by Elliott Megquier, Spartan 300 Athlete

Spartan Race is headed to New York’s infamous Times Square November 1st for a unique demonstration of why SR is the originator of the sport of Obstacle Racing, a sport that’s changing lives all over the world.  With close to 60 events planned in the 2013 season globally, Spartan Race is hitting the Cross Roads of the World to show the city of New York how Spartan Races!

Where to start when talking New York City sports legends? Well you have to start with the most successful team in the four major professional sports, the New York Yankees who have won 27 World Series Championships. The most famous Yankee is debatable, however pretty much everybody was heard of Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Thurman Munson, Mariano Rivera,  Andy Pettitte, Derek Jeter,  and Alex Rodriguez just to name a few.

In that group you have the former all-time season/career leader in home runs, a man whose streak of consecutive games played lasted for 56 years, a catch phrases are still remembered today, a man who married Marilyn Monroe and has held the record for consecutive games with a hit for over 71 years, a Triple Crown star whose skill and legend who was only stop by injury, the heart and soul of the Yankees who died in a plane crash, the greatest closer of all time, the man with the most postseason victories of all time, a man that has may retire with the most all-time hits record and the most A-listers dated, and the richest  ball player of all time who has a chance to break the all-time baseball home run record. Then a Yankee owner in George Steinbrenner who loved his team so much he paid a mobster to dig up dirt on one of his own players.

After the Yankees, you got the best supporting actor in the New York Knicks who have only won two championships, but they play in the Mecca of basketball, Madison Square Garden. It doesn’t matter how pathetic my Knicks are they always draw hype and a crowd. Whether it is about Patrick Ewing never winning a championship, Spike Lee (and being the most famous Knick, who isn’t really a Knick) trash talking Reggie Miller as he is lighting up the Knicks, Jeff Van Gundy grabbing Alonzo Mourning’s leg, to Stephon “Starbury” Marbury wanting out, or Amar’e Stoudemire punching a fire hydrant.

Then you have a team that has taken New York by storm in the last 26 years winning four Super Bowl with stars such as Lawrence Taylor, Phil Simms, Michael Strahan, Eli Manning, and the infamous Plaxico Burress who went to jail for shooting himself by mistake with an unregistered weapon in NYC. The thing is they don’t even play in New York; they play in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  However, what they were able to do the rival Patriots twice in the last five years has earned them New York State residency forever.

Then of course the best hockey of all time finished his career with the Rangers, some guy named Wayne Gretzky. They also have the step children of sports teams in the New York Mets, the Jets, and the Islanders. New York loves their sports; they spend close to a billion dollars each year just paying for their athletes. Obstacle racing is growing in New York and right now New York City is looking for their Derek Jeter or Patrick Ewing, is it Hobie Call or is it the challenger Cody Moat, or the phenom Alec who is improving by the day. I guess only time will tell, heck maybe it will be the dominate Biathlete Claude Godbout who is putting most of the Spartan men (including myself) to shame.

Elliott Megquier is from Bangor, Maine and is currently in a 1st Lieutenant stationed in the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY. He ran his first Spartan Race in June of 2011 at Tuxedo, NY. Since then he has completed a total of 16 Spartan Races including 3 Beasts. Megquier has made 7 podiums (2 Sunday Elite wins, 3 seconds, and 2 thirds) including 6 in 2012 and never finished outside the top 12 in any race. He is currently on the first obstacle racing team juwi Solar Energy. He is single and looking and he wants Spartan Race to come to Sugerloaf, Maine.

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103943334GE007_NuggetsFormer NY Knick and current Denver Nugget Forward will be Racing the Staten Island Super Spartan!

September 24, 2011, Wolfe’s Pond Park, Staten Island

When former N.Y. Knick Al Harrington signed as a forward with the Denver Nuggets in July 2010, little did he know that he would someday return to New York to compete, not in basketball, but in a competition right out of Greek legend.  Our very own Super Spartan!

Harrington, 31, will race alongside 7,500 athletes from the tri-state area on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Wolfe’s Pond Park on Staten Island and we couldn’t be more excited!

Harrington, originally from Orange, N.J. and an alumni of St. Patrick’s High School inSPAR - HarringtonAlRunningwithBall Elizabeth, will run through mud, crawl under barbed wire, carry heavy buckets through water, even leap over fire.  Well, we don’t want to give too much away of the race, but it will by our typical, atypical Spartan fare. 

The Staten Island event is an eight-plus mile Super Spartan – a trail run with over 15 obstacles. Competition is expected to attract 7,500 weekend warriors on Sept. 24 at Wolfe’s Pond Park Preserve, Hylan Blvd. and Cornelia Avenue (between Seguine and Luten Avenues).

Harrington will race at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.

“This competition is definitely outside – way outside – my comfort zone, but I’m hoping to inspire people to focus on finishing despite the obstacles before them,” said Harrington, who stands 6-ft. 9-in. in his size 17 shoes.

“The Spartan Race is all about doing one’s best. Sure it’s great to win, but just as good to know that you came to play, played all the way, and didn’t hold back.”

Adds race founder and native New Yorker Joe DeSena of Pittsfield, Vt., “Life is not a straight line. Spartan Race returns competitors to our ancient roots where running through woods, getting dirty, and facing adversity was part of everyday life.

“As a professional athlete with 13-years in the pros, Al Harrington will set the pace for the New York competition, a pace that other Spartan racers can test themselves against,” said DeSena.

The Spartan Race competition series benefits Homes for our Troops, hoping to raise $400,000 to fully construct a specially adapted home for an injured veteran (

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