On June 24, 2011, Patrick set out to participate in his first Peak Death Race in Pittsfield, VT. The Death Race is a grueling endurance race created for the purpose of failure. Yes, failure. The race founders do their best during the 24-72 hour race to get the participants to quit. Tasks throughout the race, held in the beautiful Green Mountains, include wood chopping and 5 hours of rock lifting along with a trek through the freezing cold river water. Combine that with memorizing bible verses or lego formations while carrying 40+ pounds on your back and it is enough to make most people not even start. Patrick gave it a great shot last year, but dropped after the first night due to the frigid water temps. This year, 2012, we are hoping for a different outcome!
The Death Race will begin on June 15, 2012 at 6 pm and last until they say it is over. In an attempt to prepare for what lies ahead, Patrick will be participating in a 24-hour training evolution. This will take place at the Avon Town Hall Park in Avon, IN beginning at 9 am on March 10 and ending at 9 am March 11. During this time, Patrick will be wearing a 40-lb rucksack and will be subjected to many physical and mental tasks including, but not limited to, tire flips and drags, wood chopping, and memorization exercises. He will not be told of any of the tasks until it is time to complete them.
Patrick is partnering with Wounded Warrior Project for his training. Wounded Warrior Project's purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the help of the public in assisting our injured service members. The ability to participate in an event such as the Peak Death Race is a blessing because so many of our American heroes have lost the ability to use their bodies in such a way that would allow participation. Patrick is aware of this and is making it his mission this year to raise money to help his fellow service members.
We are asking you, if possible, to make any donation to this cause that you feel fitting. Patrick is raising money in the name of Leuitenant Commander John Pucillo, EOD. LCDR Pucillo's story can be found by following the link on this page below. Any amount is helpful and would be greatly appreciated. While Patrick will be benefitting from the 24-hour training, the greater benefit will be for the recipients of the Wounded Warrior Project funds like LCDR Pucillo.
LCDR JOHN PUCILLO'S STORY: