Saturday, September 4, 2010
Sinister 7 is New "Death Race"
With my recent "undeserved" DNF at Canadian Death Race, I started my search for a new adventure in Canada. A few fellow death racers I ran with mentioned something called the Sinister 7 race--also in Alberta in the summer. They said it was smaller, less commercial, version of CDR. And this "Sinister 7" race was LONGER than CDR (146 km vs 125 km). Time to start investigating!
The Sinister 7 ultra marathon has a great web site. Cool graphics, excellent course descriptions, and lots of useful information. This sucker has promise! The thought of running 146 km through the mountains of southern Alberta, Canada has some serious appeal. There are 7 stages to the race and runners have a time limit of 27 hours. I think the climbs and descents are smoother than at CDR, but the actual elevation is higher. The elevation change is over 15,500 feet! CDR had 17,000 feet of change over 78 miles. From reading the Sinister 7 web site, it seems they have more aid stations and several spots for drop bags. I wouldn't have a crew, so extra aid stations and drop bags are a huge plus. My death race buddy, Gregg, and I are already making some preliminary plans to do the Sinister 7 next year. The Sinister 7 race is located near Blairmore, Canada--it's about 2 hours south of Calgary.
I'm a little worried that this race also has a relay division (up to 7 relay runners on a team). CDR had a relay too and they dominated the attention of race organizers. I hope the Sinister 7 race, with a cap of 500 runners, will be better organized than CDR and provide the soloists a fair opportunity to succeed. Maybe I should do the 2-person relay? Or a 7-person relay with a few buffalo friends? Sounds fun, but not very challenging.
I'm over the Canadian Death Race fiasco...I will never return to that race. Now I'm looking at the Sinister 7 for redemption. The race will be on July 9-10, 2011. Registration opens up on December 1, 2010. I expect a call from Gregg that morning. This may be our new death race.