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Spartan Race World Championships Moving to Lake Tahoe

The championships are heading to California after three years in Vermont.

The Spartan Race is making a move.

The popular obstacle race series announced this week that the 2015 World Championships will be held at Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe in California. Championship weekend is scheduled for Oct. 3-4, 2015.

For the past three years, the Spartan Race World Championships were held in Killington, Vermont, near where the first Spartan Race took place back in 2010.

“Continuing to challenge our athletes is part of the Spartan DNA,” said CEO and founder Joe DeSena. “Bringing our World Championships to one of the nation’s most spectacular and rugged backdrops will make for the most challenging events the obstacle racing community has experienced, and an unforgettable test of mental and physical strength.”

The World Championship Beast will take place on Oct. 3, 2015. It is a 13-plus mile course with more than 25 obstacles.

Also new for 2015 is the addition of invitations to qualify for championship prize money, which will total $100,000. While past world championships dangled the prize money for anyone signed up to grab, the 2015 race will have the prize money only eligible for the “Elite Heat” that is limited to 300 men and 300 women.

To be part of that 600, racers must qualify at Spartan Race events throughout the year. Racers who finish in the top-5 at a Spartan Race will receive a Spartan Coin that acts as an Elite Heat ticket. But racers can only get one coin, so a “roll down” effect similar to Ironman is implemented if repeat winners emerge. If a Spartan Race winner already has a coin, then places 2-6 earn a coin instead.

Other ways to qualify are at a global qualifying championships (details TBA) that have 20 coins to hand out, and by being in the top 50 of U.S. points leaders.

Participants in the open heats do not need to qualify to race in Lake Tahoe. Registration opens on January 5 at Spartan.com.