Get ready for the Carrera Brutal!
By Antonio De Jesús
September 29 will be a unique and special day in San Miguel for those who have ever dreamed of being warriors or superheroes. More than 2,000 competitors and 4,000 spectators will gather in order to participate in or watch the Carrera Brutal (Brutal Race), the first event of its kind in Mexico.
Sat, Sep 29, 9am–7pm
Av. Central 101, Col. Adolfo López Mateos
General admission 100 pesos
The Carrera Brutal
Levi León, a fitness trainer and athlete who has competed in similar events in other countries, came up with the idea for the Carrera Brutal. “I mixed the competitions and I came up with the idea of Carrera Brutal, and I thought San Miguel was the perfect city for it,” said Levi. “Some people still do not understand what the event is about, but we have had a great response,” he said. Similar to a military-style training course, the all-terrain path will challenge participants to hike, jump, crawl and swim; surprise obstacles and secret missions will also be part of the competition. Originally, they thought about using bulls as obstacles but discarded the idea for the participants’, and bulls’, safety. Organizers said that in this event there are no winners or losers: “It is a competition against oneself and it is about comradeship.”
More than 2,300 competitors
Mariana and León, those responsible for the Carrera, started promoting the event in January. Because it was a new idea, enrollment was low during the first three months. But word got around, and now there is no more room for additional competitors. “Currently we have more than 2,300 competitors and we expect about 4,000 spectators,” they said. León said the participants come from all across Mexico, especially from Mexico City, Nuevo León and Jalisco, and there are also registered competitors from Argentina, Canada and the US. Their ages range from 16 to 70 years.
On the day of the event, every 30 minutes from 9am to 2pm groups of about 200 “warriors” will leave the starting line. Spectators can watch the whole spectacle or participate in alternative activities such as mud volleyball or tug of war, among others. “It does not matter if their clothes get dirty; it is a sporting event with lots of mud,” added Mariana. Prizes will be awarded by the event’s sponsors.
The party continues with a carnival
Spectators, competitors and guests can attend the event in disguise; there will be prizes for the best costume. After the races have ended, there will be a carnival featuring food, drinks, contests and music by the popular DJ Carla Miskov. The organizers commented that the prices for food and drinks will be very accessible. The event will be covered by celebrities from the national media.
Nonprofit organizations will benefit
Fernando León, legal adviser of the event, said that a percentage of the profits will be donated to the Red Cross, and so far the contestants have donated 4,000 pesos to the organization. The foundation Centro Infantil, a school for low-income students located in Colonia Santa Julia, also will benefit.
The event has been sponsored by the Secretariat of Touristic Development of the state, and León said that it has been calculated that it will generate a gross revenue of 20 million pesos.