COURAGE | POWER | WISDOM
Name: Tony Matesi
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Location: Seattle, WA
Sport: Endurance and Adventure Racing, OCR, Mountaineering
Favorite Obstacle: Rope Climb
Favorite Functional Exercise: Chopping Wood
MY LIFE BEFORE OCR
My athletic journey started early. My dad taught me gymnastics in our backyard when I was just three years old, and I trained in the martial art of Tae Kwon Do. I stuck with Tae Kwon Do until the age of 10, then switched my focus to gymnastics, competing until college. After a few college gymnastics practices, I decided to switch to collegiate cheerleading, and our competitive cheer team placed top 10 at the National Championships for four years straight in Daytona, FL. Along the way, I also dabbled in parkour, running, biking, and weight training under the guidance of my bodybuilder parents. In 2009, I discovered the world of obstacle racing, and I've been hooked ever since.
MY LIFE AFTER OCR
Obstacle racing was the challenge I had been looking for, and I quickly progressed to tougher races like the Spartan Death Race and ultra-marathons. In 2012, I completed my first Spartan Death Race, and I've been pushing my limits ever since. I've discovered that endurance racing and pushing the limits of the human body are where I truly thrive. But it's not just about me. Through coaching, motivational speaking, and podcasting, I help others discover their own hidden potential and push themselves beyond their own perceived limits. Follow my journey on my blog, That Endurance Guy, and join me in discovering what we're truly capable of.