by Elliot Megquier, Spartan Pro Athlete
After a weekend off for Memorial Day the Reebok Spartan Race Series roars back into action with back to back race weekends for the very first time in Tuxedo, New York just 45 minutes from New York City (June 1st, 2nd, and 8th). Set in beautiful Ramapo Mountains, Tuxedo serves as a fresh breath of air from the hectic energy of the Big Apple. This is one of the most challenging sprints on the circuit and the barb wire crawl is certainly one of the hardest, going straight uphill near the finish for a seemingly endless distance. Racers will climb multiple ski trails and try to descend them without wiping out.
Not only will money be on the line this weekend, but the top five male and female finishers will win Yankees-Red Sox tickets and be recognized during the game at Yankee Stadium. On the men’s side look for last year’s runner up, Elliott Megquier and third place Andrew Hostetler to battle it out with David Magida the unofficial winner of the 2013 Spartan Miami Super for bragging rights and victory.
Other men racing include local New Yorkers Patrick Grevelding, Kevin Donoghue, Alexander Nicholas, and Brad Fredricks. Grevelding finished third in the 2011 Vermont Beast, Donoghue has been a top ten finisher at multiple races, Nicholas won the Fenway Stadium Sprint. Fredricks is knocking at the door of becoming a top Spartan Racer. Look for Army Captain and two time Best Ranger Competition finisher Ian Kent to debut on his birthday and make some noise representing the 10th Mountain Light Infantry Division. Kent is the top Ranger on Fort Drum and Megquier’s commander. The two recently combined to win the Spring Mountain Challenge on Fort Drum which included two obstacle courses, ruck marching, the mountain fitness test, and shooting. The pair won by almost 10 minutes.
On the women’s side look for the crazy lady in green Andi Hardy to defend her title from last year with Jillian Kenney and Rose Marie Jarry possibly returning from injury to challenge. Kenney is coming off a third place and first place finishes in Burnet, TX. Jarry came off of a long injury absence last weekend in the Montreal Sprint and will certainly challenge for victory. Other female racers to look out for include Shaun Provost who won the Fenway and Citi Field Stadium Sprint, Melinda Branch who finish 4th in the 2012 points series, Gretchen Krueger the 2011 Pennsylvania Sprint champion, and Juliana Sproles. This is a weekend not to be missed so if you can’t race come be a spectator or volunteer, you will not regret it. Registration is still open for June 8th too so hurry up because it will sell out. Register HERE.
[Editor's note: Elliott Megquier will celebrate his third anniversary of Spartan Racing this weekend. Since his debut at Tuxedo he was he has finished 38 Spartan Races. He has 5 podium finishes in 2013, 10 podiums in 2012, and one in 2011. Megquier is honored to be a part of the inaugural Reebok Spartan Pro Team in 2013.]