An Interview with Joe DeSena, Spartan Race Founder

By Pete Williams

Death Race competitor Joe Decker

We spoke this morning with Joe DeSena, founder of the infamous Spartan Death Race and the Spartan Race series, which quickly have become recognized as the toughest races in endurance sports – perhaps even more so than Tough Mudder.

You can listen to that Fitness Buff Show interview HERE. Some highlights:

— DeSena does not like the term mud runs, preferring “obstacle racing,” believing the competition is more about overcoming obstacles than dealing with mud.

— Though his company plans to attract more than 350,000 competitors to 41 events this year, including several overseas, he bristles at the idea of people entering huge teams of athletes, some of which are not prepared for the rigors of the race.

— More than 10,000 people applied to be on “Unbreakable,” the upcoming reality show that will pit 100 athletes in seven days of Death Race-like competition in Vermont this spring.

 

 

2 Comments

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2 responses to “An Interview with Joe DeSena, Spartan Race Founder

  1. JR

    Ran the Tough Mudder in January. Ran the Super Spartan Race a week ago in Arizona. I would tend to agree that the Spartan Race is more difficult than the TM. Requires more upper body strength and you are on your own to complete the obstacle. Had a blast! Look forward to the next. Here is a recap of our race:
    http://typetwofun.com/2012/02/15/spartan-race-arizona-2012/

  2. Pingback: Spartan Race: Toughest Obstacle Event? | Endurance Sports Florida

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