[ From the North Face® Canadian Death Race website ]
The North Face® Canadian Death Race takes place every August Long Weekend in Grande Cache, Alberta, Canada.
Since the start of the millennium, elite racers have come to the Canadian Rockies to cheat Death in one of the world’s toughest adventure races. The 125 km course begins and ends on a 4200 foot plateau, passes over three mountain summits and includes 17,000 feet of elevation change and a major river crossing at the spectacular Hell’s Gate canyon at the confluence of the Smoky and Sulphur Rivers. During the August long weekend each year, extreme athletes, individually and in relays, push themselves to the limits of their endurance against the breathtaking background of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Each year, well-trained and totally committed, they battle heat, cold, altitude and themselves. There are not big prizes for winning: finishing is hard enough. And the bragging rights are priceless…
So I’ve arrived in Grande Cache, Alberta and registered for the race. Bib #452.
The coin in the pictures below is the Death Race coin. It is to be presented to Charon, the keeper of the river Styx, at the 4/5 segment transition. The coin gets you a trip across the river and re-entry to the land of the living. The red stick contains the timing chip that you insert into the timing boxes at various checkpoints.
The pain starts tomorrow at 8am local. The trickiest cut off is the 3/4 segment transition at 7pm. If I don’t make it to segment 4 by that time, then I’m out of the race.
Ongoing race results can be found here: http://www.canadiandeathrace.com/node/100
Wish me luck!