The creators of the Canadian Death Race really got it on point. At last, we have people who weren’t too shy to call their crazy extreme adventure race exactly what it is – a DEATH RACE. None of that normal tag like ultra marathon running race or great adventure race. I can just imagine the guys behind the Canadian Death Race when they were brainstorming.
Hey, you know what would be fun? Let’s cheat death in a race across the Rockies. Let’s call it Canadian Death Race. Okay, cool.
Cool? More like insane. But the Canadian Death Race is real and each year this amazing adventure race, dubbed as one of the toughest in the world, brings together extreme athletes in a race of their lives.
About the Canadian Death Race
The Canadian Death Race has been around for a decade. The Canadian Death Race is an endurance event that takes place yearly around August. Amazing athletes participate individually or as relay teams and take on the heat, the cold, the altitude, and themselves as they go on this adventure race set in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
The Canadian Death Race borrows some of its concepts from Greek mythology, particularly the myth of the ferryman of the dead, Charon. In the myth, the spirits of the dead have to pay for passage across the Styx river into the dominion of Hades, god of the underworld. The price for passage is one gold coin.
In the Canadian Death Race, each solo racer or team are given one coin which they must bring with them as they go through the race course. Teams have to pass the coin from one person to another, summit to summit, until they give it to the ferryman to signal the end of their journey or race.
The Canadian Death Race Course
The Canadian Death Race is a 125 km course that begins and ends on a plateau that’s over 4,200 feet. In the race, competitors get to pass over 3 mountain summits, go through an elevation change of 17,000 feet, and cross a major river at the impressive Hell’s Gate canyon at the confluence of the Smoky and Sulphur Rivers.
The Canadian Death Race begins and also ends in Grande Cache in Alberta. The first leg is the shortest at 19 km. The second leg is the most technical. The third leg is considered the easiest part. The fourth leg is the longest at 38 km. The last leg to the finish line is of relative intermediate difficulty.
As far as I know no one has ever died in the Canadian Death Race and that’s a good thing, but it doesn’t mean to say this race is a cinch. Extremely committed and fit athletes can only participate in this race. You can’t do this race without the proper training.
The Canadian Death Race is only another proof that humans can go as extreme as challenge death in a race.
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