Don Devaney Biked 11,536 Miles for a Good Cause

Amanda Suarez / M+F Magazine

For the previous decade, Don Devaney has been the primary enforcer/henchman of the Spartan Death Race—Spartan’s annual psychological and bodily torture fest that may last as long as 70-plus hours. Browbeating racers and getting them to doubt their energy to proceed is the job. And he’s top-notch at it, routinely reminding racers to “move with purpose or be eliminated.”

Outside that position, the Vermont native is a powerful man to dislike. He’s jovial and quick-witted and has an infectious snort. He’s additionally powerful as hell and is clearly taking his personal recommendation to maneuver with objective.

Devaney has accomplished three Death Races, and the teachings he took away from them helped him understand that with out a plan B, you allow your self no alternative however to succeed. This is why, earlier than he opted to embark on a cross-country bike experience to boost consciousness for One Step Ahead Foundation, he shifted all his cash to his daughter. Doing so meant he had just one choice: Pedal.


We caught up with Devaney in Vermont on the 2019 Death Race, whereas he was 9,145 miles into an 11,536-mile journey.

M&F: What is the One Step Ahead Foundation?
Don Devaney: It was created by fellow Death Racer Amy Palomar Winters to boost consciousness and funds to assist youngsters with mobility points.

The objective of this experience is to boost consciousness for the muse?
Along with elevating consciousness, we’d prefer to put these youngsters with mobility points with different adaptive athletes in hopes that they encourage these youngsters to dream greater or to get out in nature.

How many hours a day are you on the bike?
Eight, 9, 10, 12 hours a day, on my own, in my head.

And it’s pleasant?
It’s residing with out expectation. It’s simply going. I do know that I’ve bought to exit, and I’ve bought to get on the bike, and I’ve bought to pedal, and I’m going to see wonderful issues.

What is one thing that you just’ve seen or observed?
America is nice. It doesn’t have to be made nice once more or something like that. It’s nice. I’ve seen it firsthand on daily basis. I’ve had not one unhealthy expertise. People are naturally good. People wish to assist.

Follow Devaney on Instagram: @artwork.absolutely014.



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