Badwater or what dreams are made of

It starts on July 24! I keep dreaming of doing Badwater – this is a sign that running is going to keep its tangled hands around my mangled body for years to come!

Badwater Ultramarathon on July 24-26, 2006. A true "challenge of the champions," this legendary foot race pits approximately up to 90 of the world’s toughest athletes – runners, triathletes, adventure racers, and mountaineers – against one another and the elements. Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA in temperatures up to 130F (55C), it is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet.
The start line is at Badwater, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in the Western Hemisphere at 280’ (85m) below sea level. The race finishes at the Mt. Whitney Portals at 8360′ (2533m). The Badwater course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 13,000’ (3962m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 4,700’ (1433m) of cumulative descent. The Portals are the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States.

The 2006 entrants are here. There are 3 Canadians and 3 French accepted this year:
France
Bavato, Gerard
Charton, Dominique
Pelissier, Stéphane

Canada
Hawke, Ferg
Runions, Neil
Scholz, Monica

Last year’s race report is here. The 2006 race magazine is now available.

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