Deniliquin High School teacher Josh Perizzolo has shown he’s one of the fittest men in the world, finishing fifth at the 24 Hour Enduro Obstacle Course Racing World Championships in Sydney over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
Perizzolo competed in the Elite Men section tackling 30 obstacles, including rope climbs, cargo net crawls, rock face climbs and carrying sandbags, over the 11.6km track.
The physical education teacher completed 11 laps, travelling 126km in 20 hours and 35 minutes.
Perizzolo said he had decided at that stage to preserve his energy and finish his run.
‘‘Leading in my distance goal was 75 miles (121km),’’ he said.
‘‘I wasn’t too worried with what position I finished, it was all about reaching my distance goal.
‘‘I carried a hydration pack while running the course and also had a pit crew made up of my cousin, his wife and my mum there to give me food at the end of each lap.
‘‘They all had to be up for 24 hours as well and without them I wouldn’t have achieved my goal.
‘‘When I finished my 11th lap at about 8.30am on the Sunday I was coming fourth.
‘‘I honestly didn’t think I would place so high so I’m quite pleased with the fifth place finish.’’
In preparation for the event Perizzolo took on the Ultra Beast Elite Spartan Race 50km obstacle course at Brisbane in May, finishing third with a time of 7:12:44.
‘‘I trained for about 15 hours every week,’’ he said.
‘‘I’d go for long distance runs for three to five hours on the weekend as well.
‘‘I was prepared physically but it definitely becomes more of a mental thing when you’re there.
‘‘I’ll be looking to compete in the Spartan Australia three race National Series in September, October and November.
‘‘I also want to compete in the 24 hour World Championship race again next year.
‘‘Last year I did 105km and this year I worked my way up to 126km.
‘‘The long term goal is to eventually reach 100 miles (161km) in the 24 hour race, so right now it’s about improving my distance.’’
The Spartan Australia National Series will consist of obstacle course races in Gold Coast, Sydney and Bright.
Each race contains about 30 obstacles, with the Elite Super competition having distances of 14km at Gold Coast and 21km at Sydney and Bright.