Spartan has played a huge role in helping build arguably one of the largest fitness movements the world has ever seen – Obstacle Course Racing (OCR). Spartan provides many different challenges to the competitors and no two races have ever been the same. Creating a ranking system to professionally rank Spartan competitors throughout the year is a huge challenge and Yancy Camp Team Member Jack Bauer has compiled race data for every Spartan race from 2011 – present day. Jack and Yancy spent two years building a patent pending methodology to provide you with an extremely accurate ranking system. Throughout this process, Jack and Yancy have meticulously worked to mesh data factors, numerous race variables, and human factors together to create this ranking system. You’ll find 2011-2017 historical rankings as well as the current 2018 rankings.
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Anyone who races in the Elite Heat is ranked on a scale of 1-100
97+: Strong podium contender at World Championships
96-97: Podium contender at any race
94-96: Top 10 contender at most national series events
92-94: Podium contender at most regular series events
90-92: Top 10 contender at most regular season events
85-90: Top 20 contender at most regular season events
75-85: Middle of the pack at most regular season events
Factors used in the rankings
Finishing position relative to winner
Difficulty – each race has a different difficulty rank depending on how competitive the field is and this rank can change as the season progresses.
Example similar to College Football: beating a highly ranked opponent early in the season may not carry as much weight later in the season if their performance/rank drops
Regional adjustments – relative depth of ability levels in each region
Consistency – how variable are your results
Race factor – how often do you race. Example: Spartan throws different distances/terrain types/obstacles at the competitors and no two races are the same. Example: Numerous top 5 performances
at high ranked races could land an athlete placed above an athlete that only raced once but won World Championships in that one race.
Historical results – ability level doesn’t disappear overnight
Each gender has a worldwide ranking and a regional ranking for 8 regions (Asia region will launch soon)
USA, Canada, Europe, Mexico, Australia, Middle East, South America, Asia
Ratings can be compared between years and regions
Example: Someone who’s 94.0 rating was ranked 50th worldwide in 2017 performed the same as 17th best athlete in 2013, also ranked a 94.0