On June 1, 2002, dozens of "weekend warriors"and other after-work athletes set off from Saint John, New Brunswick, for a day of competitive adventure: trail running, mountain biking, and sea kayaking on the legendary Bay of Fundy, home to the world's highest tides. However, as a storm swept across the coast, what had begun as a fun introduction to the fast-growing sport of adventure racing turned into an anxious struggle to survive that ultimately drew two young men together in a fateful encounter. The shocking conclusion to the race continues to reverberate throughout the international community of outdoor adventurers and extreme athletes.
Fatal Tide: When the Race of a Lifetime Goes Wrong dramatizes, in the storytelling style of such non-fiction bestsellers as Into the Wild and The Perfect Storm, precisely what happened at the controversial Fundy Multi-Sport Race. The book transports readers onto the turbulent Bay of Fundy, as competitors fight against the elements and face their deepest fears, while race organizers, Coast Guard crews, and fishermen rush to their rescue. As the tragedy unfolds, Fatal Tide also uncovers the genetics and psychology of risk-taking, the rise of reality-TV guru Mark Burnett, the dark history behind the science of hypothermia, as well as the emotional and legal fallout from the first death of an adventure racer in North America.