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Badwater 135 Ultra-marathon - 6th Jul 2020


Location: USA, California

Cost: $1495

Time/Distance: 135 miles (217 km)


Badwater describes itself as the world’s toughest foot race taking up to 38 hours to complete; it’s an event where you will have to show your competition armoury from other world class ultra endurance sporting events before even being considered to take part. It is a gruelling 135 mile course over the most epic terrain imaginable, starting at Badwater, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 280’ (85m) below sea level. The race finishes at Mount Whitney Portal at nearly 8,300’ (2530m). The Badwater course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 14,600’ (4450m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 6,100’ (1859m) of cumulative descent. The Portals are the trailhead to the Mount Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States. 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, Keeler, Alabama Hills, and Lone Pine.

More people have conquered Mount Everest than Badwater! It’s globally seen as the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet, and it is definitely one of a kind, offering the promise of a supremely personal achievement along with international accolades, and for those who rise to the occasion and complete the event within 48 hours also receive a finisher’s t-shirt and awarded the sought after Badwater belt buckle of pride. It picks up to 100 of the world’s toughest athletes with their support crews and pitches them against each other and the elements as it is not the distance so much but rather the heat that will do you in! It’s a race that requires its participants to not only be extremely physically fit but mentally prepared for the bloody blisters, bruises, tears, sweat and mind games that come into play when pushing their bodies to these ultimate limits.

The Badwater 135 ultra-marathon, Keep Fit Junkies, is and always has been an invitational race since 1987 and, to be considered, even being tough does not guarantee you a spot - you will have to have completed at least one significant ultra run (in particular, completing the Grand Union Canal Race, Hardrock 100, or multiple week-long desert stage races) or one ultra cycling (comparable ultra-cycling races of at least 500 miles in length) or one ultra triathlon (Double Ironman, Triple Ironman, Ultraman, or longer) event in the previous 13 months or have done at least three running races of at least 100 continuous miles in length, and at least one of them in the previous 12 months before you can apply to compete. Other exceptions and combinations apply (for more information on gaining a qualifying spot please use this link):

It's a good idea to plan a few years in advance for this race, Junkies, not only to prepare yourselves mentally and physically, but to also line up the qualifications needed to give you a decent shot at being invited to compete.  

To find out more/ book your place go to: applications accepted from mid January through to early February only and just 100 runners will be invited to take part. To see if you could become one of the chosen ones, please click on the link to start the application process:

Training plans/workouts: to do an event like this one requires years of intensity training and participation in many elite ultra-sporting events. However, if you do fit the calibre required for this event, the website has a number of books and articles listed to help with your training plan in preparation to survive this event. See link to this page below:

Warning: heat exhaustion, dehydration, bloody blisters and broken bones are injuries that competitors have incurred during endurance events like this one, so it is important you train hard, are prepared for the dangers and take the necessary precautions to stay safe when choosing to participate in events like this one.

Cost information: Fee $1495

Race entrants may have their entry fee reimbursed by raising at least $7500 for Challenged Athletes Foundation, an Official Charity of the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon. Fund-raising for CAF is made simple with a fully automated and personalised webpage where friends, family, and co-workers may donate in a secure and simple manner. The $7500 must be raised in full by July 1 of this year. On approximately August 1, those race entrants who raised at least $7500 – as verified by CAF – will be refunded $1395 by check.

(Displayed prices do not include mandatory insurance cover or credit card fees, flights or accommodation costs, crew members, gear or support vehicles required which are all additional expenses)


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