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Badwater: hurry, entries close 2nd Feb

26-Jan-16

Last updated: 19-Jul-18

By Alice Morrison

Application Window Open Until February 2 for STYR Labs Badwater® 135, "The World's Toughest Foot Race."

STYR Labs Badwater 135 Ultramarathon, is currently accepting applications for this year's race, July 18-20, 2016. This iconic race has a maximum field of 100 and there are rigorous entry qualifications.

The race starts at Badwater Basin within Death Valley National Park, the lowest point in North America at  280 feet (85m) below sea level, and the location officially recognized as the hottest spot on earth (hitting 134 degrees Fahrenheit in 1913).

The course covers 135 miles (217km) non-stop over the most epic terrain imaginable. including traversing three mountain ranges for a total of 14,600 feet (4450m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 6,100 feet (1859m) of cumulative descent. The race finishes at the end of the road high on Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the Lower 48, making it the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. For those who finish in less than 48 hours, their reward is the coveted Badwater 135 belt buckle.

There is no prize money.

With a field limit of 100 runners, the STYR Labs Badwater 135 is, and always has been, an invitational race. Applicants must meet rigorous qualifying standards prior to submitting an application, which is then reviewed and scored by a committee.

For first timers, minimum requirements include three 100-mile race finishes or a completion of the Brazil 135, plus submitting an extensive application with running resumé, details of charitable efforts, along with answering a variety of questions ranging from "What percentage of your athletic peers would say that you are a good human being?" to "Who is your favourite author and/or book?"

More information is here

The actual application is here.

AdventureCORPS organise the race – now in its 39th year.

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