Training Camps - General Information

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Welcome to the Canadian Institute of Extreme Racing’s High Performance Centre. You are about to embark on a major 3-day adventure in the Rockies - home of The Canadian Death Race.
 
Camps are geared toward soloists, marathoners, and relay racers running multiple legs. You should come to the camps reasonably fit. By “reasonably”, we mean “reasonable after you’ve actually read through the details and know what you’re in for”.  You must bring (very highly recommended at any rate) a mountain bike (and bike helmet) so you have the option of riding a section if your legs need a break. Also strongly recommended is a pair of ski poles, hiking poles, or other type of walking stick (collapsible poles are not recommended but better than nothing).
 
The Training Camps include two training sessions per day, one morning session and one evening session. There is also a pizza lunch Saturday on the course (vegetarian varieties available). During the Training Camp runners will get a chance to see the entire 125km Death Trail; is a major psychological, not to mention strategic, benefit over those that will not get the chance. Instructor and CEO Dale Tuck (along with two experienced aids) bring a wealth of experience in extreme racing and know the Death Trail like no one else. Camps function in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Bring all the gear you will be training in and using in the race. This is a great chance to test your equipment in a training environment as opposed to race day where there are always the last minute surprises.
 
 
TRAINING CAMP SCHEDULE
(While unlikely, the schedule is subject to change, & final schedules will be handed out Friday at noon)
 
FRIDAY
Morning session:
Travel to Grande Cache

Afternoon Session:
12 pm - meet at Grande Cache Tourism Centre (9701 AB-40)
to check in, sign the waiver, and have quick information session about the details of the camp. (~15 minutes)
12:15 pm - quick bike ride from the Tourism Centre to the start/finish line zone at the recreation center and back, please bring a mountain bike and your helmet (30 minutes).
1:00 pm – Depart from the Tourism Centre - jog/walk/hike Leg 2/Flood Mountain (~6 hours). We start this portion of the camp with a brief pole running clinic – learn to tame those beasts and save your legs by getting the most out of your racing poles.
10:15 pm – Meet in the Lobby of the Grande Cache Hotel (1701 Pine Plaza) for optional night hike/run on 5km of the “Tunnel” section of Leg 5. Bring your headlamp and clear eye protection. This will be a valuable night running experience on part of the Death Trail (~45 minutes).

SATURDAY
Morning Session:
9:15 am - meet at the Grande Cache Hotel for Leg 3. Highly recommended that you bring your mountain bike (must have helmet) to do this section (~2 hours 15 minutes). Please also bring anything you will need to run leg 4 in the afternoon to put in the trailer. We will meet you at the end of leg 3 with lunch and your gear to swap out for the running portion.
1:00 pm - pizza lunch included with the Training Camp (~1 hour).

Afternoon Session:
2:30 pm – Leg 4 (Hamel Mountain). This leg is so long and tenuous that it will really be a hike and jog affair. Be ready for 5-7 hours of hiking.
8:00 pm - Dinner/Social at Grande Cache Hotel. Come share the experience of the camp with all those that want to attend. Food and drinks are available from the restaurant but are not included with the camp.

SUNDAY
Morning Session:
8:30 am - meet at the Grande Cache Hotel for trail run portion of leg 1, followed by mountain bike portion of leg 1. We will have your bikes ready for you since we collected them at lunch on Saturday (~2 hour 30 minutes).
11:30 pm- 1-hour break for lunch (not included with camp).

Afternoon Session:
12:30 pm - meet at the Grande Cache Hotel and shuttle to the Recreation Center to leave your cars, then a more condensed shuttle to the trail head for Sulphur Gates (Hell’s Gates) to finish the rest of leg 5. Finish is at the recreation center (~2 hours 45 minutes).
(There will be a short 3km hike to the East bank of the Smoky River and then running (walking/hiking/crawling ??) the final 15km back the rec center).
 
Recommended Equipment List:
·       Moleskin, Band-Aids, duct tape
·       Fanny pack or small backpack      
·       Hydration system (large reservoir)
·       High-energy food and drink                 
·       Long lasting water/sweat proof Sunscreen & lip balm
·       Vaseline
·       Sunglasses (anti-fog lens work best)
·       Rain Gear
·       Headlamp
·       Night eye protection
·       Hiking/trekking/ski Poles
Proper height is to the top of your shoulders, a little shorter is okay. We will even show you how to use them in our pole running clinic on course. Heck bring an extra pair for those silly silly people that don’t think they need them and will be begging you to rent them for $100 an hour by the final training camp day.)
·       Running shoes (x2)
·       Biking shorts (very nice)
·       Mountain bike & helmet (it is highly recommended that you beg, borrow or “steal” a mountain bike and ride it a few times before the camp. You should know how to change gears and have the seat height adjusted to the proper height (slight bend in knee at bottom of pedal stroke), and tires at the correct pressure (ie. not flat). A small tool kit is also advisable.
·   One spare bike tube (we can change it for you). 
·       Extra batteries for headlamp.
·       Hat/insulated head band, gloves & jacket for legs 2 and 4.
 
Come to the Camps fit but well rested. Hey and ride that bike at least once before the camp!  We mean it . . .
  
Q: Ahhhh . . . the mountain bike & helmet (at a running camp?)
A: A very good question. You do not need to have a mountain bike at the run camp; you can run the whole thing, but (and this is a very big but), everyone that has come to the camp has brought a bike and they were eternally thankful that they did. We are going to see the entire 125km of course in just 2.5 days (that's like doing three full marathons in a row - and these are not flat marathons here; it’s like mountains - no kidding).  You will be glad you brought the bike to do the flatter easier sections, so you can save your legs for the tough stuff. Injury is a distinct possibility if you actually run the whole camp. Remember the goal is to see the course and mentally prepare, plus we'll share some helpful training tips and philosophies. We don't want to kill ourselves. (We can do that on race day!) We use the bike for the race start road section of leg 1, the end of leg one, and all of leg 3.  Know how to change the gears, use the brakes, fill the tires to correct pressure, (about 45 psi.) and adjust the seat. Oh, and knobby tires only (no slicks) and absolutely no road bikes! So that’s about it. See you soon!

Ps. CDR staff will meet you and the beginning and end of each morning/afternoon session with first aid, sunscreen, bug spray, backup supplies, zip locks for phones in case it rains, and food/water during the pizza lunch and ambler loop on leg 4 (plus beer!). However, please ensure you bring your own supplies and are prepared for the rest of the trail.