A couple of teams from Fort St. John battled through hot conditions for strong showings at last weekend’s 2009 Death Race, in Grande Cache, Alberta.
The official website describes the race as a 125 km course beginning and ending on a 42 hundred foot plateau, passing over three mountain summits, and including 17 thousand feet of elevation change, and a major river crossing at Hell’s Gate – visit http://www.canadiandeathrace.com/home.html for more.
Leading the way was "Start slow then Taper", who fought for a 14th place finish out of 140 teams.
A guest teammate ‘Jason’ ran the first leg for ‘Start slow then taper’, followed by Gord Harris, who placed second in his age group in leg two. Wendy Giesbriecht surprising even her own team with a strong leg three, also placing second in her age group, and Phil Rempel gutted out fifth in his age group in the fourth leg. Finally, anchor Grant Spelsberg brought the team home, with a run worth second in his age group.
Also on hand for the race, ‘Girls running wild’, featuring Jennifer Szoo, Richell Gauvin, Darcy Wheeler, fill-in Chris Haugan, and one more member (Kim Musselman/K Moffat). ‘Girls running wild’ also put in a gutsy performance, placing 60th out of 140 mixed teams.
Well done to ‘Start slow then taper’ and ‘Girls running wild’, and another other teams participating in the Death Race.