Recognized globally as "the world’s toughest foot race," this legendary event pits up to 90 of the world’s toughest athletes runners, triathletes, adventure racers, and mountaineers against one another and the elements. Badwater 135 is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet.
Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA, the Badwater® 135. The start line is at Badwater Basin, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 280’ (85m) below sea level. The race finishes at Whitney Portal at 8,300’ (2530m), which is the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States. The Badwater 135 course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 14,600’ (4450m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 6,100’ (1859m) of cumulative descent.
Competitors travel through places or landmarks with names like Mushroom Rock, Furnace Creek, Salt Creek, Devil’s Cornfield, Devil’s Golf Course, Stovepipe Wells, Panamint Springs, Darwin, Keeler, Lone Pine, Alabama Hills, and the Sierra Nevada.
|2nd Male||24:02:57||Iván Penalba Lopez||31||ESP|
|3rd Male||27:16:35||Harvey Lewis||46||OH|
|4th Male||28:40:29||Hans van Zanten||48||MO|
|2nd Female||28:45:32||Georgia Jo Manta||44||GRC|
|3rd Female||30:11:10||Pam Smith||47||OR|
|4th Female||32:33:47||Suzi Swinehart||50||IN|
|M 40-49||27:16:35||Harvey Lewis||46||OH|
|M 50-59||29:11:09||Michael Ohler||53||DEU|
|M 60-69||39:42:46||RUI Pedras||63||PRT|
|M 70+||48:17:27||Robert Becker||77||FL|
|F 40-49||24:09:34||Ashley Paulson||40||UT|
|F 50-59||32:33:47||Suzi Swinehart||50||IN|
|F 60-69||37:00:12||Norma Roberts||63||CAN|
About the course.
The course consists of three mountain ranges, a total of 13,000 feet of cumulative vertical ascent and 4,700 feet of cumulative descent. Temperatures are typically in the 115 degree to 120 degree range, but can go up to 130 degrees, with 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. temperatures in the 90s. The heat, the dry and mountainous terrain, the roller coaster climbs and dips, not to mention the surreal nature of being so removed from the world makes this race a unique challenge.