An Ultra Marathon (a.k.a. Badwater 135)

Those are a couple of pics that I found online, taken at Badwater basin last night. Lady in pink stopped in at my store this morning.

“The World’s Toughest Foot Race”

Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA, the Badwater® 135 is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. The start line is at Badwater Basin in 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.

The general store opened at 4am, so runners and/ or their crew members could get drinks, snacks and ice. We sold about 350 bags of ice by 8:00am. Some of the runners were going passed the store soon after I got to work this morning. Crew members left my area around 8:00 to head up to the next checkpoint.

By the time I watched the sun come up, I knew that I was glad that I was inside the store and not running across a hot desert. But there were runners in this race that had done it before. One guy in his 60’s had been in this race 10 times before. I had met a runner a few days ago that was running for the first time here…actually it was his first visit to Death Valley. He made it passed Stovepipe Wells this morning, but I don’t see his time listed in any of the marathon updates online. So I have a feeling that he didn’t make it to the next checkpoint in time to qualify.

If you look over toward the right..there is a table. A lady in a pinkish/rose colored top was keeping track of every runner that came past the table.

While the store was super busy this morning…I broke 2 finger nails and went passed my steps goal with my Fitbit at work. Of course my step goal is nothing compared to what the people in the marathon have done today. Hmm, how many steps can you do in a 135 mile race?

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