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Badwater 135

Thursday July 6th, 2023
Furnace Creek & Lone Pine, CA
Distance: 135 Miles
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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.

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Badwater 135, Race Date: 2022-07-13, Distance: 135 Miles
Division Time Name Age Home
Male 23:08:20 Yoshihiko Ishikawa 34 JPN
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
Female 24:09:34 Ashley Paulson 40 UT
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
Division Time Name Age Home
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
Badwater 135

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.

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