First, it was the home of the Spartan World Championship. Then, it hosted the North American Champs. Now, the legacy continues with the Ultra World Championship. This September, the most resilient endurance athletes on the planet will battle for 24 hours on a grueling new course packed with mind-numbing climbs, dense obstacle sectors and more.

This September, North Lake Tahoe, California — the venue of the 1960 Winter Olympics — will again be home to endurance athletes hellbent on achieving the impossible. The action begins Saturday morning, where Open Heat and Age Group athletes take on a punishing Spartan Beast course. Then, on Sunday morning, the Elites will embark on their 24-hour Spartan Ultra World Championship journey. Don’t miss this historic championship weekend.

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What You’ll Earn

Coveted Ultra™ World Championship swag is earned by only the bravest souls, and only if you make it across the finish line at Palisades Tahoe. Each Ultra World Championship is one of a kind. Do you have what it takes to earn the buckle?

Ultra World Championship Special Edition Finisher T-Shirt
2022 Ultra World Championship Finisher Belt Buckle
Ultra World Champion Tropion Badge
Cash prizes (Elite) and awards (Elite and Age Group)
Check the Ultra Championship Event Page for exact details of the event.
SEPTEMBER 24-26 , 2022
Travel Information

How to Get Here:
Getting into and around North Lake Tahoe is a breeze.

  • 45-minute drive - Reno-Tahoe International Airport
  • 2 hour drive - Sacramento International Airport
  • 3.5 hour drive - Bay Area Airports (San Francisco, San Jose Oakland)
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Getting Around: Using public transit in North Lake Tahoe is one of the most effective ways of keeping Tahoe Blue and getting to your next adventure. There are options for regional public buses, free night shuttles, and express shuttles to and from the Reno-Tahoe Airport.

North Lake Tahoe also offers two free, on-demand shuttle services within the region. TART Connect services three zones within the region. It can also access Northstar California and Palisades Tahoe ski resorts during select times.

Where to Stay North Lake Tahoe is made up of 12 unique towns, all with their own personality and comforts, so make sure to explore the offerings as you plan your perfect getaway.
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Weekend Schedule

Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2022 Ultra World Championship schedule.

Non-Competitive: Open Heats

  • There are no qualification requirements for Open Heat Ultra World Championship athletes.
  • All racers are able to sign up.

Competitive: Elite & Age Group Heats
  • Male and female Elite and Age Group athletes qualify for their respective heats by completing any Spartan Ultra race between October 11, 2021 and September 23, 2022 (the day prior to the Ultra World Championship race weekend).
  • Any completed Ultra race is valid regardless of course location, length, terrain type or finish time.
Additional Details
  • The Open Heat UWC is still a 24-hour event. There is also a 21K Beast race during the UWC race weekend.
  • Athletes are permitted to register for the UWC prior to completing their qualification Ultra.
World Championship Series
Spartan World Championship
Trifecta World Championship


Do I have to be a pro or qualify to race the Ultra World Championship?
I’m a purist ultrarunner or trail runner. Is this for me?
What are some of the harder things about the Spartan Ultra?
Can I race with friends?
I’m a runner / I’m not good at upper-body strength / insert excuse here.
What if I’m not fit enough? This is a championship right?
Does this count toward the Trifecta?