The EPIC Course and ELITE Course are two completely separate courses. The EPIC Course is longer, has more obstacles, offers different difficulty level options at each obstacle, and Athletes are released in group waves. The ELITE Course is an optional course intended for competitive athletes to complete after they have finished the EPIC Course competitive waves. The ELITE Course is much shorter, has approximately 10 strength challenges incorporating heavier weights, barbells, kettlebells, Atlas Stones, and a truck pull. Athletes run through the ELITE Course individually with a judge and must complete the course within a certain amount of time.
Completing the EPIC Course in the competitive waves is a mandatory prerequisite to completing the ELITE Course.