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Women sweep the podium at Near Death Marathon

Priscilla Forgie, the first woman in the Near Death Marathon, took several minutes off the outright course record

Canadian Death Race, 2022

Three women took the podium on Saturday as outright winners of the Near Death Marathon (NDM), part of the world-renowned Canadian Death Race (CDR) hosted by Sinister Sports held in Grand Cache, Alta. Despite blistering heat and gruelling terrain, the women sped to the finish line for a remarkable first all-women top-three finish in the 22nd CDR event.

Priscilla Forgie/Near Death Marathon 2022
Priscilla Forgie. Photo: Instagram/prissyforgie

Near Death Marathon women’s results

Edmonton’s Priscilla Forgie, 31, led the pack with a blistering time of 4:06:21, followed by Jenny Quilty, 33, of Abbotsford, B.C., in 4:29:18. Grande Prarie, Alta.’s Kim Cameron rounded out the trio in 4:53:50. The Near Death Marathon is 41.1 km, with over 1,700m elevation gain, and runners are given nine and a half hours to complete the race.

It wasn’t Forgie’s first time on the podium at CDR: in 2021 she won the full 118K event. She also won the Grizzly Ultra last October and has consistently won or been on the podium since she made her breakout as a trail runner, with first place at the 2019 Walk in the Park 50K.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Near Death Marathon men’s results

The men’s NDM had the top three finishers complete within minutes of one another for an exciting overall race. Grande Prairie’s Jeremy Thielmann, 34,  finished fourth overall and won the men’s race in 5:01:41, followed closely by both Edmonton’s Joshua Bergman, 40, in 5:03:31, and Camrose, Alta.’s very youthful William Brager, 17, in 5:05:39. 

 
2nd place NDM men’s finisher Joshua Bergman Photo: Instagram/joshuabergman

Men’s solo results

The full course at CDR this year was 118K and 4,543m elevation gain.

Fernie, B.C.’s Ethan Peters, 23, took the win in 13:07:11. Peters finished second at the Sinister 7 Ultra 100-mile race in Crowsnest Pass, Alta. in July, and clearly needed minimal recovery time before tackling more mountain racing.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Edmonton’s Alex Petrosky, 37, followed Peters in 13:58:29. Petrosky won the 50-mile event at Sinister 7 in July, and previously won the full distance (125K at that time) CDR race in 2019 and 2021. In third place, Calgary’s Joedy Dalke, 27, ran 15:29:12.

Joedy Dalke also finished 3rd at July’s S7 50-mile race. Photo: Instagram/jdalke

Women’s solo results

Lindsey Klassen, 31, of Redwood City, Cali., took the win in 16:32:00. She was followed by Montreal’s Anne Bouchard in 17:05, and Allison Felley Jacquemont, 48, of Westmount, Que., in 18:03:16. Bouchard, 48, was the first woman at Sinister 7 100-miler in July.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You can view relay and full race results here.