by Carrie Adams
In 2012, the Death Race was themed, “The Year of Betrayal.” All told, 344 would enter the race and over 82% would DNF (Did Not Finish). The final finisher would finish in just over 67 hours. Where 2011 saw a beginning to the race with five hours of lifting stones, 2012 began with an ultra marathon in teams carrying a heavy weight. Denied their packs with food, water, and other precious self-support supplies, it was arguably the most grueling test to date.
Fans online remained glued to the Facebook updates as the names of those who would not finish the race piled up as the hours marched onward. Some of our most popular posts on the year came from this remarkable challenge unlike any other on the planet. No known start or finish time, no clue what will be asked by Race Directors Andy and Joe, it’s something you just hope to survive.
Here are the official 2012 Death Race Results, with winner Olof Dallner putting on an impressive performance (all while rocking his green sunglasses). In addition to overall results we featured the women of the 2012 Death Race. Notably, Amelia Boone, who finished third in the Winter version of the event, finished in second place and is planning a return in 2013. Click HERE for more on the Women of the Death Race.
Finally, Spartan friend and Obstacle Racing Magazine editor Matt B. Davis was onsite and lent his perspective on the event from the ground level. Awake and reporting for much of the 67 hours, his candid report gives insight into what it is like to bear witness to such a physical, mental, and emotional undertaking for the participants. His report began with, “Betrayal. I was on site at Amee Farm less than 15 minutes when I was confronted with it directly. I walked up to Race Organizer Andy Weinberg asking him if he had seen Todd Sedlak. I came to the Death Race to crew for my pal, Todd and I know Andy has a sweet spot in his heart for Sgt. Sedlak. Instead of being met with a smile, Andy quickly dismissed me saying, “Todd’s not here, he is out of this year’s race. If he’s not here by now, he will never catch up and finish on time”. He then quickly walked away. I was baffled. I had no idea at the time, but I had walked squarely into the game that was the 2012 Death Race.”
To read his full recap, click HERE.
For those of you foolish enough to want to participate, there is still room in 2013, themed, “Gambler.” You can take your chance, roll the dice, and hope to cheat Death. Go to www.youmaydie.com to get signed up.