I wanted to give you an update on my last race:
The Death Race is a race that singlehandedly can change someone’s life forever.
All of us have a story to tell and mine is minimal to what most people face daily, but, for me, the Death Race is that second chance I am SO lucky to have received. The Death Race is my full circle and The Death Race is my 1994 all over again that slaps me in the face and reminds me, once again, I have been given a second chance at life to get up, do, and be my absolute best.
After 66+ insane hours of The Death Race, at approximately 1:30am monday morning, the race was declared officially over and FINISHER skulls were awarded. I was beyond HONORED to receive a skull along with all the other AMAZING athletes that finished along with me. We accomplished something greater than ourselves! The athletes that did not finish are equally amazing because they had the fortitude to attempt such an extremely challenging event, dug deep, and gave it all that they had because they are doing what they loved.
Throughout The Death Race I watched tears of frustration, absolute pain, and a kind of joy that comes with a personal achievement words can not justify. I witnessed raw emotional that only comes from pushing your body to the redline and never backing off. We endured 110-120 miles of running in the mountains surrounding Pittsfield, Vermont while wearing a 50+ pound backpack with required gear along with what we felt we needed to survive in Vermont’s wilderness for 48 hours. There was constant pressure about completing challenges and meeting time cut offs.
Many will never understand what The Death Race is but this race is everything beautiful and ugly in the world at once, condensed and impossible to escape from. That is what makes it so special. That is the draw and the need to be a part of this. In the end, we all end up together, supporting each other to the finish!
15,000 foot elevation change
65 skulls awarded
250+ lives changed for the better
Gear List (REQUIRED):
Rope (40 Feet)
4 Yards of Buckskin
Sewing Kit (needle and thread)
Knife Compass Handsaw
One Adult Diaper
There are millions of running races, thousands of marathons, hundreds of triathlons and dozens of ultramarathons, but there is only one Spartan Death Race. Held annually since 2005 in the small town of Pittsfield, VT, the 2012 Death Race, scheduled for June 27-29, offers less than 300 competitors the chance to test their mental and physical prowess like no other event on earth. Amy Palmiero-Winters is now a veteran of the Death Race and – having lived to tell about it – is going back for more.
The hurdle and challenge-driven race requires competitors to complete a series of grueling mental and physical challenges throughout a 40-mile course that runs through the Vermont woods. During the Death Race, competitors may be asked to chop wood for two hours, carry a 20-lb stump around for hours, build a fire, cut a bushel of onions, crawl through mud under barbed wire, or after 15-hours of racing, memorize the names of the first 10 U.S. Presidents or a Bible verse, hike to the top of a mountain and recite them back in order. This year’s theme is the Year of the Explorer, so the race will be shadowing a Lewis and Clark expedition and Amy will be joined by 2013 Death Racer Allen Phillips.
Unlike other endurance races that offer a detailed map, Death Racers have no idea what to expect next as the course map and list of challenges are kept secret. This provides competitors with one of their biggest challenges as the length of the race can range from 24-48 hours. For an endurance athlete, not knowing where the light is at the end of the tunnel can be sheer torture. For an amputee like Amy, the Death Race also presents unique challenges like selecting the right prosthesis for the race and dealing with the socket becoming repeatedly filled with mud and rocks.
For more on the Death Race, visit www.youmaydie.com
Aviva was just featured on Fox 5 News for her help with kids at the Foundation! Click below to watch:
Aviva Drescher is a lot of things – wife, mother, Real Housewife of New York, One Step Ahead Foundation Spokesperson…and now she can add author to that list! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to attend her book launch party!
30 Volunteers from Cleveland, Tennessee will “RUN” 1000+ miles through 7 states in 8 days (Sat., April 12, 2014 send off event from Yellow Chair) to show their solidarity and support to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy.
CLEVELAND, TN to BOSTON, MASS – A Show of Support
Now 26 Volunteers (representing 26 miles in a marathon race) from Cleveland, Tennessee will “RUN” 1000+ miles through 7 states in 8 days to show their solidarity and support to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy; this time declaring “REMEMBER BOSTON!” And their journey will end on Sunday, April 20th, 2014 (Patriot’s Day), the day before the 2014 Boston marathon.
Volunteer State to the Patriot State – “REMEMBER BOSTON”
We are proud to announce that the founder of the One Step Ahead Foundation, Amy Palmiero-Winters, has been named as one of the 20 Most Inspiring Runners in the U.S.! To read the full article, click the following link: