Press Release: Bad Boyz of OCR Calendar

January 13, 2013By Tony MatesiNews No Comments

Press Release January 13, 2013 From: The Unholy Trio of OCR A few weeks ago Spartan Race released their Spartan Chicks calendar. It was well received but there was a clamoring that could be heard from every corner of North America. “When can we see some hot men in Obstacle Course Racing situations?” Thanks to … Read More

Surgery Recovery: Starting Over

December 20, 2012By Tony MatesiNews No Comments

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted anything and for good reason too.  As some of you may know I have had a torn shoulder (labrum) since the beginning of 2012.  Having already signed up for a plethora of races I opted to simply push through and finish.  This year has been a real eye … Read More

EPIC Racing Arena – Citizen’s Elect Video Submission

October 15, 2012By Tony MatesiNews, Workouts No Comments

EPIC Racing Arena, has requested that elite racers wanting to get a leg up in being selected to race in the Elite Races submit a video of themselves performing the following challenge: At a Football field perform 15 pull-ups (for men, 5 for women) then run to the opposite end of the field, go around … Read More

Thoughts Before the First Marathon Distance Obstacle Race

September 17, 2012By Tony MatesiNews No Comments

A mountain out in the beautiful land of Vermont awaits. It’s exact location is at the Killington Ski Resort. This isn’t just any mountain, it’s known locally as the Beast.  That’s where Spartan Race came up with the name for their half marathon obstacle race.  This week marks a first for the sport of obstacle … Read More

News Update: Getting Back to the Obstacle Races

September 12, 2012By Tony MatesiNews No Comments

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 … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 11: Never Quit, Never Surrender

August 12, 2012By Tony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story 5 Comments

Here we were back at Riverside Farm for the last challenge.  To begin you needed to have a ticket, if you wanted to “ride.”  If you did not have a ticket you could earn one by doing 120 pushups.  Thanks to a tip from Morgan’s parents, I quickly grabbed a note card out of my … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 10: Sleepyhead

August 9, 2012By Tony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story No Comments

Happily waiting for us at Death Race HQ was Joe, and a few others. You could see they were surprised with our perseverance. Initially, they didn’t want to give us another task but they gave in soon enough. We just missed participating in the Origami, so next on their list of challenges required us to … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 9: And We’ll Keep on Fighting Til the End

July 30, 2012By Tony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story 1 Comment

Being out on the mountain, living, surviving, being physically and mentally challenged, this is what life is about. From chaos, came clarity.  In the heart of feeling defeated we had found our inner strength.  Camaraderie creates a very powerful connection; it has the ability to make the impossible become another training day.  The presence of a … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 8: The Comeback Kids

July 23, 2012By Tony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story No Comments

Andy asked me whether I was sure I want to quit or not. Well no, I was not sure I wanted to quit. More than anything I wanted to finish. That’s why I came out to Vermont to compete in this race in the first place.  Finishing the Death Race was the only option I had … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 7: Make It Hurt So Good

July 19, 2012By Tony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story 1 Comment

At last, I could relieve myself of carrying my pack. I was overdue to give my shoulder a rest from all the added weight. Unfortunately, swinging an axe, being left handed, splitting a log in half and then both halves into sixths is not the kind of rest I needed. Walking along the right side … Read More