Six courageous Texans were part of the 97 athletes that earned an entry to participate in this year’s global ultra endurance event called Badwater 135. Shoe bubbling temps above 100F, exposure, natural beauty, miles of pavement pounding exploration, and soul-stirring stars dancing overhead are all part of the lure of this historic foot race. This year’s event included a new course based out of Lone Pine, California due to the national parks system banning all athletic events in Death Valley. Over 17,000 feet of gain and 12,700 feet of descent, made this year a new experience for the veterans as much as the first-timers.
One of the unique aspects of this event is the critical role the required runner’s crew has in this adventure. There are no supported aid stations. Each crew shadows their runner throughout the journey (in a vehicle) for up to 48 hours, providing food, fluids, emotional and physical support. Quite the experience for everyone involved.
Badwater first-timer, Steve Maliszewski, led the Tejas train and crossed the finish line in 35:49:58.
Our final finisher was Badwater veteran, Kim Budzik, who completed the scamper up to Mt. Whitney in 46:50:34.
Our youngest finisher was 25 year old, Jared Fetterolf.
Complete Results from our Texans
- Steve Maliszewski - 35:49:58
- Phil Nimmo - 36:23:41
- Jared Fetterolf - 39:39:27
- Parvaneh Moayedi - 46:06:10
- Kimberlie Budzik - 46:50:34
- David Coats – mile 91
Enjoy as our Badwater athletes graciously share some moments from their adventure.