Team SISU is built on the foundation of going above and beyond our limits. You can see this in everything SISU does, from training, to motivating others, to taking on extreme challenges, and even sacrificing their own bodies to support a great cause.
For the Malibu Spartan Sprint, SISU has looked to helping From There To Care — a no-kill animal shelter located on 8 acres of land in Riverside, CA.
In California, especially SoCal, there is a large problem with homeless pets resulting in the euthanasia of thousands of animals every year. Organizations like From There to Care aim to help curb this trend by pulling animals from city and county shelters, rehabilitating them and rehoming them with their forever families. We're asking people to support Daren's generous effort by pledging whatever they can.
It's estimated that the average cost of rescuing and rehoming one animal is about $300. But even if a donation is for just a few dollars per lap (more on that follows), every little bit helps. Donations can be made via PayPal by clicking here.
Now, you are probably wondering what SISU will be doing to encourage donations, right?
Allow me to introduce you to Daren de Heras, a founding member of Team SISU. Daren is an extremely active athlete, he coaches his daughters AYSO soccer team, runs a flexible packaging company (a family owned business) and a frequent sponsored Spartan Racer who takes on challenges all over the country — including a few that he has helped organize.
When Daren decided he wanted to help From There to Care, he made a point to contact Joe Desena (Spartan Race owner) to discuss what kind of challenge he should take on. Joe was inspired by the performance of James Ogden, who ran six laps to raise money for Wounded Wear at the Carolina Spartan.
Joe suggested Daren go after seven laps at the Malibu Sprint.
After some brainstorming back and fourth between the two, the challenge was laid out. Daren will begin with the first “lap,” a.k.a. the Hurricane Heat, which will lead straight into the standard course laps, beginning with a 40-pound Team SISU War Hammer.
Next, Daren will be tethered to a friend. Lap number four will be with the one and only LOG! The mad man won’t stop there! For his fifth lap, he is going to wear a weight vest through the course, and, following that, he will switch over to an elevation mask.
As if that wasn’t enough already, Daren will be running his final lap as a tribute to the Death Race Panda. From what I’ve heard, Daren is a gambling man; he survived the Betrayal of the 2012 Death Race (rated the world's most difficult race 2012) and is preparing himself for a return to Pittsfield, VT in 2013.
Joe has asked Daren to take on this challenge, and he has accepted.
Now it's up to you to help donate. Help animals without homes, prevent their unnecessary death and give these animals a chance to live.
With your donations, From There to Care will be able to provide a sanctuary for many, many abandoned animals that deserve some tender loving care. Let’s support Daren as he tackles this tremendous challenge and donate to helping give the animals a second chance at life.
By: Anthony J Matesi – www.legendofthedeathrace.com
*The Death Race is an adventure unlike any other. The race participants never know the challenges in front of them. The race is usually 48-hours long, without aid stations. Every year, 200 athletes are invited to attempt it and only 10 percent of those athletes finish it.