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 3: Part 4 – Bloodroot Water Giver

October 8, 2014By Anthony MatesiDeath Race No Comments

At approximately eight hours into the Year of the Explorer we left the comfort zone of Riverside Farm to head toward a destination known by many to be a zone of danger, a climb that has broken  many a person: the notorious Bloodroot Mountain. Bloodroot came early at this Death Race, seeking to claim as … Read More

Legend of the Death Race Year 3: Part 3 – Return of the Stone Stairs

August 11, 2014By Anthony MatesiDeath Race No Comments

In the middle of the Death Race, I was pulled from the action to give a quick interview for the new Spartan podcast that they were recording. They asked me simple questions with complex answers, “Why was I out there? Why return to the Death Race?” Those answers are not the easiest to answer on … Read More

Legend of the Death Race Year 2: Part 10 – Swim to Death

April 15, 2014By Anthony MatesiDeath Race 1 Comment

There I was just standing there, at the water’s edge, second guessing whether or not I could complete the swim challenge when a fellow racer entered the water behind me. It was Death Race veteran, Keith Glass. He walked up next to me and said, “Come on, Tony you can do this.” I looked to … Read More

Legend of the Death Race Year 2: Part 9 – Down with the Sickness

April 8, 2014By Anthony MatesiDeath Race No Comments

There I was in the middle of the forest on the other side of Bloodroot Mountain, sweating, nauseous, exhausted, hadn’t slept in over 48 hours and I had just spent 15-20 minutes vomiting up every last bit of nutrients I had left in me. What’s happening to me? I need to rehydrate and refuel to … Read More

Legend of the Death Race Year 2: Part 8 – Surviving the Delusions

February 20, 2014By Anthony MatesiDeath Race No Comments

There I was, feeling a little lost back at the entrance to Bloodroot Mountain Trail. I thought, how did everyone disappear so fast? I tried to keep my cool. There were two people in front of me just a minute ago, they couldn’t have gone far, I thought,  reassuring myself. I decided to investigate the … Read More

Legend of the Death Race Year 2: Part 7 – Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Bloodroot

February 4, 2014By Anthony MatesiDeath Race, Story No Comments

Now that the race had officially started, we were informed that the next leg of the race would take place on the notorious Blood Root Mountain Trail.  At last it was finally upon us, one of the most demanding segments of last year’s race took place here, but even when my team was forced to … 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