By Pete Williams
The town of Pittsfield, Vermont, best known in the endurance sports world as the site of the Spartan Death Race, is recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Irene that took out bridges, rendering the town an island and making helicopter travel necessary.
According to the Spartan Race blog, the lodge at K1, where a thousand athletes earned medals during a Spartan Beast Race event last month, collapsed due to the effects of Hurricane Irene. The Pickel Barrel, where hundreds of athletes gathered with their turkey legs and celebrated their completion of the Beast, has suffered flooding. The bridges up and down Route 100 have collapsed, making it impossible to travel through the heart of the Green Mountains, by car or by foot.
The Spartan Race is headquartered in Pittsfield, where race organizer Joe DeSena makes his home. DeSena launched the Spartan Race this year, expanding upon the Spartan Death Race he created in 2005.
Having visited the beautiful Pittsfield community during the Death Race in June, we’re stunned and saddened to see photos of the damage. Here in Florida, we always keep the possibility of a hurricane in the back of our minds, but it’s not something Vermonters have had to consider.
There are a number of ways to contribute to the rebuilding and recovery efforts listed on the Spartan Race blog.