Concord man entering extreme Spartan Death Race in Vermont this summer
Too tough for the Tough Mudder? Bored by the conventional Iron Man? Not afraid of coyotes, sleep deprivation or your own inner demons? Then maybe you could join 27-year-old Adam Barbrie of Concord in Vermont this June as he takes on the 72-hour Spartan Death Race. Last year, the test before the race involved entrants carrying kayaks, canoes and tires for 25 miles. There’s usually mud and barbed wire, and according to the race website, only 15 percent of racers finish each year. If that sounds like a great weekend to you, check out the website at YouMayDie.com.
That website sounds ominous, Adam. I don’t think anyone has died. There have been injuries, people get lost in the woods. The last race I did, I was stalked for five hours in the woods by coyotes. I was with someone else, though, and it worked out.
So you’ve done this type of thing before? I’ve done the Tough Mudder, I’ve done all three levels of Spartan Race obstacle course races in varying lengths: 3-plus miles, 8-plus miles and 13-plus miles. This summer is the Death Race. It’s 72 hours and you don’t know what the race is about, what the obstacles are. It’s probably about 50 miles in total.
How do you train for a race if you don’t know what the obstacles will be? It’s all physical and mental. The race directors try to break you, try to make you quit. I’ve done GORUCK challenges, they’re 8 to 12 hours, overnight challenges doing weighted exercises and team building skills.
Is there anything they could put in the race that would make you quit, anything you know you’re afraid of? Not that I’ve found yet. I’ve always been the type of person that is daring. I just constantly want to push myself to see how far I can go.
When this is over in June, if you don’t die, what will you have to strive toward next? I’m not sure.