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Death Race winnowing field of competitors

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PITTSFIELD, Vt. -

Only 60 participants remain in a rugged test of endurance known as the Death Race.

The grueling race began Friday morning, and out of nearly 400 participants, only 60 remain. Since Friday, the Pittsfield course has already spanned more than 20 miles of hiking trails, 7,000 feet of elevation, three miles of swimming, and cord after cord of chopped wood.  Organizers say that is just the beginning of the challenges.

"We had 450,000 pounds of stone delivered to the base of a mountain. The people you are looking at around me, to the right and left, carried that stone to the top of a mountain -- 450,000 pounds of stone," said Joseph Desena, the event's founder.

Organizers say the event is meant to test a person's mental, physical, and even spiritual strength. The race has been going on non-stop since 5 a.m. Friday and will not end until only 40 people remain. Organizers estimate the race should continue until Tuesday.

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