Spartan Race challenges athletes at Citi Field
by John Sanchez
Apr 18, 2013 | 10860 views | 0 0 comments | 188 188 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Over 12,000 men, women and teens from around the tri-state area filled Citi Field this past Saturday, but it wasn’t for a Met game.

The stadium was transformed into a colossal obstacle course for the world-famous Spartan Race, a challenging competition featuring a high jump, spear toss, and a stadium stair run with a 30-pound sandbags.

The top finisher on the men's side was 22-year-old Jonathan Roche of New Brunswick, New Jersey, while the top female finisher was 27-year-old Jacklyn Mannion of Merrick.

“Although the race was challenging, it was a lot of fun.” said Jay Quinn, a personal trainer at Force Fitness Club in Ridgewood. “Whether you are an individual who is serious about fitness training, or just want to exercise while having fun with friends or coworkers, the Spartan Race is the event for you.”

Competitions like the Spartan Race have grown in popularity over the past two years. In 2012, more than 1.5 million people competed in events such as the Spartan Race, including the Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash.

The competition at Citi Field is just one of more than 60 Spartan Races scheduled for this year. The event was created by 43-year-old Joe De Sena.

“The competition helps build obstacle immunity,” De Sena told “We put you up against a wall, literally, and you and your friends see how you react against those obstacles. You then start to react differently to the stupid little obstacles in life, like coffee being too cold, the car not starting, minor things where you used to get frustrated.”

De Sena hopes that a competition like the Spartan Race will be considered for the Olympics one day.

“If they have ping pong and curling in the Olympics, they should have Spartan racing.”

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