Monday, July 26, 2010

Death Race Scares Me

The great Canadian Death Race is coming up this weekend (July 31).  It's "only" 125km through the Canadian Rockies in Alberta.  I've run farther.  They give you 24 hours to finish.  I've run longer. There are 7 aid stations along the course.  I've run unsupported races before.  So why am I scared of this darn race?  It's the rugged terrain and three mountain summits we have to climb!  I am not used to running at high elevation, or mountain climbing, or technical terrain.  THOSE ARE REASONS TO BE SCARED...and I am.  Little time to worry.  I have trip planning to do.  Before I can worry very much, I'll be on a plane to Canada.  Wish me well.  Gregg will need a few extra prayers as he is recovering from a nasty rib & back injury.  Hope his body holds up over the 125km.  Is it too late to switch to a relay team? 

Karma must be on my side...we finally found a place to stay in Grande Cache, Alberta!  The race has a billeting program that matches runners with townspeople.  We are now staying with a couple that live right in town...no "tent city" for Gregg and me!  It'll be nice to sleep in an actual bed before and after the race.  Not to mention having access to bathrooms and showers.  Should be fun to meet a local family too.  Let's hope this positive karma thing keeps going during the race.

8 comments:

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Ian said...

Good luck Chris. Can't wait for all the details. I'll run something flat for you this weekend OK

Chris said...

Thanks Ian. Succeed or fail, I'll post a race report with pictures...and maybe even a short video!

Tom Rice said...

You'll be fine. Scared? Don't be. This will be a great experience. Approach it with eagerness and a big smile. And don't die.

Chris said...

Thanks Tom. I (and Gregg) will try not to die.

saucony said...

Looks death race is very challenging...I want to be a part of this race someday...

Adam Irish said...

Hey Chris,

I hope all is well in Canada. Are you going to be back this week for the Thursday run?

Cheers,
Adam

Tom Rice said...

Get your money back. Ripoff race.