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Dr. D's last death wish before the race
As we enter the final week before the death race the race organizing
committee would like to extend a warm welcome all racers. Hopefully
has gone well and you have a plan in place that will get you to the
line under the 24hours cutoff time. Its all over but the shouting now.
and enjoy your taper and remember you are suppose to feel ridiculously
guilty about not doing anything, that's what tapers are all about.
Resting, relaxing, and eating one too many Oreo cookies. And above all
remember . . . absolutely no "hard" training of any kind . . . oh ya,
and eat chocolate too!
The weather has been absolutely stellar - sunny and highs in the upper
20's - which is the forecast at present for the weekend so look for a
one - but remember it is still mandatory to have a jacket, gloves and a
headband with you at all times on the race course (I recommend one of
those little ultra light wind jackets that pack into the size of your
fist and a pair
of stretchy magic gloves see on sale at Costco for 88cents and a small
light but durable headband from Valhalla Pure Outfitters). This stuff
could literally save your life if you need it, besides its the rules
and bearly takes up
any space if you get the right equipment. This is the mountains and
things happen on the summits, including snow as we saw last year.
Good luck, best wishes and see you in a few sleeps.
Gooooooooooo Death Racer!
Dr. D and the Death Race gang
Dr. D on the Death Ride 2002:
Another death race (ride) come and gone and I can thankfully say that
this was the smoothest run race yet. I even got to race on a relay
team, a little unexpected bonus. The stats: 47 riders (on a death
wish), 44 actually showed up for race start (bully for them). One relay
team (out of 3) didn't make it due to a bad fall on Grande Mt, 4 female
riders entered and three made it (see women can finish this race), 25
men entered and 13 made it, one
fractured wrist and about 100 endos.
The conditions were ideal, very dry but just a little moisture to give
good traction uphill and excellent breaking downhill, without the big
holes that usually collect on the course. The day was cloudy with start
temperature 5C and the high for the day at 13C. Thankfully the rain
off and only the summits were hellish, with winds gusting up to
on Hamel. Some say that the summit of Mount Hamel is not the end of the
world but you can definitely see it from there.
Generally speaking, this race continues to decimate the field and
people who read about the race still don't think that it can really be
"that hard." Make no mistake it is that tough, silly! If you want to
find out if you
have what it takes, then stop flap'n those gums and put your bike where
your mouth is. Think the whole thing is impossible or you have serious
about it, then do it as a relay team, we now accept 2, 3, 4 or 5 person
teams. And we still have no women's relay teams that have entered this
- what's up with that? Ladies, any takers?
Congratulations to all those that survived this year. Look for our 2003
race brochure out in January 2003. Best wishes to all and happy
Canadian Death Race on OLN
Dr D... WE HAVE AN AIRDATE!!!!!!!!
OLN has just confirmed that the first airing of the Canadian Death Race
2001 will be on Friday, September 20th at 3:30pm and 6:30pm. Once we
to the airdate I would recommend checking your local TV guide to
confirm that they haven't changed it. That said if you're going to send
out an email telling everyone to watch I'd wait until closer to the
Thanks for your patience Dr D.
Welcome Death Riders 2002
With less than a month to go we bring you the complete 2002 Death Ride
Program of Events. Read this cover to cover but we warn you that you
have trouble sleeping afterward - truly an event to get excited about.
patiently await your arrival, many of you have already made the trip
town to train, which surely will pay big dividends on race day as long
the course doesn't have you totally demoralized. We consider Death
Riders, and Snowshoers to be part of the Death Racing family and to
of Grande Cache as their home away from home - as extreme and
as that may be. Course conditions are dry, dry, dry. Now anything can
in a couple of weeks but it looks like records will fall. Best wishes
all! Good Luck, Train Hard, and Go Like Hell. . .
Dale, Paul, and Keith
Canadian Institute of Extreme Racing.
Hey Death Racers!
Another Canadian Death Run come and gone. Here are the stats - 109
soloists (50% drop out rate - 57 did not finish), 104 relay teams (100%
success rate as usual - the sane choice to do the race). And a whopping
154 kids - now that's a lot of very dirty kids. Weather was harsh -
cold low of +2 and
a high of about +9. Drifted snow up to 3 feet deep on top of the
with snow line starting at 5000ft. Very tough race for the racers but
organizers - Keith, Paul, and I, I think this was our smoothest race
Apart from a few bear encounters the race was a complete success and
in the Edmonton Journal over the weekend in several issues, absolutely
fantastic coverage and will also be a five minute special on the 6pm
news August 6th on CFRN TV. Thanks to all runners. Now only a few weeks
before the ride.
Results to be posted shortly (if not already check this link to Past
Best wishes. See you next year
Welcome Death Runners,
With less than a month to go we bring you the complete 2002 Death Run
Program of Events. Read this cover to cover but we warn you that you
may have trouble sleeping afterward - truly an event to get excited
about. We patiently await your arrival, many of you have already made
the trip into town to train,
which surely will pay big dividends on race day as long as the course
have you totally demoralized. We consider Death Runners, Riders, and
Snowshoers to be part of the Death Racing family and to think of Grande
Cache as their home away from home - as extreme and adventuresome as
that may be. Best
wishes to all! Good Luck, Train Hard, and Go Like Hell. . .
Dale, Paul, and Keith
Canadian Institute of Extreme Racing.
Hello fellow Death Racers,
It would appear that spring is here but it is off to a marginal
start for the month of May. Temperatures are warming up
(s-l-o-w-l-y) but expect training on the course to be only for
those diehards right
now. The snow is gone from the valleys and from most South
slopes, but conditions are wet. Elevations above 5000ft and most
North facing slopes are still covered with snow. If you are
coming up to
train, be prepared for a slog - great for mental toughness
though. Expect variable weather this time of year with highs in the low
and lows around zero.
I trust everyone's training is going smoothly. Remember
over training is your enemy, don't injure yourself - show up on
race day healthy! May will whiz by, June will be similar and by
July it will be all over but the shouting as you begin your finale
taper to race day.
Also, a reminder that we now accept 2, 3, 4, and 5 person relay
teams this year so you can pick your level of pain (only one
relay person on course at any given time, but you may run in any order
(i.e. for a two person team one member might run leg 1 and 2 and the
second relay member may run 3, 4 and 5 or another possibility may
be for the first member to run leg
1, 3 and 5 and the second member may run leg 2 and leg 4). The
combinations are many and we invite team captains to maximize their
strategy and bring out the best performance of their team by
capitalizing on their runner's/rider's/snowshoer's strengths.
Please note that you must submit your relay team order when you enter
which must be maintained. Any changes to your entry form can be
made only with the database manager's permission and upon receipt of
the $25 administration fee. No changes are permitted within the
last two weeks (14 days)
prior to race day.
Please note that the run training camp in June (14th, 15th, 16th) is
fast approaching. We take a maximum of 24 people and the cost is
$50 for the weekend. The Ridetraining camp is in July (26th,
27th, 28th). For more information on the training camps please
send us an email at email@example.com. See you in a few
Train Hard, Train Smart!
Fellow Death Racers,
it is spring today (although minus 29C seems a far cry from spring
weather). The new brochures will be in the mail to you shortly.
If you have not registered for a race in the past or requested an info
package and given us your address, please do so now. We keep
addresses of racers for a five year period from the last race they
entered or from their last informational request. Let us know if
your address has changed.
Weather is cold, cold, cold, minus 20's all this week with warmer
temperatures for the weekend. We also have tons of snow (feet).
Everything is covered with the white stuff and sqeaks underfoot.
We are looking forward
to the 2002 Death Race Series. You will be happy to know that you
have spoken and we have listened . . . We now accept 2person, 3person,
4person and 5 person relay teams which all compete in the categories of
Men's relays, Women's relays, and Mixed relays. The entry fee is
based per person (ie. the solo entry fee times the number of people in
your relay team). This will mean that for teams of less then 5
members some people will have to run more then once. Only one
person per relay team can be on the race course at a time but you can
run in any order you wish (ie. run several legs in a row or leap frog
with other team members, etc) but you must specify the order your relay
will run in on the entry form, which can not be changed. Have fun
with this new relay twist and all the strategy it entails. As for
soloists, it is still as tough as ever. train hard,
Local Death Racers win 1st and 3rd in the Canadian Birkenbeiner Ski
http://www.canadianbirkie.com/packresults.html for womens division
http://www.canadianbirkie.com/menpack.html for mens division
or visit www.canadianbirkie.com for complete results.
Death Snow Shoe Coverage
by the local newspaper, Mountaineer,--------->Snow Article.htm
January 21st, 2002
Check out the results of the Death Snow Shoe-->Snow2002
results.htm or in excel format here----->Snow2002results.xls
Click here for a picture of Dr. Death getting a taste of his own
Hi fellow death racers
As we enter into the final week of the race we have some good news and
bad news . . . The good news is - the weather has been absolutely
warm and sunny. The bad news is - the fantastic weather is taking its
on the snow. Now this is the mountains and anything can happen in a
so we shall see. The race continues on no matter what, although it is
really just a question of the ratio of wearing your shoes to carrying
your shoes. We have a rule in place for just such low snow conditions
where racers may have the option of wearing or carrying their snowshoes
when there is no
snow. Of course where there is snow and ice wearing your snowshoes will
be mandatory. In the meantime, taper well, if you're not fit by now its
really too late to do any serious training. And lets all get out there
do a little "snow dance." See you in soon. I've got to go and cut the
on my front lawn. Dr . D.
Greetings fellow Death Snow-shoers,
The final days are fast approaching. The weather has been
beautiful so far (temperature -7 to -20 and sunny), snow is
adequate (good in the high country) and it looks like you will be
required to wear your snowshoes 100% of the time.
Check here for a list of current registered snow
Attached is the long awaited snowshoe
Please have a read of this as it contains important info that will make
your racing experience positive and help ensure you finish under the
I specifically draw your attention to a few things that are further
explained in the package.
1) race legal snowshoes are 25" long by 8" wide. Shorter shoes
will receive a reasonable time penalty for finishing purposes.2) the
kids race is moved to Friday night. Kids Check-in is at the rec
center at 6pm with a 7pm start. Junior will need a flashlight or
a headlamp. Parents may snowshoe with their kids for the
wilderness portion of the kids race.3) You need two (2) climbing
carabiners for the ice flow crossing on leg 5. Your biner must have a
fall rating (be for climbing - key chain or non-fall rated biners are
unacceptable - Hey if you fall - you're gonna
want it to be fall rated).4) All racers (soloist and relay racers) must
carry (or wear) the mandatory equipment items with them at all times
they are on the race course.
If you get lost or a storm blows in these handy items may save your
life (or at least minimize the little bits and pieces that they may
have to cut off you) - no kidding. Remember our mandatory list of
items is only the bear minimum that you should carry, it is wise to
supplement this minimum list with extra gear that you will need. Please
forward this to your other team mates and anyone else that you might
know who is in the race.
Some people don't have email and snail mail is unreliable so pass it on
not everyone has given a mailing address).One thing will be, for
is that "this will be an epic experience." Come prepared. I was
training on leg two yesterday.... (ya Dr. D.'s gonna come out of
cave and try his hand at a little death racing - I've heard so much
it) and there wasn't one snowshoe print on the slugfest (Flood to
cross trail, which means no one has been training on this part of the
There is some very technical snow shoeing with some big bum slides if
aren't careful. epic, epic, epic, but fun, fun, fun. See you in a few
Dale, Paul & Keith.
December 3rd, 2001
Well winter has come and with it the snow and cold. It looks like it is
shaping up for an excellent snowshoeing season. We are expecting a
hearty group of souls (between 25 and 50) to take on the challenge -
pioneering spirit is to marvel at. Few have the stomach to be the
instead wait quietly on the sidelines to see how others make out,
take on the challenge. Remember there can be only one "first time,"
you be there?
There is over two feet of snow in the Beaverdam pass and a good
covering in the high country (above 4800ft). Snow is still pretty thin
in the valley. Registered snowshoe entries will receive their programs
If you register after december 15th we will put your program in your
kit. The Death Trail is open for year round training and we welcome
to come up and preview the course. Take note to bring adequate clothing
the mountain summits it is always cold and windy on top. Watch exposed
for signs of frostbite.Also please note that the kids race has been
to Friday evening - yes! A 5km extreme snowshoe course that junior can
their own. Note the race legal specs for snowshoes below:· Race
specifications: All snowshoes must be the minimum size specified and
be built for the functional purpose of providing floatation over the
· Minimum snowshoe size
· adults - Minimum of 25 inches long and 8 inches wide
· Kids (15 years of age & under) - Minimum size of 15 inches
long and 6 inches wide
Click on the schedule of events here----->SnowShoe2002.htm
Complete updated information on all races------>SpecialInfo2001.htm
See you in January