Chris Mitchell

by Carrie Adams

[Editor’s Note: This interview began as a conversation recalling Chris Mitchell’s Death Race experience but it quickly became something bigger. These words are words that the Death Racers should hear going into this year’s event and these words are words we should all remember as we navigate our own walks on this Earth.]

“Don’t do yourself dirt.” Chris Mitchell’s grandmother’s words resonate.  Mitchell won the Death Race in 2008 and has been back every year since to help out with the event. He’s a part of the Peak Racing team that brings the event to the participants each year and he’s the Race Director for the Peak Warman Road Ride.  Now 43 and three years after his Death Race win he talks about what makes a person successful and why failure, engineering your own life, and being honest about what you want for yourself is so important to self-discovery and growth.

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by Carrie Adams

New York resident and 2008 Death Race Champion Chris Mitchell has some insights for our 2011 competitors.  Here are his suggestions for those braving the Vermont mountains and the infamous race guaranteed to push you mind, body, and soul.

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Chris Mitchell


1.  Every Death Race to date has included ascending and descending trails while
bearing substantial weight.  Each year the actual weight and carrying method has
varied from a bicycle, to a log built cross, to rolls of pennies, however the
task itself produces a great deal of the physical wear and tear on the body.

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