Mike Canino of Tyson's Corner, Va., straps a log he has named "Larry" to his backpack and hikes up and down steep terrains while training at the Scott's Run Nature Preserve for the Spartan Death Race, a tortuous combination of forced hikes, obstacle courses, sleep deprivation, and mental strain that is held annually in Vermont, McLean, Va., Sunday, June 10, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Mike Canino of Tyson's Corner, Va., straps a log he has named "Larry" to his backpack and hikes up and down steep terrains while training at the Scott's Run Nature Preserve for the Spartan Death Race, a tortuous combination of forced hikes, obstacle courses, sleep deprivation, and mental strain that is held annually in Vermont, McLean, Va., Sunday, June 10, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)