The Manliest, Deadliest Competition on the Planet

10 Sep

Mens_journalThere is a very manly article in the October 2009 issue of Men’s Journal magazine about the Death Race.  this is arguably the most dangerous and draining physical competition on the planet.  The website to sign up for the race is and it holds some truth.  Last year, only 18 of the 54 competitors crossed the finish line. Annual changes keep things interesting, but here is what the 2009 race entailed:

  1. Bust Stumps: “After the first several mud crawls under barbed wire, locate a tree stump with your race number on it and dig it out with your axe.  You have to carry the stump (and a bike frame) for the entire race” (Men’s Journal)
  2. Find a Light: “Run 3 miles through a rocky creek to retrieve a single match, followed by another 1/8 mile barbed wire crawl.  Don’t get the match wet – you’ll need it later.” (Men’s Journal)
  3. Split Wood: Using your axe, split 20 log chunks into firewood, then lug it all the way to the top of a 2,000 foot hill.” (Men’s Journal) Remember…you still have the bike frame and stump…
  4. Test Your Memory: “at the top of the hill memorize a list of the first 10 US Presidents then return to the bottom of the hill and recite them. Jumble the names and you climb back to the top to try again.” (Men’s Journal)
  5. Build a Lego Cube: “Study a multicolored lego cube, taking careful notes.  Then crawl more than a mile under barbed wire and reconstruct the cube – AFTER retrieving the pieces from a pond. If you fail – yep, you guessed it – go back through the barbed wire and start over.” (Men’s Journal)
  6. Run a River: Do another barbed wire mud crawl, run 1.5 miles through a shallow river, then find an egg hidden in high grass. Slippery rocks and no free hands to catch yourselves.” (Men’s Journal)
  7. Make a fire and Cook and Egg: “Using the match you picked up in the morning, start a fire to boil a tin can of water and cook your egg – the only food you eat all day. Ruined the match?  Hope you remember your Boy Scout training.” (Men’s Journal)
  8. Bike Around the Pond: “Retrieve your wheels from the woods, dive into a pond to find your chain, assemble the bike, and ride it around the pond.  Then weigh yourself on a scale. After carrying the bike around all day you only get to ride it for seconds.” (Men’s Journal)
  9. FINISH: “Carry 20% of your weight in rocks up an 1,800 foot hill.  Repeat with water.  Then sprint 2.5 miles.  First place wins $2,000.  Second place wins squat.” (Men’s Journal)

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