City Challenge Hoboken 2016 Review


There is always something special whenever City Challenge Race holds their races in Hoboken, New Jersey. For City Challenge’s 3rd race of the year (Jersey City and Randall’s Island being the latter), Hoboken was met with mostly positive reviews, great vibes, and of course, a great medal. The location was scenic, the obstacles were challenging, and the weather held up for an enjoyable experience.

As always, the Hoboken race was held at Pier A in Hoboken, New Jersey.



Parking was fairly simple granted Hoboken is filled with Parking garages with an average price ranging from $20-$30. For that price, you can opt to stay in Hoboken for the entire day. We used the app ‘ParkWhiz’ to reserve our spot 48 hours in advance of the event. For the $20-$30, we felt it was well spent granted the race was held directly across for s, and that there was an after-party held at a nearby bar.



Last year in Hoboken, the weather was absolutely stunning. Just awesome weather with a great view of the Manhattan skyline , the sun glistening along the water, and sailboats.

Unfortunately, the same could not be said this year.

As the Hoboken City Challenge Race was held by the water, we had gray skies and cold winds along Pier A for the entirety of the race. The forecast predicted rain toward the early afternoon but luckily there was no rain and that didn’t impact the positive vibes, the obstacles nor the overall race experience.


At the Randall’s Island event there were very few complaints regarding registration.

At Hoboken, the registration and packet-pickup went very smoothly and the customer service improved. We heard no complaints at all. Each packet had a timing chip, bib, gear check, and a free shirt. City Challenge also had merchandise available; the majority of which were sold-out by the end of the event. R

Racers and spectators also had vendors available from Yahoo Milk Chocolate, Boys and Girls Club, and CKO Kickboxing to name a few.



There’s nothing like hearing a clear ‘cling cling’ from a City Challenge medal.  City Challenge maintained the same design as ‘Jersey City’ and ‘Randall’s Island’, but compared to the Jersey City Medal, this medal was circular.

Also, the back of the medal had this quote from Muhammad Ali:

Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them; a desire , a dream, a vision



City Challenge Race stuck with the same obstacles as usual, but this time they assorted the obstacles differently and course differently.

If you’ve done a City Challenge Race then you know how it usually begins: The Police Barricades first, and then the walls come 2nd.  But here’s a difference from last year:


14444741_620675761452076_2307194927144518534_oLast year, the elite wave were required to carry 2 concrete blocks around the area where this year’s Sandbag Carry was held. This year, only one concrete block carry was required. More so, the concrete block carry was in a MUCH smaller and confined space.

This year’s course was shorter.

The removal of Water jug carries.

The removal of tire jumps.

Fewer obstacles(16 total)

Longer Sand Bag Carry



Jane Seo takes home her 4th(?) Win in the Elite wave for the women, and Frankie Disomma took home his 1st(?) win in the Elite wave for the men.


City Challenge Race » Top 5 M/F – ELITE
1 4972 Jane Seo 6:33 20:21  
2 4912 Emily Rosario 7:14 22:27  
3 1924 Danielle Alfano 7:24 22:56 CKO JERSEY CITY
4 2042 Denise Araujo 7:31 23:20 CKO JERSEY CITY
5 4795 Tara Pipia 7:38 23:42  
1 4177 Frankie Disomma 6:01 18:40  
2 5192 Wes Meserve 6:06 18:55 The Real McCoys
3 4504 Bartolo Leon 6:16 19:25 CKO JERSEY CITY
4 4145 Michael Day 6:27 20:01  
5 4790 David Pietrangelo 6:30 20:11 Prime Function Fitness



City Challenge continues to put on a great showing at every event. The Race Director, staff and volunteers are very sociable and the obstacles are challenging; even for beginner and experienced racers.