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WARRIORS RACE 2010 – 51 LONGBOARDERS PUSH TO ACHIEVE NEW YORK CITY DISTANCE SKATE RECORD

written by Mike July 24, 2010

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The name of the game is WARRIORS RACE, a 26 mile themed skateboard race though New York City’s gritty and unpredictable city streets.  The event re-enacted the 1970’s classic NYC gang thriller, “The Warriors” movie .  Dressed as gangs from the movie, teams of 3 were challenged to skate 26 miles from the top of NYC’s MTA 1 train at Van Cortland Park (Bronx) to the very bottom of the MTA F train at Brooklyn’s famous Coney Island in front of the Cyclone Roller Coaster.

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51 supercharged traffic surfing skaters assembled at Van Cortland Park, BX on July 23rd to experience the most challenging skateboard race in New York City. Through more than 500 traffic intersections, congested city streets, 5 checkpoints, thunderstorms,  and 90 degree temperatures skaters faced the fear of distance skating.  33/51 skaters completed the race in just over 2 hours.  11 teams completed the challenge and 11 teams achieved every checkpoint and team requirements, together.  Teamwork was an incredible element of the race.
The Turnbull ACs and the Lizzies

The Warriors Race, hosted by NYC skate collaberative “Rat Rod Longboarding” challenged Push Culture skaters to complete a marathon distance in crews of 3 to encourage teamwork.  The idea was to create a themed event involving teams, costumes and a manifest.  The movie is a favorite among the Rat Rod Crew and simple to re-enact.  17 well costumed crews showed for roll call at Van Cortland Park, each crew was given a race bag containing a general race map and manifest of required checkpoints.  The manifest looked like this:
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1. ANY BODEGA IN THE BRONX, TEAM MUST PURCHASE 3 BOTTLES OR CANS.  The 3 bottles/cans (full or empty) must be presented at the finish line WITH 1 RECEIPT FROM THE BRONX. Use race bag for storage.

2. ANY BODEGA IN MANHATTAN, TEAM MUST PURCHASE 3 BOTTLES OR CANS. Same as above, empty or full.  3 cans and 1 RECEIPT FROM MANHATTAN at finishline. Use race bag for storage.

3. UNION SQUARE –  THE LIZZIES WILL BE AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF UNION SQUARE WAITING FOR THE 1ST TEAM TO ARRIVE AND FREE THEM! 1ST TEAM WILL TRADE STICKERS WITH THE LIZZIES AS PROOF.  THERE IS A TRASH CAN AT THAT BRICK CORNER OF THE PARK, AT THE FOOT OF THE WHEELCHAIR RAMP AT STREET LEVEL.  YOU MUST PLACE YOUR TEAM STICKER ON THE TRASH CAN AND TAKE A PHOTO IF YOU CAN. Just like the movie, everybody is racing to Union Sq. to get the girl.  First team to Union Square will locate “The Lizzies” using instructions above.  The Lizzies will trade a team sticker with the 1st team, then the ladies will begin the race.  Every team must leave a sticker at the manifest card meeting location and snap a photo on your phone/camera for reference after the race, and for production DON’T FORGET!

4. TOP OF THE BRIDGE – The Warriors Race is choose your own adventure.  Teams must cross the Williamsburg, Brooklyn or Manhattan Bridge to enter Brooklyn.  Leave a sticker AT THE TOP OF THE BRIDGE and take a photo on your phone or camera if you have one.  Pictures will be used by our production team.

5. ANY BODEGA IN BROOKLYN, TEAM MUST PURCHASE 3 BOTTLES OR CANS AND COLLECT 1 RECEIPT FROM THE BROOKLYN BODEGA.  Use race bag for storage of all 9 bottles/cans collected during the race.

5.  FINISH LINESurf Ave/W. 10th St, Coney Island – This street corner is the entrance to “The Cyclone” wooden rollercoaster, a NYC Landmark.  This corner is across the street from the above ground D train. Teams must finish race together, all 3 skaters/biker must present a sticker and the team’s race bag containing 9 full/empty cans/bottles and 3 receipts from 3 boroughs at the finish to be considered for the awards ceremony.  LOOK FOR THE TWINS, ADAM AND JESSE GARBACZ AT THE FINISH – present you team sticker.

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The race was prefaced by a ceremony re-enacting the Warriors movie introduction.  Gangs representing the diverse neighborhoods of New York’s 5 boroughs gathered at Van Cortland Park.  “CAN YOU DIGG IT?” is the famous quote by Cyrus, the leader of all gangs.  The phrase was chanted and echoed though the park.  51 stoked skaters repeated the verse over and over before the 7:20pm start.  The Warriors bellowed the creepy and infamous phrase, “COME OUT AND PLAYAY”, then the race began.  Broadway in the Bronx was crowded with experienced push race skaters attempting to complete the uncompleted, 26 miles.

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Before the Warriors Race, NYC has been host to MANY skateboard push races.  Rat Rod Longboarding hosts The Brooklyn Blitz (4 miles), Rat Rod Relays (4 miles) and Warriors (26 miles).  Push Culture friends, Concrete Kings host a number of fun races; The Mini Bomb (6 miles), Track Meet (Varying sprints/distance) and weekly meetups.  The most famous New York City race, The Broadway Bomb (8 miles) is every October and hosted by The New York Longboard Association.  NYLBA also hosts the Central Park Race (6 miles) every June. The future of distance push racing is diversity of competition and Marathon Distance is a good place to begin.

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PODIUM:

1st Place – Easy Aces – Wilfried Bouillon, Andrei Hippix, Rich 2hr 3min

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2nd Place – The Moon Runners -Felipe Hoyos, Jim Soladay, Kaspar Henrici

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3rd Place – The Warriors – Theseus XW, Evan Armbrister, Mike Dallas

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Rat Rod nyc July 25, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Damn good race!!

L4L July 26, 2010 at 8:02 pm

soooo soooo sooooooo good.

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Les Robertson August 6, 2010 at 1:42 pm

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The Robin August 7, 2010 at 12:16 pm

dude!
pleas tell me that this is an anually thing! got my handsfull with china this year but next year il f#@king bee there!

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