Today is the start of the Badwater Ultra Marathon. 135 miles or 217 km through Death Valley. A 48 hour limit applies.
My nephew Alex (left) is running and his sister Stacey and brother Jody are part of the crew.
The track is gruelling at the best of times but more so in the high temps that they are experiencing right now, (120 C. today)
This is the most demanding and extreme running race on the planet according to the race site. It begins in Death Valley and continues through three mountain ranges and finishes in Mt Whitney, California.
Alex is a winner the minute his foot hits the start line in my opinion. He has run over 2500 kms in 6 months. Two years of time and effort have gone into preparation for this race.
The Badwater site touts that it involves 100 of the worlds toughest runners, triathletes, adventure racers and mountaineers. The entry is tough and then even if you have the complete requirements there are still no guarantees that you are accepted.
Anyways, we are all rooting for you Alex from Canada.
Go Alex Go but don’t forget you are already a winner in our books….
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UPDATE: Alex fulfilled his dream and completed the race. He lost 7 pounds across the desert, so he was held back by 30 minutes at the first aid station in order to gain half the weight back. What a challenge he took on.. Certainly not for everyone.
15 out of 100 runners did not complete the marathon. According to CNN, this years weather is the 5th worst year for heat in the history of the world. So kudos to the DNF’s.(did not finish) for trying.