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The "Death Race," a 24-hour obstacle-course competition that begins Saturday in Vermont, is advertised as so difficult it "will make giving birth seem like a walk in the park."
Typically, fewer than a quarter of participants are able to finish.
This year's 200 competitors include accomplished triathletes, military special forces and a person who has been called the "world's fittest man."
The race's organizers, though, are focused on Hobie Call, a 34-year-old father of five who...
But so far, Mr. Call has won six in a row. Now, the race owners are intent on stopping him, saying that if he wins Saturday's Death Race, they'll give $20,000 to anyone who can beat him in the future.
Race organizers are looking for someone to defeat him. Mr. De Sena, an institutional trader, says he invested his life savings in the series and will have to pay $100,000 out of his own pocket if Mr. Call reaches the goal. "We were told we should get insurance," he says. "We laughed and said no one could do this."
It claims to significantly improve physical fitness in 90 days through a rigorous segmented training program combined with a nutrition and dietary supplement plan.
P90X's advertising emphasizes "muscle confusion", a method of cross-training and periodization achieved through switching the order of exercises and incorporating new and varied movements. Muscle confusion supposedly prevents the body from adapting to exercises over time, resulting in continual improvement without plateaus.
Quote from : VentureThere : Spartan Race: Qualifying for the Death Race
Scrambling, spears, running, barbwire, fire, biking, axes, crawling, Legos, swimming: this is just a sampling of ingredients for the hottest interdisciplinary series to hit the 24-hour racing scene.
Spartan Race: Qualifying for the Death RacePhoto: Caleb Kenna for The New York Times
The Death Race course spans 10 miles of mountain trails, ravines, lakes, underbrush and a burnt-out
The Spartan Race is a qualifying series which combines a 5k run with 12 outrageous obstacles, where the top three winners are entered into the infamous Death Race - an epic climax in one of the most unlikely places: Pittsfield, Vermont.
The Death Race is scheduled for June 26, and only 100 participants from across the globe will be lucky enough to compete. If you can make it through the Spartan Race, that is.
Spartan Race Schedule:
Burlington, VT USA - Sun, May 16th 2010
Montreal, CAN - Sun, Jul 4th 2010
Toronto, CAN - Sun, Jul 11th 2010
New York City, NY USA - Sun, Aug 15th 2010
Boston, MA USA - Sat, Aug 28th 2010
Cambridge, UK - Sun, Sep 19th 2010
Manchester UK - Sun, Oct 3rd 2010
Los Angeles, CA - Sun, Dec 12th 2010
Originally posted by OmegaLogos
reply to post by SpartanKingLeonidas
Explanation: I actually ment only to inspire you... but you have a point!
Personal Disclosure: I will deeply consider making pain my freind again... its recently gained enemy status and I should rectify that asap I'll see you at the summit!
Originally posted by TechUnique
Makes me want to pick up my fitness levels again! I used to be extremely athletic but I'm afraid apart from brute force I can't really excel much nowadays. I get out of breath after 10 minutes of jogging. Too much partying.edit on 26/10/2010 by TechUnique because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Bob Sholtz
just watched the video that is crazy!
i wonder how many people are seriously injured with broken arms/legs, bad cuts, hypothermia etc. a medium build seems to be the most versatile, and therefore better for the majority of the tasks. body builders will burn more energy just keeping the pace, while light runners will have problems lifting heavy loads.
its incredible what the human body can do.
You need to add an additional optional race.
It can be called "The Hot Gates" in reference to Thermopylae.
It's not about a "race" as in running but about beating a clock to build up a defensible position, a choke point, if you will, within a time frame.
The purpose could also be for one group to build the "Hot Gate" defense and another to figure out how to beat it.
If you're interested let me know and I can be more specific.
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Looking forward to hearing from you.