by Carrie Adams
Even as Hurricane Sandy continues her rampage, the damage already done is staggering. Forty deaths are being attributed to Sandy in the US, but 108 are reported dead as far south as Haiti and as far North as Canada. Hundreds are being evacuated from New Jersey, the shore is devastated, almost seven million are still left without power in 15 states, and transportation has come to a standstill. The Holland tunnel is still flooded, La Guardia, one of the busiest airports on the planet remains closed. The people of the east coast are suffering and at HQ, we recognize that the immediate need of the people of New York, New Jersey and surrounding areas, not to mention the rest of the coast and as far inland as Wisconsin who are feeling the effects of the super storm.
In light of that, Spartan Race HQ has made the official determination that we will not be holding our Times Square Demonstration event November 1st as scheduled, rather, we will have a “Super Storm rain check” and hold the demonstration at a later date when New York is well on its way to recovery from the devastation.
Spartans are resilient, and we have a storied history with hurricanes and overcoming obstacles, but the decision to continue in light of the circumstances would not put the safety of the citizens of New York and the participants of the challenge at the forefront and that is unacceptable. Furthermore, to detract media attention from so many people in need would not be in the Spartan code.
We look forward to announcing a new date in the near future but we want to help the situation NOW.
How we and YOU can help:
The Spartan Code avows, “Spartans Give Generously” and with so many of our staff, fellow Spartans, and friends affected and so many Spartans worldwide wanting to help we’ll be directing donations to the Red Cross to ease the suffering and lend a Spartan hand. It’s easy to donate, simply click HERE or you can Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
According to the Red Cross, blood donations are needed. PLEASE GIVE BLOOD The storm has already caused the cancellation of Red Cross blood drives in the region, and more cancellations are expected. This has resulted in the loss of several hundred units of blood and platelets so far. The Red Cross has shipped blood products to hospitals in the affected area in advance of the storm as patients will still need blood and platelets despite the weather. If anyone is eligible, especially in places not affected by the storm, they are asked to please schedule a blood donation now. To schedule a blood donation or get more information about giving blood, people can visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To give blood, someone must be at least 17 years of age, meet weight and height requirements and be in general good health.
Every little bit helps and the most important thing we can promote right now at HQ is the safety and security of all those, up to 60 million who have been and continue to be in the line of Sandy’s fire.
More details on an upcoming “Super Storm rain check” date coming soon.
To the people waiting out the storm, picking up the pieces of the aftermath, or still waiting in harm’s way, we’re thinking of you at Spartan HQ, and with operations out of Boston and Killington, VT we’re also weathering the storm by your side.
Stay strong and safe, Sparta.