Training & Gear

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Q: How do I train for the Death Race?

A: Train hard. Train on all terrain. Train in all conditions. Train lots. Train some more, but DO NOT OVERTRAIN. You have a better chance of finishing if you are fit and unbroken at the starting line.

Training Camps
Soloists are strongly urged to attend a Training Camp, where you can experience the entirety of the course over three days with experienced Death Racers and Trainers. The Camps are also suitable for Marathoners and Relay racers training for multiple legs. Come get an idea of the course, terrain, conditions and fit in that extra training session for just 100$. More info can be found under the Training Camps tab.

The Death Race Trail
The race trail is marked all year-round for training purposes.

How do I connect with other racers?
Connect with the community of Death Racers in our Official Facebook Group. We're Race Hq on Facebook (our page: Canadian Death Race Grande Cache - AB is also a popular place for runners to post). 

Athlete, inform thyself! 
Over the years, we have compiled and made available a wealth of information, much of it available on the website and in the Racer Kit. Read it. Read it all. Read it again. There is no such thing as being over-informed. There are many methods and regimens for training and preparation for the Death Race, and every athlete's requirements are different.

The Death Race is more than just a feat of physical endurance. 
Many a Death Race has been lost along with the mind.
Do not come unprepared

What kind of shoes do you recommend for Death Racing? 
We all have our favorite shoes! We cannot recommend a particular shoe, we do, however, recommend that you get a proper fitting with someone familiar with trail running and extreme terrain.  The Death Race trail is no ordinary x-country trail. It is extreme, mountainous and punishing. Some racers even wear different shoes on different legs of the race.

The Death Race Gang have their shoes fitted at FastTrax. The owner is the one and only Jack Cook, Death Race Legend, former record holder and multiple winner of the Death Race, and all his staff run with us too. Their website has great information on fitting and lacing too. 

Good luck! You'll need it.