10 Lessons From My First 100 Mile Ultra Marathon – Peak Races

June 6, 2014By Anthony MatesiRace Reviews No Comments

Originally I had planned on running the 50 mile option for the Peak Races Ultra Marathon up in the beautiful Green Mountain Trails. When I signed up this past winter for the race, I believe it was around the middle of November while visiting Joe De Sena, Miguel Medina and Andy Weinberg up in their … 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

Legend of the Death Race – Part 2: The Ultimate Trial of Mind, Body, and Spirit Begins

June 29, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story 1 Comment

The “Hints” briefing was fairly short, I even maneuvered myself further and further from the crowd as I realized nothing too serious was actually going to be revealed. One thing they did tell us that I actually believed was that we should wear shorts that night. If there is one thing important to learn about the Death … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 1: Everything Leading Up to the Race

June 25, 2012By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story 1 Comment

It’s Wednesday evening (June 13, 2012). My bags, they’re fully packed, this is actually something I pride myself in when traveling…98% of the time I can pack very quickly without missing a thing. This time it’s different however, the nerves have settled in so much so that I am scrambling all around the house frantically … Read More