The Legend of the Death Race Podcast

The Legend of the Death Race Podcast

By Tony Matesi
Listen to the legends of past Death Racers as they tell tales of the Courage, Power, and Wisdom it takes to conquer all of life's obstacles. Hear humans from all walks of life share their legends of conquering fear, overcoming obesity, defeating inner demons, and pushing far beyond the perceived limits of human potential. Join me as we dive deep into these stories that have only recently emerged from one of the world's most challenging races. This is the Legend of the Death Race Podcast.
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Gaining Wisdom at a Young Age - Andrew Blair | LotDR Episode 015
Welcome to the Legend of the Death Race Podcast, where you’ll hear the legends of past Death Racers, new and old. In the fifteenth episode of the podcast, I connect with one of the younger humans to toe the line at the Death Race, Andrew Blair. Andrew got his start in Spartan Races and additional training at the Spartan Agoge, a program we developed during my time at Spartan to prepare racers for the inevitable return of the Death Race. Once the Death Race reemerged in 2018, Andrew signed up and gave it a try. Using the experience from Agoge as a gauge for what he was capable of he learned a lot after that first encounter and made a return in 2019. Tune in to hear how Andrew's Death Race experience has developed his wisdom for conquering life's obstacles. Enjoy the show and thank you for listening! If you're enjoying the show and you haven't already, make sure you subscribe, please leave a review, and if you really love it, consider becoming a sustaining member today! 📚Book Mentions: Adrift: Seventy Six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan ⤵️Follow the Guest: Andrew Blair @andrew_blair_ on Instagram 💀What's Up in My World: If you're interested in my legend, the book is available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle and Apple Books. The book will be released on e-book, Paperback, and Hardcover on March 10th. We'll be hosting an event at Arundel Books in Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA at 6 PM Pacific. Details about the book launch party will be posted soon so be sure to follow on us on Facebook. If you know of any local-to-you bookstores that might be interested in carrying the book, please connect with me! My email is thelegendofthedeathrace@gmail.com. Regarding the audiobook, there's a slight delay but I expect an early Spring release. To stay informed on the release, please visit www.legendofthedeathrace.com and sign up for email updates. To stay up to date on my latest adventures you can follow me on Instagram @thatenduranceguy or visit www.thatenduranceguy.com
1:06:35
February 20, 2020
The Death Racer AKA "Santa" Matt Waller | LotDR Episode 014
Welcome to the Legend of the Death Race Podcast, where you’ll hear the legends of past Death Racers, new and old. In the fourteenth episode of the podcast, I connect with the other half of team "Shake n Bake." Last week we heard from "Bake" (Shane Ellison), this week it's "Shake" also known as "Santa" also known as Matt Waller. The two of us dive deep into his five Death Race experiences which included a Winter Death Race, Mexico Death Race, Team Death Race, and of course the legendary Summer Death Race. Tune in to hear how this Death Race veteran who was born, raised and has lived in Georiga his whole life actually "grew up" in Vermont. The Death Race always seemed to find him when he needed it most and Waller gives a rare glimpse of the man underneath the Santa hat as he shares about taking a paincation to fight his demons. Tune in to hear Matt's legend. Enjoy the show and thank you for listening! If you're enjoying the show and you haven't already, make sure you subscribe, please leave a review, and if you really love it, consider becoming a sustaining member today! 📚Book Mentions: This Is How: Surviving What You Think You Can't by Augusten Burroughs ⤵️Follow the Guest: Check out Matt's Event - The Gauntlet Endurance Race 30+Hr - Website | Instagram Check out Matt's Gym - The Compound in Macon, GA 💀What's Up in My World: If you're interested in my legend, the book is available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle and Apple Books. The book will be released on e-book, Paperback, and Hardcover on March 10th. We'll be hosting an event at Arundel Books in Pioneer Square, Seattle, WA that evening and we will post details about the book launch party soon so be sure to follow on us on Facebook. If you know of any local-to-you bookstores that might be interested in carrying the book, please connect me! My email is thelegendofthedeathrace@gmail.com. Regarding the audiobook, there's a slight delay but I expect an early Spring release. To stay informed on the release, please visit www.legendofthedeathrace.com and sign up for email updates. To stay up to date on my latest adventures you can follow me on Instagram @thatenduranceguy or visit www.thatenduranceguy.com
1:21:45
February 13, 2020
Master Death Race Hacker Shane Ellison | LotDR Episode 013
Welcome to the Legend of the Death Race Podcast, where you’ll hear the legends of past Death Racers, new and old. In the thirteenth episode of the podcast, I connect with the one and only Shane Ellison from West Virginia who has competed in every type of Death Race and earned his Spartan Delta, he's a glutton for self-punishment and knows how to overcome many of life's obstacles. Shane is an expert at finding ways to complete tasks by thinking way outside the box. At every Death Race, he found ways to hack challenges in ways that baffled others. The Death Race served as a way to overcome a dark past and set Shane on a new path. Tune in and hear Shane's legend. Enjoy the show and thanks for listening! Also please, make sure you subscribe to the show and if you’re enjoying it, please leave a review. 💀What's Up in My World: If you're interested in my legend, the book is available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle and it will be released Paperback and Hardcover on February 13th, first available through Amazona and then through other stores. I have already found a handful of local bookstores here in Seattle that are interested in carrying copies of the book. If you know of any local-to-you bookstores that might be interested, please connect us. My email is thelegendofthedeathrace@gmail.com. Update on the Audible edition, it's slightly delayed but will be ready early Spring. To stay informed on the release, please visit www.legendofthedeathrace.com and sign up for email updates. To stay up to date on my latest adventures you can follow me on Instagram @thatenduranceguy or visit www.thatenduranceguy.com
1:00:56
February 6, 2020
Combat Choreographer Edgar Landa - LotDR Episode 012
Welcome to the Legend of the Death Race Podcast, where you’ll hear the legends of past Death Racers, new and old. In the twelfth episode of the podcast, I connect with Edgar Landa of Team SISU. He's a combat choreographer for theatre and film and he discovered the Death Race when he was searching for his next challenge after visiting Everest Basecamp. Edgar has participated in all the flavors of Death Race, including Mexico, Summer, Winter, and Team. Edgar shares with us how he found and trained for his first Death Race some of the wisdom he learned from his experiences. Tune in to hear Edgar's legend! Enjoy the show and thanks for listening! Also please, make sure you subscribe to the show and if you’re enjoying it, please leave a review. Event Mentions: The SUCK The Gauntlet Fuego Y Agua Survival Run 💀What's Up in My World: If you're interested in my legend, the book will be released on Amazon and Audible VERY soon. I just finished uploading it to Kindle Direct Publishing this week and I'm working on the hardcover submission through a third-party as well. Less than a month away from launch. To stay informed on the release, please visit www.legendofthedeathrace.com and sign up for email updates. To stay up to date on my latest adventures you can follow me on Instagram @thatenduranceguy or visit www.thatenduranceguy.com
39:14
January 30, 2020
Seeking the Ultimate Challenge - Andé Wegner | LotDR Episode 011
Welcome to the Legend of the Death Race Podcast, where you’ll hear the legends of past Death Racers, new and old. In the eleventh episode of the podcast, I connect with my long-time friend, Andé Wegner and we hear about how she discovered the Death Race after seeing a post about this website www.youmaydie.com and she had been seeking the ultimate challenge. When Andé discovered the Death Race, she knew had the endurance from all her years of triathlons but she knew she would need to develop more physical strength and mental grit. Listen in to hear how Andé prepared for the two Death Races she participated in and the important lessons she learned. Tune in to hear Andé's legend! Enjoy the show and thanks for listening! Also please, make sure you subscribe to the show and if you’re enjoying it, please leave a review. 📚Book Mentions: Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson High-Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins Other Mentions: The Stone Stairs Project 💀What's Up in My World: If you're interested in my legend, the book will be released on Amazon and Audible VERY soon. I've finished recording and just need to edit the audiobook. To stay informed on the release, please visit www.legendofthedeathrace.com and sign up for email updates. To stay up to date on my latest adventures you can follow me on Instagram @thatenduranceguy or visit www.thatenduranceguy.com
48:57
January 23, 2020
Standing with Legends Neil Murphy | LotDR Episode 010
Welcome to the Legend of the Death Race Podcast, where you’ll hear the legends of past Death Racers, new and old. In the tenth episode of the podcast, I connect with Neil Murphy, who waited years to get ready for the Death Race only to realize he may have missed out. Then, years later when the Death Race returned, Neil finally got his chance at the Death Race. Hear how Neil discovered the Death Race, trained for it, and learned as much as he could from veteran Death Racer, Matt Dolitsky. Neil competed in both the 2018 and 2019 Death Races and has a detailed legend that's far better than what I can summarize, so tune in and have a listen. Tune in to hear Neil's legend! Enjoy the show and thanks for listening! Also please, make sure you subscribe to the show and if you’re enjoying it, please leave a review. 📚Book Mentions: Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins ⤵️Follow the Guest: Regiment Running Neil Murphy on Instagram 💀What's Up in My World: If you're interested in my legend, the book will be released on Amazon and Audible VERY soon. I've finished recording and just need to edit the audiobook. To stay informed on the release, please visit www.legendofthedeathrace.com and sign up for email updates. To stay up to date on my latest adventures you can follow me on Instagram @thatenduranceguy or visit www.thatenduranceguy.com
1:33:58
January 16, 2020
Hurricane Katrina Survivor Leah Erickson | LotDR Episode 009
Welcome to the Legend of the Death Race Podcast, where you’ll hear the legends of past Death Racers, new and old. In the ninth episode of the podcast, I connect with Leah Erickson, who rose to the challenge of the Death Race after surviving Hurricane Katrina. Leah shares her story of how the challenges of her past motivated her and equipped her to handle the Death Race. We discuss the value of Leah's two "superpowers", her ability to fuel herself without the normal mid-race pickiness for food, and her upbeat attitude that creates a "soft armor" making her invincible to the trials of the race. Unfortunately, one small chink in her armor led to a DNF, but now after having surgery to repair her labrum, Leah's drive to return to Pittsfield and earn her skull is evident! Tune in to hear Leah's legend! Enjoy the show and thanks for listening! Also please, make sure you subscribe to the show and if you’re enjoying it, please leave a review. 📚Book Mentions: Any Book on Zen Buddhism 💀What's Up in My World: If you're interested in my legend, the book will be released on Amazon and Audible VERY soon. I've finished recording and just need to edit the audiobook. To stay informed on the release, please visit www.legendofthedeathrace.com and sign up for email updates. To stay up to date on my latest adventures you can follow me on Instagram @thatenduranceguy or visit www.thatenduranceguy.com
43:03
January 9, 2020
An Evolutionary Death Race Experience with Ken Lubin | LotDR Episode 008
Welcome to the Legend of the Death Race Podcast, where you'll hear the legends of past Death Racers, new and old. In the eighth episode of the podcast, I connect with Ken Lubin, the host of Executive Athletes, a podcast that speaks with executive business people who are endurance athletes. Ken Lubin participated in three Death Races and had an evolutionary experience from nearly winning to not finishing to coming back and securing a top spot in the world of Death Race Finishers. We discuss the importance of gear, playing the game, and how so many lessons and strategies from Death Race apply to life. Ken is fortunate to have participated in some of the most difficult races on this planet and he understands the strategy involved in figuring out how to perform your best. Tune in to Ken's legend and learn how to conquer the Death Race and life's obstacles. Enjoy the show and thanks for listening! Also please, make sure you subscribe to the show and if you're enjoying it, please leave a review. ☺️ 📚Book Mentions: Rise of Superman by Steven Kotler Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler and Jamie Wheal The Art of Fear by Kristen Ulmer Deep Survival by Laurence Gonzales Surviving Survival by Laurence Gonzales Bold by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler Abundant by Todd Harper 🎙 Podcast Mentions: Executive Athletes Podcast ⤵️Follow the Guest: Ken Lubin on LinkedIn 💀What's Up in My World: My book will be released on Amazon and Audible VERY soon. Visit www.legendofthedeathrace.com for updates. Follow me @thatenduranceguy or visit www.thatenduranceguy.com
48:32
November 14, 2019
The Next Generation Death Racer Kert Elkins | LotDR Episode 007
Welcome to the Legend of the Death Race Podcast, where you'll hear the legends of past Death Racers, new and old. In the seventh episode of the podcast, I connect with the Kert Elkins, he's the partner of last week's guest, Eric Hutterer, in the 2019 Death Race. Kert shares his Death Race training secrets and some of the things that he has learned to prepare for the newly resurrected Death Race. In his first Death Race an accident early-on ultimately leads to a medical pull. On the episode, we discuss the difference between the Death Race OGs and the new batch of Death Racers and the massive advantage newbies have in the age of readily available Death Race wisdom. With a target on Eric's back, Kert had a challenging 2019 Death Race to navigate, listen to his incredible legend and hear how he found himself with a finish, that carries the "unofficial" moniker. Tune in to hear Kert's legend. Enjoy the show and thanks for listening! Also please, make sure you subscribe to the show and if you're enjoying it, please leave a review. ☺️ 📚Book Mentions: History Books 🎙 Podcast Mentions: Hardcore History ⤵️Follow the Guest: Kert Elkins 💀What's Up in My World: If you're interested in my legend, the book will be released on Amazon and Audible VERY soon. To stay informed on the release, please visit www.legendofthedeathrace.com and sign up for email updates. To stay up to date on my latest adventures you can follow me on Instagram @thatenduranceguy or visit www.thatenduranceguy.com
1:16:29
November 7, 2019
Guinness World Record Holder Eric Hutterer | LotDR Episode 006
Welcome to the Legend of the Death Race Podcast, where you'll hear the legends of past Death Racers, new and old. In the sixth episode of the podcast, I connect with the Eric Hutterer, the Guinness World Record Holder for crawling the farthest distance under barbed wire with a distance of 7.54 miles over the course of 12 hours during the 2018 Death Race. He's from Canada, he's handsome, he's probably one of the kindest guys I've met over video chat. With some unfinished business, you'll want to listen to his legend. Eric is one incredible human and there's a funny backstory to this episode. We had to record it several times because my laptop shut off the first time and we lost everything. The second time the app froze and I recovered it through this really crazy process I discovered that brought my corrupt video file back from the dead. Then the last 15 minutes were still missing. After three video chats, we finally go it all. I really enjoyed getting to know him and look forward to seeing his next dance with the Death Race. Enjoy the show and thanks for listening! Also please, make sure you subscribe to the show and if you're enjoying it, please leave a review. ☺️ 📚Book Mentions: You Can't Hurt Me By David Goggins The Hero's Journey by Joseph Campbell ⤵️Follow the Guest: Eric Hutterer on Instagram 💀What's Up in My World: If you're interested in my legend, the book will be released on Amazon and Audible VERY soon. To stay informed on the release, please visit www.legendofthedeathrace.com and sign up for email updates. To stay up to date on my latest adventures you can follow me on Instagram @thatenduranceguy or visit www.thatenduranceguy.com
1:20:48
October 31, 2019
On a Quest to Earn a Skull with Abe Mikell | LotDR Episode 005
Welcome to the Legend of the Death Race Podcast, where you'll hear the legends of past Death Racers, new and old. In the fifth episode of the podcast, I connect with Abe Mikell from Virginia who has competed in two Death Races. He's on a mission to earn his first skull and he's working with Rob Barger of Redpath Performance (who was on episode three of this podcast) to train up and make the adjustments he will need in order to earn a beloved Death Race skull. Tune in to hear Abe's legend thus far. Enjoy the show and thanks for listening! Also please, make sure you subscribe to the show and if you're enjoying it, please leave a review. ☺️ 📚Book Mentions: Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl The Champions Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive by Jim Afremow and Jim Craig Forgotten Highlander: An Incredible WWII Story of Survival in the Pacific  by Alistair ⤵️Follow the Guest: Abe Mikell on Instagram 💀What's Up in My World: If you're interested in my legend, the book will be released on Amazon and Audible VERY soon. To stay informed on the release, please visit www.legendofthedeathrace.com and sign up for email updates. To stay up to date on my latest adventures you can follow me on Instagram @thatenduranceguy or visit www.thatenduranceguy.com
48:06
October 24, 2019
Athena Ojeda - The Woman Who Shared Her Skull | LotDR Episode 004
Welcome to the Legend of the Death Race Podcast, where you'll hear the legends of past Death Racers, new and old. In the fourth episode of the podcast, I connect with Athena Ojeda a Queens, NY native who found herself quickly falling in love with the challenge of overcoming the next obstacle. Starting with a Spartan Sprint, Athena tells us about how she was just your average woman but the more she raced, the more she pushed herself, she soon became stronger and faster. She's finished two Death Races since the resurrection and did something incredible at the end of her 2019 dance with death. Tune in to find out more about Athena's legend. Enjoy the show and thanks for listening! Also please, make sure you subscribe to the show and if you're enjoying it, leave a review. ☺️ 📚Book Mentions: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer Extreme Ownership by Jock Willink and Leif Babin ⤵️Follow the Guest: Athena Endurance Blog 2019 Death Race Story Part 1 2019 Death Race Story Part 2 Athena on Instagram 💀What's Up in My World: If you're interested in my legend, the book will be released on Amazon and Audible VERY soon. To stay informed on the release, please visit www.legendofthedeathrace.com and sign up for email updates. To stay up to date on my latest adventures you can follow me on Instagram @thatenduranceguy or visit www.thatenduranceguy.com
30:36
October 17, 2019
Go. Do. That is All Rob Barger Does - Founder Redpath Performance Group | LotDR Episode 003
Welcome to the Legend of the Death Race Podcast, where you'll hear the legends of past Death Racers, new and old. In this third episode, I connect with Rob Barger the Founder of Redpath Performance Group, an endurance training program based in Massachusetts. We discuss his 2013 and 2014 Death Race experiences on the show. Rob shares with us his evolution from the Ragnar Relay Series to Spartan Races ultimately to the Death Race and beyond and his addiction to finding the next challenge. His journey takes him on a quest to push himself to that dark place to see how far he could go. We discuss how he trained with P90X, Insanity and rucking everywhere he went. From Rob's trove of Death Race stories, he shares about a mistake that leads him to using a hand saw to mow a lawn for 16 hours, why he decided to not listen to his boss, and how he gambled his way to his first finish. Tune in to hear stories from Rob's two dances with Death and learn one of the most important things about the Death Race, it's all about making deals. In the words of Rob Barger and Redpath Performance Group, Go. Do. That is All. Enjoy the show and thanks for listening. Don't forget to subscribe and leave a review. Book Mentions: Endure Smarter Not Harder by Grant Shymske Fixing Your Feet by John Vonhof Follow the Guest: Redpath Performance Group Website | Facebook | Instagram Redpath: Quest 002 - October 25-27, 2019 - Roanoke, VA What's Up in My World: If you're interested in my legend, the book will be released on Amazon and Audible VERY soon. To stay informed on the release, please visit www.legendofthedeathrace.com and sign up for email updates. To stay up to date on my latest adventures you can follow me on Instagram @thatenduranceguy or visit www.thatenduranceguy.com
1:16:37
October 10, 2019
Death Race Daren de Heras - Founder SISU Endurance | LotDR Episode 002
Welcome to the Legend of the Death Race Podcast, where you'll hear the legends of past Death Racers, new and old. In this second episode, I connect with Mr. Death Race Daren himself. Daren de Heras is known for his love of the Death Race. If there is anyone who talks about the Death Race more than me, it's Daren. Daren has competed in many Death Races and is the Founder of SISU Endurance, the same SISU that I partnered with to bring the SISU 24 Ultra to the PNW. Daren discusses what it was like to be the leader of the first group to come from California to take on the Death Race, how he and Mark Jones prepared for the Death Race, and he shares a select few legends from the trove he has gathered from chasing after the Death Race circuit in 2014. Tune in and listen to two old veterans of Death Race talk about this event we love so dearly as though it took place decades ago when in reality our last dance with death was a mere five years. Book Mentions: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins Follow the Guest: Team SISU Facebook Group SISU Endurance | Facebook | Instagram SISU 24 Ultra California Registration on Ultrasignup SISU 24 Ultra PNW Registration on Ultrasignup SISU Iron on SISUTeam.com What's Up in My World: If you're interested in my legend, the book will be released on Amazon and Audible VERY soon. To stay informed on the release, please visit www.legendofthedeathrace.com and sign up for email updates. To stay up to date on my latest adventures you can follow me on Instagram @thatenduranceguy or visit www.thatenduranceguy.com
1:02:25
October 10, 2019
5x Death Racer Mark Jones - How One Call Saved His Life | LotDR Episode 001
Welcome to the Legend of the Death Race Podcast, where you'll hear the legends of past Death Racers, new and old. In this first episode, I connect with 5x Death Racer Mark Jones to discuss his many dances with Death and how one email on his phone from the best team ever, saved his life. Mark competed in his first Death Race in 2011, after becoming addicted to pushing himself beyond his perceived limits. After that, he kept returning to compete in more Death Races, including Mexico, Winter, and Team variations which existed before the event briefly retired back in 2015. Listen to Mark's legend, and don't forget to follow him on Instagram @woodpile_jones. If you're interested in my legend, the book will be released on Amazon and Audible VERY soon. To stay informed on the release, please visit www.legendofthedeathrace.com and sign up for email updates. To stay up to date on my latest adventures you can follow me on Instagram @thatenduranceguy or visit www.thatenduranceguy.com
55:58
October 2, 2019