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

Legend of the Death Race Year 2: Part 3 – Mile High Staircase

September 2, 2013By Tony MatesiDeath Race, Story No Comments

The first night we were on Joe’s mountain we didn’t finish working on the staircase until something like 3AM. The entire time, we worked tirelessly building those stairs. It was evident that some teams were clearly expending more energy and putting forth more effort in making a respectable staircase compared to other teams. My team, Team … Read More

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

July 29, 2013By Tony 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 Tony 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

2013 Death Race Gear: Shoes

June 7, 2013By Tony MatesiDeath Race 1 Comment

Last year I learned a valuable lesson about Death Race gear choices….don’t wear a shoe that is beginning to get low on tread. After over 30 hours I finally had a chance to switch shoes. The beginning half of the event I went with an extra comfy shoe, especially based on my standard of having … Read More