Second Annual Hudson River Park Games Will Kick Off a Summer of Fitness and Fun in New York’s Park for Play

Saturday, May 21st To Be a Celebration of
Sport and Competition Like No Other!

“Fear the Pier” Obstacle Course is a
One-of-a-Kind Adrenaline Rush on Manhattan’s Lower Westside Waterfront—a
Great Way to Enjoy the Outdoors and Keep Recreational Programs Thriving
in Hudson River Park

~ Calling New York’s Fittest and Fiercest Urban Adventurers and
Lovers of the Outdoors ~

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#HRPHudson River Park, the longest riverfront park in the United
States—encompassing nearly 550 acres of parkland, marine sanctuary and
recreational resources from 59th Street to Chambers Street on
Manhattan’s westside—will be the setting for the not-to-be-missed, second
annual Hudson
River Park Games
, held on Saturday, May 21st
from 8am to 7pm in Hudson River Park.

Presented by the non-profit Friends
of Hudson River Park
, The Games are the perfect kick-start to
summer, a celebration of sport that fills the piers in New York’s
Park for Play
with pulse-raising athletic challenges while raising
critical funds for recreational programing and resources. This
one-of-a-kind participatory fundraising experience offers individuals
and businesses alike an opportunity to support and drive awareness of
Hudson River Park as an indispensable community resource and premier
waterfront treasure. An epic celebration of the uniquely competitive
spirit and generosity that make New York and its residents renowned
throughout the world, The Games are open to all New Yorkers, fans and
visitors to the City. There’ll even be a free BarkBox Dog Agility
and BarkBistro dining experience so Park
pooches can “paw-ticipate” in The Games.

The 2016 Hudson River Park Games are already on course to surpass last
year’s exciting inaugural success, which engaged more than 2,300
athletes and 25,000 participants, while providing fun and festivities
for more than 100,000 visitors and passersby in the neighborhoods of Tribeca,
the West Village, Chelsea and Hell’s Kitchen bordering
Hudson River Park. This vital fundraising motive was specifically
designed to help Hudson River Park flourish while preserving and
protecting recreational, ecological, educational and cultural programs
all year long. With 2016 Games events anchored at Hudson River Park’s Pier
25, Pier 26
and Pier 40, both individuals and teams now have
a heart-pumping way to Give Back and Get Your
Fitness On!

“New Yorkers are renowned as much for their competitive instincts as
their generous hearts,” said Gregory Boroff, Executive Director of
Friends of Hudson River Park. “All of us at Friends are enormously proud
of this extraordinary natural resource and the limitless joy it brings
to city dwellers, businesses and visitors alike.” He continued, “The
Games represent the ultimate celebration of this great spirit paired
with the fierce dedication to physical fitness that brings so many to
New York’s Park for Play, right here in our own backyard. As much as
anything else, it’s an amazingly wonderful day out in the Park. Let The
Games begin!”

For individuals, the Fear
the Pier
obstacle course sprint on Pier 26 is
fast and furious and built to thrill for elite athletes, urban
adventurers and fierce competitors who *heart* NYC and
want to keep free recreational programs thriving in Hudson River Park.
Participants will experience the most exhilarating, fun-filled obstacle
course the city has to offer as they crawl, scramble, scale and propel
themselves to amazing new heights against the iconic New York skyline in
this timed obstacle sprint designed to test agility, speed and strength.

Destined to be an all-time favorite event, Fear the Pier
is a fitness challenge that dares participants to reach and beat
their personal best as they blast through the Speed Trap,
jump Police Barrier Hurdles, climb up and over a NYC School
propel themselves through a maze of Jersey Barricades,
scale a Monster Climbing Wall, hit the deck to conquer a
thigh-crushing Stacked Fence Body Crawl, breathe deep as they
Walk the Plank,
and push to the limit for a breathless Man
finish. Top competitors with the fastest times will be
2016 Masters of the Pier.

to learn more about each of Fear the Pier’s
unique obstacles, and register at

Free Fear the Pier for Pooches!

While two-legged competitors enjoy the thrill of the Fear the
Pier obstacle course, there is also a test of athleticism for our four-legged
Sponsored by BarkBox, a free dog agility course will be
offered for all canines running under the guidance of their “Pawrents.”
Prizes for top-performing pooches will be given!

Fear the Pier Location, Cost and Time:

  • Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 – N. Moore Street and the Hudson River
    – Tribeca
  • 8am to 7pm, Saturday, May 21st
  • Cost: $25 donation for one run on Fear the Pier. Beat your own
    time! $40 to run Fear the Pier twice.

*** Hudson River Park receives no government funding for its
operation or maintenance.
the Pier
is a fun, affordable fitness challenge—and a great
way to give back and help keep Hudson River Park programs going strong!

The Hudson River Park Games Team
on Piers 25 and 40 is set to be the most
competitive team event in New York City—possibly ever! In 10-person
co-ed teams
, competitors will go head-to-head in a “take no
prisoners” five-part battle of endurance
, with the winner dethroning
last year’s champs
to take home the prestigious Hudson River Park
The day-long competition will test strength and stamina as
venerable New York businesses take on tenacious community groups for a
fight to the finish—under the watchful eye of NYC Social referees—in
fierce heats of dodgeball, volleyball, obstacle relay, kayaking,
flag football
and a final showdown at the body-busting Fear
the Pier
obstacle course.

By registering for the Team
or supporting its fundraising participants, Park
“Friends” make a tax-deductible donation that benefits Hudson River Park—New
York’s Park for Play
. Every $4 raised helps maintain one square
foot of Hudson River Park’s hundreds of acres of sports and recreational

to learn how businesses or groups can form teams, get started with
fundraising, and train to win the Hudson River Park Cup.

Team Pentathlon Location, Cost
and Time:

  • Hudson River Park’s Pier 25 and Pier 40 – Western end of W. Houston
    St. at the Hudson
  • Saturday, May 21st, 9am to 4pm
  • $5,000 team donation

Play, Eat, Drink, Explore, Shop and Bark—at the Hudson River
Park Games Expo
and Week-Long Community

Beginning on Saturday, May 14th, and
continuing throughout the week
leading up to the big day, all
through the park
, the Community
will offer everyone a chance to get in on The Games. Try
out the Flying Trapeze high above the river’s waters or test your mettle
with kayak and paddleboard challenges through the Hudson. This exciting
series of recreational activities, deals, and special events—all made
possible by the Park’s Community Partners—is the
perfect ramp up to the thrills, spills and surprises of The Hudson River
Park Games.

From mini-golf, to Kids’ soccer workshops from Super Soccer Stars, or a
high-sweat bariMACRO workout on Pier 46, to Stand-Up Paddle Board
lessons and SUP Yoga at Manhattan Kayak on Pier 84, Outrigger paddling
lessons at the Pier 66 Boathouse, or Flying Trapeze instruction and a
visit to the River Project migratory fishes Wetlab at Pier 40, the
Hudson River Park Games Community Fest will have something
for everyone all week long
. Look for special promotions
in the neighborhood courtesy of Vertias Studio Wines, Sprinkles
Cupcakes, The Frying Pan, Jack’s Wife Freda
, among others.

On Sunday, May 15th from 10am to 2pm,
Barkbox will host the inaugural BarkBistro at
Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 dog run. A Hudson River Park Games Community
event, BarkBistro promises to dine and delight New
York’s finest pooches with toys and treats provided by BarkBox and
brunch snacks for their dog “parents.” Entertainment includes caricature
artists and an accordion player to charm two and four legged guests

BarkBistro Location, Cost and

for updates on Community Fest discounts and offerings.

On Game Day, Saturday, May 21st at Pier 26, spectators,
participants, park visitors and passersby can count on full-court-press
fun, food and family friendly festivities at The Games Expo,
where they’ll find exhibits and booths showcasing taste
and thirst quenchers, gear, activities, services and an array of cool
products from Hudson River Park Games vendors and partners
including Picnycs, David’s Tea, Tribeca North Dentistry, XPOGO®,
Columbia Sportswear, NY Kids Club, Clif Bar, Epicurean Events, Yankee
Doodle Dandy’s, Insomnia Cookies
, and more.

No other park in all of Manhattan facilitates as much organized play in
one place—from soccer scrimmages to baseball drills and games, to
shooting hoops and going for the spike in beach volleyball—Hudson River
Park is New York’s Park for Play.
By registering for Fear
the Pier
, joining or supporting a 10-person Team
team, purchasing food, activities, or products
from Community Partners and Hudson River Park Games vendors and sponsors
at The Games Expo and Community
, 2016 participants and spectators make donations that
will help sustain future recreational programming for years to come.

“There is absolutely nothing like the exhilaration that rushes over you
when you head out to the Park on one of those first sunny summer days,”
said Friends of Hudson River Park Board Chairman Mike Novogratz. “I
can’t wait to see the City turn out for this one-of-a-kind fun and
fitness competition. From elite athletes to kids and spectators—there’s
something to celebrate for everyone this year at the Hudson River Park

Sponsors for The Hudson River Park Games 2016 are BarkBox,
and glacéau

To register or learn more about The 2016 Hudson River Park Games,
please visit


Hudson River Park, which extends from Chambers Street to 59th
street along Manhattan’s west side, is the longest waterfront park in
the United States. This free, urban recreational oasis is home to
award-winning skate parks, playgrounds, sports fields, gardens and
nature exhibits, boating and maritime activities, art installations, and
myriad year-round events
that celebrate the diverse cultures and neighborhoods along its shores.
The Park plays a critical role in protecting the Hudson River ecosystem,
and though it receives no public operating funds from city, state or
federal government, its development has transformed four miles of
decaying piers and parking lots into a premier New York City destination
for local residents and visitors alike. The non-profit, Friends
of Hudson River Park
helps to ensure ongoing sustainability by
serving as the Park’s primary source of fundraising, advocacy and
support, working in concert with the Hudson
River Park Trust
, the city-state entity that oversees the
design, construction and operation of the Park. For more information,
please visit
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