This morning we received a call from Joe Desena. He told us he wanted this past weekend’s event to be the last Death Race. He then sent us the following:
Have we lost our way as a society? Have we lost our way everywhere?
What is the Peak Death Race? Death Race was started as a metaphor for life. It was started in Pittsfield Vermont for a very specific purpose- to find amazing people. I had spent my life looking for them and they are hard to find. When you do find them they inspire and you learn from them.
-People that didn’t want to pull the “entitled” card in life- we all know those that feel entitled. They try and take advantage of the system.
-People that don’t have “quit” in them.
-People that were inspiring and would push until they were broken and then push some more.
-People that take risks- it’s one thing to talk about things you want to do in life or be involved in, its another thing entirely to put all your money, family, and reputation on the line- thus the DR requirement to participate in the media challenge pre Death race. I always wanted people to “feel” what its like to put everything you have on the line and then work like hell 24/7 to make sure you don’t lose it all.
Through this race, Pittsfield Vermont, and more specifically, my farm, has become somewhat of a social experimentation lab with people showing up to live, test their own resolve, train, cry, start businesses, or catch the first ride out of town in a hurry. Some, very few, have what it takes to last. Its not just about being able to hike or ride a bike or chop some wood. Its about being able to day in and day out prioritize on what will move the ball forward. Its about doing the job when the job sucks. It could be sitting in front of a computer 18 hours a day for 7 days a week. It could be using your entire life’s savings you saved for 30 years to build what you believe in, it could be leaving your family behind for 10-20-50 days to get the job done.
How many people say “I’m not doing that job it doesn’t pay enough?” How many people say “I’m not doing that its not fun”, How many people say “That is too much work, I don’t have time” Or my personal favorite: “I deserve to be a winner or finisher or get the credit or the money because because because”?
How many? Almost everyone. Almost.
At the end of the day their are a few people that move the mountains, dig the holes, inspire the followers, and lead the world. They are amazing people to be around. They are the ones that make things happen around us. They don’t put their hand out, they don’t complain, and they never act entitled. They do the job for the sake of the job and in that find reward.
My vote is Death Race should go down in history as one of the single greatest challenges a human could have taken…and not offer it anymore. It would go down in history like all the “greats”. Maybe it would come back some day. Maybe it wouldn’t. Those that did it would know and those that didn’t wouldn’t.
My whole life I have tried to take the tough road, the road less traveled, live in the town with no one in it where very few like me, and shuttering this legend of an event certainly seems like the “hard” thing to do…and so in that respect, it feels right.
Who knows time will tell. its not an easy decision but neither is anything great in life. We’ll see.
After receiving this, we called Joe and asked him the following:
“On a scale of 1-10, 10 being absolutely positive that you want to cancel the next Death Race and refund 2015 registration money?”
His answer: “10.”