Legend of the Death Race Year 3: Part 7 – A Ravine and a Cemetery

April 21, 2016By Anthony MatesiDeath Race No Comments

Back at Riverside, we were briefed on the next task, which could be completed in teams. I opted to wait for my friends to make their way back to the White Barn before embarking on this next challenge. Everyone was given until 1600 hours to complete this task. The biggest relief was that we did … Read More

Legend of the Death Race Year 3: Part 6 – Charred Axes and A Bucket Full of Lies

June 25, 2015By Anthony MatesiDeath Race No Comments

Adorning my freshly-made “buckskin”garb I gathered my gear, and after meticulously crafting the aforementioned buckskin outfit with 108 stitches and completing the tedious task of sliding a porcupine quill through my log, my load was lightened considerably. I no longer needed the log, so I was allowed to toss it in the fire near the … Read More

Legend of the Death Race Year 3: Part 5 – Pocahontas and Porcupine Quills

December 15, 2014By Anthony MatesiDeath Race No Comments

The time had come to depart from the top of Bloodroot Mountain Trail. After a long and tedious process thanks in part to Don’s desire to break me by angering my soul, I successfully finished crafting my cup of water in a log holder project. With the remains of my creation packed tightly away, I … Read More

Legend of the Death Race Year 2: Part 6 – The Unexpected

January 13, 2014By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, Story No Comments

After finishing the barbed wire challenge I had the opportunity to gather my gear before proceeding to the next challenge; or lack thereof. My mission required that I head back to the Riverside Farm and wait. That’s right, myself and the other four racers who finished were so far ahead that we had to wait … Read More

Legend of the Death Race Year 2: Part 5 – A Dance with Barbed Wire

January 10, 2014By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, Story No Comments

Making my way up to the top of Tweed River Drive, I was surprised not to see anyone ahead of me and looking back, no one behind me. I was all alone. The solitude felt strange. The sun beat down hard as I charged up the same path I remembered taking the year before, when … Read More

Legend of the Death Race Year 2: Part 2 – Stairway to Heaven

July 29, 2013By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, Story No Comments

As I made my way over toward Andy’s place I was noticing how muddy the terrain was beneath the grip of my Inov-8 Roclite 285’s.  The path that led to Andy’s was pretty short and simple as we arrived we instantly came to a halt and it was time for a gear check by none … Read More

Legend of the Death Race Year 2: Part 1 – Jet-setter

July 14, 2013By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, Story No Comments

Just a week prior to the 2013 Spartan Death Race – Year of the Gambler, I was being trained to be a Spartan Group X Trainer, had the trip of a life time to California – my first time ever (I was there once before but only for a day trip to Magic Mountain) traveling … 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