A popular race for ultrarunners in Alberta took place over the weekend. The Canadian Death Race returned to Grande Cache, after last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic. This was the 21st running of their premier race, the 125K ultramarathon. One hundred and twenty runners finished the race within the 24-hour time limit, out of 300 who stood at the start line, with temperatures exceeding 30 C with the humidity.
The 125K distance features 5,180 metres of elevation gain across a variety of terrain. Even the best runners can succumb to weather that constantly changes from blistering heat to cold and wet, including a river crossing. Runners can’t take anything for granted.
2019 Death Race champion Alex Petrosky battled the warm conditions and finished 30 minutes ahead of second-place finisher Christian Hambrock.
In the women’s field, Priscilla Forgie ran the fourth-fastest time ever on the 125KM course, taking home the win in 14:22:56. This was the fastest time on this course by a female in six years. Several runners attested to the warm and dry conditions in the mountains for faster times and quicker descents.
Top 5 Women
- Priscilla Forgie – 14:22:56
- Jenny Quilty – 15:02:28
- Mandi Goudie – 17:12:20
- Kristi Dolson – 17:18:36
- Erika Sergeant – 17:43:40
Top 5 Men
- Alex Petrosky – 13:28:59
- Christian Hambrock – 14:07:10
- Jason Kinsella – 14:27:07
- Bobby Lahoda – 15:11:40
- Conor Fuery – 15:45:18
You can view all results from Canadian Death Race here.