Monday, March 28, 2005
The Badwater Ultramarathon, the toughest race in the world: 135 mile race--all running from Badwater in Death Valley (elev. 280 feet below sea level) to Whitney Portals on Mt. Whitney (elev. 8360 feet) takes place July 11-13, 2005. That's July folks. Meaning July in Death Valley. If you survive the extreme heat, you get to tackle mountains next. The temperature drops into the 90s at night. Temperatures in the Mojave desert reach 130 degrees, and the asphalt can reach 200 degrees. Shoes often melt and stick to the pavement. Pam Reed, 44, won the race 2x in 2002 and 2003 (even beating the guys). Way to go! Can you imagine running for 30 hours straight? That's 13,500 calories, folks (at least). 60 minutes had a piece on this race and the crazy people that do it (about 70 each year) last night. For more information, go to the link above, or http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/03/23/60minutes/main682563.shtml.