AdventureCORPS Presents the 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon
This year's title of Badwater Ultramarathon Champion goes to Jorge Pacheco, who finished in a time of 23:20:16. Crossing the finish line at the Whitney Portals only 29 minutes later was Akos Konya. The 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon Women's Champion is Jamie Donaldson, who finished in a women's course record time of 26:51:33, bettering Pam Reed's women's record of 27:56:47 set in 2002. Reed placed second woman this year, also bettering her course record, with a time of 27:42:52.
Experienced Marshall Takes it Easy. Read story
The 6 a.m. Start. Read story
Ian Parker. Read story
Shanna Armstrong: Endurance Warrior. Read story
Jamie Donaldson is Back. Read story
The 8 a.m. Start. Read story
Dan Jensen. Read story
Jay Birmingham. Read story
Monica Fernandez. Read story
Jen Segger's Ice Cream Monday. Read story
Day One: Changes! Read story
Chisholm Deupree. Read story
Jacqueline Adams Florine. Read story
What They Said. Read story
Day Two: Keeler to Lone Pine. Read story
Arthur Webb Crosses the Line Again: Bär or Bear? Read story
Jarom Thurston. Read story
Todd Baum. Read story
Pre-Race Comments (part 1). Listen
Pre-Race Comments (part 2). Listen
Pre-Race Comments (foreign runners). Listen
Kermit Cuff's French crewman, Vincent Touhazou. Listen
Jorge Pacheco mile 100 to finish. Listen
Rookie Mary Gorski midrace. Listen
Hydration Research on runners. Listen
The 8AM start. Watch video
John Fish, North District Ranger, before the 10 AM start at Badwater. Watch video
Akos Konya before the 10 AM Start. Watch video
Pre-race interview with Lisa Smith-Batchen. Watch video
Jamie Donaldson pre-start interview. Watch video
Monica Fernandez before the 8AM start. Watch video
Shanna Armstrong before the 8AM start. Watch video
The journey from Furnace Creek to Stovepipe Wells (Leg 2 of the Badwater Ultramarathon) in just one minute. Watch video
The journey from Stovepipe Wells to Panamint Springs (Leg 3 of the Badwater Ultramarathon) in just one minute. Watch video
Panamint Springs to Darwin in one minute. Watch video
Jorge Pacheco through Lone Pine. Watch video
Akos Konya through Lone pine. Watch video
Akos Konya finishes in 23 hours and 49 minutes. Watch video
Jamie Donaldson finishes in 26 hours 51 minutes. Watch video
Dean Karnazes finishes in 27 hours and 11 minutes. Watch video
Pam Reed finishes in 27 hours and 42 minutes. Watch video
Hubert Karl finishes in 29 hours and 30 minutes. Watch video
Shanna Armstrong finishes in 31 hours and 16 minutes. Watch video
Lorie Hutchison finishes in 31 hours and 17 minutes. Watch video
Jen Lee Segger finishes in 32 hours, 31 minutes. Watch video
Post-Race Party Video, a Retrospective of the 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon. Watch video
Race Photo Galleries
Race Photo Galleries (cont.)
Finish Line Photo Galleries
#1 Intermediate Report - Furnace Creek, Calif. (July 14, 2008) 15:38 PST. - The 31st AdventureCORPS Badwater Ultramarathon started this morning at Badwater, Death Valley, when 80 of the world's top ultradistance runners set off in conditions that favor fast overall times, with a slight tailwind and an expected high of 111F in Furnace Creek. Read full report.
#2 Almost a Mid-Race Route Change - Panamint Springs, Calif. (July 14, 2008) 22:36 PST - The first half of the race was subject to many surprises, both from the athletes and event organizers. - The first half of the race was subject to many surprises, both from the athletes and event organizers. Read full report.
#3 Intermediate Report - Pacheco, Reed Take Control - Panamint Springs, Calif. (July 14, 2008) 22:36 PST - The first half of the race was subject to many surprises, both from the athletes and event organizers. Read full report.
#4 Intermediate Report - Donaldson Fights Back - seven miles south of Lone Pine, Calif. (July 15, 2008) 8:30 PST - After falling ten minutes behind through the darkest period of the night, Jamie Donaldson made a surge after the climb of Panamint Pass and opened a slim lead over Pam Reed. Seven miles out from Lone Pine the two were separated by five minutes. Read full report.
#5 Men's Race Summary - Pacheco Gets it Right - Finish Line at Whitney Portal, Calif. (July 15, 2007) - 10:03 a.m. PST - Jorge Pacheco returned to the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon to score a hard-earned win with a time of 23 hours, 20 minutes, 16 seconds—only 29 minutes ahead of second-placed Akos Konya. Dean Karnazes, of San Francisco, Calif. finished third in the men's category and fourth overall with a time of 27:11:00. Read full report.
#6 What Happened to David Goggins and Charlie Engle? - Lone Pine (July 15, 2008) - 6:54 p.m. - Two big names that recorded DNF results included David Goggins and Charlie Engle. Read full report.
#7 Women's Race Summary - Lone Pine - (July 15, 2008) - 11:00 p.m. - For Jamie Donaldson the 2008 AdventureCORPS Badwater Ultramarathon was "the race of redemption." And what a redemption! Not only did she shatter Pamela Reed's 2002 women's record of 27:56:47 with a 26:51:33, but also she bested all but two of the men running in the race. Read full report.
#8 Post-Race Press Release and Overall Race Report - Oak Park, CA (July 19, 2007) - The 31st anniversary AdventureCORPS Badwater Ultramarathon, held July 14-16, 2008, concluded at 8360' (2533m) up Mount Whitney, after Jorge Pacheco of Los Angeles, CA and Jamie Donaldson, of Littleton, CO, took impressive wins ahead of high caliber fields to record the second fastest men's and fastest women's times in the history of the event, widely acknowledged as the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. Read full report.
Webcast Reporters: Steve Matsuda
Webcast Video Team: Mike Schafer, Chris Ragsdale, Rachel Schmitt, and Lauren McMahon
Webcast Audio Producer: Marlis Schmidt
Photography: Chris Kostman, Anna Boldon, Wendy Barth, Poosa Kostman, Dave & Margaret Nelson, and Luis Escobar
PR Director and Media Liaison: Paul Skilbeck with Laura Brennan
Race Operations Team: Mike Angelos, Poosa Kostman, Jack and Mags Denness, Leon Draxler, Scott Dakus, Matthew Dakus, Don Meyer, Steve and Karen Gray, John Wiley, Phil and Kari Marchant, Jay Hodde, Cory Linkel, Mike Henebry, Scott Wall, Jeff Martin, Jo Carmichael, Vanessa Heckman, Gary Hilliard, Lissette Baker, Wendy Barth, Elizabeth, and Chris Kostman
Video News Release: Dan Dominy and Lana Corless