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Paralyzed woman who fell during Spartan Race files lawsuit

When Ampara Colon signed up for a Spartan Race, she could not have realized that it would take such a tragic turn.

Colon, 40, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday in Brooklyn Federal Court suing the organizers and the sponsors of the extreme obstacle course after a volunteer dropped her, and she broke her neck. 

The New Jersey mother of four, was going through the three-mile course at Citi Field, the New York Mets' stadium, on May 9, 2015, when she was about to bypass the monkey bar obstacles and instead complete the 30 "burpees," or squat thrusts.

"You have to understand the backdrop of extreme races. Not everyone can compete every obstacle. You have participants at various levels of fitness. By the time Colon reached the monkey bars, she was too tired and not strong enough to climb them," her attorney Michael J. Epstein told Fox News Latino. 

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An unnamed Spartan Race volunteer intervened and “encouraged and demanded,” according to lawsuit, that she cross the bars by riding on his shoulders.

The volunteer lost his footing, tumbled and Colon fell, landing on her neck and fracturing her spine. In an instant, the beautiful brunette was paralyzed from the neck down.

Although all participants are required to sign a waiver before competing in the race, Amy Gilmore, an attorney who works in Epstein's firm, told FNL,“She executed the waiver, [but] we feel the waiver isn't binding or valid."

Spartan Race events are footraces that range from 3 miles long to marathons involving a series of obstacles that vary in difficulty. They are held around the U.S. as well as in other countries.

“Had [the volunteer] not provided the unsolicited assistance by having plaintiff perform the monkey bar obstacle on his shoulders, plaintiff would have been able to land on her feet, rather than her neck,” the suit contends.

Before suffering the injury, Colon worked as an administrator in a dental office. Her lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

"She's still under a doctor's care and receiving rehab several times a week. She's not able to walk," Gilmore told FNL. "She has a positive outlook and spirit. If anyone can recover from this, she can. She's a fighter." 

Fox News Latino reached out to Spartan Race organizers. A spokesman returned our email and this is the response: As a matter of company policy, at this time, we have no comment on pending litigation.

 

Rebekah Sager is a writer and editor for FoxNews.com. She can be reached at rebekah.sager@foxnews.com. Follow her on Twitter @rebekah_sager.