Monday, August 4, 2008

Death Race Results

Just a quick post to say I survived the Death Race with a time of 19:31:46. In one word "Brutal". Managed to place 4th in my age group and 23rd overall in the solo division. I got lost in the dark on the last section of the course adding 4-5K extra credit to the course.

Ran with Terry Sentinella from Anacortes for the first three legs and then he took off and placed 11th overall and 3rd in his age group with a 17:04:11.

Michelle was the best "Crew Chief" on the course and served a dual roll helping both Terry and myself.

Had the pleasure of meeting Sarah and her brother Aaron from Calgary. Sarah ran leg 5 in the relay, see her blog for details.

I had additional support from the "Trail Angel" Leslie who kept popping up along various sections of the course. She also came up with some killer mashed potato fuel for me at the fourth and last major aid station. She smoked the 5th leg on a relay team.

I will post pictures and provide a detailed race report when we return home from vacation. Thanks for reading!

26 comments:

Sarah said...

Congrats! Glad you survived and conquered! Getting lost in the dark would send me over the edge. Enjoy the rest of your vacation. : )

wendy said...

yyyayyyyy! I know I already said congrats, but it's the freakin' Death Race. More congrats and bowing down is in order.

Enjoy the vacay, and say hellooo to your super-awesome crew chief for me!

Sarah Elaine said...

Eric,

You rock, man. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you and Michelle. I enjoyed drinking beer with you even more. You're the first ultra runner I've ever personally met and you impressed the hell out of me. Michelle is as charming as she is kind and sincere. What a great team you make!

Go, Death Racer!

scott keeps running said...

congrats, again. can't wait to see the photos and hear the full report.

-glass knees

Legs and Wings said...

Wild and brutal. Congratulations!

Thomas said...

Congratulations, Eric! I would expect a race with the word Death in the title to be brutal, anything else would be false advertising.

You're an inspiration. I'm looking forward to the pictures and report.

Bob Gentile said...

Awesome Job Eric... Big Congrats and look forward to your report and pics...

Recover well and enjoy eating junk food & drinking a few cold beers!!

Jon said...

The Mad Monkey triumphs!!!! Rock on Mr. Barnes, rock on!

Laura H said...

Kewl! Congrats! Can't wait to read your report!!

Gotta Run said...

Wait a minute... you count this as a vacation. Now I now you are a hardcore, insane machine.

Great race and looking forward to the full report and pictures.

runningtwig said...

Congrats!! That is quite an accomplishment. Can't wait for the report...

Joe said...

Saw the results yesterday, Eric, and was thrilled to know you made it.

This write up is great news. All those dozens of Peak runs on the weekends paid off, big time!

Can't wait to hear the details...wow, lost in strange woods at night!!! Glad you didn't run into a grizzly with little bells and pepper-smell!!

Ryan said...

What a day congratulations and enjoy the rest of your vacation you deserve some rest after that adventure.

Gotta' Run! said...

Great job Eric!! Can't wait to hear all the fun details. We all miss you guys!

Cat.

Donald said...

Congrats, Eric! Rest up and have some fun now!

olga said...

Gee, Eric!!! So awesome! Can't wait to hear details on brutality - did you need a diaper change? Did the bears and cougars tried to eat your bony self? Did you puke? How was it???

Jack said...

Congratulations Eric, now have a great vacation! Can't wait to hear the rest of the story.

Annette said...

Congratulations on looking Death in the face and conquering it head on! You da man - but you already know that. ;)

robtherunner said...

Way to go! It doesn't sound like you got to mix it up with any bears though. They probably couldn't have kept up with you anyway.

Michmas said...

Wow. What are all these strange sounds coming from your blog? Sounds like you had some time to stop and whip out the microphone during the run :)

Congrats and hope you are resting up well!

M

Meghan said...

Congrats, Bad Ass!

Now enjoy your vacation but come home so we can hear all about everything!

Meghan

Meghan said...

Congrats, Bad Ass!

Now enjoy your vacation but come home so we can hear all about everything!

Meghan

Sunshine Girl said...

Were you gentle with Terry? You didn't go all Mad Monkey on him? He's a prime candidate for the Mad Monkey Club with that hair. Congrats on the finish superstar. That Death Race is tough!

Next time put you should put a beer in your drop bag on Hammel - I have heard through the grapevine that this is a very effective strategy for Leg 4. Sorry to have missed you in Banff and hope you squeezed in a little relaxing with you honey in your holiday time!!

Big Hugs to you and Michelle.

Addy said...

Congrats on making it through Death :) That getting lost sounds a bit scary (well, to me at least :P) but it's amazing that even with that you were still able to do so well!

Looking forward to the full report

Sarah Elaine said...

Hey, TrailScat~! Just thought I'd let you know that I went hiking on Monday with 2 friends from work and came across a grizzly on the path. No, I am not kidding.

Lucky for us, the bear was more interested in the berry buffet provided by nature than in smelly humans. We hooted and hollered and backed away slowly(ish).

All's well that ends well.

Now where's your race report, dammit? :-)

Journey to a Centum said...

Sarah - You should have had me along on your hike! I am apparently the human bear repellent! No need for me to waste my money on bells or sprays. Bears apparently fear me.