by Carrie Adams
Mark your calendars, Spartans! Spartan Race is headed back to Times Square Jan. 17, 2013 for our Invitational Obstacle Race Demonstration but FIRST we’re making a pit stop in Far Rockaway, Queens to help out the victims of Super Storm in a joint effort with the non-profit organization, New York Cares, to help those still recovering from the devastation.
For the first time, Spartan Race will be hitting up the urban jungle in a Times Square demo like you’ve never seen! This invitational demo will feature some of our most beloved and feared obstacles and will have participants show the viewing public what a Spartan Race (well, short one) looks like! We may even do a burpee or two as well, we’re known for those! The Spartan Race Times Square Challenge is set for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at Broadway Plaza between 42nd and 43rd Streets, in Manhattan. (updated location)
Before the demo in Times Square goes down, Spartans will get a chance to get out into the community and help out those in need. We’re announcing the Spartan Muck Out, a two-day volunteer project to help clean-up efforts in Far Rockaway, Queens, that will take place Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12 and 13. Both days, busloads of Spartan volunteers will depart 47 Trinity Place (corner of Rector Street) in downtown Manhattan at 8:00 a.m., returning at approximately 6:00 p.m. The Muck Out will involve clearing debris and damaged items from homes and removing drywall and other damaged parts of buildings. Experienced New York Cares staff members or trained, experienced volunteers will oversee each work crew.
Joe D., Spartan founder and resident burpee dictator, Joe Desena is excited about bringing the world of Spartan Racing together with the world of Spartan charity. As you know, Spartans give generously. ”We are doing all we can to change lives all over the world with these events. There is no better time to change your life than in the New Year. That doesn’t just mean your body. As Spartans, we want to give back and of course, we’re doing it in the best way we know how – by getting dirty!”
We’ll be joined by some familiar faces. Team X.T.R.E.M.E. (www.team-x-treme.org) is heading out and bringing retired U.S. Army Sgt. Noah Galloway, (amputee of the left leg above the knee and left arm above the elbow), Eduard Lychik (single leg hip disarticulation), and Marine Corporal Todd Love (trimembral amputee of both legs above the knee and left arm below the elbow.) We’ll have some of our elite racers and everyday competitors on hand as well, showing off the Spartan demonstration course!
Want to get involved in the Muck Out?
To join in the clean-up process, Step 1 – Create an account here: http://www.newyorkcares.org/users/create_account.php
Step 2 – Go to this link and click sign up for Saturday, Sunday, or both. (Link:http://www.newyorkcares.org/volunteer/volunteer_opportunities/search_projects/projcodesearch.php?projcode=Spartan+Race&location=&neighborhood=&dow=&x=0&y=0&pass=1&page=1)
Step 3 – Show up and muck out!
Once you sign up you will receive an auto email with more details and my contact info!
See you in the Big Apple!
About New York Cares
New York Cares is New York City’s largest volunteer organization. New York Cares runs volunteer programs for 1,200 nonprofits, public schools and city agencies to help people in need throughout the five boroughs. Since 1987, New York Cares has made it easy for all New Yorkers to work together to strengthen the city, and last year helped 400,000 New Yorkers in need. For more information, visit newyorkcares.org.