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PITTSFIELD, VT – JULY 1, 2014 – There are millions of running races, thousands of marathons, hundreds of triathlons and even dozens of ultra-marathons … but there is only one Death Race. Held annually since 2005 in Pittsfield, VT, this year’s race began on Friday June 27th and finally ended 66 hours later in the early morning hours on Monday June 30. The annual ultra- endurance test began with over 300 registered entrants from all across the world and in the end, a record 64 racers finished including 9 women.
You don't have to be a die hard Spartan Race fan or a Death Racer to take away some meaningful inspiration from this talk by Andy Weinberg, co-founder of Spartan Race and Peak Races
Wow, after 66+ insane hours of the Death Race, at approximately 1:30am this morning, the race was declared over and FINISHER skulls were awarded. I'm so HONORED to receive a skull along with all the other AMAZING athletes that finished. We accomplished something greater than ourselves! The athletes that did not finish are equally amazing because they had the fortitude to attempt such an extremely challenging event, dug deep, and gave it all that they had.
I first met Stephen “Bowtie” Crawford in-person at The Ugly Sweater Run in December 2013. This fun run was a far cry from his many other races including his Spartan Elite ones. This month he attempts his biggest goal yet – a Death Race. Many know him as the athlete who wears the Speedo and bowtie and practically nothing else. Now you’ll learn more about what’s behind the Speedo and bowtie.
During a DNF while trying to carry Tim through the 2013 Vermont Beast I began asking questions about the Death Race. Long story short, Spartan Joe DeSena accepted my request to attempt the DR in an email where he replies “Thats fine but not a chance you’ll finish.” Yes, I still have his March 1, 2014 email & I plan on carrying it all the way to the finish line!
Three weeks ago, I had to be carried down the mountain in Pittsfield, VT wrapped in blankets and taken to the hospital with hypothermia, hypoglycemia, the early stages of frostbite, and my CK levels were over 3300 (should be 50ish). Three days prior to the race, my grandpa passed away at 98 year of age. Today, I am a finisher of the Traveling Death Race in Mexico!
It is hard to believe that a year has passed since my first attempt at the Death Race. Since that time, I have participated in 5 GORUCK Lights, 2 Challenges and 5 HEAVYS. I did the 5 HEAVYs over 6 month period. 3 of these were over a 6 week period. A week off, a week on. They all lasted 26-28 hours. I also completed the HEAVY category of the Bataan Death March this year, as well as numerous Spartan Races, from Sprints to the Beast.
The Death Race by Peak Races typically has three events per year held in Pittsfield, Vermont. The Summer, Team, and Winter Death Races. In 2014, they added the Traveling Death Race and held it in Mexico City. No two Death Races are alike other than the fact that they are equally challenging and it takes a special type of person to finish one. Finishers earn the much-coveted SKULL by going the distance. More importantly than a skull, racers learn lessons about themselves and come to realize they can push their mind and bodies beyond preconceived limits.
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