Monster Hydro Stadium Blitz returning to ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium in 2021

Gamified obstacle course returns with more fun for fitness enthusiasts of all ages and abilities


June 26, 2020

Monster Hydro Stadium Blitz — the gamified obstacle course race presented by NFL star Rob Gronkowski, Gronk Nation and Monster Energy — today announced the tour will return to Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University on Feb. 20, 2021.  

When we launched Stadium Blitz in October 2019 in Buffalo and Tampa, we quickly knew it was an unrivaled competitive experience for fitness enthusiasts of all levels,” said Chris Gronkowski. The opportunity to chart your own course allows competitive racers, aspiring athletes and even families with children to all compete side-by-side in some of Americas favorite stadiums.”  Wide shot of stadium field with obstacles View of Stadium Blitz obstacle course at Sun Devil Stadium in Feb 2020. Photo by Tim Trumble. Download Full Image

Monster Hydro Stadium Blitz is designed to make the fun and empowering experience of obstacle course racing available to athletes of any level and children as young as 7 years old. One of the only obstacle course races that allows participants to determine how hard they want to be tested, Monster Hydro Stadium Blitz allows racers to challenge themselves without intimidation or the threat of punishment through a gamified, choose-your-own-adventure race course. 

“ASU continues to host the most exciting events, and we are delighted to welcome back Stadium Blitz in 2021,” said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, ASU vice president for cultural affairs. “The event earlier this year was an amazing experience for everyone involved, and we are so excited to be planning for another incredible race day on the field at Sun Devil Stadium.” 

Designed to test different areas of fitness from strength to agility, Monster Hydro Stadium Blitz features three levels of obstacles, each increasing in difficulty but intermixed throughout the course. A racer who completes an obstacle is rewarded with points — the harder the obstacle, the bigger the point potential. Racers can decide to skip an obstacle and forfeit the reward. Points are earned and tracked via special RFID-connected wristbands. Participants can compete as an individual or as a team. 

Race organizers are committed to a safe, clean and socially distant experience for participants and spectators, and they will work with local officials to ensure that Stadium Blitz meets local and state health regulations. 

Early-bird registration for a Stadium Blitz obstacle course race starts at just $40 for adults. Special pricing is offered for children, students and members of the military. Fans and supporters are also invited to join in the fun by cheering participants on from special seating areas inside the stands. 

This race will give individual racers and teams the chance to qualify for the 2021 National Championship Race at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, where registrants will compete to win a cash prize.

For more information or to register, visit StadiumBlitz.com. Follow the race series on social media @StadiumBlitz and via the hashtag #AreYouGame. For group sales or sponsorship opportunities, contact: sales@stadiumblitz.com.  For media inquiries, please contact: media@stadiumblitz.com 

About Monster Hydro Stadium Blitz 
Monster Hydro Stadium Blitz is a new gamified obstacle course race series held in premier sports stadiums across the nation that puts participants in charge of how hard they want to be tested, without the threat of intimidation or punishment. In partnership with Rob Gronkowski and Gronk Nation, Monster Hydro Stadium Blitz obstacle races are designed to provide a one-of-a-kind experience for fitness enthusiasts of every level, and children as young as seven years old. For more information and multimedia assets, visit StadiumBlitz.com. 

About Gronk Nation
Gronks, the family of football. This family of five boys has pushed themselves to become elite athletes while having the time of their lives. Four of the Gronkowski brothers have played football in the NFL, while the oldest brother Gordie played professional baseball. The Gronks work hard and push themselves to be the best on and off the field. The brothers are now taking the next steps and using their talents in the business world and Hollywood, with new businesses like their Gronk Nation clothing line, Ice Shaker brand and Gronk Fitness Products. For more information, visit GronkNation.com. 

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The flash that lasts

June 26, 2020

ASU researcher verifies two new world records of lightning flashes

Apparently, lightning is more than just a flash. 

Two new world records of lightning — the horizontal distance a bolt travels and the time duration of the flash — have been recorded by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). 

The new records for “megaflashes,” verified with new satellite lightning imagery technology, more than double the previous records measured in the U.S. and France, according to the WMO.  

WMO’s Committee on Weather and Climate Extremes, which maintains official records of global, hemispheric and regional extremes found that: 

  • The world’s longest lightning flash covered over a horizontal distance of 441 miles plus or minus 5 miles (709 km plus or minus 8 km) across parts of southern Brazil on Oct. 31, 2018. This is equivalent to slightly farther than the distance from Phoenix to Los Angeles.
  • The greatest time duration for a single lightning flash is now 16.73 seconds from a flash that developed continuously over northern Argentina on March 4, 2019.

“These extraordinary records are from single lightning flash events,” said Randy Cerveny, an Arizona State University professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and the “chief rapporteur” of weather and climate extremes for WMO. “Environmental extremes are living measurements of what nature is capable of on this planet.

Randy Cerveny

President's Professor Randy Cerveny

“This will provide valuable information for establishing limits to the scale of lightning — including megaflashes — for engineering, safety and scientific concerns,” Cerveny added. 

The previous record for the longest detected distance for a single lightning flash was almost 200 miles (321 km) on June 20, 2007, across Oklahoma. The previous record for duration of a single lightning flash lasted continuously for 7.74 seconds on Aug. 30, 2012, over Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France.

Space-based technology

The previous assessments that established the flash duration and extent records used data collected by ground-based lightning mapping array (LMA) networks. Many scientists acknowledged that there are upper limits for the scale of lightning that could be observed by any existing LMA. Identifying megaflashes beyond these extremes would require a lightning mapping technology with a larger observation domain. 

Recent advances in space-based lightning mapping offer the ability to measure flash extent and duration continuously over broader geospatial domains. These new instruments include the geostationary lightning mappers on the R-series geostationary operational environmental satellites that recorded the new lighting records, and their orbiting counterparts from Europe and China. 

“This dramatic augmentation of our space-based remote sensing capabilities has allowed the detection of previously unobserved extremes in lightning occurrence, known as ‘megaflashes,’ which are defined as horizontal mesoscale lightning discharges that reach hundreds of kilometers in length,” said evaluation committee member Michael Peterson, of the Space and Remote Sensing Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

The space-based instruments provide near-global coverage of total lightning (both intracloud flashes and cloud-to-ground flashes). This includes lightning hot spots in the Americas like the Great Plains in North America, and La Plata basin in South America.

“It is likely that even greater extremes exist, and that we will be able to observe them as lightning-detection technology improves,” Cerveny said. “This also reinforces the important 30-30 lightning rule: If the time between the lightning flash and the thunder is 30 seconds or less, go inside and then wait until 30 minutes after the storm has passed before resuming outdoor activities.”

The findings were published by the American Geophysical Union’s Geophysical Research Letters ahead of International Lightning Safety Day on June 28, 2020.

The WMO Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes maintains official records of the world, hemispheric and regional extreme records associated with a number of specific types of weather. Presently, the archive lists extremes for temperature, pressure, rainfall, hail, wind and lightning as well as two specific types of storms, tornadoes and tropical cyclones.

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