Canadian Death Race
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The Canadian Death Race is a 125 kilometer foot race through the Canadian rocky mountains in Grande Cache, Alberta. It includes three mountain summits, one major river crossing, and 17,000 feet of elevation change. The race has been held annually on the August long weekend since the year 2000. In 2010 The North Face became the title sponsor and the race was renamed The North Face Canadian Death Race. The North Face's sponsorship was quietly removed from all promotional material on February 20, 2014. It is organized by a non-profit organization known as the Canadian Institute of Extreme Racing. Racers can compete by themselves or in relay teams of up to five people.
Grande Cache was a mine that once thrived from the mining of coal. After the mine was closed, the town suffered. Many homes were in foreclosure and the morale of the people who lived there was low. With the hope of possibly bringing his home town back to life, Dale Tuck began the ultramarathon now known as the Canadian Death Race. In the beginning, Tuck did not have the support from the council. However, that did not hinder the race from being a success in its first year. The first race was launched in August 2000 with 193 participants. Now, the race attracts nearly 1500 participants each year from all around the world.
The 2013 winners of the race were:
Soloist Aaron Heidt from Vernon, Canada
Team Puddle Jumpers
Dylan Joyce from Chetwyd, Canada
For a more detailed list of winners and those of previous years, go to www.canadiandeathrace.com/results