What Is the Death Race? • Where
is the Death Race? • When is
the Death Race? • Death
Racing Defined • Who
Organizes the Death Race and How does it benefit the town?
complete racer's package (word format)
Welcome to the 2006 edition of the
Canadian Death Race.
Prepare yourself as this is no ordinary race. . .
The Canadian Death Race: Are You
That’s our motto. We designed the Canadian Death Race to ask one
question and one question alone, "Are you tough enough?" It's time to
put up or shut up. Park your ego at the door. The gloves are off, the
training is over, now its time to find out if you've got what it takes
to complete one of the toughest adventure races in the world. You must
come totally committed, fully prepared and well trained. It's all or
nothing, and we take no prisoners! If you finish under the cut off
time, you win! It's that simple. Upon finishing you gain the title of
"Death Racer" complete with all the bragging rights that anyone will be
able to stand, plus an ultra cool framed trophy display case complete
with scenic photo taken along the race course, a limited edition death
race coin, and your name and time engraved within the case.
Under 16 but still want to be a Death
Racer? See Kid's Death Race.
the Hell is the Canadian Death Race Anyway?
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 Hell’s 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.
Where is the Death Race?
Join us for an adventure holiday in the
beautiful Rocky Mountain foothills. Grande Cache, Alberta, Canada is
located 140 km North of Hinton, and 180 km South of Grande Prairie on
the Bighorn Highway 40. Grande Cache is nestled on top of a 4,200 ft
plateau and is surrounded by 6000 ft to 7000 ft mountains on all sides.
The scenery is as impressive as the challenge that lies ahead. Train
hard... train very hard; we consider this to be the toughest race in
Canada. But don't take our word for it. Come experience the newest and
baddest extreme race on the block, and find out why we call it the
When is the Death Race?
Death Racing Defined
The Death Race is always held
during the August long weekend. For
this year that will be August 4-7th, 2006.
An adventure is rarely
thrilling and exciting while it is happening, but rather a perilous
calamity often with life and death a distinct possibility. However,
after the experience, with the passage of time, these situations
ferment in our minds, the pain goes away but the memory lives vividly
on. It is these experiences that make the best stories, which we call
adventures. Therefore the definition of an adventure can be said to be
adversity recalled in times of tranquility. The nature of Death Racing
is at the core of this concept .
The sport of extreme racing is growing by
leaps and bounds as individuals around the world challenge themselves
to complete physically exhausting races and test their limits of
endurance, mental toughness, and human spirit. The term "death racing"
was coined by racers exclaiming they were "dead tired" or "looked like
death" as they competed. Some said racers were on a "death wish", and
some even claimed that they had "cheated death". The phrase caught on
and now athletes refer to extreme endurance sporting events,
affectionately, as "Death Racing".
Who Organizes the
Race and How does it benefit the town:
The Canadian Death Race is organized by the Canadian Institute of
Extreme Racing, a Non-Profit incorporated society of Alberta, Canada
that is dedicated to promoting the sport of extreme racing and tourism
initiatives. The Institute organizes and promotes events that
maximize the tourism potential of our community and is involved in many
ways within our community including:
- Passport to the Peaks Program administered by the
- Grande Cache Wild River Kayak Rendezvous held here every
year on the first weekend in June.
- Free Sponsored Swims during Death Race Weekend (Free public
swimming for all)
- Donations and gift baskets to the Don Shore memorial Golf
- Donations of raffle prizes to numerous community
organizations (GCTOA, Communities in Bloom, Otters etc.)
- Donations of entry fees as prizes to other competitions.
- Free entry for team donated as raffle prize for Otters
raffle. (Valued at up to $1450)
- Free entry for team (Valued at up to $1450) donated as
incentive for local company's Death Race video and DVD sales promotion.
- Local Sororities benefit annually by running pasta
extravaganza pre-race meal and downtown concession during the Death
Race weekend. (All racers and volunteers receive free
hot meals paid for entirely by the Institute to the Sororities, which
in turn donates all proceeds to charity and non-profit groups)
- 100% of Prayer Flag donations donated to GC Firefighters
Association and associated charities.(Search and Rescue and hospital
- Equipment donated to the Cadets wilderness challenge
- Equipment loaned to the Recreation Center's children's
- Equipment loaned to Summitview School for sports days.
- Trail Development, grooming, marking, and maintenance on
- Members of Grande Cache Chamber of Commerce.
- Members of Grande Cache Tourism Operator's Association
- Flags donated to town to be put up each year.
- Tourism Awareness and attraction. (Largest single event
held in town bringing in well in excess of $1 million to our community
- Mail out of Grande Cache Tourism information
(promotion) included with Global Racer mailouts annually.
- Actively promote our area via race brochures/internet
website and through media coverage.
- Sponsors advertisements/coupons etc. included into
each racer's kit and volunteers's kit at no charge.
- Free Entry into race for Media personnel (Tourism
awareness and exposure incentive) and media packages.
- Subsidize Kids Death Race enabling each successful
runner to receive a cast Death Race medal as well as t-shirts and
- Each volunteer is given a free Death Race token
(t-shirt, hat, cheering bell etc.) for their valuable assistance.
- Promote "Shop Locally and Promote Globally." (Aid
station and concession foods, and Death Race equipment purchased
locally whenever possible)
- Local facilities rented for meetings and other race
purposes. (Akasaka Rec. Center, Curling Lounge,Bighorn Golden Age Club)
- Hire Locally (Death Race prize plaques and engraving
completed locally as well as our graphic artist, necessary construction
projects (fence) vehicle maintenance, locksmithing, race prize
embroidery and race administration staff all hired locally.)
- Festival of Adventure fundraiser for Chamber of
- GC Curling club breakfast concession fundraiser
during Death Race.
- Licenses given to local merchants to produce and sell
Death Race Logo merchandise.
- Training camps provided for athletes and active lifestyle
- Town of Grande Cache tent city
- Local billeting program during race benefits local
homeowners. We provide free internet billeting bulletin board
and 100% of rental proceeds are paid directly to homeowners.
- Providing limited low income housing for Seniors.
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Register for the Race: registration
Volunteer for the Race: volunteer
Billeting & Accommodations: accommodations