Spartan Race Pointscore

Australian Obstacle Racing News   |   Feb 25, 2013

The explosion of obstacle racing events and series has seen a wide variety of races spring up around Australia. Some, such as Tough Mudder and The Stampede pride themselves on being untimed events that focus on camaraderie and completion whilst still providing a challenge. Others such as Warrior Dash and the Tough Bloke Challenge have timed races and if you are awesome enough you can find your name at the top of the placings - but apart from a few days? glory it doesn’t really provide a long-term progress path for those that want to excel in obstacle course racing and make it a competitive sport.

Most Australian obstacle racers seem content just having a go and finishing without worrying about how fast they were or where they placed, but what if you want to take it a bit more seriously?

With Spartan Race set to explode onto the Down Under obstacle course racing scene, the opportunity for obstacle racers to compete in a championship series is here. In the United States, the Spartan Race has been running their own obstacle racing league across several years, with participants being awarded points for placing in Spartan Races. Those that head along to oodles of Spartan Races – Spartan Sprints, Spartan Supers and Spartan Beasts – and perform consistently well can find themselves up at the podium end of the leaderboard.

There’s no qualifying or entry fee to be part of the Spartan Race point ranking system, and no specific wave to be part of. Most certainly those that wish to place well will line up in the first few waves, but if a racer wants to do the last wave of the day with friends and still manages to record a blistering time then they get the points.

We caught up with Max Delacy from Spartan Race Australia, who will also be instituting a similar pointscore system across all their races in Australia and New Zealand. Whilst the specifics of the system are currently being worked out, it is great to see that Spartan Race Australia have plans to provide a more competitive sport angle to those who want to do more than just finish.

The system in the States is based around positional finishing, with winners scoring up to 300 points for a podium finish. If you take twice as long as the winner to cross the line, you get half the points. Points are also weighted depending on the distance of the Spartan Race, with a Super only being awarded a percentage (a high percentage, admittedly) of a Beast, and Sprint being weighted slightly less again.

“We are planning on bringing five or six Spartan Races to Australia in 2013,” explains Delacy “With a planned twelve or so in 2014 and another several more in New Zealand.”

This means that with so many Spartan Races popping up, there will be plenty of opportunities to pick up points.

“Spartan Race participants will automatically be allocated points after each Spartan Race,” Delacy continues, “if you do the upcoming Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane events you’ll get your points. When we hit Perth and hopefully at our Sydney Beast event, the same will apply. Take part in enough Spartan Races and perform consistently across all three distances, you’ll find yourself up the top of the championship table.”

Whilst Spartan Race is thus far unique in Australia in offering prizemoney for podium finishers at each race in the series, overall championship winners may get more than just a few extra bucks in their wallets. As Delacy says “We hope to be in a position toward the end of the inaugural Spartan Race season to be able to pay airfares and accommodation for leading Australian and New Zealand obstacle course racers to fly over and compete in the Spartan Race World Championship Beast in Vermont . Early days, but it’s definitely on the cards!”

So if you are an obstacle racer who wants to compete, and are taking part in the upcoming Sprints in Melbourne or Sydney, then keep an eye out for the new point score page on the Spartan Race Australia website shortly after the race, and keep performing well at future Spartan Races to see your name at both the top of the leaderboard and perhaps on a boarding pass for the United States’ north-east.