1998 Death Race Leg Descriptions


This is a description of the individual legs of the Death Race. There are some minor inconsistencies between this version, the detailed version and the description in the application form. This is because the race course changes a bit from year to year.

Now that we have actually seen the terrain, we have provided some firsthand accounts of the legs. Click on the nickname to read about the participant's description.





Distance in Miles, Difficulty: 1=hardest, 21=easiest

Leg  Dist  Type               Surface			Nickname			Difficulty

 1   10.0  Run                Flat-Rough		Buffalo Bill's Get-A-Way	10
 2   10.0  Run                Flat-Rough-Treacherous	Union Pacific Trail		 8
 3   14.0  Mtn Bike           Flat-Rough		Nipton Turtle Terror		 3
 4    6.0  Run                Continuous Uphill		Ivanpah Goat Hill		 1
 5   12.0  Mtn Bike           Uphill-Flat-Downhill	New York Mtn Plateau		15
 6    6.0  Run                Flat-Downhill		Barwell Town Trail		16
 7   19.0  Mtn & Road Bike    Downhill-Flat		Lanfair-Grotto Gutbuster	13
 8   10.0  Run                Flat			Goffs Giddy-up 10 Miler		12
 9   31.0  Road Bike          Flat			Route 66 - 31 Mile Trek		11
10    6.0  Run                Flat-Slight Uphill	Cadiz-Saltus Six Miler		20
11    6.5  Run                Continuous Uphill		Bristol Mountain Boogie		 5
12   21.5  Road Bike          Up/Down/Rolling Hills	Killer Kelbaker Climb		 4
13    7.5  Run                Continuous Downhill	Devil's Playground Pursuit	18
14   12.0  Road Bike          Flat-Uphill		Kelso Cringe			 9
15    7.5  Run                Flat-Uphill               Railroad Rollercoaster Rd	 6
16   19.5  Road Bike          Steep Uphill & Downhill	Joshua Forest Fury		 7
17    6.5  Run                Flat         		Shadow Mtn Shuffle		19
18    6.0  Run                Flat			Kingston Rd Cruise		21
19   21.5  Mtn & Road Bike    Steep Uphill & Downhill	Mesquite & Spring Struggle	 2
20    8.5  Run                Steep Uphill & Downhill	Wilson Passout Peak		14
21    8.5  Run                Downhill			Goodsprings-Jean Jubilee	17


For a complete account by the individuals, please check out these links:

  • My First Death Race, Eugene Chu's account of the day.
  • The Long Road to Recovery, Susan Merrill's "Not so fun" day.
    Last updated: June 17, 1998