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Legend of the Death Race – Spring Edition

Leading up to the event I felt something I haven’t felt in a long time, not since I was working full time and attending grad school full time – about two and a half years ago, though it feels like a decade – I was stressed out. Coming back from Colorado I realized how little time was left until my second Legend of the Death Race Adventure Race, a program the started as a grass roots project to give people a simulation of what to expect at the Death Race in a shorter under 24 hour time period. Why was I so stressed though, I had everything ordered that I needed, banners arrived before I even arrived at Marxville Farm, t-shirts were picked up that Monday of the race. Everything was in place except for the marking of the course and I had already figured out at least 80% of the locations and paths – both on trail and off trail – that I would utilize weeks ago. So why after all the preparations was I so panicked? Because sometimes my passion for perfection gets the best of me.

Come Thursday morning around 8:00AM I had finished marking the course and finally was able to lay down and take a nap. Only a few odds and ends needed to be finished before the race began the following evening. The fear and stress started to fade and I set to work on finalizing some of the mind games and watched a few different videos to get me motivated for my role in torturing the racers for the next 24 hours.

After watching some clips from Full Metal Jacket and a other various motivational videos such as Rocky’s training in Rocky IV, I found myself ready to rest. The next 24 hours would be orchestrated chaos. It was glorious. We had 21 registrations, 12 participants showed up and only 4 would go on to finish. But I won’t go into all the details. I’ll let our female finisher, Andé Wegner tell her story.

“I’m bruised, I’m battered….but I’m not broken. Today, I finished the most difficult race I had ever undertaken and became the first woman to ever finish Legend of the Death Race.

A brief rundown of what happened during the race:

  • death race peak dr endurance legend of the death race training campsStarted around 6:30 pm Friday night. First task to fill PVC pipes with mud and water to form a slosh pipe.
  • Chop wood and fill 2 half pallets with the kindling.
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Rodrigo Velarde, destroying the first bear crawl challenge.

  • Bear crawls thru a 200 meter course in full ruck, repeat 5 times. Any swear words were punished with penalty burpees.
  • Had to complete 500 burpees in 45 mins, as a team. We did not succeed and had to do an additional 250 burpees.
  • Put our rucks on and headed to the trails for 9 pm, had to carry a slosh pipe for every 3 people and couldn’t allow it to touch the ground or penalty burpees would be tacked on. We had to go thru a culvert only about 3 feet in diameter and rushing with water. Tom and my third partner decided to quit after that, so Tom and I had to carry the pipe ourselves with no break – 4 miles hike total to the cub scout camp.
  • Get to camp and have to chop kindling and start a fire. We each had to go into a room and memorize three quotes by Confucious and the word in front of it. We all sat around the fire for a bit, and everyone told their reason of why they were there.
  • 1 hour of PT: 1 min plank followed 100 air squats, repeat a few times. Jumping Jacks for time (I think it was 5-7 minutes), 50 man makers, 1000 crunches, static squats for several mins.
  • Placed with a new team and carried the slosh pipe for another 2 miles to the base of a chapel, dropped the pipe and hiked up to the chapel where we had to memorize one of three bible verses (Revelations 2:10 – “Do not be fearful of what you about to suffer,” is what I chose.
  • Hiked back out to the base of a road and was instructed to put our sand pills totaling 50# into our buckets and carry them 1/2 mile up a steep hill, repeat 3 times, the first time holding it however you wanted, the second holding it out in front, and the third carrying it by the bucket handle.
  • Hiked back to the chapel, and had to recite the bible verse we memorized. Correct answers got 250 burpees. Incorrect answers got extra burpees depending on how bad you screwed it up. I recited mine just fine.
  • Hiked back to the slosh pipes and picked them up. Carried them down to the pond, then stripped down to skivvies and stood in the 40 degree water while passing the pipes over our heads. That went on for 15 mins, and we had to do squats in between breaks. We finished up there with 10 burpees in the water.
  • Ran with our rucks back to the farm (about 2.5 miles) and proceeded to chop wood for 4 hours, filling more pallets with wood. 
  • Put our rucks back on and jogged about 1 mile to a checkpoint. We then had to bear crawl up a hill 3/4 mile and back down, rucks on. 
  • Made it back to the farm, then had to solve a puzzle box ( did mine in less than 1 minute) do jumping burpees for a total of 1 mile.
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Andé Wegner, our first female finisher, almost falling asleep at the log roll challenge.

  • Final task: 6 laps around the first bear crawl course, but we had to log roll. This, above anything, is what DNF’d most of the racers. After every lap 25 tractor tire tire flips had to be done, and then the Confucious quote was dug back out – needed to name the word that was associated with the phrase. I finished around 4 pm Saturday.

A big thanks to my mud brothers Dan and Ian for agreeing to undertake this challenge with me. Your presence helped me more than you’ll ever know. I’m proud of both of you for going as far as you did! 

Nick, John, T.J., Tom, Rodrigo, and Steve – you are all top notch people and I am proud to have raced this with you. Anthony Matesi – great job on putting together an amazing race, and I look forward to racing with you at the DR in June.

You tried, Death, but you did not succeed. Next stop , Death Race where we face off again. I assure you will not go easily.

This was an incredible second event and I cannot even begin to thank everyone who helped and was involved enough. Chad and Lisa are always the most incredible hosts and I cannot thank them enough for all that they do to help me organize and host the Legend of the Death Race Adventure Races. My volunteers this year were just awesome and I could not do it without you so thank you Candie, Matt, Dion and my father Rich. You all helped make the event that much better.

lostnscanned legend of the death race puzzle solving challenge revealIn addition to the support from all the volunteers, I also have to thank our sponsors for their donations, Innerzyme thank you for donating the samples and prizes. ZICO donated a few cases of their delicious coconut water for to keep our athletes and volunteers hydrated. Spartan Energy provided us with the energy boost we need to get through the 20-24 hours of mayhem. I also have to make a shout out to the startup company that I’m working for LostnScanned they provided us with tags to use for our puzzle challenge. Once the puzzle boxes were opened the racers had to have me scan a LostnScanned tag to unveil their next challenge – which was the Burpee Mile – it was a pretty cool tie in and made for a neat way to dictate second to last challenge of the race. Spartan Death Race Finishers of Legend of the Death Race Adventure Race Peak DR Training EventsOnce again we’d like to congratulate our Top Finishers, Nick Monette came out of nowhere like a silent ninja and won the whole thing, taking second was Jonathan Nolan – Founder of the Corn Fed Spartans, Tomasz Boltruczyk took third and we also had our first female finisher who gave us our recap above, Andé Wegner. Congrats again to all of you who participated and pushed your limits. You all inspire with what you do. Keep it up and we’ll see you at the Spartan Death Race. For those of you interested in the Winter Adventure Race, registration is now open. Spring 2014 Registration and new locations will be announced soon so stay tuned.

The First LotDR Training Camp

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The very first Training Camp is over. It’s been just over a week now since it concluded. It was an incredible experience that I am still trying to digest. I won’t say much about it other than I am very thankful to everyone who helped making it possible. Chad Weberg, was an incredible sport and assest in making it happen, not only did he lend me his land and knowledge of the surrounding areas but he helped in so many ways to make it possible. From making the awards through his company, We Plauqe, LLC, to helping me build challenges, scout course locations, and preparing everything I needed to run a smooth and successful event. Chad’s wonderful wife Lisa was another amazing sport, she cooked food for the racers, opened her home up to me every time I went up there to visit and work on planning. She also cooked me many a breakfast and dinner, and if you know me you know I love food, so for that I thank her even more for all the delicious dishes. My father, Rich, was a huge help in many ways, not only did he sacrifice his normal sleep schedule to volunteer at the event, but he helped me figure out ways to make some of my ideas come to life and listened to all my non-stop ramblings even when he was too tired to hear another word. Dad, you’re the best father a son could ever ask for. Thank you!

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John Shue gettin’ low to get the shot! Photo Credit: Chad Weberg

Another important Thank You that I have to put out there goes to John Shue, he was an incredible photographer and quickly made arrangements to come to the event as soon as I had asked him to. You took some incredible photos and gave our racers some incredible copies of memories they’ll have forever. For that we all thank you. Michael Sandercock came out to help volunteer even though he originally was planning to be a racer, he became a DNS after making the decision to take it easy in preparation for World’s Toughest Mudder. The fact he still came and helped us out all throughout the night, that was something else.  You are a great friend, thank you.

To all the racers and registrants, thank you for trusting me to put on this event. Without you, it would not have happened. Let’s make the next one an even bigger success!

We also have to thank all our incredible sponsors who helped provide us some excellent giveaways for this first training camp. Thank you, Innerzyme, Spartan Energy, Gladiator Assault Challenge (Top 3 received free entry to the Grand Geneva GAC event), Spartan Death Race (Finishers received discount on either the Winter or Summer Death Race), Injinji, and ChiroFitness. We look forward to partnering up with you again!

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Top 3 Finishers from left to right: Rodrigo Velarde – 3rd, TJ Nomeland – 1st, Jonathan Nolan – 2nd, and Race Director: Anthony Matesi Photo Credit: John Shue

Let’s take a moment to congratulate our Top 3 Finishers. We had Tj Nomeland take the number one spot, followed by Jonathan Nolan and right on his tail, Rodrigo Velarde. These three gents faced adversity, they conquered all the mental mind games we devised and managed to put their bodies through over 50K of hiking, running, and physical demand. It was incredible. We had 12 Racers register for the race, 5 showed up unaware of what they got themselves into. Stefanie McKenna and Ryan Formosa pushed it hard the first quarter of the event and dropped after some IT band issues and getting a little lost in the woods. They’ll be back for more I’m sure. That left us with just 3 finishers, a 25% finishing rate, the Death Race aims to have only a 10% finishing rate. That means a few things…I have to push them harder next time and we need more people to sign up. We opened registration for the next event and you have until November 30th to register at the early bird rate. Only 50 racers will be accepted.

Read all about Jonathan Nolan’s experience as he documents it on the team Corn Fed Spartans blog.

With all the Thank You’s and race talk out of the way I would like to present to you a video reel filmed and edited by our very own Chad Weberg, another thank you! haha. He did an excellent job and I’m told there is a longer full-feature in the works so stay tuned and for now have a peek at what went down at the Legend of the Death Race Training Camp. There are even more photos available on our Facebook page, go check them out and throw us a “like”

 

Training Camp Token Challenge: Dips and Pull-Ups Challenge

We gave the participants a few days to rest over the weekend and then a few more mainly because I was trashed form the long weekend of racing. As we near the training camp I presented them with the challenge of completing 100 Dips by 11:59 PM CST on 10-31-12 and 50 Pull-Ups in under 3 minutes by 11:59PM CST on 11-1-12. This will conclude their challenges for the time being. I may or may not offer a bonus round for this weekend. No promises though.

Tonight a new participant has entered the challenge and earned his first token. Congrats to Ryan Formosa. It’s almost closing time and the only submission I have for the Pull-ups challenge is from Rodrigo Velarde who has already maxed out. Nicely done, sir. You’ve earned yourself, a golf clap. 😉

I’ll update if any more submissions come through, though I doubt it. For the now this concludes the Token Challenge. Incredible work athletes. Take care of yourselves this week leading up to the training camp. I look forward to seeing you all next weekend. Cheers!

The current tokens that have been distributed are as follows:

  • Michael Sandercock – 3 Tokens
    • 100 Burpee Challenge
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • T. J. Nomeland – 3 Tokens
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
    • 15 Man Makers
  • Steve Santiago – 2 Tokens
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • Rodrigo Velarde – 3 Tokens
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
    • 30 Burpees to Pull-Ups Challenge
    • 50 Dips in Under 3 Minutes
  • Jonathan Nolan – 2 Tokens
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
    • 15 Man Makers
  • Ryan Formosa – 1 Token
    • 100 Dips Challenge

Dips Challenge

Racer: Ryan Formosa

Congrats on earning your first token. Hopefully luck will be in your favor and you’ll be able to earn more this weekend. We shall see…

Pull-Ups Challenge

Racer: Rodrigo Velarde

Missed Time Mark: Equaled out by use of Rings. No Token Awarded; MAX TOKENS EARNED.

Training Camp Token Challenge: Burpees to Pull-Ups Challenge

It’s Thursday and we’re still delivering challenges to the racers who will be competing at the Legend of the Death Race Training Camp Nov 9 and 10th to see if they have what it takes to finish the Death Race. We’ll be putting this group of athletes for a strenuous 20+ hour boot camp that will involve hiking, rucking, night navigation, strength, agility, mental prowess, and everything in between. They’ll be pushing their limits, learning how to deal with sleep deprivation, and ultimately getting a sweet taste of what is to come when they face Joe and Andy in Pittsfield, VT.

I captured a video of the challenge to demonstrate, but YouTube was being picky about copyrights and such so I had to eliminate the music and re-upload this morning. 

For Thursday the racers have been given 30 Burpees to Pull-Ups in as few sets as possible as their chance to earn a token.  We’ve had a couple racers already max out at their 3 Tokens, first was Michael Sandercock and second was T.J. Nomeland, congrats gents those tokens will serve you well. The rest of the racers have until 11:59PM CST tonight to finish this challenge. Good luck.

The current tokens that have been distributed are as follows:

  • Michael Sandercock – 3 Tokens
    • 100 Burpee Challenge
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • T. J. Nomeland – 3 Tokens
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
    • 15 Man Makers
  • Steve Santiago – 2 Tokens
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • Rodrigo Velarde – 3 Tokens
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
    • 30 Burpees to Pull-Ups Challenge
  • Jonathan Nolan – 2 Tokens
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
    • 15 Man Makers

Racer: Rodrigo Valerde

Rodrigo got all fancy and knocked out his Burpee to pull-ups using some rings attached to a swing at the park. Wicked! Token earned and you are now maxed out. Grats!

 

Training Camp Token Challenge: Man Makers

Continuing the pre Training Camp social media challenges, we are having the racers do some good ol’ Man Makers for this challenge. Just as I was preparing to write the email out to them about their challenge of doing 15 Man Makers there was a post on one of the Facebook Groups from the Death Race Panda, yes there is a profile for this Panda that supposedly helps or punishes racers at the Spartan Death Race in Vermont.  I’ve done Man Makers for him before, as seen in the above video, I thought it was a bit ironic that the day I was about to write an email he was posting about his own Man Makers Challenge. I guess great minds really do think alike. So there you have it. The racers will be performing their Man Makers in order to earn a token for the Legend of the Death Race Training Camp.

The current tokens that have been distributed are as follows:

  • Michael Sandercock – 3 Tokens
    • 100 Burpee Challenge
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • T. J. Nomeland – 3 Tokens
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
    • 15 Man Makers
  • Steve Santiago – 2 Tokens
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • Rodrigo Velarde – 2 Tokens
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • Jonathan Nolan – 2 Tokens
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
    • 15 Man Makers

Racer: T.J. Nomeland

Congrats on earning another token! You have now maxed out at 3 Tokens.

Racer: Jonathan Nolan

40lbs instead of 20…looks like you made it a nice challenge for yourself. Excellent work, Token earned.

Training Camp Token Challenge: Dive Bomber Push-ups

 


For Tuesday, October 23rd 2012 the racers have been asked to perform 25 dive bomber push-ups for the pre Training Camps challenges which can help them to earn tokens. Throughout the day they will be uploading videos to YouTube and as they complete them they will earn tokens which will benefit them during the Race/Training Camp on November 9th-10th. They will continue you receive challenges this week  and are able to earn a maximum of 3 tokens. As the videos come in I will be posting them here on this post. Michael Sandercock submitted his video immediately last night after receiving the challenge. He’s an animal and is now the first person to cap out at the 3 Token limit. Excellent work Michael!

The previous challenge was for them to complete 15 Handstand Push-Ups.

The current tokens that have been distributed are as follows:

  • Michael Sandercock – 3 Tokens
    • 100 Burpee Challenge
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • T. J. Nomeland – 2 Token
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • Steve Santiago – 1 Token
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
  • Rodrigo Velarde – 2 Token
    • 15 Handstand Push-Ups Challenge
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge
  • Jonathan Nolan – 1 Token
    • 25 Dive Bomber Push-Ups Challenge

Racer: Michael Sandercock

Racer: T.J. Nomeland

T.J. submitted a video early this morning but he lost count and only did 24. Minnesota Math he called it, haha. To fix this he submitted another video, still lost count but did more than required. Excellent way to own it! Token earned.

Racer: Rodrigo Velarde

Well done good sir. You’ve earned a token and your totals have been updated.

Racer: Jonathan Nolan

Not bad for your first time Jonathan! Way to knock em out. Token earned!

Giveaway: Training Camp Entry

Obstacle Race Training Camp

Think you’ve got what it takes? Enter the Giveaway Below.

One of my favorite people out there in the world of Obstacle Races has decided to make a very generous offer. We mentioned this offer awhile back on the Facebook page, and we said we would wait until we had 500 “likes” to host this giveaway. Well that actually happened some time about a week ago. If you have been interested in signing up for the Death Race Training Camp I am going to offer you a chance to win a paid entry courtesy of the one and only Matt B. Davis Runs.

Matt B Davis Runs

Matt B. Davis

He has offered to pay for one entry into the race. All you have to do is follow the instructions below to enter for a chance to win. I am going to make this a short term giveaway though. The giveaway will start RIGHT NOW and it will end THURSDAY 10-25-12.  We only have a short period left for people to sign up for the race as is and that is why we are making this contest so short. I wish you all the best of luck. ONLY ENTER IF YOU ARE GOING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE TRAINING CAMP. Please do not enter if you have no intention of coming because this entry is still being paid for. Serious entries only! Good Luck!

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Training Camp: Earning Tokens

Death Race Training Camp Race TokensThis week begins the final planning stages for the Legend of the Death Race Training Camp. With that we have begun the Social Media Challenge portion of the event. Participants have been asked to create videos with specific challenges announced to them each day. They received their first challenge last night via an email that was sent to each participant. They must post a video to YouTube by 11:59pm CST tonight of them performing 15 Handstand Push-ups. They are allowed to do these against a wall.  Those who complete the challenge successfully will be given a Token. Tokens can be redeemed for eliminating small portions of tasks they’ll be expected to do during the training camp.  Last week we did a test run of this through the Legend of the Death Race Training Camps group on Facebook. Only one participant was willing to upload a video of himself doing 100 burpees. Michael Sandercock who guest posted about The ULTIMATE Suck has earned himself the first Token.  Racers are allowed to earn up to 3 Tokens total.  Once they receive three tokens they cannot earn more. We will be posting challenges each day this week. I will post all the videos that we receive for the Handstand Push-up Challenge back here tomorrow.  Be sure to check back to see who earned a Token and to the racers, may the odds be ever in your favor.

 

Racer: Steve Santiago

Steve had an issue with counting but he submitted two videos and has earned a token for his efforts.

Video 2:

Racer: T.J. Nomeland

T.J. not only did all his handstand push-ups but decided to do some extras just incase. Nicely done. You’ve earned a token.

Racer: Rodrigo Velarde

Very nicely done Rodrigo. You have earned yourself a token.

Racer: Michael Sandercock

Great job Michael! You killed it. You have earned your second token. Congrats! One more till you max out.

Also here is the 100 Burpee Challenge he completed. Superb!

News Update: Getting Back to the Obstacle Races

See you in Killington, VT.

Since the Death Race I have been on a bit of an adventure/obstacle race hiatus with the exception of that pitiful excuse for a race in Downtown Chicago, Mud Wars, and a few visits to Dirt Runner to help them build and test run Illinois’ first permanent obstacle course training park.  That all changes for the next three months. First up, this weekend I will be heading down to Cuba, IL outside of Peoria, IL for Joe Decker’s The Ultimate Suck.  I’ll be crewing for my friend, Tim.  One week after the Suck, I’ll venture out to Vermont for a race that has gotten me very excited about being back at the races.  It’s the first ever 26.2 mile, marathon distance, Obstacle Race. The Spartan Ultra Beast.  It is an honor to be part of this historic moment. To be part of a first ever event of this magnitude, I just want to perform my best when I hit that mountain.

The weekend after that will be my first weekend of working hands-on at Marxville Farm, home of another first, the Legend of the Death Race Training Camp. You’ll notice on the right sider bar, right over there ==> is a green button that says Register Now. Go ahead, hit it. Sign up for our training camp, hosted by myself and Chad Weberg. I’ll be here when you finish committing to our 20 hour training event.

Training Camp Endurance Event Adventure Race

Are you ready to push beyond your limits?

Alright, how good do you feel now that you did that?  Now you have not only an event to train towards, but one that will help prepare you for endurance events such as the Spartan Death Race. Sweet!  So, after I finish working on the course, I’ll be heading down to Lake Geneva, WI to race at my second Gladiator Assault Challenge.  I’m told that they’ve made some improvements, and I cannot wait to see what they have in store.

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I swear it’s not an addiction and they all serve their purpose 😉

A week after GAC I will be heading to Downtown Chicago for my first ever road marathon. That’s right, another first! I just picked up a pair of Inov-8 Road X 233‘s from Zappos.com.  After taking a look at my running shoe collection I realized I have only trail running and barefoot running shoes. I don’t like concrete or asphalt very much, I run on it maybe 20-30% of the time. I just received these shoes in the mail today and look forward to testing them out, and giving a few report after the Chicago Marathon.

A few weeks after that I’ll be returning to Marseilles, IL for the Midwest Super Spartan, and my one year anniversary of my first Hurricane Heat. I am very excited to return to where I began to realize how much I love this new sport I have found.

There will be many new product reviews, race stories, and a few more installments of Death Race Reflections. I just want to say thank you for to everyone who reads this blog. We’ll be having more guest posts, interviews, and more in the coming months. It’s going to be an exciting end to the 2012 Season wrapping up for me with the Legend of the Death Race Training Camp.  I’ll be going in for surgery sometime in November.  It’s a necessity at this point. Then it’ll be time for the 2013 Obstacle Race Season. This has been an incredible year, and I am very happy I have been able to share it with all of you.

Keep training and racing; we’ll see you out there on the battlefield.

Cheers,

Anthony