Death Race Mexico 2014 – Video

This is a great video of the Mexico Death Race that I participated in last month!  The folks over at Spartan Race Mexico did a great job putting this together.  Check out the video and get a taste of what we did.  If you look carefully you might catch a glimpse of me almost having a close conversation with one of the bulls.

Ruck On. Stay Muddy.


Death Race Documentary “Beyond Limitations” Trailer

“Spartan Race is a baptism into this life…Death Race is an exorcism.”

~ Joe “The Grim Reaper” Desena

(Spartan Death Race Founder)

This past February, filmmaker Brandie Knight (Critical Mass Productions) was on location in Pittsfield, Vermont capturing the drama of the Winter Death Race for her upcoming documentary film on the Death Race, “Beyond Limitations”.  She plans on shooting more footage at the Summer Death Race in June and Team Death Race in September.

Oh, the humanity! I am reminded of the ABC Wide World of Sports opening montage quote: “…the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat.”  The Death Race promises lots of agony even for those that are able to finish.

Check out the trailer below for “Beyond Limitations”!  It is a pretty good representation of the 2013 Winter Death Race.  And, you get to see me taking a nice dip in near-freezing water!

*For more info on my 2012 Death Race & 2013 Winter Death Race experiences check out my DR related blog posts…simply type “Death Race” in the search bar above.

Ruck On. Stay Muddy.

Beyond Limitations Trailer v1 – YouTube.

To DNF is Human – Winter Death Race 2013

The Northeast is currently being clobbered by a record-setting blizzard.  Boston recorded 25 inches of snow last night, placing the storm in that city’s five-worst on record.  Good thing the 2013 Winter Death Race in Vermont took place last weekend!  I think.  Maybe not.  Maybe this weekend would have made for an even more epic and challenging event.  That’s how my sick mind works.  More snow?  Sure, bring it on!  Colder temperatures? Why not!  Harsher conditions?  Absolutely.  Higher possibility of failing?  Yup.

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Burpees in our future.

And I did fail.  I DNF’d (Did Not Finish).  I dropped out.  I quit.  I did not collect my second Death Race finisher’s skull.

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Men Wanted: For Hazardous Journey – Ernest Shackleton

Men wanted for hazardous journey.

Small wages. Bitter cold.

Long months of complete darkness.

Constant danger. Safe return doubtful.

Honor and recognition in case of success.

~ Ernest Shackleton

At the 2013 Winter Death Race, a roaming camera crew filmed racers reciting the alleged recruitment notice Sir Ernest Shackleton placed in the newspaper seeking crew members for his famous expedition across the South Pole.  According to legend, no fewer than 5000 men replied to the advertisement.


In December 1914, Shackleton set sail aboard the Endurance with his 28-man crew. Their goal: the first transatlantic crossing of the Antarctic continent.  The tale of this epic journey, the disaster that struck and the resilient spirit and resoluteness of Shackleton and his men is the stuff of legends.  Shackleton himself returned to help rescue his men after leading the team that braved unimaginable conditions in the Antarctic to find help.  And not one man was lost.

Shackleton’s determination and will to survive in the most extreme conditions was a reminder to Death Racers of the resiliency and fortitude of the human spirit.

via SHACKLETON V4 – YouTube.

Ruck On. Stay Muddy.