The Spartan Race is taking obstacle racing to another level.
The fast-growing series announced today the formation of the 2014 Spartan Race Triple Crown, a three-race championship with more than $500,000 in prize money at stake.
To be eligible, racers will start by competing in the Spartan World Championship in Killington, Vt., on Sept. 20. They must also compete in the Team Championship in Dallas on Nov. 1. In between, they can compete in either the South Carolina Beast or the Sacramento Super, both of which take place on Oct. 25.
The prize money will be awarded in Dallas to the top elite men and women who have the best cumulative performance over the three races.
“We have some of the world’s top athletes competing in our races where a mix of obstacles and terrain test their physical strength and mental resolve,” said Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena. “We are kicking it up a notch by giving these athletes an opportunity to ‘compete and repeat’ to prove their dominance in the sport.”
The Spartan Race has seen enormous growth in the booming business of obstacle racing. In 2014, Spartan has more than 130 events scheduled in 17 countries—more than doubling the number of races in 2013. Some of those events are televised tape-delayed on NBC Sports, with the World Championship airing tape-delayed on NBC in November.