Ben Sexton is no stranger to pushing his body to the limits of complete exhaustion, and will put his body to the test once again during this year’s Death Race.
According to the Death Race website, the race, created by Ultra athletes Joe Desena and Andy Weinberg, was developed as a way for athletes to test themselves both mentally and physically.
The Death Races take place in the unexpectedly challenging terrain of the Green Mountains in and around Pittsfield, Vt., and have lasted over 70 hours.
Sexton decided to participate in the Death Race to utilize his body after being overweight for so many years.
Initially, Sexton began participating in smaller obstacle races to see what his body can be put through.
He later found out about the Death Race and thought it would be the perfect race to challenge him mentally and physically.
“It really tests yourself to see what your mind and body can be put through,” Sexton said. “They make it difficult to finish… just to finish is an achievement because it has a low finishing rate.”
Sexton participated in last summer’s Death Race, where he was unable to complete the race because he contracted hyperthermia during the 55th hour mark.
“It was quite an experience. I definitely had the desire to continue on, but it just wasn’t in the cards for me,” he said.
He contracted hyperthermia while completing a swimming obstacle, right after a 30-mile hike in the rain.
Sexton was initially disappointed on not finishing last year’s Death Race, but said he has prepared physically and mentally for the upcoming Death Race.
His workout regiments consisted of hiking on a regular basis while carrying heavy objects, working out on a regular basis and completing different cross fit workouts to boost his strength and endurance.
While participating in the Death Race competitions, Sexton has grown a sense of appreciation for life and the experience has allowed him to not take things in his life for granted.
“It gave me a different perspective on life. It pushed me well beyond any limit that I thought I had,” he said.
Sexton has also met friends from across the world, and said he was looking forward to reuniting with them during this year’s Death Race.
“You have to go into these things knowing that it’s going to be difficult, but just work on the task at hand.”
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