Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) will host the 2023 Spartan World Championship in Al Wathba desert, 30 minutes outside of Abu Dhabi City, from 8-10 December 2023, which will see the introduction of two additional competitive events to the annual tournament. For its third consecutive year held in the emirate, the championship will feature an all-new 3km obstacle course, as well as and a first-of-its-kind night race among its roster of competitions, which is anticipated to attract athletes from around the world in their bid to become a Spartan World Champion.

Taking place on 8 December, the Spartan Night Sprint will officially inaugurate the 2023 Spartan World Championship weekend and will feature a fully illuminated 5km Spartan Sprint desert course. Comprising two heats, commencing at 5.30pm and 5.45pm respectively, registration for the race is open to anyone wishing to compete, with participants required to wear headlamps. Following the night race, live music performances, the official Parade of Nations, and an athlete panel discussion will feature on the event’s main stage.

The 3km obstacle event to be held on 9-10 December 2023, will feature three race variants, the Elite 3K, the Elite 3K Team Relay, and the Open 3K Team Relay, competing across male and female categories. Athletes will first compete in a qualifying round, featuring a 1km course loop with 10 obstacles, for a place in the semi-final, where participants will repeat the 1km course loop. The top 15 competitors of each race type in both categories will then advance to the final, which will feature three rounds of the 1km course, totalling 3km and 30 obstacles. Hundreds of athletes are expected to participate in the event, with the top three winners in male and female categories to receive a share of the AED312,000+ prize fund.

The new 3K and night race courses promise athletic displays of physical prowess, stamina, and resilience. To register for 2023 Spartan World Championship events, visit race.spartan.com/en/race/championships/world.