Review: Trail Toes

April 16, 2014By Tony MatesiProduct Reviews 1 Comment

For the past few months I have been experimenting with a new anti chaffing cream known as Trail Toes. It’s a fairly new brand that I was introduced to by friend and Ultra Runner, John Sharp, who if you don’t know just recently completed the Texas Independence 200 Mile Relay, solo. Yes, it’s quite the … Read More

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

April 15, 2014By Tony 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 Tony MatesiDeath Race 1 Comment

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 Tony 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 Tony 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 Tony 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 Tony 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 4 – Ready, Get Set…..

January 9, 2014By Tony MatesiDeath Race, Story 1 Comment

Running down the staircase, yes, the one we just built not even a few hours earlier was absolutely exhilarating. Seeing the variety of boulders we’d placed and dug into the mountainside to create this new pathway leading us from the bottom to the top was a thing of beauty. In my head, I could already … Read More

Survival Run: Hunter Gatherer – Camp Eagle – Dead Last

December 2, 2013By Tony MatesiRace Reviews No Comments

Continuing on the trail I eventually came to a section of single track trail. I remember catching up to Paul who had run back to make sure he was on the right path because he hadn’t seen a trail marker in a long time. I was standing directly underneath one as he approached and assured … Read More

Review: SteriPEN Freedom UV Water Purification

December 2, 2013By Tony MatesiProduct Reviews 2 Comments

When I tell you about this product I must insist that my opinion has nothing to do with the fact the people at SteriPEN sponsored me for Fuego y Agua Survival Run: Hunter Gatherer. While I am very thankful for their sponsorship, I’m even more thankful for this amazing product they created. The SteriPEN Freedom … Read More