The Death Race is the king of all adventure racing. 10% or less of those who sign up every year actually make it to the finish line. The organizers goal is make this event ‘the toughest race on the planet’. Every year there is a different theme (this year was betrayal), the course is different, how long it takes, and what you have to do.
The confusion of the race is what makes it so unique to every other event I have participated. From the moment you arrive in VT no one really knows whats going on. You are emailed a gear list in advance – This year we were required to have an axe, needle + thread, bag of human hair, life jacket, pink swim hat, matches, 5 gallon bucket, and a pen and paper. Anything else you decided to bring was your own choice.
I attempted it last year and quit after 24hrs. This year I made it 27hrs. The winner this year completed it in 62hrs!!!!.
Below is my account of what happened over the course of those 27 hours.
I hope that this account can be somewhat helpful to those who are preparing for future races.