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Badwater Ultramarathon Starts Monday

135 miles – temperatures up to 130 F (55 C) – 13,000 ft of total vertical ascent – pavement

You have 60 hours to get this done!

Yes it’s that time again for the Badwater Ultramarathon. The course starts in Badwater, Death Valley which is at 280 ft  below sea level (lowest spot in the United States) and the race finishes at Mt. Whitney Portal located at 8360 ft. The is set to begin on Monday July 13.

This years event has 88 runners from 17 countries ranging in age from 19 to 67. The average age for the athletes is 46.

Those athletes finishing below the 48 hour mark receive the revered Badwater belt buckle. Yes 135 miles in extreme conditions for a belt buckle! After much fatigue and delirium once finished, maybe a belt buckle seems like the coolest thing ever? I would imagine it is more of a symbol and reminder of the work, dedication, and support required to complete such a challenge.

Back to defend from 2008 are both Jamie Donaldson (CO) and Jorge Pacheco (CA).

What does this event really look like?

Here is a highlight video from last years event that can give a bit of a taste while you sit in the comforts of your own home.

(If you can’t see the video, click here.)

This seems to be an opportunity for some serious self reflection. Looks like plenty of opportunities to expose your mental toughness as well. After all the effort, still enough energy to smile when crossing the finish line. Gotta love that!

The SMW region has one runner at the event. Arnold Begay from Oklahoma will be the sole representative. His latest blog post pretty much sums up his current state.

“I feel ready…I am ready. Let’s go!”

Good luck Arnold!

Live Coverage

It looks like there will be a couple ways to follow the event live.

It appears like it is going to be a competitive year. Good luck to all.

Be active – Feel the buzz!

David –

About the author

David Hanenburg David Hanenburg is the passionate dirt-lovin' creator of Endurance Buzz and has been playing in the endurance sports world since 2000 after knockin' the dust off of his Trek 950 hardtail thanks to a friend asking to go ride some local dirt. In 2007 he ran his first ultra on the trails and fell in love with the sport and its people. For more information on David's endurance sports journey, check out the About page.

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