Following closely on the heels of the announcement of a new, multi-year partnership between Spartan Race and Reebok, Reebok Spartan Race today unveiled extensive revisions to its 2013 points system. According to Spartan Race Founder Joe De Sena, the move is in keeping with the organization’s goal to make Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) an internationally sanctioned sport.

“Sporting events have clear rules that are easy to execute event to event,” De Sena commented. “So we’re updating and streamlining the Spartan Race points system to ensure that our dynamic sport has the right foundation to keep our athletes at the highest level of competition as well as offer something fun for our spectators and fans to track.”

The new 2013 Spartan300 Points Plan, which went into effect following the Spartan Championship last Sept., encompasses the Carolinas Spartan Beast Race held Oct. 13, 2012 through the 2013 World Championship Spartan Beast, Sept. 21-22, 2013, in Killington, Vt.

There are two points races, one for the open waves and one for the elite waves. Heres how it works:

Open Points Race:

300 Points are possible for the winner of this division. 95 points for winning gender, 195 points for winning age group, and 10 in participation points. The gender points and age group points are calculated by a comparison to the fastest time of that category in the open heats. So if a male competitor takes twice as long as the fastest male, then they will get half the 95 points. If that same competitor is the fastest in his age group he will get 195 points. participation points will be 10. So his total points will be the sum of the three.

Points attributed to each respective race performance then are weighted according to the Spartan Race hierarchy: Beast – 100 percent; Super – 98 percent; and Sprint – 96 percent.  In addition, bonus points will be awarded for podium placement in Championship Races.

Elites Point Race:

300 Points are possible for the winner of this division. Elite Points are comprised solely of Overall Gender Placement, calculated by a compaison to the fastest time in gender in the elite wave.
Points attributed to each respective race performance then are weighted according to the Spartan Race hierarchy: Beast – 100 percent; Super – 98 percent; and Sprint – 96 percent.  In addition, bonus points will be awarded for podium placement in Championship Races.

“300 points makes each race loss or win critically important,” De Sena asserted.  “Further, by standardizing a metric of 300 across Elite and Open fields, we can now attribute lifetime performance values and comparable grading.  We can also promote multiple associations and reporting simultaneously.  For example, you may compete for Team XYZ and compete in the Elite heat for points.”

To qualify for SR300, competitors must race in designated Elite heats. Elite racers’ five best scoring races (within the elite heats) will determine their total ranking scores. Open racers’ points will be aggregate for the season, and they are not eligible for series prizes or awards. Moreover, relays are exempt from points.

SR300 Elite represents the top 300 male and female competitors determined by points ranking leading into the completion year.  The top 150 men and 150 women will receive additional perks like:

- Wholesale pricing on Spartan fuel

- Priority for Saturday Wave 1 and 2 Elite Heats

- Ability to apply for SR300 invitation-only events

- SR300/Spartan profile pages vanity URLS

- Incentives programs for stewardship

- Discounts on sponsor merchandise

De Sena explained that the new 300 Points Plan will encourage the masses to participate in more races because everyone is ranked. It also is expected to encourage distance and performance “graduation” and “Spartan Race Bucket list” goals while promoting the Spartan lifestyle. The system further serves as a viable measure of performance that takes the audience into consideration (Open = age group; Elites = overall competition). “Last but not least,” De Sena added, “it will create more ‘winners’.”

“The one who wins the most races at varying distances should be series winners,” he continued. “This is a different measure than head-to-head competition.”

With international competition, each country will have a leader board and points-based champion.  We’ll also maintain a leader board for International Points Champions.  But we’ll determine the “World Champion” at the World Championship in Vermont next Sept.

The U.S. will have a 2013 Elite winner for each distance. Similar to the World Championship, the Sprint, Super and Beast champion will be determined at a championship race for each of the three categories later this year.

“The new points plan is designed to intensify competition and generate increased excitement as the season progresses,” De Sena said.  “We’ll be updating points after each event making it easy for athletes and fans to keep tabs on their favorites.

“We’re also kicking up the rewards a notch,” he added.  “The Points Series competition purse has grown to $40,000 – above and beyond the $50,000 in cash and $50,000 in prizes given away at our 2012 Championship.  De Sena explained that 20 cash prizes ranging from $100 to $4,250 will be awarded to the Top 20 men and Top 20 women in the 2013 final Points Series rankings.  In addition, the top 20 men and women, as well all Points finishers ranked 21-50, will earn exclusive Spartan300 sweatshirts, T-shirts and 2013 Season Passes ($400 value).  Male and female Points finishers ranked 51-150 each will get a Spartan300 T-shirt and a free race entry for 2013.   Age group winners will receive a trophy.

“2013 is shaping up to be one heck of a year for Reebok Spartan Race and obstacle course racing as a whole.” De Sena concluded. “There’s no better time than now to get up off the couch and become part of the Spartan movement that is spreading like wildfire around the world.”

 

One Response

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    Just have a question regarding the prizes for the top 21-50 is that overall? or the top 21-50 men and women each receive the prize?

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