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  • Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: This is essentially promotional, and will proably never be suitable for a WP article. DGG ( talk ) 00:58, 22 July 2019 (UTC)
  • Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: This reads more like a site map of their website. Too much emphasis on sponsors. Need more news articles independent of the subject. AngusWOOF (barksniff) 13:33, 11 July 2019 (UTC)

City Challenge Race
FounderElvi Guzman
HeadquartersHoboken, New Jersey
WebsiteTemplate:City Challenge Race Website

City Challenge Race is a not-for-profit company that hosts different events throughout the East Coast for all levels of fitness. They focus on family-and-friends fun while also pushing physical and mental limits.[1]. Their events range from urban obstacle courses[2] and 5K races to fun runs and youth races. [3]


In 2013, City Challange Race began as a means to fundraise for Guzman's sister who was diagnosed with breast cancer.[4] The following year City Challenge Race grew to 3 events. As of 2019, they have grown to 23 races held throughout the Northeast region/ East Coast (mainly popular in the NJ Hudson County area [5][6]). In 2015, City Challenge began their Youth City Challenge Races. In 2018, City Challenge Race was included as a partner in the first North American OCR Championship [7]. In 2019, they added the Exchange Place Corporate Challenge, the Fleet Week 5K, and the Stamford City Race to their list of events.

Founder and CEO[edit]

City Challenge Race was founded by Elvi Guzman. Elvi Guzman was raised in Central New Jersey with 6 siblings. He credits his entrepreneurship drive to both his parents. While growing up he witnessed his parents, Gladys and Felix, work various jobs while running small businesses. He went to college at Florida International University and thereafter worked and managed hotels including the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne & Battery Park, NYC. At an early age, he knew he would own a business and did so in April 2013 when he created The City Challenge Obstacle Race. Since starting the business in 2013 he has grown the company from 1 event (Hoboken City Challenge Race) in 2013 to 23 scheduled events in 2019. His vision to produce health & fitness events while raising funds for charity was inspired by an event in 2012 when his sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2013 the inaugural Hoboken City Challenge Race partnered with Susan G Komen of North Jersey to raise funds for breast cancer survivors. Since 2013 City Challenge Race events’ have combined raised over $1,000,798 for various local and national charities.

Events and Cities[edit]

City Challenges[edit]

The location for City Challenge Races headquarters, Hoboken hosts the most events including an obstacle course race and their seasonal events. Other major locations for their events are Jersey City and NYC[8].


Event Track
Hoboken City Challenge Race OCR
Hoboken Youth CCR OCR
Jingle Bell 5K 5K race and 1-mile fun run
Turkey Trot 5K 5K race and 1-mile fun run

Jersey City[edit]

Event Track
JC City Challenge Race OCR
Fleet Week 5K 5K race and 1-mile fun run
Exchange Place Corporate Challenge 5K race
Jersey City Youth CCR OCR

New York City[edit]

Event Track
NY City Challenge Race OCR
Bootcamp Training Program

Other Locations[edit]

Location Event Track
Downtown Stamford, CT Stamford CCR OCR
Miami, Fl Men's Fitness CCR[9] OCR
Lowell, MA Greater Boston CCR OCR
Bayonne, NJ Bayonne Youth CCR OCR

Fleet Week 5K[edit]

Fleet Week 5K had its first race in May 2019 consisting of a 5K and 1-mile fun run hosted at Liberty State Park, Jersey City.

Exchange Place Corporate Challenge[edit]

Exchange Place Corporate Challenge logo

City Challenge Race hosted their first Exchange Place Corporate Challange in June 2019. It is a teams-only event and is held at Liberty State Park, Jersey City by the water with a 5K track looping back mid-way.

Youth City Challenges[edit]

Youth City Challenge Race

With races hosted in Hoboken, Jersey City, and Bayonne; it is growing in its popularity. They are 3/4 miles long with obstacles set-up throughout the course. The Youth City Challenge races are for kids ages 5-12.[10]

Seasonal Events[edit]

Turkey Trot 5K[edit]

Started in 2014, Hoboken's Annual Turkey Trot has been a way to start the holidays while also fundraising for local charities. The event hosts a 5K as well as a 1-mile Fun Run along Hoboken's waterfront on Sinatra Drive.[11]

Jingle Bell 5K[edit]

The Jingle Bell 5K is a run held to fundraise for the season; proceeds go to local charities including The Hoboken Volunteer's Ambulance Corps. It a run of 5K there is also a 1-mile race. The track is along Hoboken's waterfront starting from Pier A and along Frank Sinatra Drive and looping back to Pier A.

Pro Team[edit]

Their pro team is obligated to run elite waves. Elite waves are held at different rules and standards [12] than the regular waves of the race. Anyone can compete in an elite wave if they can hold up those rules.

Donald Benjamin
Jessica Brady
Josefina Collado
Jesse Liriano
Wes Meserve


  • Hoboken's Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
  • Stay Safe Foundation[13]
  • The Hoboken Department of Recreation
  • The Hoboken Shelter
  • Susan G Komen[14]
  • Big Brothers and Big Sister
  • Jersey City Youth Foundation
  • Odyssey House NYC
  • Shoes for Streets
  • Wounded Warrior Project[15]
  • Crohn's and Colitis Foundation or America
  • USA Army



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  2. ^ Matter, Michael. "Tired of mud? Take to the streets. The rise of the urban obstacle race". Mud and Adventure. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  3. ^ "CITY CHALLENGE OBSTACLE RACE: Mayor Zimmer to Participate in Competition, Raising Awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters". September 28, 2016.
  4. ^ "AM New York". paper.amny.com. pp. 16–17.
  5. ^ Mosca, David (October 11, 2018). "Pizza festival, wine tasting, and races in Hudson County this weekend". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  6. ^ Rodas, Steven (April 15, 2015). "Hudson County 'springs' into road race season with fund-raising events". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  7. ^ Coons, Kayla. "North American OCR Championship Reveals 2018 Venue". Obstacle Racing Media. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  8. ^ "New York City Challenge Race". ACTIVE.com.
  9. ^ "Men's Fitness Miami City Challenge Race / Events / Home - Viva Florida". vivaflorida.org.
  10. ^ "Hoboken City Challenge Race 2015". ACTIVE.com.
  11. ^ "Turkey Trot! Thanksgiving Day Runs in New Jersey". mommypoppins.com. October 7, 2015.
  12. ^ Schlachter, Margaret. "Obstacle Racing in Open vs. Elite Class". liveaboutdotcom. Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  13. ^ https://www.northjersey.com/story/life/2018/05/19/tough-guys-and-gals-tough-out-rainy-weather-obstacle-course-challenge/624523002/
  14. ^ Hammer, Mike (October 17, 2014). "New York City Challenge Obstacle Race". Downtown Magazine.
  15. ^ "Atlantic Concrete Designs Races to Raise Funds for Wounded Warriors Project « MarketersMEDIA – Press Release Distribution Services – News Release Distribution Services". marketersmedia.com.