Spartan Race, hailed as the Best Obstacle Race of 2012 by Outside Magazine, will host an Obstacle Race demo in Times Square

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Obstacles will abound on one of America’s biggest public stages and The Spartan Race Times Square Challenge will feature hundreds of intrepid New Yorkers.

Obstacle Racing has taken America by storm - the biggest thing in adventure sports. Over 1.5 million people have competed in an obstacle race in 2012 and now, for the first time, they'll be able to test themselves against the best in Times Square. Spartan Race, hailed as the Best Obstacle Race of 2012 by Outside Magazine, will host an Obstacle Race demo in Times Square with hundreds of the fittest (and boldest) male and female competitors in New York.

Expect the unexpected! Obstacles will abound on one of America’s biggest public stages and The Spartan Race Times Square Challenge, Thursday, Nov. 1, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., will feature hundreds of intrepid New Yorkers, in the heart of Times Square, featuring some of Spartan’s most beloved (and feared) obstacles, including a muddy barbed wire low crawl, traverse walls, tire flips and of course, and being pummeled by Spartan "gladiators," all to prove that they have what it takes to call themselves Spartans.

The Spartan Race Challenge is an invitational demonstration event the public can watch and enjoy. Competitors include Team X.T.R.E.M.E. (http://www.team-x-treme.org) with United States Marine, Sgt. Jonathan Mozingo, amputee of the left leg below the knee and United States Marine, Cpl. Todd Love, trimembral amputee of both legs above the knee and left arm below the elbow in attendance. The event will also feature current Spartan champions. The winning male and female finisher will receive a pass to the 30+ Spartan Races planned for 2013 throughout the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australia.

WHO: Spartan Race

WHEN: Thursday, Nov 1, 2012. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.                

WHAT: Spartan Race Times Square Challenge                        

WHERE: Duffy Square, 46-47th Streets, Times Square, New York                        

WHY: Demonstrate Obstacle Racing Spartan Race style                        

CONTACT: Jeff Blumenfeld, Jamie Gribbon, 203 655 1600, c 203 326 1200, jeff (at) blumenfeldpr (dot) com or Al Schreiber, alfredschreiber (at) gmail (dot) com, 646 320 5142

Spartan Race, voted Outside Magazine's Best Obstacle Race in 2012, is the world's leading obstacle race series and the first of its kind to have global rankings. Spartan Race is a timed event series featuring races at three escalating distances in locations worldwide that culminate in a World Championship Finale with cash and prizes for the champions. While featuring competitive elite heats, Spartan Races are for athletes of all levels and abilities and are geared towards ripping people off their couches and into the outdoors. Go to spartanrace online for more information, a schedule of events or to register for a Spartan Race. For videos, please visit spartanrace.tv.

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