Canadian Eric Hutterer Crawled 7.541-Miles to become World Record Holder; World Record Attempt is One Obstacle of Many Along the 72 Hour Sufferfest in Vermont
PITTSFIELD, VT – More than 36 hours into the 2018 Spartan Death Race (DR), an event that
pushes the minds and bodies of participants to their breaking points through a series of obstacles and mental games, compeitors with surprised with the next challenge in their path – crawl through a quarter-mile track lined with mud below and razor sharp barbed wire 2-feet above for 12 straight hours as part of a Guiness World Record attempt. Of the men and women who started the barbed wire crawl, only 12 remained, with Eric Hutterer from Alliston, Ontario taking home the Guiness World Record for the “farthest distance crawling under barbed wire for 12 hours,” having reached 7.541-Miles, more than 31 laps. Runner-up Amy Palmiero-Winters, a below the knee amputee from Meadville, PA reached 7.217
The DR kicked-off at 12:01am ET Thursday morning with 63 participants starting a 14-hour hike on Vermont’s Bloodroot Mountain, which led racers to Riverside Farm in Pittsfield, VT – where the remnainder of the event will play out. Following the hike, which was anything but ordinary as competitors carried rocks and sandbags, stopping only to split wood with the axes they has been carrying for the journey. Upon reaching the storied farm, where Spartan was founded, partispants moved bouolders weighing more than 2,000 pounds each before heading to the top of the property’s mountain to clear brush, paving the way to attempt 3,000 burpees, of which 23 racers were able to complete, with 7 racers running out of time at 1,000 and 6 dropping out of the race.
Every obstacle of the DR has both a repetition or distance competitors must meet within a certain time period to be eligible to receive a shared a $100,000 cash purse, paid in all quarters. However, with the minimum distance for the Barbed Wire Crawl being a marathon at 26.2 miles, the obstacle put an end to those dreams as no one hit the mark within the allotted time. The remaining competitors can finish the race, but will not be eligible for the purse. The minimum distance one needed to set the Guinness World Record for the barbed-wire crawl over the 12-hour period was 6.2 miles, even though racers had to hit the marathon distance to complete the obstacle according to the DR rules.
With no sleep over the course of the race, this is the ultimate test of both physical and mental grit – as the the race continues into the early hours ofSunday.