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Name: Anthony J Matesi
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Location: Redmond, WA
Sport: Obstacle, Endurance, and Adventure Racing
Favorite Obstacle: Rope Climb
Favorite Functional Exercise: Chopping Wood
MY LIFE BEFORE OCR
My story in as few words as possible. Trained multiple martial arts while growing up including Tae Kwon Do, Capoeira, and a little Muay Thai and Savate. My gymnastics roots began with my dad teaching me in the backyard and I continued to grow in this world all the way through the end of high school. After a few college gymnastics practices over summer before my first year at UIC began I wanted something different. I made a great transition into becoming a college Cheerleader within a few weeks of leaving gymnastics at UIC. We rocked the National Championships all 4 years in Daytona, FL. We placed 4th, 5th, 8th, and 10th, not in that order. I stuck to open cheerleading for a couple years after undergrad and stopped completely during my last 12 months of graduate school at DePaul. Somewhere in between I did parkour, running, and biking. I've trained with weights since early teenage years having both parents being vets in the bodybuilding world. I found the world of obstacle races after doing the Men's Health Urbanathlon a few years ago. The rest is being written in this here blog.
MY LIFE AFTER OCR
I never thought this was where I would end up. After competing in the Men's Health Urbanathlon I knew I had found something special. The obstacles at that race were not challenging enough but they were fun. I wanted more. I wanted difficulty. I wanted to push myself. In 2010 I did my first Warrior Dash, already setting my sights on a 2013 Spartan Death Race appearance. Next I stepped up the distance by crushing the Wisconsin Tough Mudder at Devil's Head. I finally set foot onto the Spartan Race turf at the Midwest venue participating in the Hurricane Heat and competing in an open heat.
After that performance I was invited to the Spartan World Championships in Texas. I had already fallen in love with the difficulty that Spartan Race presented. It was the most challenging of the obstacle races, and left the most rewarding feeling after finishing. I jumped at the opportunity and my parents bought my a flight to Texas for my 26th Birthday. The Texas Spartan Race was the same weekend as my birthday and it was extraordinary. I again participated in the Hurricane Heat which was a wild one that I'll never forget and placed 32nd the next day. It was at that moment that I realized I couldn't wait around for the 2013 Spartan Death Race. After a few email exchanges back and fourth with Andy I was signed up for the 2012 Spartan Death Race. I had found the most challenging, rewarding sport I have ever been a part of. I found my place in the world. This was home.