Albany resident Tom Frasier jogs while wearing a chainmail shirt at The Crossings in Colonie. Frasier is using the shirt to prepare for the weighted runs he will face at this June’s Spartan Death Race in Vermont.
Photo by Rob Jonas.
When you participate in an event where the website is called youmaydie.com, you know you’re in for a challenge.
Albany resident Tom Frasier has tried to meet the challenge of Vermont’s Spartan Death Race each of the past two years, only to fall short by several hours. So, Frasier is already training for this year’s event, which takes place the weekend of June 12 and 13.
“There is something about it that makes me want to work towards a goal … and put myself to the test,” said Frasier.
The Spartan Death Race isn’t about simply running. Event organizers Joe DeSena and Andy Weinberg set up an obstacle course on land that includes a mountain, a lake and a river with tasks that challenge both the body and the mind.
“Their goal was that the toughest people have a chink in their armor somewhere, and they were going to find it and exploit it,” said Frasier.
What makes it tougher on the competitors is that they have no idea what the tasks may be. Organizers keep that aspect of the race secret until the competitors reach each station. The only information that the competitors receive prior to the race is a list of items they must bring with them.
“They do it differently every year, and there is a different theme every year,” said Frasier. “Last year, the theme was world religions.”
Frasier had to bring an axe, a hand drill, a hand saw, goggles, a Dixon Ticonderoga No. 1 pencil, a $20 bill and two $1 bills to the 2011 race. Initially, competitors were asked to bring a live fish to the competition, but the requirement was changed to the $20 bill.
“Turns out, the $20 was for a fishing license, and the two $1 bills were for a donation to the church where the race began,” said Frasier.