Imagine a race where you’re not sure of the start time, and don’t know when it will end. You only know it will last for days. Days of pain and suffering, where competitors drag giant tractor tires up and down mountains, crawl under barbed wire, cross rivers, chop down trees, and carry wood for miles. A race where organizers aren’t cheering you on and encouraging you to continue; their goal is to make you quit.

Welcome to The Death Race, arguably the most sadistic, grueling challenge on the planet, where perhaps the only thing racers can be sure of is that 9 out of 10 of them will not complete the course.

The race kicks off this weekend in Pittsfield, Vermont. To get an idea what it is about (and why you don’t want any part of it), check out the documentary above and the coverage of the 2010 event below.

Follow racers’ progress in the Death Race. 

Outside Magazine – Death Race Coverage from Madmotion on Vimeo.