U. S.  Spartathlon   Team

U.S. Spartathlon Team


Qualification Standards set forth by the ISA (International Spartathlon Association)


To participate in Spartathlon, runners need to be at least 18 years old, healthy and sufficiently trained. Participants assume full responsibility for their health status, before and during the race.

In order to participate in the Race, runners must be officially admitted by the International Spartathlon Association (ISA) and registered.

Rules and Regulation, and legally binding documents can be provided upon request only by the organizer (ISA) and its official associates. The ISA reserves the right to disqualify any runner or crew member for not complying with the race rules. Adherence to the race rules and the official instructions is a contractual obligation for all participants and their crews.


To apply to Spartathlon 2017, runners need to have fulfilled at least one (1) of the following criteria within the years 2015, 2016 or 2017:

a) Finish a 100-km race within 10:00 hours (men) or 10:30 hours (women).
b) Cover a 120 km (men) or 110 km distance (women) in a 12-hour race.
c) Finish a 100-mile race in 21:00 hours (men) or 22:00 hours (women).
d) Finish Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run, within 24:00 hours (men) or 25:00 hours (women).
e) Cover at least 180 km (men) or 170 km (women) in a 24-hour race.
f) Finish a non-stop 200-220 km race within 29:00 hours (men) or 30:00 hours (women).
g) Finish UltraBalaton 2016 (221 km) in 31:00 hours (men) or 32:00 hours (women)
h) Finish a longer than 220 km non-stop race within 36:00 hours (men) or 37:00 hours (women).
i) Finish Badwater race within 39:00 hours (men) or 40:00 hours (women).
* Note: Specifically for the Grand Union Canal Race, finish
the race within 34:00 hours (men) or 35:00 hours (women).
j) Finish Sakura Michi 250-km race in 36 hours
k) Finish Yamaguchi 100 Hagi-O-Kan Maranic 250-km race within 42:00 hours (men) or 43:00 hours (women).
l) Cover a distance of at least 280 km (men) or 260 km (women) in a 48-hour race.

a) Finish Spartathlon race within 36:00 hours.
b) Reach Spartathlon’s check point 52 (Nestani) within 24:30 hours, even if the race was not completed.
c) Finish Olympian Race Nemea-Olympia within 28:00 hours.
d) Finish Euchidios Athlos 107, 5 km within 12:30 hours (men) or 13:00 hours (women).
e) Finish Euchidios Hyperathlos 215 km within 32:00 hours (men) or 33:00 hours (women).
f) Finish “ROUT” Rodopi Advendurun 100-mile race within 32:00 hours (men) or 33:00 hours (women).
g) Finish Dolichos Race Delphi-Olympia 255 km within 42:00 hours (men) or 43:00 hours (women).
h) Finish VFUT Paranesti 100 km race within 32:00 hours (men) or 33:00 hours (women).
i) Finish Dromos Athanaton 143 km race within 18:00 hours (men) or 19:00 hours (women).


In order for an entry application to be taken into consideration, the runner must meet at least one (1) of the previous criteria during an official non-stop race, the results of which can be accessed online, on the organizer’s website, any athletic website, or on the online database of DUV. The link needs to be included in the Entry Application Form.
* Important note:
a) Custom-made certifications, issued by the race organizer or a timing company, for split times of individual runners are not accepted. In order for a split time to be accepted, it should be timed and officially provided online for all participants of that given race.
b) A qualifying performance needs to be achieved in a race of at least 5 finishers, in order to be accepted.
c) Performances achieved in other races / distances / events, than the ones explicitly mentioned in section 2 are not accepted, even if they are harder to achieve.

Participation applications for Spartathlon 2017 will begin on January 20, 2017 and will finish on February 20, 2017.
* Note: No priority shall be given to early applicants.

During the application period, the applicants submit their online Entry Applications, which include a file with the links to their qualifying results.
Once the application period ends, the International Spartathlon Association will review all applications and reject the ones that do not meet the criteria. The number of qualifying applications cannot exceed 390. In case there are more than 390 applicants meeting these criteria, a new round of application review will be added:

a) Runners having achieved a performance at least 20% better than the ones required in section 2, are considered qualified and are thus automatically admitted.
b) In the case that this process overrides the ISA’s nationality quota requirements (section 12), 25 participants from the same nation will be chosen by lot. Non chosen runners will enter a national waiting list from which to draw, in the event of a compatriot athlete’s race withdrawal, participants in priority order.
c) Runners with at least 10 Spartathlon race completions in the past are also automatically admitted (note: first round criteria must still be met)
d) A single applicant of a nationality is automatically admitted, all criteria being met.
e) The remaining applicants will be chosen by lot in order to reach the 390 cap. Once the 390 entrants have been selected, lots will still be drawn for the Waiting List.

The draw will take place at the ISA premises (7, Kodrou Street, Athens) in March 2017 and will be open to the public. The specific date and time will be published beforehand on the Spartathlon web site.

Qualified runners, who submitted an application in 2016 but were not admitted, will enter the 2017 draw with a double lot. (Note: All 2017 criteria must still be met and a proper application made) If still not chosen by lot, then, all criteria met, they will enter the 2018 draw with a quadruple lot.
Chosen by lot runners who, for any reason, withdraw their participation, lose the right to a double or quadruple lot in the following year.

f) ISA reserves the right to offer automatic admission to a limited number of qualified applicants (maximum 10) in addition to the above mentioned 390 entrants.
The List of Entrants and the Waiting List will be published on the Spartathlon website after the completion of the draw.
The selected entrants will receive a notification by e-mail, including an invitation to fill-in the Entry Form.
Applicants, whose names are neither in the Participants’ nor the Waiting List, have not been admitted.

To complete their registration, the selected runners need to complete online their Entry Form by April 20, 2017 at the latest and include a recent passport photo, as well as the names of their supporters/crew.
The runner’s participation fees need to be paid by May 20, 2017 at the latest. Once the selected entrant satisfies all the above mentioned requirements, his / her name and bib number will be posted on the Starting List on the Spartathlon web site (menu RESULTS-Participants). This is the final confirmation of his / her place in the Spartathlon race 2017.
Failure to meet the above deadline (or any other indicated) will result in the runner’s immediate disqualification and the automatic admittance of the next eligible applicant in the Waiting List.