SOURCE: Spartan Race, Inc.

Spartan Race, Inc.

May 11, 2011 13:19 ET

Mud, Water, Fire Are Obstacles as 5,000 Compete in Spartan Race

June 4-5, 2011, 9 a.m. to 2-3 p.m., Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center, Tuxedo, N.Y.

TUXEDO, NY--(Marketwire - May 11, 2011) - Marathons and triathlons are tough, sure. But there's a new trend in racing that eats those linear races for lunch. In the 29 Spartan Races held in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. this year, competitors run through mud, crawl under barbed wire, hurl a spear, carry heavy buckets through water, even leap over fire. Sound medieval? That's the whole idea.

The race takes its name from the ancient Greeks from Sparta who emphasized physical training and discipline.

The New York-area event is a three-mile Spartan Sprint -- a hilly obstacle course on trails. Competition is expected to attract 5,000 white collar weekend warriors on Saturday and Sunday, June 4-5, 2011, at the Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center in Tuxedo, N.Y., located at 581 Route 17A West, between Sloatsburg and Harriman off the New York Thruway. Races start both days at 9 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

"Life is not a straight line," says race organizer and native New Yorker Joseph DeSena of Spartan Race, Inc. "Spartan Race returns competitors to our ancient roots where running through woods, getting dirty, and facing adversity was part of everyday life."

The Spartan Race competition series benefits Homes for our Troops, raising $400,000 to fully construct a specially adapted home for an injured veteran (

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