Lysander (WSYR-TV) - It's called the Death Race: a 40 mile long challenge, and if you complete it in less than 24 hours you'll be rewarded with $100,000.
Competitors may be asked to chop wood or heft 30 pound rocks for hours at a time and then go on to scale mountains.
Michael Kearns, a local nuclear plant worker, has his eye on the grand prize.
Kearns straps on 30 pounds of equipment to wear while running. During the Death Race he'll be challenged with physical and mental obstacles, though he isn't told what they'll be.
“This year, required materials are a life jacket, knitting needles, chop sticks, a saw,” Kearns said.
He's a veteran Navy submariner and is prepared to compete against people from Olympic medalists to Marines.
”For me, it's absolutely just to know where my limits are,” Kearns told NewsChannel 9.
On what he calls "an easy day" he runs 34 miles. Every three miles, he drops into lunges he calls burpees, or push ups.
“While I'm doing that, I'm identifying different people that I pass, trying to identify objects, counting things, trying to do math problems in my head just to keep myself mentally alert.”
Kearns added, “One year, they had them waist deep in cold water while deciphering Greek. I'm looking forward to what they throw my way.”
He says he usually enjoys passing people on course, but this time he has to think of the long haul.
For pacing, he plans to pay attention to his heart rate. He says when he can hear his heart rate he knows he's pushing too hard. But, he is prepared to go all day.
His goal is to finish the race. An average of 15 percent of participants reach that goal.
The race is coming up on June 15. Michael Kearns is the only person running from Central New York. He's raising money for the Wounded Warriors Project for injured veterans.
Completing the race in 24 hours will get him $100,000, 36 hours will get him $50,000, and the maximum allowed time is 72 hours.