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Nov 30, 2023
  • Pinnacle obstacle course racing event of the season to take place in Al Wathba from 8 th -10 th December – with final spots remaining
  • New 3k course and exciting night race both a first for the Championship event
  • Participants will receive free entry to The Sheikh Zayed Festival, a celebration of Emirati culture, with Parade of Nations and Awards Ceremonies, set to take place at the festival

Abu Dhabi, UAE – November 30 th , 2023: This year’s Abu Dhabi Spartan World Championship, hosted
by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, will take place in the UAE’s capital next week as thousands of athletes
prepare to compete in the world’s leading endurance challenge over the course of a gruelling and
intense three-day period.

Al Wathba plays host to the event, which runs from 8 th -10 th December, for the second consecutive
year and there are various race options available, including the Open Heats, which provide an
opportunity for all regardless of ability, to take on the Spartan challenge.
The event includes three packed days of high-level race action in which participants will push their
bodies to the limit in a true test of strength, endurance and speed, while Friday and Saturday nights
feature the Sheikh Zayed Festival, a huge celebration of Emirati culture for which ticket holders will
receive free entry.
HE Suhail Abdulla AlAreefi, Executive Director of Events Sector, Abu Dhabi Sports Council added:
“With last year’s event such a huge success, we anticipate another thrilling three days of sporting
action and entertainment this time around.
“With so many race options, there is something for everybody, while the Sheikh Zayed Festival will
allow guests to experience a true Emirati celebration long into the night.
“This is the third occasion on which Abu Dhabi has hosted the Spartan World Championship, which
reinforces our commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle and positioning the UAE as a global
leader in the hosting of largescale events.”
Cherie Bortnick, Vice President, Business Development, Spartan, said: “Excitement is really starting
to build as the 2023 Abu Dhabi Spartan World Championship edges closer, and with just over a week
to go until the start of the event, there is only a short period of time in which to secure your spot at
the pinnacle OCR (obstacle course racing) event of the season.
“This fantastic event is open to participants of all fitness levels, and we are very much looking
forward to welcoming competitors to Al Wathba once again as we bring the curtain down on our
2023 event offerings.”
Friday 8 th December, this year’s opening day, features the 3K Races, along with the inaugural 5k
Night Race, while a packed schedule on Saturday 9 th December includes the Elite 21K World
Championship, Age Group 21K World Championship, Open Beast (21km; 30 obstacles) and Kids
Competitive & Open (½ Mile – 2 Mile; 5-20 obstacles) challenges. 

The event concludes on Sunday December 10 th with another big day of race action, featuring the Elite
3K Team Relay World Championship, Open Super (10km; 25 obstacles), Open Sprint (5km; 20
obstacles) and Kids Open (½ Mile – 2 Mile; 5-20 obstacles). 
To register for participation, visit: https://race.spartan.com/en/race/championships/world

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