12,000 Spartans at Citi Field 

by David Magida

David Magida is a member of the Spartan Race Pro Team. In 2012 he finished 9th in the Spartan Race Points Series and has already recorded five Top 5 finishes in 2013 alone.

I began competing in obstacle racing in 2011 and I immediately knew the sport would grow. But never did I imagine 12,000 people at one race. Yet, April 13, 2012 marked an historic milestone for the sport as 12,000 eager athletes toed the line at the Reebok Spartan Race Citi Field event.  The stands began to fill up. The concourses were overflowing with people. And the crowds began to work their way toward the start line.

This was my first stadium event and my first in a time trial format as well. Generally I’m happy on the trails, tearing through mountains, crossing streams and gliding along on courses designed to suit the runners. This course, on the other hand, was short and highly intense, with a great deal of strength required. The terrain was perfect. The hard concrete allowed me to run fast while conserving energy for the obstacles. The running felt comfortable and it was exciting to fly up and down the concourses, ramps and stairwells.

I’m not sure how many flights of stairs we climbed, but it was enough to leave my legs sore for the next 48 hours. Unique obstacles such as heavy ball slams, heavy jump rope, water jug carries, rowing machines and a peg wall added a unique challenge and helped level the playing field for non-runners. As did the Hobie Hop up four flights of stairs.

Around every corner were new challenges. Monkey bars with smaller grips. Four consecutive 6-foot walls with room enough only to land and jump again. As is their usual fashion, Reebok Spartan Race thought up a number of sick and twisted ways to inflict delicious pain upon the competitors, yet left them proud of themselves and eager to race again once they finished.

Because when you come out of that tunnel and begin your final sprint around the warning track, all you can think of is how incredible it is that you just ran such a grueling race in a professional sports stadium. And you wish it wasn’t over.

I left New York City with a souvenir: Some dirt from Citi Field ground into my shoes and a little blood on my shin. That’s what Spartan Race is all about. Job well done to the Spartan staff and volunteers on an incredible race. I’m looking forward to the next one at Citizen’s Park.

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by Chris Rutz
It is time for the second stadium race brought to you by Spartan Race!  Citi Field promises to deliver in a big way!  The stadium concept kicked off last year at Fenway and now we are coming to the city so nice, they named it twice, New York, New York. This is a sprint distance race with many familiar obstacles, however, the stadium will add an element of surprise and difficulty. This year we have four stadium races currently on the schedule with more on the horizon.  First up, is this weekend’s Citi Field Race!

4/13 – Citi Field
8/31 – Citizens Bank Park
9/7 – Miller Park
11/16 – Fenway

Spartan’s Elite racers are excited about coming to Citi Field this weekend to see how they transition from the varied terrain of a typical Reebok Spartan Race to the more controlled environment presented in the stadium.

Look for Alexander Nicholas, the winner of Fenway in 2012, to go for a repeat win in the stadium series. He will be challenged by Elliott Megquier, David Magida, Miguel Medina, Hunter McIntyre and Joey Patrolia. Joey is the only one of the five that has experienced a stadium race before, so he will certainly have the advantage. Hunter McIntyre is coming off of a photo finish third place in Vegas so this will be an exciting heat to watch.

The women’s side is wide open. Shaun Provost, the winner of Fenway will be defending her stadium title. Many of the top ladies that were in Las Vegas last weekend are sitting this one out. Look for new females faces to emerge and battle Shaun for the podium.

We’re getting all set-up and ready for the Spartans to descend on Citi Field.  Will you be on among them?

Maybe you have run a Spartan Race already, but have you run a Spartan Race in the stadium?  Time to sign up.

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