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Llano Native to Enter Spartan Death Race
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 • Posted February 8, 2013

Shane Mikulenka, born and raised in Llano, has entered the Spartan Death Race. The race, which will be held Friday, June 21, 2013 at Amee Farm, Green Mountains, Pittsfield, Vermont, is a challenging race that challenges ultra-endurance athletes, public servicemen, military, super-fit aficionados, or your average Joe the opportunity to test their mental and physical abilities like no event on earth.

Shane’s mother, Sue Mikulenka will travel to Vermont to cheer him on. Shane says that his mom will “be my rock, my support staff, to keep me grounded and help push me through till the end.”

Shane is anxious to compete to see if he has the ‘metal’ that it takes to complete an event like the Spartan Death Race. He says that he enjoys testing himself mentally and physically.

The race, which began in 2005 and was started by two triathletes, Joe De Sena and Andy Weinberg, has been held annually in Pittsfield. Last year, the race lasted 67 hours and 52 minutes; out of 344 competitors, only 51 were able to complete the trek. The race is a physical and mental challenge, with sleep deprivation, dehydration, hallucination, and starvation taunting the racers as they battle to the finish line. There is no course map, events include chopping wood, carrying bicycles, building fire, and more. The race is never the same, so. For more info visit

Shane’s training included ‘getting comfortable with being uncomfortable.’

He has competed in other tough races, such as Spartan Race Series, Tough Mudder, and Savage Race, averaging one a month per year, attending crossfit, strength training, conditioning, as well as rucking, (to find out what exactly rucking is, go to

Although he has done extensive training and endured tough races, the Spartan Death Race is sure to test every aspect of his endurance, mentally and physically. We’ll find out in June if he has the ‘metal’.

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