Edmonton woman becomes first female to win Canadian Death Race

WATCH ABOVE: Alissa St. Laurent became the first woman to win the Canadian Death Race – a gruelling 125-kilometre ultra marathon. Lisa Wolansky has her story.

EDMONTON — She knew that if she had a good day, she’d have a successful race. On Saturday, Edmonton’s Alissa St. Laurent muscled out a 125-kilometre run, beating every other solo runner.

The victory made her the first woman to win the Canadian Death Race.

“Being the first woman is great, but knowing that I had a great race is even better.”

“You just kind of want to take that time to silence everything and soak it in for a few minutes,” said St. Laurent.

“It’s a pretty amazing feeling.”

The ultra marathon takes athletes through three mountain summits in Grande Cache, Alberta and over 17,000 feet of elevation changes.

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St. Laurent crossed the finish line at 13 hours and 53 minutes. That means, the 31-year-old was running an average of 10 kilometres every hour.

“I’m very competitive and I know that, I’ll admit that. But that’s not my intention – to just beat anyone – but to run the best race that I can,” she said.

“At this point, I really just enjoy it for what it is and I just want to keep focused on that.”

She finished almost 90 minutes ahead of the top male racer – another Albertan – Graham Glennie of St. Albert.

“I had done the preparation, the training was there for me. I knew that I could have a successful race if I had a good day,” she said, “and I did.”

St. Laurent took the top spot less than one month after she set a course record during the Sinister 7 race in the Crowsnest Pass. During that event, she ran a 161-kilometre race in just over 18 hours.

“I’ve gone into it pretty calm and really prepared… just in the right mindset, that it’s something I can do.”

“It doesn’t feel like work for me. It’s a passion. I can’t imagine not wanting to do this.”

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