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300 OF THE BEST ENDURANCE ATHLETES TO ATTEMPT THE 2013 SPARTAN DEATH RACE
Only 300 Athletes Accepted to Attempt the World’s Most Challenging Endurance Race Through the Woods of Pittsfield, VT, on June 21-23, 2013
Length of the 48+ Hour Race and Unique Challenges Are Kept Secret from Competitors
PITTSFIELD, VT –- 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 21-23, offers less than 300 competitors the chance to test their mental and physical prowess like no other event on earth. Last year the race concluded after 60 hours – the longest in hstory.
The 300 registered athletes currently training for the 2012 Death Race come from 34 states, plus Canada, Sweden and the U.K. The most popular states include: California (23), New York (22), Massachusetts (22), Pennsylvania (13), Florida, Ohio and Vermont (10).
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.
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.
“We commend the brave athletes for taking on this challenge and taking the ultimate test,” said Joe Desena, Spartan Death Race founder. “We are creating a course that offers no mercy and breaks the will of at least 80% of the entrants. We have never had more than 20% of the participants complete the course. We don’t expect that to be challenged this year.”
For a taste of the Death Race, aspiring endurance athletes are encouraged to test their mettle at the Spartan Race Series. The 30-event series, developed by the creators of the Death Race, offers competitors three different obstacle race courses including: the Spartan Sprint (5K), Super Spartan (8 miles) and Spartan Beats (10+ miles). For a complete schedule visit www.spartanrace.com.