Dare Mighty Things

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." -Teddy Roosevelt

Monday, March 16, 2009

Has anyone seen my adventure race?

Like the TAB and shag carpeting, the 12-hour adventure race here in New England is becoming endangered. Our friends at Racing Ahead announced last week that they are "postponing" their mid-May adventure weekend at Pawtuckway State Park which was to include the only 12-hour adventure race on our schedule in 2009 (the Frigid Infliction notwithstanding). And to my knowledge, aside from the GMARA's Bitter Pill AR (which doesn't fit my schedule), one of the only 12-hour adventure races in New England...period. With my decision last Friday to forgo the NYARA's Longest Day & Night Adventure Race due to cost, my "Slow Twitch Decathlon" bid is now in need of a tenth endurance sport to add to the list if in fact Racing Ahead's NH-12 Adventure Race is scraped. Finally, after talking with Dwight we've decided to try and find another event to race together (with TLD&N crossed off the list). After a lengthy discussion, we are seriously considering the Peak Death Race in June. If we decide to go for it, Dwight will likely make history as the only person in the world to take on the Tough Guy and the Death Race in the same calendar year. The plan is to make a decision on the Death Race this week so we can begin "preparing" for the misery. Ultraendurance athlete extraordinaire, Ri Fahnestock wrote a great recap of the '08 event on our website. It can be viewed by clicking <<HERE>>. It's worth it for the pictures alone.

Picture credit: Chris, Steve, & Christine at the '08 NH-12 Adventure Race


  1. Chris, are you nuts? Have you had a chance to re-read Ri's report. The one thing that might be on your side is a line right at the end. "Mental fortitude, combined with a bit of stupidity can take people a long way." Good luck buddy!!

  2. You know, "nuts" is a pretty subjective thing. In the spirit of warriorship, the attainment of power is accomplished through learning and learning is best achieved when we raise our awareness and place ourselves outside of our "comfort zone". For most of us, our lives are way too comfortable. Sure we "appear" to be "crazy" to our couch dwelling friends. But when were you really outside of your element? When was the last time you could honestly say you "dared mighty things"? Come on Scotty...I've got no "S" on my chest nor do I change in a phone booth. I'm no more capable than you of finishing this race. Join us.

  3. Gee Scotty, tell us how you really feel :-)