Heidi Roylance, a Colorado woman with Mesa ties, contacted the Tribune with a dire request: Publish a story about her entry in the 48-hour-plus Death Race, or the event’s organizers will require her to swim 12 miles the day before the June 15 race. Since we’re a newspaper with heart — and space to fill — here you go ...
Roylance, who worked for Mesa Parks and Rec for several years, will compete in the Death Race in Pittsfield, Vt. According to the event’s website — www.youmaydie.com — the race requires competitors to complete challenges in a 40-mile course in the woods that may include being asked to “chop wood for 2-hours, carry a 20-lb stump around for hours, lift 10-30 lbs rocks for 5-hours; build a fire, cut a bushel of onions, crawl through mud under barbed wire ...” You get the idea.
Roylance is the daughter of Lee Peterson, a retired teacher and coach from the Mesa Unified School District.
Good luck with the Death Race, Heidi! We hope you survive.