What is the Death Race?

UPDATE:  I was an unofficial finisher at the 2012 Death Race (Year of Betrayal) coming in at 62.5 hours!  “Unofficial” because I missed a time cutoff for a challenge by 90 minutes.  I thought it more important to help a racer in need then leave him unattended on the course.  I feel good about my accomplishment regardless!  1 of 59 finishers (Official and Unofficial) out of 341 racers!

For a complete list of 2012 Death Race finishers click here.

At the 2013 Winter Death Race I DNF’d after 20 hours.

I am registered for the 2013 Team Death Race and the 2014 Traveling Death Race.

I’m stealing this quote from the Death Race website:

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.

~Sir Ernest Shackleton

This, I think, also nicely sums up the Death Race – an annual race held since 2005 in the woods around the small town of Pittsfield, Vermont.  The race tests the physical and mental prowess of competitors like no other race on earth.  On average only about 15% of the 200-300 athletes that enter the race even complete it. The race requires competitors to tackle and complete a series of mental and physical tasks that in the past have included brutal and absurd things like: chopping wood for hours on end; lifting 10-30lb rocks for five hours; hiking miles waist-deep in cold river water in the middle of the night; crawling long distances underneath barbed wire; hiking uphill for miles, memorizing the names of U.S. Presidents and reciting them in order at the bottom of the mountain – an error resulted in climbing back to the top again; building a fire; and hauling a tree stump for hours.

There is no detailed map.  Racers are not told in advance what tasks they will face nor when the race will end (the 2011 winner finished the race in 40+ hours).  Support of any kind is not provided by the race (food, water, etc.).  Not knowing how long the race will be and what the tasks will entail is part of the mental torture.  Racers are encouraged to quit.  Oh, and you carry all your gear for the duration of the race.

I love this…straight from the website!:

SPARTAN DEATH RACE: Built to break the weak of body and mind!

This is the ultimate challenge. The Death Race is designed to present you with the totally unexpected, and the totally insane! This endurance race is comprised of mud runs, obstacle racing, trail racing, physical challenges and mental challenges all in a +48 hour adventure race. 90% of you will not complete this endurance race. Please only consider this adventure style race if you have lived a full life to date.

That is the Death Race.  You can read more and see videos on the website:  www.youmaydie.com – That REALLY is the URL name!

Ruck On.  Stay Muddy. (or Die)


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