JASPER RUNNERS OWN THE PODIUM AT DEATH RACE
Jasper's Wendy Copp was the 2015 Death Race's second fastest female.
PUTTING THE RUN IN BRUNO:
Team Four Frenchies and a Yank—Jo Nadeau, JY Doucet, Sam Leblanc (behind) and Mike D'Antonio bring Bruno Bergeron across the finish line August 1. The five Jasperites won the Death Race men's team event by more than an hour. // CARO ROY
Marnie Oatway, Val Bartziokas, Kelsie Thomas, Terri Smith and Elsie Todgham (not pictured) were the fastest females at the Death Race. Caro Roy (right) was on the team originally but had to drop out because of injury. // SUPPLIED
Jasper runners took the top spots in the male and female team categories and two female Jasper soloists cracked the top 10 at the Canadian Death Race August 1.
The men's team of five finished the 125 km, 17,000 ft. elevation gain ultramarathon in under 12 hours. The women's team finished in 14.5 hours.
Jasper distance runner Wendy Copp, soloing the Death Race for the first time, was the second fastest female with a time of 16 hours, 38 minutes. Kim Stark, who had never participated in the event, was approximately 2 hours behind Copp, good enough for seventh fastest female and first in her category. Lourdes Nunes snuck in just before the 24 hour deadline, finishing in 22 hours, 15 minutes.
The men's team, which consisted of Jo Nadeau, Jean-Yves Doucet, Sam Leblanc, Mike D'Antonio and Bruno Bergeron, beat the second place team by an hour.
The women's team—Terri Smith, Kelsie Thomas, Val Bartziokas, Elsie Todgham and Marnie Oatway—were three hours ahead of the next fastest female team. They cracked the top 10 overall, coming in 8th.
Six female soloists from Jasper started the race. Lorraine Wilkinson, Katy Poirier and defending Canadian Death Race champion, Tracy MacDowell, did not finish the gruelling event.
MacDowell, who came into the race feeling physically strong, said she wasn't mentally prepared for the challenge this year.
"During the week before the race, there were some life events that took its toll on the other half of my race prep...my head," she wrote on the Garneau Endurance Training Facebook page. "In what seemed like one moment, my focus was shot, and as hard as I tried I just couldn't get my head back in the game."