THE 2014 SPARTAN DEATH RACE TAKES ENDURANCE ATHLETES ON A REMARKABLE
Just 300 Athletes Accepted to Attempt the World’s Most Challenging Endurance Race
Beginning in the Woods of Pittsfield, VT, on June 27, 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 Death Race. Held annually since
2005 in the small town of Pittsfield, VT, the 2014 Death Race is scheduled to begin on June
27, with just 300 elite endurance athletes given the chance to test their mental and physical
prowess like no other event on earth.
Last year, just 10% of the registered participants were still standing after the event
ended after nearly 70 hours. The Top 5 male finishers in order of finish were: PJ Rakoski, Ken
Lubin, Don Schwartz, Olof Dallner, and Will Bowden. The four female finishers were: Camille
Adams, Stacie Preston, Amelia Boone and Shelley Koenig.
The theme of the 2014 Death Race is “The Explorer.” According to race organizers,
competitors can read the exploits of Sir Edmund Hilary, Shackleton and Lewis & Clark
to prepare for their journey. Past themes have included; gambling, religion and money.
Competitors are also provided a gear list or more than a dozen items weighing in excess of 50-
pounds in advance of the race.
The obstacle and challenge-driven race requires competitors to complete numerous
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; complete a 30-mile hike with rocks and weighted packs; build a fire from scratch; cut a
bushel of onions; or after 24-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 — miss
a word and you get to do it again…and again.. and again.
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 48-72
hours. For an endurance athlete, not knowing where the light is at the end of the tunnel can be
“Just like life, the Death Race is designed to push and aggravate people to such a point
that even the most stoic eventually fail,” said Joe De Sena, co-Founder of the Death Race and
the Reebok Spartan Race Founder. “Only those people possessing incredible discipline under
the most insane and even delusional circumstances can call themselves a finisher. These
athletes are willing to complete the journey at all costs. The fact that people endured for 70
hours to see what they are made of, is just remarkable and awe-inspiring.”
For a taste of the Death Race, aspiring endurance athletes are encouraged to test their
mettle at the Reebok Spartan Race Series. The 60-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. For more information on the Death Race, visit