Spartan Race Mucks Out in Queens with Non-Profit for Sandy Victims Before Times Square Obstacle Course Races

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Spartan Race, an international series of obstacle course races, is joining NYCares in a two-day effort to help victims in Far Rockaway, Queens affected by Super Storm Sandy before its Times Square race.

On January 10, Spartan Race, an international series of obstacle course races, is joining forces with New York Cares, a N.Y. non-profit organization dedicated to combating issues affecting urbanites, for the two-day volunteer effort, Spartan Muck Out, to help out victims of Super Storm Sandy in Far Rockaway, Queens before its Times Square race on Jan. 17.

According to the Spartan blog, “As we prepare to return on Thursday, January 17th for 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.”

With NYCares staff and volunteers, Spartans will be provided with supplies and safety equipment to clean up homes and buildings destroyed by Sandy. Volunteers will arrive by bus and will be assigned a series of tasks based on the location of the home they’ll be working on.

“We’re excited to be back to New York for our Times Square event but we’re also here to start the New Year right and show our support to those affected by Sandy,” says Spartan Race founder Joe Desena. “We’re pleased that NYCares is joining us for the Spartan Muck Out so we can get dirty and give back to the Queens community.”

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


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