A Brief History of the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon

On July 18, 100 runners will attempt to take on one insane 135-mile race through Death Valley. Called the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon, this event is not for ordinary runners (or ordinary ultramarathoners, for that matter). Racers have 48 hours to reach the finish line at Mount Whitney, while battling extreme temperatures from bottom to top. Death Valley is considered one of the hottest places in the world, with average temperatures over 110 degrees in July. The 14,505-foot mountain, on the other hand, regularly has freezing temperatures, giving night-time runners an unpleasant arctic blast on their way to the finish line.

Despite the fact that entrants have to qualify — with at least three 100-mile races under their belt — roughly one fifth of participants won’t cross the finish line.

To stay up-to-date on the latest about the race, follow the 2016 webcast on Badwater’s website. You can also look for time splits and results on AdventureCorps’ website. For more on how to follow this year’s race, visit Badwater’s Facebook page.