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 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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