by Carrie Adams

How does a historic ball park celebrate it’s 100th anniversary?  With a Spartan Race, of course!  The Green Monster is no match for the thousands of Spartans that will invade on Saturday November 17th and Sunday, November 18th 2012.   Spartan Race, the world’s leading obstacle racing series and Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race in 2012, is joining yearlong festivities to commemorate Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary with an event as unique as the two iconic institutions themselves. For the first time ever, Boston’s cherished ballpark will be transformed into an obstacle racing venue for the Spartan Sprint Time Trial presented by Dial For Men, Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012.

“Spartan Sprint at Fenway Park will be an experience no one has ever seen in the world of obstacle racing,” noted Spartan Race co-founder Joe Desena. “For the first time ever, Spartans will have the chance to run a time trial through one of America’s most treasured landmarks.”

“Making it even more memorable,” Desena continued, “Fenway Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.  This truly is a chance of a lifetime.  We urge everyone to take advantage of this rare opportunity to be a part of history in more ways than one.”

Desena went on to explain that the approximately one-mile course is a head-to-head, time trial, speed-style event, not a distance race – with the unique twist of incorporating numerous, challenging obstacles for which Spartan Race is famous.

Adult heats will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue in roughly five-minute, small waves with individual start times assigned at the event.  No aid stations will be available on the course.  As with all Spartan events, points will be awarded.  Each racer will receive a unique medal, commemorative t-shirt, photographs and access to Fenway Park, as well as get to see themselves on the stadium’s JumboTron and take home memories for a lifetime.  Beloved Mascot, Wally the Green Monster, will be onsite 10am-2pm each day.

Children also can join in the fun and excitement with the Jr. Spartan Adventure Race.  The course will be approximately one-half mile for children 4-9 and one mile for ages 10-13.  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. 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 historic Spartan Sprint at Fenway Park, including entry fees and deadlines, spectator tickets, parking and children’s activities visit http://www.spartanrace.com/fenway-park-obstacle-racing-spartan-sprint-2012.html

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