Borough President Vito was joined by Freshkills Park Administrator Mark Murphy and Borough Parks Commissioner Lynda Ricciardone in announcing the Freshkills Challenge, a 10K obstacle race.
The Freshkills Challenge will take place on April 30, serving as a replacement for the popular High Rock Challenge. As with the High Rock Challenge, the race will continue to honor NYPD Officer John Kelly, who was killed in the line of duty in 2000.
There will also be a new race this year: The Borough President’s Cup will pit members of the NYPD, FDNY, Sanitation Department, and Parks Department against each other to vie for the title of the fastest team among the city’s uniformed employees.
"We're very lucky here on Staten Island," said Borough President Fossella. "We have the best Borough Parks Commissioner, we have the greatest Police Department, the Fire Department is unmatched, and the Sanitation Department is very strong."
Murphy gave a hint of what participants can expect in the Freshkills Challenge without divulging the full course of obstacles.
“The Freshkills Challenge is not just a 10K gravel-road race for runners,” he said. “It’s a spartan-style race that will challenge the racers both physically and mentally and will challenge them on land and in water.”
Those interested in participating can pre-register or can register at the race on April 30.