The Trail Running Film Festival - Online Watch Party Get your tickets.

The Trail Running Film Festival - Online Watch Party Get your tickets.

Back in 2018, in ‘before COVID-times’, Spartan showed up on the trail running scene. Most of the races they offered had shorter distances, but a couple were ultras. Some races were new ones in new locations, others were partnerships with existing races, like the Lavaredo Ultra Trail in 2021. Spartan also tied these all together and called its circuit a “World Championship”. Not to confuse anyone.

Spartan probably felt the need to diversify into the growing segment of ‘trail running’. The OCR crave is waning and trail races offer a seemingly simpler way to host events. Less fire and less obstacles.

Now in 2022 it seems like Spartan Trail is still around.

Here’s how Spartan breaks down their current race offerings:

  • Standalone Events: Classic trail races, mixing the Spartan prime experience with the magic of our sport.
  • Shared Events: If you are familiar with Obstacle Course Racing events, our Shared trail races live together with a Spartan festival Weekend adding one more challenge to be raced if you’re an avid Spartan racer. 
  • World Championship: Our top tier series of races – events in wonderful locations around the world, from Patagonia to Australia
  • Partner Events: Is a category listed on their website but the links don’t go anywhere.

There’s not a single race in the Alps in the lineup, which is quite fascinating. Transgrancanaria seems to be the biggest name still on their global circuit. Is anyone running that circuit? Following the racers? Reporting on the events?