The Ultimate Suck: A Endurance Race Worthy of the Title

September 20, 2012By Tony MatesiRace Reviews 3 Comments

Another weekend of adventure, this time I was traveling to an Endurance Race that has been given the title, The Ultimate Suck.  Hosted by Joe Decker of Gut Check Fitness out of California, I knew this was an event I could not miss even if I wouldn’t be competing.  It took about four hours and … Read More

Cold Weather Racing in the Midwest is Spelled G-A-C*

September 7, 2012By Tony MatesiRace Reviews 1 Comment

*Gladiator Assault Challenge. An Obstacle Race you should get to know. March and early April are generally six weeks of terrible weather in Chicago. Say what you want about Midwest winters but spring? Hate. It’s rainy and cold and about a 50/50 chance that the snow from winter may or may not have melted. Worse … 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

Legend of the Death Race – Part 6: Human Error or Betrayal?

July 16, 2012By Tony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story No Comments

Another fork in the road halts us.  We challenge the information we’ve been provided by a couple different people. A portion of us want to go one way, another group wants to go down the other path, and a few are lost as to how we got so mixed up. After a few good arguments … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 5: Team Tire’s Tribulations

July 10, 2012By Tony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story 2 Comments

Up until now, Team Ten had been rocking out. We were leading every challenge thrown our way. We were struck with poison though. It came in the form of a tractor tire.  The troubles the tire caused us took the Death Race to an all new level for everyone out there. The teams that got … Read More

Legend of the Death Race – Part 4: Bloodroot Mountain Trail Begins

July 6, 2012By Tony MatesiDeath Race, News, Race Reviews, Story No Comments

It was still light out. There we were on our first challenge as a team heading up into the mountains of Vermont. We would be on our way toward one of the most wicked, switchback infested, narrow passages I’ve ever encountered. Passing room would be so narrow we feared for losing someone the entire evening. … Read More