What is the world’s toughest race?
This is the question that annoyed Spartan founder and CEO, Joe De Sena, when listening to podcasts and interviews—talks where events that weren’t the Spartan Death Race had been proclaimed to be the world’s toughest race.
“I decided to do something about it,” he says. “I’m going to take things up a notch so that there’s never a discussion again.”
In his pursuit to lock things down using the 2018 Death Race, he noodled over how to string together a series of marathons into one event.
Hence, compacted into 72 consecutive hours, the slate of the 2018 Spartan Death Race included the following marathons:
Barbed wire crawl marathon
Sandbag carry 26.2 miles with 50 pounds.
Rope climb, 26. 2 miles (31,000 feet of rope climbing in seven hours)
26.2 miles of burpees (3000 burpees in 12 hours).
Those were the highlights to help De Sena make his point about the world’s toughest race. Along with, as he puts it, the usual Death Race torture:
Chopping wood. Hiking in terrain that resembled Jurassic Park with 80 pounds on your back. Pushing a 500-pound sled up a mountain. Hauling buckets of gravel. Clearing trees and brush. Ice bath-type fun. Moving a 3000-pound rock.
Speaking of highlights, the Barbed Wire Crawl produced a Guinness Book of World Records record: 12 hours of crawling under barbed wire.
Death Racer Canadian Eric Hutterer, by crawling 7.541-miles in 12 hours around a 400-meter barbed wire track, earned the official world record.
Here are some select photos of the races that produces what De Sena refers to as “The Faces of Death.” And the toughest race in the world.