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!
Hoboken on Sept 20, 2014
Randall’s Island on October 5, 2014