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.


The Burpee on TedX – Joe Desena Explains It All To You

The BURPEE has made it to the big-time intellectual party…TedX!

“Burpees are the ultimate exercise for humans.”

~ Joe Desena

Spartan Race co-founder (and mastermind behind the Death Race) Joe Desena talks at TedX Beacon Street about the virtues of the burpee, swimming pools, Big Evil and the burpee challenge he took on.

“What’s interesting about the swimming pool, it’s very much like the human body. The human body is 13 gallons of water on average, swimming pool typically is 20,000 gallons of water. If you were to take french fries and coffee and soda and all the things we eat on a daily basis then dump it into 20,000 gallons of water that pool wouldn’t do very well. It would turn green pretty quickly. But yet we expect our 13 gallon pool here to handle that. The other interesting thing about the swimming pool is…only the top 15% of the pool actually gets cleaned in most cases. And that’s like us going to the gym and going walking doing all these things we mostly call exercise. The burpee, on the other hand, rips the pool out of the ground, shakes it up, and gets every square inch of the pool clean.”

~ Joe Desena

[* The video clip begins at his introduction but if you get lost or need to rewind go back to 8:03:42]

Ruck On. Stay Muddy.

Direct link to YouTube video: Joe Desena on TedXBeacon Street

OR watch it below!

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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Thoughts From the Death Race Pit

There are lots of great write-ups and videos out in the blogsphere regarding the 2012 Death Race.  Below are some brief thoughts by some of the racers, crew members and volunteers at this year’s race – The Year of Betrayal.

Thanks for the encouragement…Year of Betrayal.

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In the Suck – A Death Race Experience (Part 3)

Friday June 15.  Death Race start day.  I had been preparing for months.  I had suffered on overnight ruck sessions with Joe Decker, I had pulled back-to-back Goruck Challenges to test my endurance and the effects of sleep deprivation, I had run, I had cross-fit, and I had lost about 12lbs.  I was excited and ready to get going.  It was reassuring to have 6 other Team SISU (the SoCal-based training group we formed that now includes over 300 people!) racers in the group as well as our tremendous support crew.

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Why We Do This – A Death Race Experience (Part 2)

In my last post I gave a brief rundown of the days and events leading up to the race.  In my next post I will give you an insider’s perspective on the race.  But today I would like to share a great post from the Death Race Facebook page written by fellow Death Racer Josh Zitomer.  I think he captures the spirit of the Death Race and what it means to be in it and WHY we do it.

Still smiling after 60 hours on the course!

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