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