When Hurricane Irene threatened the East Coast and the state forced us to shut down our Sunday Amesbury race in August, our staff, volunteers and crew were devastated. Joe Desena, one our founders, was more upset than anyone about the unfortunate situation. After some creative planning and 9,000 emails to set up the logistics, more than 150 Spartans showed up at 5am Saturday morning to tackle the Amesbury course with Joe and a few Spartan employees. Little did they know, they’d be put on teams with strangers, forced to carry sandbags and do 30 burpees at every obstacle, whether they got through it cleanly or not. But they did not toil alone. Alongside their teammates they forged Spartan bonds of camaraderie and teamwork.
Over the course of two a half hours, members of Team Orange Hat, Team Green, and others were challenged beyond what they had expected. It was an emotional day, and no Spartan was left behind, as teammates waited at each obstacle to make sure everyone came out on the other side. It was an experience that can only be described as priceless. We’re doing our best to recreate that exact experience on Staten Island.
The Hurricane Heat gives runners the chance to meet and run with the Founders and staff of Spartan Race in a unique and memorable way. Held at 5:30 AM September 24th on the Staten Island Wolfe’s Pond Park venue it will take you through the course in groups with the goal of just finishing the course. No chips, no clock, just a fun run Spartan-style that represents what our company and our athletes are about… getting up when you’re knocked down and finishing what you start.
Successful finishers earn a finisher medal, a Hurricane Heaters badge, entry into a closed networking group, a finisher t-shirt, and the chance of a lifetime finding the Spartan finish line a Hurricane Heater. Hurricane Heats will be making appearances at other Spartan Races so stay tuned!
Only 100 spots to fill… sign up now!
Head to the Staten Island Registration Page to secure your spot! The Hurricane Heat is available in registration for $150 and includes all the perks, and gets you a shot at Hurricane Heater status! Registration for this closes at 11:59pm on September 22nd so get signed up today!
Already registered and want to add this special to heat to your existing race time? We’ve got you covered! Visit us HERE to find out how.
From our Amesbury Hurricane Heaters, Class of 2011:
“Thank you to all the organizers for putting together and making the hurricane heat possible. It was above and beyond the call of duty and something we all will never forget.” – Kevin Andrews
“I am so thankful that I made it through that hurricane heat! I think about it daily and wish I could be carrying buckets of rocks up hills with good friends everyday.” – Jennifer Coletti