Stay the Course: Traversing the Special Spartan Race at Citi Field

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, people receiving services through AHRC NYC programs, families, and staff from all across the five boroughs took to the stands, concourse, and even the outfield in the 2016 Special Needs Spartan Race. The multi-faceted obstacle course took place at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, in Flushing Meadows, Queens.

Among the AHRC NYC services represented at the Spartan Race were Educational Services, Adult Day ServicesEmployment and Business Services, and Camping and Recreation.

The Spartan Course

The Special Needs Spartan Race is an obstacle course race designed to test resilience, strength, stamina, and ability to overcome adversity. Overseeing the safe and structured athletic event, the organizers of the Spartan Race provided students and families with an opportunity to challenge themselves, to spend time with friends, and to get some exercise.

Racers began the event in the left field concourse area, snaking their way through the seats, then turning up to the stadium hallways. They encountered climbing and ducking obstacles as they moved up and down stairways.  Eventually, the athletes progressed through the left-field warning track, where each person faced a brief balancing test in foul territory. Finally, the racers climbed their way back up into the stands and hurried toward the finish line.

Throughout the course the students were cheered on by Spartan staff, who were dressed as superheroes such as Spider-Man, Captain America, and Robin. All participants received a medal for completing the race. To re-hydrate and replenish, the racers also received water, a banana and a protein bar once they crossed the finish line.

AHRC New York City thanks all of the families and staff members who came out for support and to race themselves, as well as Spartan Race, Inc. for making the day a fun-filled success.