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'S Werelds zwaarste Foot Race – 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 voeten, lopers, triatleten, adventure racers, 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.

De startlijn is in Badwater, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 280’ (85m) onder zeeniveau. 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) van cumulatieve afdaling. Whitney Portal is de trailhead naar de Mt. Top whitney, het hoogste punt in de aangrenzende Verenigde Staten. Competitors travel through places with names like Mushroom Rock, Furnace Creek, Salt Creek, Devil's Cornfield, Devil's Golf Course, Stovepipe Wells, Panamint Springs, Keeler, Alabama Hills, en Lone Pine.

Een echte “uitdaging van de kampioenen,” de 2016 STYR Labs Badwater 135 features 51 Badwater veteranen en 46 rookies: die hard “ultra-runners” of every speed and ability, as well as athletes who have the necessary running credentials, maar zijn vooral bekend om hun exploits als adventure racers, bergbeklimmers, triatleten, of andere extreme bezigheden. With one of the most international fields in race history, the athletes represent twenty-one countries by citizenship or residence: Australië, Barbados, Brazilië, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Tsjechische Republiek, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, India, Italië, Japan, Mexico, Marokko, Philippines, Portugal, Spanje, Zweden, Verenigd Koninkrijk, en Verenigde Staten (met 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.

Er zijn 25 vrouwen 72 mensen. 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:

De mannen parcoursrecord is in handen van Valmir Nunez van Brazilië met een tijd van 22:51:29 in 2007, terwijl de vrouwen parcoursrecord van 26:16:12 werd opgericht in 2010 door Jamie Donaldson van 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. De gemiddelde eindtijd is ongeveer 40 uur, terwijl de algemene tijdslimiet is 48 uur. Voor degenen die eindigen binnen achtenveertig uur, their reward is the coveted Badwater 135 belt buckle. Er is geen prijzengeld.

De 2016 ras gebied is bijzonder concurrerend. Veteraan kanshebbers behoren 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 (Mexico burgerschap), 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. Ook concurreren is Marshall Ulrich, 65, of Evergreen, CO, a twenty-time Badwater 135 finisher and four-time winner in 1991, 1992, 1993, en 1996, along with David Jones, 64, of Murfreesboro, TN, de 1997 Badwater 135 race champion, seven-time finisher, en 60+ age group record holder. For a full preview of the top men’s field, click

De vrouwen van het veld, met 25 toetreders, omvat 12 rookies en 13 veteranen. Notable contenders include the 2015 vrouwen kampioen, Nikki Wynd of Australia, 2014 vrouwen kampioen, Alyson Venti of Barbados, Badwater 135 veteran Brenda Guajardo who is a three-time winner of the Nove Colli ultramarathon in Italy, 2016 Brazilië 135+ women’s champion Sada Crawford of Cayman Islands, en anderen. For a full preview of the top women’s field, click

Every year is a new year at the Badwater 135, met rookies en “voorheen onbekende” atleten verrassend de kanshebbers met topprestaties. 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 in juli. 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. In 2014, seven remarkable athletes completed the entire Badwater Ultra Cup, nine completed the 2015 Badwater Ultra Cup, 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, de gemeenschap van Lone Pine, CA, the people of Inyo County, en andere gulle bedrijven en particulieren. Meer info:

Official Charities of the Badwater 135 include the Challenged Athletes Foundation. Als een van de weinige goede doelen die toelagen rechtstreeks aan atleten met een lichamelijke handicap, de Uitgedaagd Atleten Stichting heeft verhoogd dan dertig miljoen dollar en direct geassisteerde duizenden uitgedaagd atleten wereldwijd. 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, en het bewustzijn van, these organizations. Meer info:

Dit jaar, over 50 van de race deelnemers concurreren namens een goed doel van hun keuze. Some of those include 100 Mile Club, Break the Stigma Project, Caring House Project Foundation, Uitgedaagd Atleten Foundation, Death Valley Natural History Association, Homes for our Troops, Hope So Bright, The Herren Project, en anderen.

This year’s race celebrates the 39th anniversary of Al Arnold’s original trek from Badwater to Mt. Whitney in 1977. Arnold, een ultrarunning pionier en menselijk potentieel goeroe, streden in een solo-inspanning: it was just Arnold and his support crew against the elements and the clock. De officiële head-to-head wedstrijd begon tien jaar na Arnold's pionier tocht, in 1987, and has been held annually without serious incident, fatality, or any citations issued by any branch of law enforcement. Voor meer info over Al Arnold en ook het oorspronkelijke ras op deze koppelingen klikken:

1977 Al Arnold:

1987 Race:


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The Badwater 135 is held under permits from Death Valley National Park, California Department of Transportation, Inyo National Forest, en Inyo County. 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, Rollen ®. Avontuur is onze manier van leven. 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. Gesticht in 1984 door Chris Kostman, deze groep inspanning wordt gewijd aan het verkennen van de innerlijke en uiterlijke universa, op zoek naar avontuur, energie, Zowel inzicht en in het dagelijks leven “die er zijn.” Meer info: en

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Chris Kostman,

Chief Adventure Officer en Race Director

AdventureCORPS, Inc.

638 Lindero Canyon Rd #311

Oak Park, CA 91377 VS

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