NEW YORK, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- It's time once again for New Yorkers and City visitors alike to embrace the great outdoors and GET IN THE GAME at the third annual Hudson River Park Games. Scheduled for Saturday, May 13th from 9am to 4pm on Pier 26 in Hudson River Park, The Games are presented by the non-profit Friends of Hudson River Park, and serve as the official kick-start to a Summer of Fun in New York's Park for Play.
A celebration of fitness and that indomitable "bring your best" New Yorker spirit, this fun-filled "day in the Park" is an invitation for competitors and spectators to sweat, high-five and explore new fitness heights, while raising critically-needed funds for Hudson River Park, the longest riverfront park in the United States, encompassing nearly 550 acres of parkland, marine sanctuary and recreational resources from Chambers Street to 59th Street on Manhattan's West Side.
The signature event of the 2017 Hudson River Park Games will be the new Healthy on the Hudson personal fitness challenge featuring a Spin Stage presented by Zipcar, a Yoga Pod and Bootcamp Turf, all on Pier 26 along Manhattan's iconic waterfront. An all-star lineup of NYC's hottest fitness studios and trainers will lead New Yorkers of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities as they get their pulses pounding, cycles spinning and spirits "ohming" with a full menu of premium fitness workshops designed to enrich bodies, minds and souls. Top trending classes from ((305)) Fitness, RETOX, Cyc, Fhitting Room and others make Healthy on the Hudson a unique way to try out the city's most coveted classes and sought-after fitness trainers, all for an affordable $20 per class donation to Friends of Hudson River Park. Registration and a full list of class offerings and times can be found at hudsonriverparkgames.org/HealthyontheHudson. Advance registration is highly recommended.
The 2017 Hudson River Park Games Team Pentathlon, powered by NYC Social, is a no-holds-barred 10-person team competition for businesses and community groups who thrill at the fight to become (or remain!) the best, the only, the true NUMBER ONE victor. Easily the most competitive team event in New York City, the Team Pentathlon is a five-part battle over piers and waterfront to crown the City's most athletically skilled team of 10 with the honor of winning the prestigious Hudson River Park Cup. The daylong tournament tests strength and stamina in bouts of dodgeball, volleyball, kayaking, basketball and flag football, with a "take no prisoners" final-round championship face-off organized by SWITCH Playground. To learn more or register your team, visit: www.HudsonRiverParkGames.org/Pentathlon.
This year's Hudson River Park Games Village, presented by Weill Cornell Medicine, will be more exciting than ever with a full slate of Game Day fun and fanfare on Pier 26, giving everyone a chance to get in on The Games. Free activities for participants, spectators and visitors will include live music, a Wine & Beer Garden by City Vineyard, a Health & Wellness Zone featuring a pediatric ambulance and heart healthy bites by Weill Cornell Medicine, and lots of family-friendly fun and activities for visitors of all ages—there'll even be an interactive photo opportunity so you can share your #HRPGames experience! From the Opening Rally to the Closing Ceremony, The Games Village will be the epicenter of fun and fanfare on Pier 26, giving everyone a chance to be a part of The Games.
The Hudson River Park Games is a one-of-a-kind participatory fundraising experience that offers individuals and businesses an opportunity to support and drive awareness of Hudson River Park as an indispensable community resource and premier waterfront treasure. Conceived as an epic celebration of the 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.
Last year, the Hudson River Park Games engaged more than 2,000 athletes and 10,000 participants, while providing fun and festivities for more than 100,000 visitors and passersby who came from all over the NYC Metro area. This vital fundraising experience was specifically designed to help Hudson River Park flourish while preserving and protecting recreational, ecological, educational and cultural programs all year long.
The Hudson River Park Games showcase just how much Hudson River Park truly is New York's Park for Play: nowhere else in Manhattan offers so 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. By signing up for Healthy on the Hudson, joining or supporting a 10-person Team Pentathlon team, purchasing items or activities at The Games Village, participants and spectators make valuable donations that help provide free cultural, recreational, and educational programming each and every year.
"For so many New Yorkers, Hudson River Park is an extension of their own backyards," said Connie Fishman, Executive Director of Friends of Hudson River Park. "Our vision for The Games is to kick-off the season in New York's Park for Play with thousands of our Friends and neighbors who love Hudson River Park as much as we do. We hope everyone will register for these premiere Healthy on the Hudson outdoor studio classes, which will also be held throughout the spring and summer in the Park, and are meant to inspire healthy living, personal fitness, and a sense of wellbeing out on the waterfront."
Sponsors for the 2017 Hudson River Park Games are Weill Cornell Medicine, presenting sponsor for the Games Village, ZipCar, NYC Social and Pentathlon Champions Warburg Pincus. Pentathlon competitors include Goldman Sachs, GreenOak, Oxeon Partners, RBC Capital Markets, Team Novofam, Citi and Classic Car Club.
To register or learn more about the Hudson River Park Games, please visit: www.hudsonriverparkgames.org.
ABOUT HUDSON RIVER PARK 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 state and local 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 the Park's ongoing sustainability by serving as its primary source of fundraising, advocacy and support, working in concert with the Hudson River Park Trust, the city-state entity that oversees its design, construction, operation and maintenance. For more information, please visit www.hudsonriverpark.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @HudsonRiverPark, and LIKE us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/HudsonRiverPark.
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