300 OF THE BEST ENDURANCE ATHLETES TO ATTEMPT
THE 2013 SPARTAN DEATH RACE
Only 300 Athletes Accepted to Attempt the World's Most Challenging Endurance Race Through the Woods of Pittsfield, VT, on June 21-23, 2013
Length of the 48+ Hour Race and Unique Challenges Are Kept Secret from Competitors
PITTSFIELD, VT - There are millions of running races, thousands of marathons, hundreds of triathlons and dozens of ultramarathons, but there is only one Spartan Death Race. Held annually since 2005 in the small town of Pittsfield, VT, the 2012 Death Race, scheduled for June 21-23, offers less than 300 competitors the chance to test their mental and physical prowess like no other event on earth. Last year the race concluded after 60 hours the longest in hstory.
The 300 registered athletes currently training for the 2012 Death Race come from 34 states, plus Canada, Sweden and the U.K. The most popular states include: California (23), New York (22), Massachusetts (22), Pennsylvania (13), Florida, Ohio and Vermont (10).
The hurdle and challenge-driven race requires competitors to complete a series of grueling mental and physical challenges throughout a 40-mile course that runs through the Vermont woods. During the Death Race, competitors may be asked to chop wood for two hours, carry a 20-lb stump around for hours, build a fire, cut a bushel of onions, crawl through mud under barbed wire, or after 15-hours of racing, memorize the names of the first 10 U.S. Presidents or a Bible verse, hike to the top of a mountain and recite them back in order.
The BADWATER: Salton Sea route is approximately 81 miles from Salton City (elevation 125 feet below sea level) to Palomar Mountain, the tallest mountain in San Diego County (finish line elevation: 5500 feet above sea level.) There is a total elevation gain of 9000 feet. (Imagine the Badwater Ultramarathon race route, but delete the miles from the summit of Towne Pass to the Darwin Time Station: that is very much what this race profile looks like, not only in profile, but in reality!)
Eight of the 81 race miles pass through Anza-Borrego State Park on the California Riding and Hiking Trail from near Borrego Springs to near Ranchita, so, unlike the Badwater Ultramarathon, this race is not entirely on pavement. What's more, for much of the race, participants will run on the dirt shoulder next to the road, or an adjacent trail, so half or more of the distance will be on unpaved running surfaces.
I will be heading out with CrossFit Revenge coach and crew member Jordan Rouff,
meeting up with teammembers Russ Reinbolt, M.D., Nathan Longcrier, and his amazing wife Monica who will also be a crew member.
Thank you Laurie's Emeroidery for always getting us geared up right!!!
Thank you to Chris Kostman and all those who help put on these races because without you we wouldn't be out there doing what we love.
Thank you Carson, Madilynn, aunt Stacy, Dave and mom and dad....
A step ahead prosthetics, Erik Schaffer....thank you for allowing me to live a life without limits.
The Ultraman World Championships is a 3-day, 320-mile (515-kilometer) individual ultra-endurance event which takes place on the Big Island of Hawaii. Entry is limited to 40 participants and is by invitation only. Founded in 1983, the event is held annually on the traditional Thanksgiving weekend.
As I get ready to head out to Kona with my family we make our routine stop to see Mike at Babylon Bike in order to get my bike tuned up before the big race.
Thanks Mike for always taking care of me, making sure the bike portion will be as successful as possible.
Sammie/water crew and Elise and Chad Foster from Indiana/land crew
We are all looking forward to getting out there on the course this year and having a great race.....
Thank you Elise, Chad and Sammie for wanting to take this adventure on again together as a team (Claire, thanks for letting me borrow your mom and dad for the weekend).