What are the Race Options, costs and requirements?
Chai Spartan Sprint: The Chai Spartan Sprint is a thrilling 5 km run with 20 obstacles for the elite runner to test their abilities.
By Age Group: $89.99 Morning Race (9:00AM - 12:45PM start times): $74.99 Afternoon Race (1:00PM - 5:00PM start times): $59.99
Chai Spartan Trail: 10k Run - No Obstacles, $35.00 but an awesome foot race through rugged wilderness. Ages 14 and up
Kids Spartan - The Spartan Kids Race was created for boys and girls ages four to 13 to encourage exercising.
3km Open. Ages 10-13 (12:00PM start time) $29.99 1.5km Open. Ages 7-9 (10:00AM and 11:00AM start times) $24.99 1km Open Ages 4-6 (10:30AM and 11:30AM start times) $19.99
Festival Pass: $15 per person
*Each Kids Race registration includes two complimentary Festival Passes per family.
What you need to know about running Elite/Age Group
So you decided to run with the best of the best, and join the Elite Heat or just run competitively to push yourself in the Age Group division:
We're excited to see you stepping up your Spartan game, however there are some things you need to know:
You MUST arrive and race on time for your heat. If you show up late or race at a different time, you will be disqualified from the heat.
You will be provided a RED Spartan Headband (with your bib number on it) to differentiate you from the Open heat racers. Wear your headband, with the numbers facing forward at all times, to allow us to more easily tag your photos after the event!
You also agree to get no outside help on obstacles, providing aid such as food or drink, or medical help outside of getting medical advice. If you do you will DQ'ed from the event however you will be allowed to finish the event (if you are medically cleared) and get your medal and shirt.
You will be filmed at multiple obstacles for review for proper burpee completion.
You have until the end of the race day to review the film.
If you do not complete 30 proper burpees (as described at the start of the heat) you will be penalized 30 seconds per missed/incorrect burpee, up to 10, for a total of a 5 minute penalty. (For Stadion events, the burpee requirement is 15.)
If you have more than 10 missed/incorrect burpees (or 5 missed for Stadion events) you will be disqualified.
All timing concerns for the podium must be disputed no more than 15 minutes prior to the award ceremony.
It is up to you to count the burpees, it is not the job of the course monitors.
Please Note: If you are disqualified, for any reason, you will not get a finish time and will not be able to be moved to the open heat. No refunds or credits to a future event, or collateral will be given. Disqualified races will not count toward your trifecta, or point series ranking.
When should I arrive and what do I do when I get there?
We suggest arriving 1.5-2 hours prior to your scheduled start time. This way, any traffic issues or other unforeseen circumstances will only be a pleasant obstacle on the way to much more difficult ones.
We recommend shoes, lightweight apparel, and a camelback for longer events. Please bring your camelpack to the event filled. We also recommend a plastic bag for your muddy clothes post-race. We sell gear onsite, so you can wear great Spartan gear while you walk around the festival sporting your finisher medal.
Please bring photo ID and your registration receipt that contains the barcode. It is always good to have cash on hand. You will need it for parking at most of our events (check out the event page for specific details) and bag check.
Once you arrive on site..
1. Proceed to one of the Registration lanes with your registration barcode and photo ID.
2. One of the awesome volunteers will have you sign an electronic waiver, check you in, and provide you your bib number and race packet.
3. Proceed to the marking stations. Our volunteers will write your number on your arms and forehead (optional).
4. Loop the yellow/orange wristband through the timing chip and attach it to your wrist.
5. If you choose, drop your stuff at the "BAG CHECK" tent for safe-keeping.
6. Head to the "START" line.
7. Have a great race!
What about Specators?
Most USA venues will require one to purchase a Festival Pass to gain entry as a spectator, so check on the race's specific event page for pricing. Typically, the fee is $20 if purchased online prior to the event (please note online registration closes at 5pm eastern time on Friday prior to the race), and $25 when purchased on race day. Kids 13 and under are free. There is no spectator age limit.
With the Festival Pass, you get a coupon at registration (redeemable at the merchandise tent). Additionally you will have viewing access of some obstacles, the start and finish line, the vendor tents, and hot food for sale on the grounds. Enjoy music while watching your friends and loved ones slip and slide through the Spartan course, from the Spartan festival grounds. Raffles, entertainment, spectator challenges, free muddy hugs from Spartan athletes, and all the other festival perks makes spectating all worth while. The next ticket you will want to buy will be a race entry.
Yes, but can I get on the course to watch my racer?
As for roaming the course or watching each obstacle, each course will have different restrictions. On some ski mountains, you can take a ski lift to the top where there will be obstacles to watch. At ALL events, the festival area is situated within sight of at least 6 obstacles where you can catch your family and friends.
My Junior Spartan(s) are in the Kids Race, do I need to purchase a Festival Pass?
Each Kids Race registration includes two free Festival Passes per FAMILY. If you have one child registered, you'll get two free passes. If you have two children registered, you'll still only receive two free passes. There is no need to register these spectators online ahead of time - just show up with your mini-spartans and check in with them at the Kids Race registration line.
What can I bring into the race with me?
You'll want to check the Athlete Guide and/or Event Page for your specific event for any special guidelines on what you may/may not bring into an event. However, as a general rule, outside food and drink, coolers, and tents are not allowed. You are welcome to bring folding chairs, backpacks, etc.
How do I purchase a Festival Pass Online?
Follow these steps to purchase a Festival Pass online:
Go to the specific race's event page and click the red 'Register' button in the middle of the screen. Log into your ChronoTrack account or continue as a guest. On the next page, select Festival Pass. On the following page, complete the form with your appropriate demographic information. Towards the bottom of the page, you will see an Additional Purchases section; if you wish to purchase MORE THAN ONE Festival Pass, then check off Festival Pass and under Quantity, select the additional number of passes you want IN ADDITION to yours. You are already registering 1 pass, and this is where you would be purchasing additional passes. On the next page, review your cart to confirm you have the appropriate number of passes and the dollar amount reflected is correct. Proceed to checkout and payment.
You may print your receipt and bring it with you to the Spectator Tent on race day to pick up your passes. No physical passes will be emailed or distributed to you.
Please note: online Festival Pass registration closes at 5pm eastern time on the Friday prior to the race. After this time passes are only available in person on race day for $25.
Is there a time limit for each event?
There is NO time limit for each event. Sign up. Show up. Don't give up!
Take your time and finish, however long it takes you.
*Specific, longer distance events may have time cutoffs for safety concerns. If this is the case, those cutoff times will be published in the Athlete Guide on the specific event page, 10-14 days before the race.
Are there water and aid stations on the course?
We have water and aid stations on every course. During a 3+ Mile Sprint we may only have one aid station halfway through. During a longer race, like a Super or a Beast, we will provide up to 4 aid stations.
We do not provide food or gels, so please plan to bring your own. Racers are encouraged to bring camelbaks or water bottles to address their personal needs throughout the course.
When in doubt, bring it.
What about the weather on Race Day?
Generally speaking, we race rain or shine, heat or snow.
In order for us to cancel or postpone a race, we must be experiencing a severe act of God such as a hurricane, forest fire, flood, blizzard, etc.
So, if you get up and it is pouring rain, we are racing.
If it is snowing, we are racing.
If it is hot, we are racing.
If it is cold, we are racing.
Please plan to dress accordingly and use your judgement regarding your personal limitations.
IF for some reason we must cancel an event due to uncontrollable weather conditions emails will be sent to all registered racers and announcements will be made on the Spartan website and through social networking channels.
What should I wear?
While you can wear almost anything we have a few suggestions:
Avoid cotton whenever possible. Trail running shoes and lightweight apparel that drains well; remember, it's likely you will be soaking wet and/or muddy. New shoes on race day are NOT recommended. Race in what you train in. Remember this is a family event, indecent clothing should be reconsidered.
For more tips please visit our blog: how to dress for race day
Please note some of our elite heats will have a dress code, and these events will be posted at least 10 days before hand in the athlete guide. For these events we will require that those entering the start corral for the professional elite wave wear sensible athletic wear designed for running or trails.
You are representing the future of the sport, and it is being covered as a professional sport.
So costumes will not be allowed in the elite wave.
We do understand costumes have been a part of this sports birth and good nature, but, aiming for Olympic inclusion, we need to have a more professional presentation.
Most all sports have a dress code for press reasons.
What if there is a water obstacle and I can't swim?
Some of our events will have water obstacles. Most of them will be in water shallow enough to walk through without swimming. If there are water obstacles that require swimming, talk to the Spartan Official manning that obstacle for your options: completing it with a life vest, or skipping the obstacle and performing a set of penalty burpees.
Where can I find Medical Help at the Race?
There are numerous volunteer paramedics and EMS personnel at every event. If you get injured, or have a medical emergency, staff and volunteers are standing by to radio to them for immediate assistance.
What can I do if a check is written out to me personally?
If a donation check has been written out to you personally, you may endorse the back of the check and mail it in with a completed donation form to Chai Lifeline Canada .
Can I mail in a cash donation?
It is not a good idea to send a cash donation in the mail. You may drop off the cash at Chai Lifeline Canada along with your information or you can deposit the cash into your checking account and send a personal check from your account.
How quickly can I expect an online donation to post to my page?
Any donation made online should post immediately. If your donation does not post within 5 minutes, please contact Chai Lifeline Canada.
Can I enter a check online?
You can't enter a check online. What you can do is enter a check as a pledge. This can be done in the fundraising section of your headquarters page. The status of the check will be pending until the check is received by Chai Lifeline Canada.
A donor is requesting a Registered Charitable Number; what is that and how can I get it?
A Registered Charitable Number identifies Chai Lifeline Canada as a Registered Charitable non-profit organization. Many donors will request this number to validate their donation as tax-deductible. The Chai Lifeline Canada Registered Charitable Number is 85656 5536 RR0001.
Not all of my donors are showing up in the Honor Roll. Why?
As your donors make a contribution, they have the option of whether or not they want to appear in the Honor Roll.
Where can I find a list of the people who have donated to me?
Log in with your email and password to visit your headquarters page. Select ‘My Fundraising Report on the left side. You will then find a list of all of your donors as well as a list of all donors to your Team.
How can I send a thank you email to my donors?
To easily send thank-you emails to donors, follow these steps: 1)Log in to your fundraiser dashboard by clicking the "My HQ" link in the top right 2)Click "My Fundraising Report" in the left sidebar 3)Locate the donor/donation you'd like to thank, and click "Send Email" (If the donor didn't submit their email address, this option is unavailable.) 4)Type the message in the pop-up window, and click "Send Email"
Why am I receiving emails telling me that I've received a donation?
You are receiving these emails because we would like to keep you updated on your fundraising efforts. If you wish to stop receiving these updates, please login to your headquarters and edit your account preferences.
What is my personal page URL?
A personal URL is a shortened link to https://support.chailifelinecanada.org/chai-spartan-sprintyour or personal page that you can send to friends and family in emails. A personal URL will look like this https://support.chailifelinecanada.org/chai-spartan-sprint/ben.
Can a donor add a dedication message that appears in my fundraising honor roll?
When a donor makes a donation online, s/he can enter text to appear on the fundraising honor roll. This may be the donor's name, or it could be something like "From the whole Wolf family" or "In Memory of Aunt Cathy".
Where should I mail donation checks?
All donations should be mailed to: 300A Wilson Avenue North York, Ontario, M3H-1S8
Who should I make my check out to?
Please make all checks payable to: Chai Lifeline Canada. Please make sure that in the memo it says Chai Spartan Sprint and who the donations should be credited to.
How do I find a participant's personal fundraising webpage?
Click on the home page and begin typing the first or last name. Your options will display as you type.
How quickly can I expect an online donation to post to a participant's fundraising account?
Any donation made online should post immediately. If an online donation does not post within 5 minutes, please contact us.
what happens if I check the checkbox to "cover processing fees"?
If you check this checkbox, you will be charged the amount indicated next to the checkbox. This amount will also be visible to the non-profit. However, on the fundraising page, your intended - initial donation amount will be displayed.
Are donations tax-deductible?
All monetary donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Do all donors who mail their donations receive a receipt?
Any donor who mailed their donation and provided an address will receive a receipt via mail 4-6 weeks from the date the donation has been processed. If you made your donation in installments, you will receive a receipt each time a monthly payment is processed.
Do all donors who contribute online receive a receipt?
Yes, anyone who donates online, regardless of the amount, will receive a receipt via mail 4-6 weeks from the donation date.
What is Chai Lifeline Canada's Registered Charitable Number?
A Registered Charitable Number identifies as a non-profit Organization. The Chai Lifeline Canada Registered Charitable Number is 85656 5536 RR0001.
How do I add a dedication when I make a donation?
When you make a donation online, you can designate what you want to appear as your recognition name on the participant's Honor Roll. This may be your name, or it could be something such as "From the whole Wolf family" or "in memory of Aunt Cathy."
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