by Carrie Adams
Race day always brings stories from the community. This one is a doozy!
The Ultra Beast featured a team element that included a $15,000 payday for the winner. Only eight teams were brave enough to take on the monumental task that included specific requirements for the team, including carrying at least a 26.2 pound team weight throughout the course. One team, dubbed team Rollover, had a more than monumental start when their truck rolled just minutes before the race kicked off. The team included Kevin Donoghue (his vehicle), Eric Matta, and Andrew Hostetler (who we featured in an “Every Obstacle Matters” post in Amesbury. Read more HERE.)
They pulled up to the medic tent to unload their gear bin and didn’t see the ditch on the side of the road with a sharp drop off. As driver Kevin Donoghue pulled up, the front tire slid over the side and the truck flipped. All three team members were in the vehicle at the time and because they had their seat belts on, they were safe and able to race. They crawled out with about 30 minutes before the start reorganizing their gear that had gone all over in the flip and ran up to the transition zone. Donoghue spoke with police and with ten minutes to spare, the kind folks at Amphibious Medics (Donoghue’s brother’s company) took over the responsibility of getting the car flipped back over and the team took off!
When the team circled back after their first loop, the truck had been flipped, had the side mirror re-attached, cleaned, AND given an oil change. It was even drivable! Well, for a day. Kevin got stuck in Rutland, VT just a few miles down the road and is currently awaiting additional repairs.
They were lucky no one was hurt in the accident and it also had no effect on their dancing skills. They had the best half-time performance during their transition, busting moves to loud music while they ate and prepped for their second 14 mile loop of the day. Bearing witness to their dancing skills, I’m prone to recommending they stick to the obstacle racing. The pre-race car roll didn’t deter the team’s performance; however, they ended up finishing in second place. Not too shabby, guys.