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What is The City Challenge Race?

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City Challenge Obstacle Race is an event in promotion of health and fitness that everyone can enjoy no matter what their fitness levels might be. Our challengers range from the age of 14 to 70 years old. While you are timed and ranked against your colleagues, friends, and other teams we focus on the stories of our challengers. What obstacles and challenges have they overcome to compete at our race? 

In the past we gave awards to: Robert Quinonez who lost 90 lbs. and overcame diabetes while training for one of our events, Jaziel Almanzar a baby of just 16 months who was born with half a heart and lived in a hospital for the first 3 months of his life, James Partlow who is a former navy seal and at 68 years young just completed his first City Challenge Race, and Daniel Jacobs who was diagnosed with a life threatening bone cancer in 2011 and overcame that to win a world title as a professional boxer in 2013. These are some of the challengers that we honor at our events. These individuals inspire City Challenge Obstacle Race and help us create events where our community can come together in celebration of health and fitness!

Elvi Guzman, founder of City Challenge Obstacle Race grew up in Central Jersey and was an active child.  He played baseball, basketball, and football, in middle school and high school. He participated in the New Jersey Golden Gloves as a middleweight boxer three years consecutively.

After High School, Elvi attended college in Miami Florida at Florida International University.

He has always been inspired by great athletes like their accomplishment but more importantly what it took them to get there. Their determination, dedication, hard will and inspires him to be great and to live out his dreams.

He was inspired to create City Challenge Obstacle Race to help our community fight diseases that can be prevented with an active lifestyle of physical fitness. Diseases like diabetes, heart attacks, high blood pressure and others.

He realizes how great you can feel with consistent exercise, how productive you can be, and wants you to feel the same. He wants to encourage Challengers to Conquer Their Challenges whatever they may be!

Elvi founded The City Challenge Race in 2013.  The first race was in Hoboken, New Jersey on October 5, 2013. The race benefits Susan G. Komen of North Jersey.

We are the fastest growing urban obstacle race series in the country! City Challenge Race transforms vibrant cities with breathtaking skylines into an exciting obstacle course with walls to get over, water jugs to carry, ropes to climb, cargo nets to climb, sand bags to carry, monkey bars and much more. This unique event is designed to get communities active, test your athleticism, fortitude, and get you out of your comfort zone. We inspire everyone to live a fit and healthy lifestyle. City Challenge Race also raises funds and awareness for local charities and breast cancer.


While races like Spartan, Tough Mudder, and Warrior Dash have become extremely popular it occurred to us to have our challengers run through city streets while attempting to conquer challenging obstacles that do not include water, mud, electrocution, or barbed wire. We are the clean obstacle race. Besides who really wants to risk getting electrocuted, suffer cuts by barbed wire, or ruin a great pair of shoes in disgusting dirty mud? And unlike the other guys, we hate to see back-ups on our courses so we limit each wave of runners to 200 racers to avoid overcrowding. Our race will feature energetic, fun, intense, and clean obstacles! Join active residents of vibrant cities and run through city streets with amazing backdrops of the hosting city’s skyline!  The mission of City Challenge is to enable you to have the most exciting day of your life…period. Our event provides the perfect platform for you to have a great time with friends and family, bond with co-workers, and just have an all-around great time at our event! We strike the perfect balance between fun and physicality. Participating in City Challenge Obstacle Race will be the most fun ass-kicking of your life!

Upcoming Races:

Hoboken on Sept 20, 2014

Randall’s Island on October 5, 2014 


More about The City Challenge Race with Elvi Guzman

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We were lucky to get more of a look into The City Challenge Race with our Q&A with Elvi Guzman!

Check out the show on our YouTube Channel to see his answers to the questions below!

What inspired you to start up The City Challenge Race?

What makes The City Challenge Race different from other obstacle races?

What was the first race like back in Oct 2013 and how has it evolved since?

We noticed on the website you have training locations for the race.  How recommended is it that people train ahead of time?

Can you recommend a specific training regimen for challengers?

What does a day at The City Challenge race look like?

What advice can you give to a obstacle race beginner?

You have tri-state area races coming up, what is to come for City Challenge in 2015?

As we mentioned, the race benefits the Susan G. Komen of North Jersey. Do you have any special connection to that specific foundation?

What kind of reactions have you had to The City Challenge race?

What are some of the obstacles challengers can expect at the race?  (List/Photos of obstacles)

What if a challenger cannot complete an obstacle?

Do challengers work as a team throughout the race as we sometimes see with other obstacle races?

Tell us about some of the inspiring stories that have come out of City Challenge races!

What would you say to those who are intimidated by obstacle races or feel as though they are only for seasoned athletes?

What is your personal favorite part of the City Challenge?

For more info or to sign up for The City Challenge Race go to www.citychallengerace.com!

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Exercise Excitement – City Challenge

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We have been in an awesome workout groove with our sessions with Jenel of Prowess
Private Training, Kettlebell Kickboxing classes and Spin classes.

We finally had our 5 week measurements and body fat percentage results with Jenel! We both had a 2% body fat loss and lost inches all around!

Elvi’s workouts are running and calisthenics.  He does some weights but light weight with high reps.

City Challenge Cheat

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Elvi Guzman, found of City Challenge Race, gave us his view on cheats!

“I believe that you should be able to eat anything you want! If you are in shape and taking care of your body. If you are not then you are not working out hard enough!  

FAVORITE FOODS: Grimaldis Pizza Hoboken, Five Guys – I am a huge foodie! I love to eat and therefore loving to train and keeping my body in shape go well together! Just Sunday I had two burgers for breakfast!

What I do not consume is alcohol. I find my life and social interactions to be much more enjoyable without it in my diet. I also find that it helps rebound if at any point I am out of the gym for a week or two.”

Something Bad for the Hit List

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When we asked Elvi Guzman, founder of City Challenge Race, for his hit list selection this week he told us the following which we found really interesting:

“I don’t listen to music when I work out as much but if I would it would be some type of gospel or slow relaxing music. I love training so music is not needed to get me inspired to kick the gyms butt!”

We are headed to Nashville in a few weeks so our pick for this week is Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood – Something Bad

A Tabata Fit for a City Challenge Race

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We asked Jenel of Prowess Private Training for a tabata she would recommend for
someone training for an obstacle course race and in true Jenel fashion, she provided these two butt kicking moves!

20 seconds burpees to push up, 10 second break.
20 seconds deck squats, 10 second break.
20 seconds burpees to push up, 10 second break.
20 seconds deck squats, 10 second break. 

Repeat for a total of 4 minutes.

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