By Carrie Adams
When I met Bryan Selm, 31, back in March for the Winter Death Race, he left an immediate first impression. In his distinctive Jersey accent (he denies having an accent), he was constantly joking and even admitted openly that he’d never been on snow shoes before. That would be okay, except that a snow shoe marathon while carrying heavy blocks of wood and a loaded backpack of supplies was one of the first challenges he’d face. I figured that he wouldn’t last very long. As it turns out, I was wrong. Not only did he finish the Winter Race – in 22 hours 41 minutes– but I learned later that he had also completed the Spartan Death Race the previous summer with an impressive 10th place finish of 35 hours and 26 minutes.