by Carrie Adams

With 2013 looming large on the horizon, and much of the holidays behind us, we look forward to our Times Square demonstration on January 17th and the more than 60 events we have planned for Spartan venues around the globe in 2013.  Before we set foot on a race course in 2013, we want to give back to those hit hard by October’s super storm Sandy.  After all, Spartans give generously.  So we gave our friends at NYCares a call so we could find a way to roll up our sleeves and do what we do best – get dirty.

When we had to cancel our NYC Times Square event in the wake of Super Storm Sandy, we had no idea how much damage the storm would bring to the East Coast.  As we prepare to return on Thursday, January 17for our demonstration at Broadway Plaza between 42-43rd streets from 11AM – 2PM we want to show New York that Spartans also give generously with a two-day volunteer opportunity Saturday, January 12th and Sunday, January 13th to help those still rebuilding in the wake of the devastation.

Spartan Race is pleased to announce a two-day volunteer opportunity in conjunction with NYCares to help Muck Out some homes in Far Rockaway, Queens!  Nothing like doing some good and getting dirty in the process!  With nearly a dozen of our Street Team already on board, we can’t wait to get started!

The Spartan Muck Out will involve clearing debris and damaged items from homes, and removing drywall and other damaged parts of the buildings and will be led by experienced NYCares staff members or trained, experienced volunteers.

New York Cares was founded in the late 1980’s by a group of friends who wanted to take action against serious social issues facing the city and is now the city’s largest volunteer organization, running volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies, and public schools.

There are different tasks at each location and volunteers should come prepared and flexible to participate in the entire process.

Date: Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13th:

Volunteering Spartans will board a bus to Far Rockaway, Queens at 8AM where you will work to clear and clean out homes for residents. Once on site, all volunteers sign waivers, are given an overview, safety briefing, and provided supplies including tools, tyvek suits, and n100 dust masks (if necessary).  Volunteers are then divided into groups of between 8 and 12 and are directed to a home to work with.  Each volunteer work crew is led by an experienced staff member or a trained, experienced volunteer.

Time: Bus departure time: 8:00am
Bus return time: 6pm (depending on traffic)
Bus meet-up: 47 Trinity Place at the corner of Trinity Place and Rector Street in Downtown Manhattan.

To join in the clean-up process, Step 1 – Create an account here:
Step 2 – Go to this link and click sign up for Saturday, Sunday, or both.  (Link:
Step 3 – Show up and muck out!
Once you sign up you will receive an auto email with more details and my contact info.

Give back and get dirty!

There is no better way to begin the New Year than with a chance to do good and then a Spartan Race experience in Times Square that’s never been done before!  We look forward to returning to New York in the New Year!

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by Carrie Adams

Mark your calendars, Spartans!  Spartan Race is headed back to Times Square Jan. 17, 2013 for our Invitational Obstacle Race Demonstration but FIRST we’re making a pit stop in Far Rockaway, Queens to help out the victims of Super Storm in a joint effort with the non-profit organization,  New York Cares, to help those still recovering from the devastation.

For the first time, Spartan Race will be hitting up the urban jungle in a Times Square demo like you’ve never seen!  This invitational demo will feature some of our most beloved and feared obstacles and will have participants show the viewing public what a Spartan Race (well, short one) looks like!  We may even do a burpee or two as well, we’re known for those!   The Spartan Race Times Square Challenge is set for Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at Broadway Plaza between 42nd and 43rd Streets, in Manhattan. (updated location)

Before the demo in Times Square goes down, Spartans will get a chance to get out into the community and help out those in need.  We’re announcing the Spartan Muck Out, a two-day volunteer project to help clean-up efforts in Far Rockaway, Queens, that will take place Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12 and 13.  Both days, busloads of Spartan volunteers will depart 47 Trinity Place (corner of Rector Street) in downtown Manhattan at 8:00 a.m., returning at approximately 6:00 p.m.  The Muck Out will involve clearing debris and damaged items from homes and removing drywall and other damaged parts of buildings. Experienced New York Cares staff members or trained, experienced volunteers will oversee each work crew.

Joe D., Spartan founder and resident burpee dictator, Joe Desena is excited about bringing the world of Spartan Racing together with the world of Spartan charity.  As you know, Spartans give generously.  ”We are doing all we can to change lives all over the world with these events.  There is no better time to change your life than in the New Year.  That doesn’t just mean your body.  As Spartans, we want to give back and of course, we’re doing it in the best way we know how – by getting dirty!”

We’ll be joined by some familiar faces.  Team X.T.R.E.M.E. ( is heading out and bringing retired U.S. Army Sgt. Noah Galloway, (amputee of the left leg above the knee and left arm above the elbow), Eduard Lychik (single leg hip disarticulation), and Marine Corporal Todd Love (trimembral amputee of both legs above the knee and left arm below the elbow.)  We’ll have some of our elite racers and everyday competitors on hand as well, showing off the Spartan demonstration course!

Want to get involved in the Muck Out?

To join in the clean-up process, Step 1 – Create an account here:
Step 2 – Go to this link and click sign up for Saturday, Sunday, or both.  (Link:
Step 3 – Show up and muck out!
Once you sign up you will receive an auto email with more details and my contact info!

See you in the Big Apple!

About New York Cares

New York Cares is New York City’s largest volunteer organization. New York Cares runs volunteer programs for 1,200 nonprofits, public schools and city agencies to help people in need throughout the five boroughs. Since 1987, New York Cares has made it easy for all New Yorkers to work together to strengthen the city, and last year helped 400,000 New Yorkers in need. For more information, visit


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