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About the author

Tony Matesi began his entrepreneurial career at the age of eight, copying CDs and PlayStation games on the bus. Since then, his passion for innovation has led to a unique career as an endurance athlete/sports writer/digital marketing professional.

From developing a cheerleading clothing line, to building an international endurance race, Tony has always had a knack for finding niches and elevating them with his creativity.

As a lifelong athlete, Tony prioritizes health and wellbeing above all else, and created the blog “The Legend of the Death Race” as a resource for Obstacle Race Training. Tony constantly seeks the next challenge and has competed at elite levels in Tae Kwon Do; gymnastics; competitive cheerleading; obstacle, endurance, and adventure racing; Ultra Marathons; and even spent ten years on stage performing in the Nutcracker. He has competed in two Spartan Death Races, placed 3rd at the San Diego Alpha Warrior, made it to the City Finaly on American Ningha Warrrior, created a Death Race training program, helped open the gym REACH Fieldhouse in Chicago, launched Spartan Endurance Internationally, and brought the SISU 24 Ultra to the Pacific Northwest.

He has dedicated his life to helping others and has been a life coach for peers, consultant to global businesses, and used his athletic knowledge to help motivate others to achieve their dreams.

He continues to update the Legend of the Death Race blog with new podcasts each week that share the "legends" of other Death Racers weekly. You can find out more at

Tony continues to blog about his latest adventures in mountaineering, ultrarunning, and all other things endurance on