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Another Death Racer from Berwyn comes forward

Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 2:19 p.m. CDT
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Michael Koziol, of Berwyn, will participate in the 2014 Spartan Death Race in Pittsfield, Vt., on June 27.

BERWYN – Michael Koziol seems to be a modest guy. He, like Morton West physical therapist Louis Kyros, will be participating in the 2014 Death Race in Pittsfield, Vermont, on June 27.

Kyros was featured in the May 28 edition of the Berwyn Life for taking part in the race, which he is dedicating to a Morton student. And it' s not that Koziol felt slighted for not also being included in the profile, nor does he think Kyros was unfairly recognized in an article published in May – he just doesn't want to have to do 2,500 burpees while wearing a weight vest before he even starts the race, which designed to nearly kill you or drive you stark-raving nuts.

Koziol, a life-long Berwyn resident, asked if he "could get some love" from the Berwyn Life, since a requirement of the race is that participants get media coverage — or do 2,500 burpees, also known as squat thrusts, and exercise routine that requires going from standing into a push up position and back multiple times.

"You don't have to [get media coverage]," Koziol said. "But, [if you don't] you'll get punished before you even start the race."

The penalty, apparently, is doing 2,500 burpees in a weight vest.

However, the Spartan Death Race is not really a race as much as an endurance contest. Think of holding a red hot frying pan in your hand for three minutes or watching Honey Boo Boo reruns for 24 hours straight— it's worse than that.

This is how sponsor Peak Races describes the event: "The Death Race is designed to present you with the totally unexpected, the totally insane, and take you out of your comfort zone. This race is a 48-plus hour event that is created to break you physically, mentally and emotionally. All of you will enter, 90 percent of you won’t finish. Only consider this race if you have lived a full life to date ... "

All in all Koziol said it should be a good time.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said.

Koziol has been in training around Berwyn since he signed up for the race in June 2013, he said. He has already completed a Madison Iron Man competition, an Ultra Breast in Vermont — where he placed within the 43 percentile of those who completed the race –and participated in multiple marathons and triathlons.

"I enjoy seeing what I can do," he said.

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In case you missed it:

Read our first story about the Spartan Death Race and fellow contestant and Morton High School staff member Louis Kyros here: http://shawurl.com/17nv

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