A year a ago a Spartan Race in a stadium sounded a little strange to many Spartan veterans. Many scoffed at the idea of a race without mud, water and fire. Once they were reminded of the whole theory behind Spartan training, to prepare for the unexpected, it began to make more sense. Leading up to Fenway 2012 many were unsure of what lay ahead.

 

How would the course be set up?

What would the waves be like?

What “traditional” obstacles would be on the course?

How much running would there be?

What new obstacles might be out there?

As expected Spartan Race proved that the stadium venue was just as challenging as a sprint out on the trails. In fact many find the stadium more challenging than a Sprint. CrossFit style obstacles are utilized: box jumps, rowing, jump ropes, ball slams and push-ups to name just a few. In addition, the stadium atmosphere makes it friendlier to spectators and easier for many athletes to attend.

 

That first race laid the groundwork not only for more races in the US, but also the first international stadium race in Mexico at Estadio Azteca. Coming in 2014 will be more stadium races including Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

What can you expect to see on Saturday in Boston?  Well the Pro Team will be well represented by Hunter McIntyre and Brakken Kraker. They had a photo finish a few weeks ago at the Miller Park race in Milwaukee. It will be a fierce battle for first with those two on the course. On the women’s side, look for TyAnn Clark, making her stadium debut, and Andi Hardy. In addition, other top talent from New England will be there to give them a run for their money. It should be another exciting weekend of racing at Fenway.

Next up, Malibu!

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by Carrie Adams

When Spartan launched the stadium series in Fenway Park, we knew we were onto something special.  We added new locations and dates and with Citizen’s Bank Park, Miller Park, and Fenway fast approaching again, we can’t wait to get our ballpark on!

One of the women who inspired us was Marina Gentile.  She is an inspiring woman who, for the first time, at the age of 45 calls herself an athlete, she’s telling her Spartan story of how training for the Fenway Sprint helped her lose over 125 pounds.  She’s raced many a Spartan since, but here is her recounting that fateful day in 2012 where it all began.

by “The Phoenix” Marina Gentile

I will never forget the day I lost my “Sparkle” – over, under, and through the bleachers at Fenway Park – to become a true “Spartan Chick.” It was last Sunday,November 18, 2012, starting at 11:30 a.m. and lasting for an amazing 1 hour, 36 minutes. I even managed to chick three guys in my path… My special shout out to the one by the rowers, he gave me perspective. I was so mad at myself for just missing the 500 meters in two minutes rowing challenge, when I got up from my 30 burpee penalty to see his face in a trash barrel… and thought, “forget this one and move on to the next, at least you are not tossing your pancakes right now like that guy!”

So, here’s what I knew at the finish line…

I knew that “Highway to Hell” blasting from the stadium speakers in my final run past those gladiators and across the finish line was truly awesome!! I don’t know what song was playing when other racers crossed that line but can’t be more metaphorically awesome than that one.

I knew at the Hercules Hoist that there was no way I would have let go of that rope, no way. I was exhausted from pulling that heavy block of weight up but I just kept hanging on until I got the job done. I’ve been swinging and pulling far too many ropes for far too long in training to be done in by that one.

I knew that I truly focused only on the obstacle currently in my way, not behind or ahead. So that let me move from past defeats quickly without them messing with my mojo, as well as eliminate future fears before they start.

I knew that if I kept smiling and laughing through those 180ish burpees, they would not suck so much, they would not break me. Not one of them that I did that race as penalty for missing the rowing, rope climb, spear throw, traverse wall, and ball throw obstacles – or for Burpeeville (where we did just for kicks) wiped that smile off my face.

I knew I brought the right friend along to share this milestone. Mat Villamil raced on Marina time instead of his peak, redeeming himself for that sneaky eleventh hour NY Yankees tattoo he got on his face.

I knew my fearless trainer Robbie Sherwood (aka Robbie Superman from my home away from home, NYSC in Stamford, CT) delivered again on his early promise to me that he was “all in” for this wild ride of transformation I’m on. Hanging back at my pace, he guided me through my toughest challenges by yelling out key advice (“get low” – “distribute your body weight” – “you got this” – “come on, fire it out” – “breathe”), by positioning that 60 lb sandbag onto my shoulders for our extended trek through the stadium seats, by letting me trample him fully to help get my short body up and over some 10 and 12 foot high walls, and by taking a burpee or two hit for me. Sure he got a little distracted at times – by a volunteer’s bag of Doritos at those sick jump ropes, by a free beer ticket he found while jumping off a high wall (you would have thought he found a winning lottery ticket), or by his own “awesomeness at the spear throw” – but the rest of the time he was laser focused on guiding me through so we could check this milestone off our goals list.

I knew that I had earned the right to call myself an athlete for the first time in my life at age 45. At least my own personal definition of an athlete – someone who shows up for life, brings her relentless determination and drive to move her body, to challenge herself, to push her body as far as it can go, then beyond that still. Someone that sets goals, then crushes them and sets more goals, because she is driven to move forward, to keep active. Her drivers are internal, she wants to be her personal best. I am an athlete for the first time in my life at 45 – maybe a little late to the game by societies standards but I have no doubt that is how I define myself – I think like one, I move like one, I train like one, I eat like one. And what I may lack in skill right now and possibly innate ability always, I make up for in enthusiasm every time… Bring on my next Spartan!!

I knew that I did not over analyze everything like I usually do. That I just let my body lead me through the race and trusted that it would know what to do, that I had trained hard for this, that my body would perform for me at Spartan. This is unbelievable from a girl with a long history of being disconnected to my body, or hating it, or feeling like it was so limited from being 125 lbs heavier for so many years. To learn to trust it in this way, to feel it leading me through, staying strong to the finish, feeling limitless… A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!

I knew that 3 of my 4 predictions printed on our Team Relentless shirts came true … Spartan Fenway was my reward, my challenge, and most definitely my bitch… but it was NOT my punishment.

And I knew that I showed up to Spartan Fenway and brought my relentless determination when my trainer somehow managed to immediately post this FB photo and shout out as I was standing right in front of him. “So incredibly proud of Marina Gentile who just beasted her first Spartan Race!!!! 125 pounds down and counting. She just made Fenway her bitch!!!”

And here’s what I realize in the days after crossing that finish line…

I realize that following my strategy/technique – the same one I’ve brought to my training and my Phoenix-like transformation this year – helped me to cross that finish line feeling super proud of my performance and accomplishments at Spartan. It is always the same math for success in all areas of my life: Great Attitude + Positive Energy + Relentless Determination + Showing Up + Keeping Things New and Fresh + Leaving My Comfort Zone + Connecting Mind to Body + Staying Rooted in the Moment = Living Every Day of My Life.

I realize my young boys are so proud of me, yet so concerned about my swelling ego, so they took it upon themselves to (try to stick) a “kick me” post-it on my back as I was walking out the door to go to my office proudly wearing my new Spartan bling around my neck.

I realize I’ve never felt my body so fully and thoroughly sore, that every last muscle, in every corner of my being got used that day in one way or another to get over those obstacles. Amazing feeling, makes me feel alive and like my life has a purpose, need to be there again.

I realize the meaning of “sometimes you’ve just got to stretch” – using  everyday objects in an airport the next day as I was traveling to do just that, regardless of the weird looks.

I realize that I view the world as one big obstacle course now, wondering how I will get under/over/through the various objects in my path.

I realize that I was so wildly happy when my first bruise appeared, that I kept showing it to people as some kind of badge of honor. And that I was disappointed that I did not have any scrapes on my body. Kind of crazy, but I’m hearing it a lot from career OCR’s so I know it’s not just me.

I realize that as the body aches subside and the bruises fade away, there is a sadness setting in. I trained so hard and for so long to get to Spartan, it was a huge milestone moment for me, and I loved it so much, that I’m a little bit lost right now. I know that just means I need to set and break more activity goals in the very near future, and most definitely that I need to sign on for another Spartan Race very soon… Hmmm, wondering if 2013 or 2014 will be my trifecta year?

I realize it’s such an honor that Carrie Adams referred to me as The Phoenix, that kick ass female mythical creature that – in my case – is burning down old behaviors, habits, negative body images and limitations on her life – and rising from the ashes transformed into a kick ass active mom/woman/Spartan Warrior with limitless potential.

What’s your excuse?  Get out to the ballpark!  Find an event HERE. 

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I am Kristina Campbell. I am a Spartan.

Before my first Spartan race I was naïve and now my life has changed for the better. Spartan Race changed my life and inspired me to be a better more healthy version of myself! I can do anything that I work for.

Over a year ago I saw an advertisement for a Spartan race in my state. I immediately became intrigued with the idea and looked at every photo and video I could find to get a glimpse of what the Spartan Race was all about. My first thought was that this was absolutely for me and I instantly began recruiting my friends to join me in this journey. Once I found some folks as crazy and determined as me, we began to prepare.

We knew this race would not be just another day in the park. My friends and I began training, both independently, and as a group each week. We were all so excited and immensely nervous of the events to come and I was personally grateful to have a handful of my close friends willing to not only support me, but experience this together. With all the research, my team and I were still very aware that we would still have no idea what to expect. Boy, were we right!

After the long months of provision and preparation, the day was finally here! Our very first Spartan race! The bus ride to Amesbury was full of excitement, cheers, and anticipation. As we walked off the bus together and looked around I knew instantly this was going to change my life. The Spartan speeches and cheers of, “Aroo!”, welcomed us as we approached the starting line. Bib numbers scattered across our temporarily clean bodies- check. Bug spray and sunscreen- check. Teammates ready to rock this race with you- check. It was time to get down and dirty. Nearing the starting line I realized I still had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. Luckily my support system and team stood by my side with the same questions and excitement. We were in this together and in that moment, we were more than ready to jump on this thrill ride.

And we’re off! The race began and we look up to this massive hill. Little did we know just how many times we were going to be coming up and down it! So many challenges faced us. During my journey I couldn’t help but notice all my fellow Spartans’ willingness to help out complete strangers. The obstacles were tough. The course was wet and muddy, the walls were really high!  At any struggle or pause there was someone there willing to support you mentally and physically. I ran with a team but, of course, we got separated throughout the course.

It didn’t matter, whenever a small doubt crossed my mind that I couldn’t make it, there was a Spartan right next to me giving me the motivation I needed, sharing helpful hints on how to make the giant cinderblock feel a little lighter as I drag it around. The camaraderie displayed throughout this course was something I was truly proud to be a part of. Witnessing so many incredible events during this race made crossing that finish line and reaching for that, my very first, Spartan medal all the more meaningful.

This was the first of many races to come in my future. Spartan race literally changed my life. I never had not known such an incredible lifestyle existed. I’m now more motivated than ever to stay healthy, be fit, and push myself forward to success. Each obstacle faced was another challenge to push your endurance and every once completed was more satisfaction and proof that you can do anything you put your mind do. Since my first Spartan race in Amesbury MA, I have done many more races. As many as I can find in my area! I was lucky enough to participate in Spartan Race in Fenway park and I’ll be doing both races again this year.

I can’t even put into words how grateful I am that I took that first step into the Spartan World. I never want to leave!

Now it’s your turn! Register TODAY.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013 

World’s Leading Obstacle Racing Series Holds One-Day-Only Sprint 

At Home of the New York Mets 

            FLUSHING, N.Y. (January 17, 2013) – Spartan Race, the world’s leading obstacle racing series and Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race in 2012, is bringing the Reebok Spartan Race Sprint to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, in Flushing on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 8 a.m. The three-mile race in the stands, on the concourses, and on the warning track at one of America’s newest ballparks, and the home of the Major League Baseball 2013 All-Star Game, is the second stop in a series of stadia events planned for the popular obstacle race series that will attract 500,000 racers to 60 events worldwide in 2013.

A Spartan Race in historic Fenway Park in Boston last fall hosted an estimated 10,000 racers and spectators.

            “Spartan Race was founded to rip people off their couches and do what we as human beings were made to do: run, jump, sweat and climb,” said Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena. “Now with a race just a No. 7 subway ride away, there’s no excuse but to join obstacle racers that range from the most elite athletes on the planet to weekend warriors toeing their first starting line.”

Adult heats will start at 8 a.m. and continue in roughly five-minute, 200-person waves, with individual start times assigned at the event. As with all Spartan events, points will be awarded, and elite performers can win entry to a larger, even tougher Super Spartan event. The three-mile course is a head-to-head, time trial, speed-style event, with the unique twist of incorporating numerous, challenging obstacles for which Spartan Race is famous.

Each racer will receive a commemorative medal, commemorative t-shirt, photographs, scrapes, bruises, and access to Citi Field, as well as instant fame on the ballpark’s 51-foot by 70-foot high definition scoreboard. Spectator access to this event will be free, and a limited number of luxury viewing suites will be available.

Children also can join in the challenge with the Jr. Spartan Adventure Race held at noon. The Junior Spartan course will be approximately one-half mile for children ages 4 to 9; a one-mile Varsity Spartan will be held for ages 10 to 13. The children’s event will feature a variety of scaled-down obstacles and their own mini-festival area filled with games and children’s challenges.  Each child will receive a t-shirt and finisher’s medal.

All Jr. Spartan Adventure Race proceeds will benefit the Kids Fit Foundation (kidsfitfoundation.org). As a leader in the movement to help children learn life-long health and fitness habits, the Kids Fit Foundation strives to raise awareness and develop programs that educate, empower and inspire kids to become and stay fit.

For more information about the Spartan Sprint at Citi Field, including entry fees and deadlines, spectator tickets, parking and children’s activities visit spartanrace.com.

Ready to race in Citi Field?  Get Registered today!

About Reebok

Reebok International Ltd., headquartered in Canton, MA, USA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of sports, fitness and casual footwear, apparel and equipment. An American-inspired global brand, Reebok is a pioneer in the sporting goods industry with a rich and storied heritage in running, training and fitness. A subsidiary of the adidas Group, Reebok operates under the multiple divisions of the Reebok brand, Reebok-CCM Hockey and the Sports Licensed Division.  Reebok is the exclusive outfitter of CrossFit and the Reebok CrossFit Games and main event partner and official apparel and footwear supplier for the 2013 Red Bull X-Alps. For more information, visit Reebok at www.reebok.com. Or, discover Reebok at the following locations: http://reesha.re/plus; http://facebook.com/reebok; http://twitter.com/reebok; and http://youtube.com/reebok

About Reebok Spartan Race

Reebok Spartan Race, voted Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race in 2012, is the world’s leading obstacle racing series and the first of its kind to have global rankings. With 350,000 participants in 2012 and 60 events planned for 2013, Reebok Spartan Race is making this one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Reebok Spartan Race is a timed event series featuring races at four escalating distances in locations worldwide that culminate in a World Championship Finale with cash and prizes for the champions – with a half-million dollars in cash and prizes awarded in 2012 alone. While featuring competitive elite heats, Reebok Spartan Races are for athletes of all levels and abilities and are geared toward ripping people off their couches and into the outdoors.

You’ll Know at the Finish Line – A Spartan Guide to the Sport of Obstacle Racing, a new e-book from Spartan Race co-founders Joe De Sena and Andy Weinberg that inspires readers to find and unleash their inner warrior, is available for free on the company’s website.

Go to http://www.spartanrace.com/ for more information, a schedule of events or to register for a Reebok Spartan Race. For videos, please visit www.spartanrace.tv.

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by Carrie Adams

Spartans from far and wide descended on Fenway Park for the first of its kind Obstacle Course Race in a major league ballpark. It was all smiles as the Spartans raced up and down and around the stadium for the inaugural event. It was also celebrating 100 storied years of history in the beloved national treasure and we were thrilled to be able to bring that experience to our racers.

One of our Spartans on the day was Kevin Faulk, a three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots. Kevin’s 12 year career in the NFL thus far was spent entirely with the Pats. He was drafted in the second round of the 1999 Draft and made an impact almost immediately as he was New England’s leader in yards rushing in 2000. That year, he added 51 catches for 465 yards and one touchdown. He was also active on special teams, leading the team with 38 kickoff returns for 816 yards while also returning six punts for 58 yards. In 2001, against the Miami Dolphins, Kevin completed a 23-yard pass to quarterback Tom Brady, his first career pass completion.

Kevin and the Patriots would go on to win Super Bowl XXXVI over the St. Louis Rams. In 2002, Kevin’s seven total touchdowns ranked second on the team. He also finished second in the NFL in 2002 with a 27.9-yard kickoff return average. That same year, he broke the Patriots’ franchise record for total kickoff return yards, which had previously been held by Dave Meggett, who had 2,561 yards on kickoff returns. Also in 2002, Kevin returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, becoming only the second player in Patriots history to return more than one kickoff for a touchdown in a season. He became the only player in franchise history and the only NFL player in the 2002 season to record multiple touchdowns in three different categories: rushing, receiving, and kick returns.

For the next two seaons, Kevin continued to contribute to the Patriot offense as the team won both Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 and Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005. On November 26, 2006, in a game against the Chicago Bears, Kevin surpassed Tony Collins on the Patriots’ all-time receiving list for a running back with 262nd catch. During the 2007 season, Kevin was a consistent starter alongside fellow running back Laurence Maroney and in 2009 he became the team’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards, amassing 12,140 yards by the end of the season. He also became the 26th running back in NFL history with at least 400 receptions.

Of the Spartan Race he experienced he said, “I had the pleasure of making an appearance at the Spartan Race in Boston, it was one of the best experiences ever!  Going through the obstacle course reminded me a little of training camp. You have to have your mind right and get ready for the challenge ahead, the course is not only physically challenging but also mentally. I met a lot of great people who participated in the race and challenged themselves to finish the course. I am going to bring my whole family with me next year to compete in the race. Thank You Spartan Race for showing me a great time. ”

 


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by Carrie Adams

As Spartan Race prepares to enter Fenway for what will be the FIRST Obstacle Race in the beloved ballpark, we thought we should tell you all about what makes the park unique in its 100th year!

I enlisted the help of my friend and fellow Spartan Chick Bostonian, Andrea Piscopo for some insider facts the on one of the most cherished sporting landmarks in the United States.

Built in April 1912, America’s most beloved Ballpark also known as Fenway Park is the home to the Boston Red Sox. There are many unique features to this beloved and historic park that make it so wonderful.   It first opened its doors in 1912, but the ballpark was not complete.  There was only seating in centerfield bleachers, right field grandstand and main grandstand. The main grandstand still stands today.

In 1934 Tom Yawkey purchased Fenway Park, he would make some changes – a giant wall was erected…and years later it was painted green to match the rest of the ball park, it was then that the “Green Monster” was born. You will also see a ladder on the Green Monster, it no longer serves a purpose, but it used to be there to climb and retrieve home run balls from the netting. Another gift left from the Yawkey’s was Morse code on the scoreboard – the code stands for the initials of Thomas A. Yawkey and Jean R. Yawkey; former owners of Fenway Park. This scoreboard is still updated by hand from inside.

Two great’s from Sox history: Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams…There right field foul pole named after the great Johnny Pesky, who hit a game winning home run around the foul pole. As for Teddy Ballgame, Section 42, Row 37, Seat 21 – it is painted red in honor of the longest home run ever in the park; 502 feet from home plate.

How’s that for a Spartan challenge?  See you at the ballpark!

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by Carrie Adams

As the countdown continues towards Spartan Race joining the yearlong festivities to commemorate Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary, Spartan has an exciting announcement.  As you already know, and for the first time ever, Boston’s cherished ballpark will be transformed into an obstacle racing venue for the Spartan Sprint Time Trial presented by Dial For Men, Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.  We’ve also just recently added a three-time Super Bowl champion will be joining the race!  Kevin Faulk will be on-hand to compete in the race on Saturday with the former New England Patriot standout!

Kevin Faulk is a three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots. Kevin’s 12 year career in the NFL thus far was spent entirely with the Pats. He was drafted in the second round of the 1999 Draft and made an impact almost immediately as he was New England’s leader in yards rushing in 2000. That year, he added 51 catches for 465 yards and one touchdown. He was also active on special teams, leading the team with 38 kickoff returns for 816 yards while also returning six punts for 58 yards. In 2001, against the Miami Dolphins, Kevin completed a 23-yard pass to quarterback Tom Brady, his first career pass completion.

Kevin and the Patriots would go on to win Super Bowl XXXVI over the St. Louis Rams. In 2002, Kevin’s seven total touchdowns ranked second on the team. He also finished second in the NFL in 2002 with a 27.9-yard kickoff return average. That same year, he broke the Patriots’ franchise record for total kickoff return yards, which had previously been held by Dave Meggett, who had 2,561 yards on kickoff returns. Also in 2002, Kevin returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, becoming only the second player in Patriots history to return more than one kickoff for a touchdown in a season. He became the only player in franchise history and the only NFL player in the 2002 season to record multiple touchdowns in three different categories: rushing, receiving, and kick returns.

For the next two seaons, Kevin continued to contribute to the Patriot offense as the team won both Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 and Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005. On November 26, 2006, in a game against the Chicago Bears, Kevin surpassed Tony Collins on the Patriots’ all-time receiving list for a running back with 262nd catch. During the 2007 season, Kevin was a consistent starter alongside fellow running back Laurence Maroney and in 2009 he became the team’s all-time leader in all-purpose yards, amassing 12,140 yards by the end of the season. He also became the 26th running back in NFL history with at least 400 receptions.

Prior to his career in the NFL, Kevin played at Louisiana State University where he immediately became the starting running back as a true freshman in 1995. In 1996, he was voted to the College Football All-America Team by the Associated Press. Kevin ran for 1,144 yards on 205 carries in 1997, scoring 15 touchdowns and improved on those numbers as a senior in 1998 when he ran for 1,279 yards on 229 carries and scored 12 rushing touchdowns. Kevin finished his LSU career with 4,557 yards rushing in 41 games, which was the second best in SEC history behind the legendary Herschel Walker of Georgia. Kevin also finished his career with 6,833 career all-purpose yards and 53 total touchdowns, which tied him for fifth in NCAA history and first in SEC history. His SEC record was surpassed on November 21, 2009 by the University of Florida’s Tim Tebow.

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by Carrie Adams

Every journey begins with a single step, and for anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed by starting, there has never been a better time than now.  There has never been a better reason than because today is the day.  For Marina Gentile that story has been a memorable one.  For the last year, she has been on a mission – to become an athlete for the first time in her life and at the tender age of 45.  She’s lost 125 pounds in the process and proved that setting goals, investing in your own life, and taking chances opens doors never thought possible.  Her next stop?  Spartan’s Fenway Race.

“Spartan Race was among one of the first goals I set for myself. I have had quite a re-birth, completely transformed my life in the last year, I am training aggressively at the gym now, trying new sports and activities, and becoming more and more active in my life and with my kids since now I am able to introduce more activities to them too.”

Gentile is in her gym six days a week, three of those days working with her personal trainer , Robbie Sherwood.  While she admits she probably has 50 pounds or so left to lose, she’s stronger than she’s ever been and more the athlete than she ever thought possible. When the Fenway Spartan Race was announced, the self-proclaimed, “Boston girl born and raised, living in Yankee country way too long,” knew she had to be a part of the event.  She emphasizes that for her it isn’t about the number on the scale.

“Honestly, one of the biggest things I attribute to my success has been that for the first time in my life it is NOT about the weight and dieting… it is like the weight coming off is a natural consequence of my new active lifestyle and not the focus.  I feel so strong & healthy and great about myself, so fit.  I focus on the positives of having lots of fun every day and trying new activities, loving my training, setting activity goals for myself instead of weight goals.”

“Fenway is calling to me…” she laughs.  Gentile’s trainer knows she is ready and she’s been training for race day with the expectation that she’ll be even more competitive the next time around.  Running with Team Relentless, she and several others will descend on Fenway to race.

“They are all threatening to wear Mets & Yankees jerseys to my hometown so I am just hoping we don’t get beaten up on the streets before we even get through the gates!” jokes Gentile.

She’s had a tough time getting any women in her age group to go with her, but she’s not going to stop trying.  “My amazing husband of 18 years, Alan Alford, is coming along to Fenway as well, he has promised to take great pictures and video and hug me at the finish line.”

Inspired by the infamous Phoenix fabled to rise from the ashes, Gentile says, “I am fascinated by the Phoenix lately and all that it symbolizes, have had such a rebirth through burning down old ways and habits and negative body image messages.”

“I have been limited for so long, that now all I want to do is feel limitless, for me that means trying new activities and pushing and challenging my body to see how far it will go.  I have a lot of limited years to make up for, but I am still pretty young and strong and (as Robbie pointed out to me) seem to have enough positive energy to take on the world single-handedly right now!  I am so out of my mind with excitement for Spartan Fenway right now, and really super terrified all at the same time!  But I am so doing this… bringing the same A-Game and relentless determination that has gotten me through the last year of taking control of my own life and moving it in a very positive direction!

See you at the finish line, Marina.

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by Carrie Adams

How does a historic ball park celebrate it’s 100th anniversary?  With a Spartan Race, of course!  The Green Monster is no match for the thousands of Spartans that will invade on Saturday November 17th and Sunday, November 18th 2012.   Spartan Race, the world’s leading obstacle racing series and Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race in 2012, is joining yearlong festivities to commemorate Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary with an event as unique as the two iconic institutions themselves. For the first time ever, Boston’s cherished ballpark will be transformed into an obstacle racing venue for the Spartan Sprint Time Trial presented by Dial For Men, Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.

“Spartan Sprint at Fenway Park will be an experience no one has ever seen in the world of obstacle racing,” noted Spartan Race co-founder Joe Desena. “For the first time ever, Spartans will have the chance to run a time trial through one of America’s most treasured landmarks.”

“Making it even more memorable,” Desena continued, “Fenway Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.  This truly is a chance of a lifetime.  We urge everyone to take advantage of this rare opportunity to be a part of history in more ways than one.”

Desena went on to explain that the approximately one-mile course is a head-to-head, time trial, speed-style event, not a distance race – with the unique twist of incorporating numerous, challenging obstacles for which Spartan Race is famous.

Adult heats will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue in roughly five-minute, small waves with individual start times assigned at the event.  No aid stations will be available on the course.  As with all Spartan events, points will be awarded.  Each racer will receive a unique medal, commemorative t-shirt, photographs and access to Fenway Park, as well as get to see themselves on the stadium’s JumboTron and take home memories for a lifetime.  Beloved Mascot, Wally the Green Monster, will be onsite 10am-2pm each day.

Children also can join in the fun and excitement with the Jr. Spartan Adventure Race.  The course will be approximately one-half mile for children 4-9 and one mile for ages 10-13.  The children’s event will feature a variety of scaled-down obstacles and their own mini-festival area filled with games and children’s challenges.  Each child will receive a t-shirt and finisher’s medal.  All Jr. Spartan Adventure Race proceeds will benefit the Kids Fit Foundation. As a leader in the movement to help children learn life-long health and fitness habits, the Kids Fit Foundation strives to raise awareness and develop programs that educate, empower and inspire kids to become and stay fit.

For more information about the historic Spartan Sprint at Fenway Park, including entry fees and deadlines, spectator tickets, parking and children’s activities visit http://www.spartanrace.com/fenway-park-obstacle-racing-spartan-sprint-2012.html

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by Carrie Adams

As our Spartan Race 2013 season just kicked off with a Beast in the Carolinas and preparing to head to Fenway in November (we’re not scared of a big Green Monster), we’ve got something special in between!   Where the urban jungle meets primal Spartan… A treasured landmark will be the backdrop to a Spartan demonstration like nothing we’ve done before.   That’s right, Spartan Race is headed to Times Square!

For the first time, Spartan Race,  will take over New York City’s famed Times Square, for a public demonstration of the best that Spartan has to offer.  The public is welcome to come down and watch  elite and local athletes test themselves against our most love (or feared) obstacles and cheer them to victory!  Dubbed The Spartan Race Times Square Challenge, we’ve created an invitational demonstration featuring some of New York’s fittest competitors, some special guests, and, of course, our crazy obstacles.  The date is Thursday, Nov. 1, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at Duffy Square (between 46th and 47th Street), in Manhattan.

Think we can’t do mud in Times Square?  Think again.  We sure can.  We’re Spartans after all!   We’ll be joined bysome familiar faces, Team X-T.R.E.M.E. will be on hand with with U.S. Marine Sergeant Jonathan Mozingo, amputee of the left leg below the knee, and Marine Corporal Todd Love, trimembral amputee of both legs above the knee and left arm below the elbow, and spectators will love the opportunity to see it all go down in one of the beloved New York city locations!    No charge for spectators, just head on down and watch it unfold.  There will be plenty of surprises to keep everyone, even the pugil-wielding Gladiators, on their toes!

The week leading up to the event we’ll be counting down to New York on our blog and Facebook.  There may not be a ceremonious ball drop at the end, but who needs a ball when you have 8 foot walls to climb and traverse?  So, mark your calendars and get ready for some urban Spartan mayhem in the city that never sleeps.  See you at the Crossroads of the World November 1st!

Ready to get off your couch and race with us?  Get after it already!  Click HERE to find an event near you!

 

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