This morning the Badwater Ultra Marathon, arguably one of the worlds hardest ultra marathons.
The Badwater Ultramarathon describes itself as “the world’s toughest foot race”. It is a 135-mile course starting at 282 feet below sea level in the Badwater Basin, in California‘s Death Valley, and ending at an elevation of 8360 feet (2548 m) at Whitney Portal, the trailhead to Mount Whitney. It takes place annually in mid-July, when the weather conditions are most extreme and temperatures over 120 °F, even in the shade, are not uncommon. Consequently, very few people—even among ultramarathoners—are capable of finishing this grueling race. Source
While I dream of one day running an ultra marathon (anything longer than 26.2 miles) I don’t aspire to run this one. It’s an incredible race, I would love to crew someone some day. It would be so amazing to help someone reach that goal. I have no idea how you get involved but one day I will.
People competing in this race will be running over night tonight so send them good thoughts when you tuck yourself in.
Would you do it???
Colorado Gal says
OH man, I don’t think I could! I think about running an ultra one day (need to run a marathon first!), but that one just looks unbearable!