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Canadian Death Race soloist

PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 2:00 pm
by marathonmike
Hey everyone. I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm registered to do the North Face Canadian Death Race again this year as a soloist. For those of you unfamiliar with the race, it is a 125 km. race up and over the summits of 3 mountains around the town of Grande Cache, Alberta. There is 17,000 feet of elevation gain over the course. The race has to be completed in 24 hours. There are 5 legs to the race, each having a cut off time that you must meet to continue, otherwise you will be disqualified. Over 1,000 people compete on this course on August long weekend. Most people do the race as part of a 2-5 person relay team. There are about 250 of us crazy people who attempt to do the whole thing solo. This is the one race I do every year. It is much too demanding on my body to even try and concentrate on other races. Last year, there were 232 people who were at the start line to do the race solo. Only 75 finished. Most didn't even get through half of the course. I came in 38th place at 22 hours 0 minutes 57 seconds. I'm sure most of you are familiar with the ultramarathoner Dean Karnazes. He came in 2nd place overall. The race this year will probably draw some bigger names in the ultramarathoning sport especially since it is the 10th year anniversary of the race, as well as holding the title of "Canada's toughest race." I hope to crack the top 25 this year.

A little bit about myself. I am originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba. I've lived in Alberta for 3 years now. I am fortunate that I live 2 hours north of the town of Grande Cache so I spend alot of my days off training on the course. I've been a vegan for 17 years now. I was very competitive in shorter races (5 km, 10 km, half marathon, full marathon) back around 2003-2005. I prefer ultramarathons on trail and mountainous terrain.

www.canadiandeathrace.com

Re: Canadian Death Race soloist

PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:00 pm
by runner
what is your target?

Re: Canadian Death Race soloist

PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:52 pm
by marathonmike
Good question. I'd like to see if I can shed off another 2 hours. So perhaps break 20 hours. I had a very strong first half of the race last year but finished less than par. I'll be working on mileage this summer as well as fueling my body better and this way I won't run out of energy like how I did last year. Easier said than done though. Most soloists are crawling/walking through the finish line as it is.

Re: Canadian Death Race soloist

PostPosted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:09 am
by TMH
Respect, marathonmike, to you and other ultra-runners.

Look forward to hearing more about your journey...

Re: Canadian Death Race soloist

PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 11:48 am
by Ombah
Wow. That's a really hardcore-race. Good luck to you!

Re: Canadian Death Race soloist

PostPosted: Wed Apr 28, 2010 12:00 pm
by divergirl
OMG!!!!! that is amazing.....ups to you for even entering - I would be scared out of my running shorts to even enter something like that!!!! You sound like you've got a great plan and how awesome to be able to train on the course. I love that you've been vegan for so long :) Nice!

Have fun and keep us updated on how your training is going...

Re: Canadian Death Race soloist

PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 2:38 pm
by Joss
WOW - that is truly an awesome feat :shock:

Good luck from every fibre of my being!! Think you're amazing even before you start :D