Spartan Death Race – June 27ish to 29ish
In late June 2014, I’ll be heading to Pittsfield, Vermont to take a shot at my toughest race yet: the Spartan (aka “Peak”) Summer Death Race (SDR). As you’ll read below, there is almost no way to properly prepare for this race – other than to train yourself to be ready for anything and everything, and to expect the unexpected. Being in great shape physically is necessary but not sufficient for any death racer. Year after year, the SDR has taken athletes who are in peak physical condition, gutted them, and left them in the mud. Mental training for the SDR isn’t simply an asset, it’s a lifeline.
Here’s some info from the Death Race website (http://www.peak.com/death-races/):
The Death Race is the ultimate challenge, designed to present you with the unexpected and the completely insane! Nothing else on earth will challenge you like The Death Race, both mentally and physically.
Every Death Race is it’s own uniquely brutal challenge, no two races are alike. The race, created by Ultra athletes Joe Desena and Andy Weinberg, was developed as a way for athletes to test themselves both mentally and physically. The Death Races take place in the unexpectedly challenging terrain of the Green Mountains in and around Pittsfield, Vermont and have lasted over 70 hours. We provide no support. We don’t tell you when it starts. We don’t tell you when it ends. We don’t tell you what it will entail. We want you to fail and encourage you to quit at any time.
Obstacle racer Amelia Boone wrote this about the Death Race:
“I recognize that I’ve been extremely fortunate in my racing “career.”
….but at some point, we all stumble. We have a bad race. A race finds a weakness. A weakness finds you.
And of any race out there, the Death Race excels at doing this. It’s a game of Russian roulette that we play once or twice (or now three) times a year. It’s unlike any other race: for example, you do Ironmans, you know you are going to be swimming, biking and running. In that order. For a fixed amount of distance. With the Death Race, you never know what may be in store, and sometimes it may not seem like a “race” at all.
And that’s what draws it to us. And that’s how we discover things about ourselves. And that’s why we keep coming back. But that’s also what crushes us.”