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Le plus difficile course à pied dans le monde – 39th Anniversary

The World’s Toughest Foot Race Celebrates 39th Anniversary of Iconic Route from Death Valley National Park to Mount Whitney

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Death Valley, CA: On July 18-20, AdventureCORPS presents its legendary STYR Labs BADWATER® 135. Now in its 39th year, the world-renowned event pits up to 100 of the world’s toughest athletes against one another and the elements. In scorching temperatures and at altitudes as high as 8,300 pieds, coureurs, triathlètes, coureurs d'aventure, and mountaineers from 21 countries and 27 American states will face off in a grueling 135-mile non-stop run from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA. Widely recognized as “the world’s toughest foot race, “ it is the most demanding and extreme running race on the planet.

La ligne de départ est au Badwater, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 280’ (85m) ci-dessous niveau de la mer. The race finishes at Whitney Portal at 8,300’ (2530m). The course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 14,600’ (4450m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 6,100’ (1859m) cumulatif de la descente. Whitney Portal est le sentier de la Mt. Whitney sommet, point le plus élevé aux États-Unis contigus. Competitors travel through places with names like Mushroom Rock, Furnace Creek, Salt Creek, Diable Cornfield, Terrain de golf du diable, Stovepipe Wells, Panamint Springs, Keeler, Alabama Hills, et Lone Pine.

Un vrai “défi des champions,” l' 2016 STYR Labs Badwater 135 features 51 Anciens combattants et Badwater 46 recrues: die hard “ultra-runners” of every speed and ability, as well as athletes who have the necessary running credentials, mais ils sont surtout connus pour leurs exploits comme les coureurs d'aventure, montagnards, triathlètes, ou dans d'autres activités extrêmes. With one of the most international fields in race history, the athletes represent twenty-one countries by citizenship or residence: Australie, Barbados, Brésil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, République tchèque, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, India, Italie, Japon, Mexique, Maroc, Philippines, Portugal, Espagne, Suède, Royaume-Uni, et les États-Unis d'Amérique (avec 27 different American states represented).

While runners began running the course in the 1970s, the race itself has been part of the fabric of life in Inyo County since 1987. A recent study indicated an annual economic impact of 1.2 million dollars, half of it spent in Death Valley National Park and surrounding gateway communities such as Lone Pine, CA. The race is supported by U.S. Congressman Col. Paul Cook (Ret.) of California’s 8th District, the Inyo County Board of Supervisors, the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, and a wide panorama of businesses and charities which are positively impacted.

Il ya 25 les femmes et les 72 hommes. The youngest male runner is 25 (rookie entrant Sam Weir of Australia) and the youngest female entrant is 29 (rookie entrant Kayla Delk of the USA). The oldest male is 69 (five-time finisher Mark K. Olson of California) and the oldest female is 60 (rookie entrant Pamela Chapman-Markle of Texas). The overall average age is 46. Full roster details are available here:

Record du parcours Les hommes sont détenus par Valmir Nunez du Brésil avec un temps de 22:51:29 mis en 2007, pendant l'enregistrement bien sûr, les femmes de 26:16:12 a été mis en 2010 par Jamie Donaldson de Littleton, CO. It is expected that the winners of the 2016 STYR Labs Badwater 135 will finish in near record time for both men’s and women’s divisions. La durée moyenne de finition est d'environ 40 heures, tandis que le délai global est 48 heures. Pour ceux qui terminent en moins de quarante-huit heures, their reward is the coveted Badwater 135 belt buckle. Il n'ya pas de prix en argent.

La 2016 champ de course est particulièrement compétitive. Prétendants anciens combattants comprennent 2015 men’s champion Pete Kostelnick of Nebraska, 2014 champion Harvey Lewis of Ohio, 2013 men’s champion Carlos Sa of Portugal, 2011 men’s champion Oswaldo Lopez of Madera, CA (Mexique citoyenneté), two-time men’s runner-up Grant Maughan of Australia, and other notable contenders such as Marathon des Sables champion Mohamad Ahansal of Morocco, Grand Union Canal champion Dan Lawson of the UK, 2016 Badwater Cape Fear and 2016 Badwater Salton Sea champion Jared Fetterolf of Texas, among others. Aussi la concurrence est Marshall Ulrich, 65, of Evergreen, CO, a twenty-time Badwater 135 finisher and four-time winner in 1991, 1992, 1993, et 1996, along with David Jones, 64, of Murfreesboro, TN, l' 1997 Badwater 135 race champion, seven-time finisher, et 60+ age group record holder. For a full preview of the top men’s field, click

Les femmes domaine, avec 25 arrivants, comprend 12 recrues et 13 des anciens combattants. Notable contenders include the 2015 femmes champion, Nikki Wynd of Australia, 2014 femmes champion, Alyson Venti of Barbados, Badwater 135 veteran Brenda Guajardo who is a three-time winner of the Nove Colli ultramarathon in Italy, 2016 Brésil 135+ women’s champion Sada Crawford of Cayman Islands, et d'autres. For a full preview of the top women’s field, click

Every year is a new year at the Badwater 135, avec les recrues et “jusque-là inconnue” athlètes surprendre les prétendants avec des performances de haut. New stars will shine as the race unfolds.

The STYR Labs Badwater 135 is the final event in the Badwater® Ultra Cup, a three-race series which began with the 51-mile Badwater® Cape Fear in March, continued with the 81-mile Badwater® Salton Sea in May, and now concludes with the STYR Labs Badwater 135 en Juillet. Those runners who complete all three events in the same calendar year are featured on the website and their virtues are extolled throughout the Internet and in future editions of BADWATER Magazine. Dans 2014, seven remarkable athletes completed the entire Badwater Ultra Cup, nine completed the 2015 Badwater Ultra Coupe, while seventeen racers completed the first two Badwater races this year and will toe the line at the third and final Badwater race on July 18.

Now in its seventeenth year producing this race, AdventureCORPS is pleased to welcome our title sponsor, STYR Labs – an innovative nutrition customization and tracking platform delivering cutting-edge supplements to connected athletes and health and fitness consumers worldwide. The advanced ecosystem includes an activity tracker, wireless scale, and free app that collects health and fitness data to create personalized multivitamins or protein blends specific to the user’s health and fitness goals and needs. Sergio Radovcic, founder of STYR Labs, is no stranger to this race with three consecutive Badwater 135 finishes. More info at

AdventureCORPS also greatly appreciates the support of Farm to Feet Socks, Fisher Space Pen, Caring House Project Foundation, ZZYXXZ, Goal Zero, 2XU, and, plus the local support of Furnace Creek Ranch, Stovepipe Wells Resort, Panamint Springs Resort, Dow Villa, Pizza Factory, la communauté de Lone Pine, CA, the people of Inyo County, et d'autres sociétés et individus généreux. Plus d'info:

Official Charities of the Badwater 135 include the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Comme l'un des organismes de bienfaisance très peu qui accorde des subventions directement aux athlètes ayant un handicap physique, la Fondation Challenged athlètes a soulevé plus de trente millions de dollars et des milliers d'athlètes directement assistées contestées dans le monde entier. AdventureCORPS also supports the Bald Head Island Conservancy, Death Valley Natural History Association, Conservation Alliance, and One Percent For The Planet. One of the goals of the Badwater 135 is to raise funds for, et la sensibilisation des, these organizations. Plus d'info:

Cette année,, plus 50 de la course les participants sont en compétition pour le compte d'un organisme de bienfaisance de leur choix. Some of those include 100 Mile Club, Break the Stigma Project, Caring House Project Foundation, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Death Valley Natural History Association, Homes for our Troops, Hope So Bright, The Herren Project, et d'autres.

This year’s race celebrates the 39th anniversary of Al Arnold’s original trek from Badwater to Mt. Whitney 1977. Arnold, un pionnier Ultrarunning et humaines gourou potentiel, participé à un effort en solo: it was just Arnold and his support crew against the elements and the clock. L'arbitre en chef à la tête de la course a commencé dix ans après Arnold pionnier trek, dans les 1987, and has been held annually without serious incident, fatality, or any citations issued by any branch of law enforcement. Pour plus d'informations sur Al Arnold et aussi la course initiale cliquer sur ces liens:

1977 Al Arnold:

1987 Course:


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The Badwater 135 is held under permits from Death Valley Parc national, California Department of Transportation, Inyo National Forest, et comté d'Inyo. Media attending the event may be required to obtain permits from some of those same agencies.


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Oak Park, CA-based AdventureCORPS®, Inc. is an athlete-run firm producing and promoting ultra-endurance sports events and the world’s toughest brand, BADWATER ®. L'aventure est notre mode de vie. AdventureCORPS’ world-class events for athlete-adventurers include epic races such as the Badwater® 135, BADWATER® Salton Sea, BADWATER® Cape Fear, and Silver State 508™, and other events. Our products include the Badwater® line of apparel, skin care products, gear, and services. Fondée en 1984 par Chris Kostman, cet effort de groupe est dédié à l'exploration de l'univers intérieur et extérieur, en quête d'aventure, l'énergie, et la perspicacité dans la vie quotidienne et “là-bas.” Plus d'info: et

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Chris Kostman,

Aventure chef de la direction et directeur de course

AdventureCORPS, Inc.

638 Lindero Canyon Rd. #311

Oak Park, CA 91377 USA

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