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The Canadian Death Race: Are You Tough Enough?
We designed the Canadian Death Race to ask one question: Are you tough enough? Find out if you've got what it takes to complete one of the toughest adventure races in the world! It's all or nothing, and if you finish under the cut-off time, you win! Only by finishing will you earn the title of "Death Racer", plus a framed display case engraved with your name and finishing time that includes a scenic photo taken on the race course and a limited edition death race coin.
Please note that this is an adventure race and the great distances between aid stations, the remoteness of the territory, and the rough terrain will require racers to carry an adequate supply of water, food and safety equipment (see equipment check list). The racers who finish the Death Race successfully will be those who are well trained and well prepared. This is not a 5 km race with aid stations at every kilometer: This is a wilderness adventure race of epic proportions! Read the Death Warrant (Waiver) that you sign. This is the Death Race and we ainít kidding. It's worth mentioning that training at altitude on the course is a great advantage. The trail is marked year round for training purposes, and we highly recommend you attend one of our training camps. We aren't out to kill anyone, but be warned: this race is very unforgiving to those who are not prepared. One minute you're on track to set a new record: the next minute, you're being carried off the mountain on a stretcher.
"Every race organizer wants to bill their race as the toughest, and so after a while you read race information with a grain of salt, but you guys weren't kidding. This is the hardest race I've ever done. This is the first race I've done that truly felt epic." - Winner of the 2001 Death Ride
Almost everyone that does the race says it was harder then they thought. We laugh when people ask, "Come on, how hard can it be?" The answer is: Hard! How bad can it be? Bad! How tough can it be? Tough! The real question is: How tough are you?
Under 16 but still want to be a Death Racer? Check out the Kid's Death Race.
What the Hell is the Canadian Death Race Anyway?
Ever heard of the sport of Extreme Racing? Well, up herein Grande Cache, Alberta, we have created an event so epic it is worthy of this Extreme title. Death Racing is something a few of us from up here have been doing for almost a decade, but we are now ready to share our extreme playground with you. You must truly have the curiosity of a cat, the constitution of an ox, and the spirit of adventure, although your friends and loved ones may have a completely different description of our mental health. Consider running for 125km over rough, mountain trails, through pristine forests shared with resident wildlife, over ragged, rocky, and sometimes wet or snow-covered, seemingly endless terrain. Sounds pretty tough? Well, add the fact that you are journeying over three different mountain summits and are gaining over 17,000 feet in elevation, crossing over a major river by raft, (At our spectacular Hell's Gates canyon at the confluence of the Smoky and Sulphur Rivers.) plus running part of this race in the dark and there you have it - the makings of our larger-than-life world-class event, the Canadian Death Race!
We further merge our adventure race with the dark Greek myth of Charon, the ferryman of the dead. The myth states that upon passing into the realm of the dead, spirit travelers would have to pay for passage across the river Styx into Haddes. The price was one gold coin per soul. Those not possessing the fare were condemned to wander the banks of the Styx for eternity. One very special coin will be given to each team and solo racer as they traverse from this world into the next. Relay racers must pass the coin from person to person, and summit to summit never losing sight of the fact that only when presented to the ferryman will you be provided safe passage across Hellís Gates. And so it will be with you. Your journey will be fraught with hardship and suffering. Only the strongest among you will reign victorious. Good Luck. Train Hard. Go like Hell.