by Carrie Adams

Robert Duyos /Sun-Sentinel 

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.

Photo from redcross.org

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.

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by Carrie Adams

As we keep our eyes on the East Coast and the escalating Hurricane threat from the Super Storm Sandy, Spartan Race has gotten word that a familiar face will be joining the still-scheduled Thursday Times Square Demonstration Challenge, former New York Giant Tiki Barber!  He’ll be taking on the course alongside some of New York’s toughest Spartans!   The event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at Duffy Square (between 46th and 47th Street), in Manhattan which will also be focused on raising funds for the Red Cross and disaster relief due to Hurricane Sandy.

Tiki Barber was a NFL Running Back who played 10 seasons for the New York Football Giants. He was drafted out of the University of Virginia by the G-Men in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft. Barber was initially drafted to be a 3rd down “change of pace” back but had a break-out year in 1999 when he exploded for 1639 all-purpose yards. Barber never looked back as he ran for over 1,000 yards in 6 of his last 7 seasons. Over that span Barber was a 3-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection while helping lead the Giants to Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. Barber rushed for 1,662 yards and five touchdowns in 2006 making him the only RB to have their final season be the biggest rushing season of their career.

Tiki retired after his 2006 campaign as the all-time leading rusher for the Giants. His 10,449 rushing yards places him in the prestigious 10,000 yards club. He became the third player in NFL history to gain more than 10,000 rushing yards and 5,000 receiving yards in a NFL career, joining Marshall Faulk and Marcus Allen.

After retiring from football, Tiki enjoyed a career in media broadcasting becoming a correspondent for NBC’s Today Show, an analyst for Football Night in America/Sunday Night Football as well as a broadcaster during the 2008 Summer Olympics on MSNBC.

Born on April 7, 1975 in Roanoke, Virginia he is the brother of the NFL player Ronde Barber.

We look forward to welcoming Tiki Barber to Spartan Nation!

 

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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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