I've been shooting and watching the Death Race since it's first year when my friend athlete Doug Lewis joined the race thinking it was a 10 mile trail run with a few obstacles. He was surprised to find there was almost NO running, but his competitive nature kicked in and he not only completed, but won the race.
This year as a videographer I was actually part of the race. Each competitor had to demo a work out for the camera, later on they had to memorize a quote from Ernest Shackleton and recite it on camera.
"Men Wanted: For hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success.”
When not shooting video I managed to grab a few snapshots of the athletes.
Every year the race is different. But every year the athletes and the stories that develop amaze me.
Some of the Death Racers and race volunteers have written about their experiences. What does it mean to quit? to DNF? How does it help you grow?
Vermont Scrubnut "Winter Death Race Insanity"
Race Ipsa Loquitor "The First DNF"
Fitness Overload "Winter Death Race 2013"
Legend of the Death Race " Winter Death Race: Frozen "
Thanks Death Racers.
On March 27th I was envious of the "pause" to reassess and learn I kept hearing about. I was fortunate enough to still be working, so I committed to a more active blog. This is my chance to think out loud.