Survival Run: Hunter Gatherer – Camp Eagle: Because I Can

November 24, 2013By Anthony MatesiRace Reviews No Comments

The further away from the cabin I found myself going, the more cruel I felt Josue was. At times I found it difficult to wrap my head around how I found myself here. Why did I sign up for this race? Why do I continue to put myself through these ridiculous challenges that bring out … Read More

Survival Run: Hunter Gatherer – Camp Eagle: Primal Beings

November 1, 2013By Anthony MatesiRace Reviews No Comments

As I trudged through the river I could see we were nearing the large cabin area, the same place where the race began, I knew the water was about to become deeper and swimming with our logs as opposed to walking with them would become my ultimate challenge. My panic began to rise again. Without … Read More

The Ultimate Suck: A Endurance Race Worthy of the Title

September 20, 2012By Anthony MatesiRace Reviews 3 Comments

Another weekend of adventure, this time I was traveling to an Endurance Race that has been given the title, The Ultimate Suck.  Hosted by Joe Decker of Gut Check Fitness out of California, I knew this was an event I could not miss even if I wouldn’t be competing.  It took about four hours and … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 9: And We’ll Keep on Fighting Til the End

July 30, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story 1 Comment

Being out on the mountain, living, surviving, being physically and mentally challenged, this is what life is about. From chaos, came clarity.  In the heart of feeling defeated we had found our inner strength.  Camaraderie creates a very powerful connection; it has the ability to make the impossible become another training day.  The presence of a … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 8: The Comeback Kids

July 23, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story No Comments

Andy asked me whether I was sure I want to quit or not. Well no, I was not sure I wanted to quit. More than anything I wanted to finish. That’s why I came out to Vermont to compete in this race in the first place.  Finishing the Death Race was the only option I had … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 7: Make It Hurt So Good

July 19, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story 1 Comment

At last, I could relieve myself of carrying my pack. I was overdue to give my shoulder a rest from all the added weight. Unfortunately, swinging an axe, being left handed, splitting a log in half and then both halves into sixths is not the kind of rest I needed. Walking along the right side … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 6: Human Error or Betrayal?

July 16, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story No Comments

Another fork in the road halts us.  We challenge the information we’ve been provided by a couple different people. A portion of us want to go one way, another group wants to go down the other path, and a few are lost as to how we got so mixed up. After a few good arguments … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 5: Team Tire’s Tribulations

July 10, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story 1 Comment

Up until now, Team Ten had been rocking out. We were leading every challenge thrown our way. We were struck with poison though. It came in the form of a tractor tire.  The troubles the tire caused us took the Death Race to an all new level for everyone out there. The teams that got … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 4: Bloodroot Mountain Trail Begins

July 6, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story No Comments

It was still light out. There we were on our first challenge as a team heading up into the mountains of Vermont. We would be on our way toward one of the most wicked, switchback infested, narrow passages I’ve ever encountered. Passing room would be so narrow we feared for losing someone the entire evening. … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 3: Crawling Under Highways, Pink Swim Caps, and Slosh Pipes

July 2, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story No Comments

Now that we had our fancy bibs, I’m not going to lie I’m still a bit pissed that we did not get the awesome bibs that the racers had at the 2011 Death Race. When we made it back to the farm our first task was to report to Sergeant Screamer, as most of us have dubbed … Read More