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BADWATER announces Mt. Gaoligong Ultra in Tengchong, Yunnan Province, China

Held in “China’s Colorado,” Mt Gaoligong Ultra is a Mountain Trail Race through Time and History

Oak Park, CA / Tengchong, China – BADWATER®, the world’s toughest brand, is pleased to announce the inaugural Mt. Gaoligong Ultra in Tengchong, Yunnan Province, China on November 18-19 of this year. The 104-mile (168km) challenge – with a 36-hour time limit and a field limited to just 200 runners – is a mountain trail race through history and time.

As befits anything that Badwater is developing and backing, the Mt. Gaoligong Ultra is extremely difficult, with well over 24,000 feet (8000m) of cumulative elevation gain, and a corresponding loss of more than 24,000 feet. It will be held primarily on mountain trails, including single track, double track, jeep roads, and some cobblestone paths. The start line will be at the Yin and Yang Gates in WenZhi-GuangChang Square in Tenchong – allowing the racers to balance their energies as they embark upon this epic challenge – but quickly disappears into the Mt. Gaoligong National Park and mountain range in all its green grandeur covered in trees, bamboo, ferns, and the occasional rice paddy.

Sections of the route traverse the 2400-year-old Southern Silk Road, while the Burma Road, a critical supply line built by the Americans during World War II, is also part of the race route. (Americans are particularly appreciated in Tengchong, in part because of the Burma Road, and also because the Flying Tigers – American pilots who volunteered to fly for the Chinese during WWII – were based here. A large sculpture commemorates them outside the Tengchong Airport.) The finish line will be in 600-year-old HeShun Town, the ancient, cobblestone part of Tengchong, providing a historic and exhilarating final few miles for the racers as they complete their historic tour.

The race will be fully supported, with a marked trail, 17 fully stocked aid stations, drop bag service, and more; personal support crews are neither necessary nor encouraged due to the remoteness of the route. Though the main event will be the full 104-mile route, a 77-mile (124km) “short cut” route will be offered mid-race for those not on schedule to finish the entire route within the 36-hour time limit.

Registration for the event is already open, and many well-known Badwater race veterans have already registered. These include Americans Bob Becker, Catra Corbett, Jimmy Dean Freeman, Charlie Engle, Jared Fetterolf, Joshua Holmes, Andrea Kooiman, and Ray Sanchez, plus Luigi Dessy of Puerto Rico, Carlo Sa of Portugal, Mick Thwaites of Australia, Dan Lawson of the United Kingdom, Mauro Chasilew of Brazil, Stacey Shand of Canada, and Hiroyuki Nishimura of Japan.

This new race is not a Badwater® race, per se, but it is a “Badwater Presents” event which Chris Kostman, the Badwater Race Director, is helping to develop and for which he serves as co-race director. Kostman’s Chinese partners, XingZhi Yunnan Co. Ltd, are absolute professionals and extremely enthusiastic to host a world-class event this November, and annually thereafter.  Kostman’s Chinese co-race director, Lin Ma, is rock solid and Kostman’s nickname for him is “Mr. Cool.” Even though his English is minimal and Kostman’s Chinese is even more non-existent, they both speak the same language when it comes to developing and hosting incredible, life-changing sporting events. Another of the principals from XingZhi, Margaret King, recently attended the STYR Labs Badwater 135, which Kostman directs. She and her colleagues work for  XingZhi, a China-wide event production company helmed by Xiangdong (Ben) Qu, with over a decade of experience hosting scores of multi-day endurance events with up to 2000 entrants. All their events emphasize the crossroads between sport, culture, and tourism.

Hired as a consultant because of this 32 years of developing world-class – and world-famous – ultra events, Kostman spent eight days in Tengchong in June consulting on every aspect of the race, from routing to start line and finish line, trail marking, aid stations, medical support, communications, marketing, and more. Said Kostman, “I literally spent a full week teaching ‘the Badwater Way’ of creating, hosting, directing, managing, and marketing events. Fourteen to eighteen people shadowed my every move and took about a hundred pages of notes! On top of that, I was absolutely blown away by the entire route, the historic setting, and even more so by my Chinese partners!” Since June, Kostman and his Chinese colleagues have been having regular WeChat video conferences to work together to develop the race. In November, Kostman will be spend several weeks in Tengchong to help host and direct the race. Further collaborations there and elsewhere in China are already in development.

Co-Race Directos Chris Kostman and Lin Ma exchange gifts during the Contract Signing Ceremony at Tengchong City Hall on June 13, 2016.

Co-Race Directors Chris Kostman and Lin Ma exchange gifts during the Contract Signing Ceremony at Tengchong City Hall on June 13, 2016.

Kostman is a lifelong historian who speaks several languages, has traveled extensively in over 50 countries, and worked for ten years as an archaeologist in the Middle East and South Asia. As such, the historic setting and deep multi-cultural opportunities of this event intrigue and inspire him on many levels: “I couldn’t be more thrilled about the race, the route, the history, and my partnership with the team at XingZhi. Bringing together my love of history and culture, with ultra sporting events, is a dream come true for me. But beyond that, I truly believe this race will be quickly recognized as one of the world’s top ‘Must Do’ ultramarathons. Plus, ultra running is relatively new to China as they have only about ten ultramarathons, so I’m excited and privileged to help bring this sport to the Chinese mainstream!”

The official website, including registration link, is

The race is also featured here on the Badwater website.

For Further Information, Contact:

Race Management: Margaret King of XingZhi Co. Ltd. at jindoudou “at”

Runners / Participants Contact: Ms. Zoe Qianzhao of XingZhi Yunnan Co. Ltd. at zhaoqian “at”

Race Director / International Representative: Chris Kostman of AdventureCORPS at adventurecorps “at”


AdventureCORPS announces Fisher Space Pen as Official Pen of Badwater

Oak Park, CA – AdventureCORPS® is pleased to formally announce its partnership with Fisher Space Pen® of Boulder City, NV and to recognize Fisher Space Pen – American-made pens originally created for the space program – as the Official Pen of Badwater®, the world’s toughest brand and the world’s toughest races.

AdventureCORPS and Badwater only partner with reputable brands with similar values and which already have a proven track record among Badwater athletes. In this case, AdventureCORPS Chief Adventure Officer and Race Director Chris Kostman has been a fan and user of Fisher Space Pens for as long as he can remember. Although Chris never lived out his childhood dream of becoming an astronaut, he’s remained a staunch advocate of space exploration and all things NASA.

Fisher Space Pen rose to prominence when founder Paul Fisher invented a retractable, pressurized pen called the Anti-Gravity 7 (#AG7) that worked flawlessly in zero gravity aboard the first manned Apollo mission in 1968. Five decades later the company continues to thrive with pens still flown aboard every manned space flight.

Besides organizing the world’s toughest races, Chris has worked as an archaeologist across the Middle East and South Asia, is a technical cave diver, and has competed in wintertime snowshoe races across Alaska. Through it all, he’s been a Space Pen user.  “These pens write upside down, under water, in temperatures as cold as 30 below and 250 above, in zero gravity, and they essentially last forever! Fisher Space Pen is an iconic American brand built to perform in extreme conditions, so a partnership with Badwater is an absolutely perfect fit,” said Kostman.

As a result of this partnership, all entrants in all four BADWATER races, including the legendary STYR Labs Badwater 135 on July 18-20, Silver State 508 ultracycling race on September 17-19, and Badwater Cape Fear on March 18, 2017 are receiving Fisher Space Pens which feature a laser etching of the BADWATER® brand logo. The feedback from the runners who received them already at the May 1-2 Badwater Salton Sea has been, well, out of this world.

“Fisher Space Pens are the most extreme writing instruments – both in and out of this world. We are proud to be a partner with BADWATER on their extreme races! Do something worth writing about,” commented Matt Fisher, VP of Sales for Fisher Space Pen, and the grandson of the founder and inventor, Paul C. Fisher.

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It's no coincidence that the Fisher Space Pen display boxes look like the surface of the moon! Fisher Space Pens have been carried on every manned NASA mission since Apollo 7!

It’s no coincidence that the Fisher Space Pen display boxes look like the surface of the moon! Fisher Space Pens have been carried on every manned NASA mission since Apollo 7!


Farm To Feet™ : Official Sock of BADWATER®

Oak Park, CA – AdventureCORPS® is pleased to formally announce its partnership with Farm To Feet™ Socks of Mt. Airy, NC and to recognize them as the Official Sock of Badwater®, the world’s toughest brand and the world’s toughest races.

AdventureCORPS and Badwater only partner with reputable brands with similar values and which already have a proven track record among Badwater athletes. AdventureCORPS first learned of the American-made Farm to Feet socks from Pam Rickard, a veteran of Badwater Cape Fear and Badwater Salton Sea who is a big fan of these wool socks made in her home state of Virginia. Rickard sent two pair to Chris Kostman, the BADWATER race director, and he wore them every day while running the eight-day Badwater Presents Mustang Trail Race in Nepal last October. He came away with happy feet, no blisters, and totally impressed. Kostman said “I have long been sold on merino wool because it is simply the best fabric to put against the skin: it almost has ‘artificial intelligence’ because it ‘knows’ whether the wearer needs to be warm or cool. It’s wicking property is unparalleled, and one can wear wool for several DAYS before it starts to stink! These Farm To Feet socks are the ultimate for the training and racing that the world’s toughest athletes take on!”

All entrants in all 2016 BADWATER races, including the legendary STYR Labs Badwater 135 on July 18-20 and the Silver State 508 ultracycling race on September 17-19, are receiving Farm To Feet Socks and the feedback from the March 19 Badwater Cape Fear and May 1-2 Badwater Salton Sea sock wearers has been incredible favorable.

Farm To Feet is committed to goal of creating the world’s best wool socks by exclusively using an all-American recipe: US materials, US manufacturing, and US workers. Using a domestic supply chain, Farm To Feet manufactures premium products with the highest quality materials, while minimizing the impact on the environment.

Get a 15% discount when you order Farm To Feet by mentioning BADWATER at



Badwater Pioneer Al Arnold Wishes the 2016 Competitors Well

Hello Badwater Ultramarathoners!

Hopefully you will be successful in your quest. But, as you meet the challenges ahead, ALWAYS stay hydrated. Its been a long time since we have had another ‘Roger Rabbit’ … Chris can explain. Remember, you are a guest and only because of the endless meetings between Chris and Government Agencies. It wasn’t easy, but you’re here and that’s what counts. I repeat: keep hydrated. Failure to do so could result in serious consequences … even death.

I’m writing a book about my life, IL VECCHIO, The Old Man. Hopefully, I will be around long enough to complete it. (I’ve already passed the actuary tables.) As I review my drafts, it’s logical that, for no apparent reason, I chose to  challenge something that hadn’t been accomplished … Death Valley. That was a long time ago. Now it’s your turn.

Good luck and stay  safe.



NOTE: Al Arnold is the Neil Armstrong and Edmund Hillary of ultramarathons, the first to run between Badwater and Mount Whitney, back in 1977, after two failed attempts in 1974 and 1975. He became the first inductee into the Badwater Hall of Fame in 2002, on the 25th anniversary of his historic run, and remains a staunch friend and fan of the race. He lives in Walnut Creek, CA and is 88 years old. His birthday is February 4, 1928. He can be reached by email at alarnold1977 “at” and loves hearing from fellow ultrarunners. His essays are archived here on the website.

Al Arnold was the ultimate VIP when he visited the race in 2002. Photo at Badwater by Luis Escobar: Mark Johnson (L) and Scott Weber (R).


Heat Training Tips from a 20-Time Badwater 135 Finisher

Heat Training Tips

By Marshall Ulrich, 20-time Badwater 135 finisher

Are you planning to do a run or race in one of the hot deserts of the world? If so, you need to heat train! Let’s get you ready so you can put your dreams in action!

Heat training is one of my favorite subjects, as I’ve had to prepare for more than 25 crossings of Death Valley, in July, as well as other desert races.

A few things to keep in mind as you are heat training: It is possible to train, or acclimate to heat. Your body learns to sweat more, your veins come to the surface to aid in cooling, and your kidneys and lymph system learn to retain more sodium and other electrolytes. While humidity is a factor in some places, it is not much of a factor in deserts; less humidity means better evaporative cooling.

Heat training can be done anywhere, as long as you have access to a dry sauna:

  • Start heat training 6 to 8 weeks (4 weeks minimum) before your desert event.
  • Always drink plenty of water.
  • Be sure to add electrolytes (my favorite is Sustain tablets), including sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium.
  • Weigh yourself before and after you go in the sauna; drink at least 2 cups of fluid for every pound lost.
  • Have someone check in on you while you are in the sauna.

Here are week-by-week guidelines.

Week one: Find a dry sauna and set the heat to 180 to 200°F. Dress in swim trunks, weigh yourself, bring your water bottle and a towel to sit on and/or wipe sweat out of your eyes, and step in. Stay in about 20 minutes if you can, then step out of the sauna and take a 5 to 10 minute break at room temperature. Go back in for 15 minutes. Do this twice during the first week. You should notice some caking around your temples as you body “dumps” salt; this is normal. It is very important to drink as much as you can while you are in the sauna and during the break, including electrolytes. Finish with a cool down period/break at room temperature (continue to drink) until you feel like your temperature has returned to normal.

Weeks two and three: Go to the sauna two or three times a week. Stay in about 20 minutes, take a 5 to 10 minute break, go back in for 15 minutes, take another 5 to 10 minute break, then head back in for another 15 minutes. Finish with a cool down period. The amount of salt that your body is dumping should be decreasing, and you should be increasing the amount of water you’re drinking as your body learns to sweat sooner, and more, to cool you more effectively.

Weeks four and five: Go to the sauna three to four times a week. Stay in at least 30 minutes at a time, if you can, but continue to take 5 to 10 minute breaks. It is not necessary to exercise while in the sauna, but it helps; the simplest is to jog in place. If you want to add exercise in the sauna, this is the time to do it, as your body has begun to acclimate to the heat.

The final week(s): You should be able to stay in for about an hour with two to three 5-minute breaks, and you should be doing this three to four times a week. Your consumption of water should be almost double as you will be sweating more, sooner, for longer. Your sweat will not taste as salty.

Remember, you are stressing your body and you need to allow it to recover, so don’t drive around with the heater on in your car! This serves very little purpose and can cause serious harm if you pass out and have an accident.

An alternative to visiting the sauna is waiting until the heat of the day reaches 90 degrees and above, and run in dark sweats (top and bottom, top being most important). Start gradually as you did in the sauna and work up to about an hour and a half run. Take lots of water and drink, drink, drink, remembering to replace your electrolytes.

With both training scenarios, make sure you are peeing and monitor the color; it should be a light straw color. If it’s darker than that, you’re not drinking enough. A runny nose also signals good hydration. You can also pinch the skin on the back of your hand to check how quickly it rebounds—it should do so almost instantly; if it stays up in a tent shape, you’re not hydrating enough.

With appropriate heat training you can safely put your desert racing dreams in action!


The ultimate endurance athlete, Marshall Ulrich has run more than 120 ultramarathons averaging over 125 miles each, completed 12 expedition-length adventure races, and climbed the Seven Summits all on his first attempts. As of 2015, he is a 20-time finisher of the world’s toughest footrace, the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon, including winning the race in 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1996.

Marshall finished the first-ever circumnavigation on foot of Death Valley National Park, about 425 miles in one of the hottest, driest places on earth, during the most blistering month in U.S. history (July 2012). He’s ranked this expedition as tougher than ascending Mount Everest, but not as challenging as his record-setting transcontinental run of more than 3,000 miles from San Francisco to New York City, which was the subject of his memoir, Running on Empty.

In his sixties, Marshall inspires adventurers, active and armchair athletes, and a growing general audience by sharing his experiences and defying the ideas of “too far,” “too old,” and “not possible.”

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Marshall and his support team cross the Badwater 135 finish line for the 20th time in 2015!

Marshall and his support team celebrate his 20th Badwater 135 finish in 2015!


2016 STYR Labs Badwater 135 Pre-Race Press Release



To download the full Press Release, Media Kit, and Credential Application in PDF format, click here. To download the July 2016 issue of BADWATER Magazine, click here.


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 feet, runners, triathletes, 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.

The start line is at Badwater, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 280’ (85m) below sea level. 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) of cumulative descent. Whitney Portal is the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States. 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, and Lone Pine.


A true “challenge of the champions,” the 2016 STYR Labs Badwater 135 features 51 Badwater veterans and 46 rookies: die hard “ultra-runners” of every speed and ability, as well as athletes who have the necessary running credentials, but are primarily known for their exploits as adventure racers, mountaineers, triathletes, or in other extreme pursuits. With one of the most international fields in race history, the athletes represent twenty-one countries by citizenship or residence: Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States of America (with 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.

There are 25 women and 72 men. The youngest male runner is 25 (rookie entrant Sam Weir of Austraila) 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:

The men’s course record is held by Valmir Nunez of Brazil with a time of 22:51:29 set in 2007, while the women’s course record of 26:16:12 was set in 2010 by Jamie Donaldson of 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. The average finishing time is approximately 40 hours, while the overall time limit is 48 hours. For those who finish in less than forty-eight hours, their reward is the coveted Badwater 135 belt buckle. There is no prize money.

The 2016 race field is particularly competitive. Veteran contenders include 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 citizenship), 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. Also competing is Marshall Ulrich, 65, of Evergreen, CO, a twenty-time Badwater 135 finisher and four-time winner in 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1996, along with David Jones, 64, of Murfreesboro, TN, the 1997 Badwater 135 race champion, seven-time finisher, and 60+ age group record holder. For a  full preview of the top men’s field, click here.

The women’s field, with 25 entrants, includes 12 rookies and 13 veterans. Notable contenders include the 2015 women’s champion, Nikki Wynd of Australia, 2014 women’s champion, Alyson Venti of Barbados, Badwater 135 veteran Brenda Guajardo who is a three-time winner of the Nove Colli ultramarathon in Italy, 2016 Brazil 135+ women’s champion Sada Crawford of Cayman Islands, and others. For a full preview of the top women’s field, click here.

Every year is a new year at the Badwater 135, with rookies and “previously unknown” athletes surprising the contenders with top performances. New stars will shine as the race unfolds.BAD-UltraCup.2The 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 July. 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, and, plus the local support of Furnace Creek Ranch, Stovepipe Wells Resort, Panamint Springs Resort, Dow Villa, Pizza Factory, the community of Lone Pine, CA, the people of Inyo County, and other generous companies and individuals. More info:

Official Charities of the Badwater 135 include the Challenged Athletes Foundation. As one of the very few charities that provides grants directly to athletes with a physical disability, the Challenged Athletes Foundation has raised over thirty million dollars and directly assisted thousands of challenged athletes world-wide. 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, and awareness of, these organizations. More info.

This year, over 50 of the race entrants are competing on behalf of a charity of their choice. Some of those include 100 Mile Club, Break the Stigma Project, Caring House Project Foundation, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Death Valley Natural History Association, Homes for our Troops, Hope So Bright, The Herren Project, and others.

This year’s race celebrates the 39th anniversary of Al Arnold’s original trek from Badwater to Mt. Whitney in 1977. Arnold, an ultrarunning pioneer and human potential guru, competed in a solo effort: it was just Arnold and his support crew against the elements and the clock. The official head-to-head race began ten years after Arnold’s pioneer trek, in 1987, and has been held annually without serious incident, fatality, or any citations issued by any branch of law enforcement. For more info about Al Arnold and also the original race click these links:

1977 Al Arnold:

1987 Race:


A stock image gallery – for bona fide media use only – may be accessed at the following link, with Photographer Name / attribution required:

For the duration of the 2016 race, fans can follow the race through a “live” webcast at

The Badwater 135 is held under permits from Death Valley National Park, California Department of Transportation, Inyo National Forest, and 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, BADWATER®. Adventure is our way of life. 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. Founded in 1984 by Chris Kostman, this group effort is dedicated to exploring the inner and outer universes, seeking adventure, energy, and insight both in daily life and “out there.” More info is available at and Badwater® is a federally registered trademark owned by AdventureCORPS, Inc.


Chris Kostman
Chief Adventure Officer and Race Director
AdventureCORPS, Inc. 638 Lindero Canyon Road, #311
Oak Park, CA 91377 USA



Badwater 135 Route Landmarks

Badwater® 135 Race Route © AdventureCORPS, Inc.  2016 Ed.
Landmark Distance Elevation Mile Marker
NOTE: TL = Traffic Light; SS = Stop Sign; T-Int = T-Intersection: Jct. = Junction
Badwater Basin: Head north 0 -282
Crews will be held for 10 minutes after each wave begins, then released in small batches.
Former location of Telescope Peak Sign on L. 1.8 -200
Wide Shoulder on Right 3.1
Natural Bridge turnoff on R (PACERS MAY JOIN AGE 65+ RUNNERS HERE) 3.5 -170 MM 13
Wide Shoulder on R. 3.9
Devil’s Golf Course on L. 5.6 -165
Artist’s Drive entry on R. 8 -165
West Side Road on L. 10.6 MM 6
Artist’s Drive exit on R. 11.7 -70
Mushroom Rock on R. 12.1 -170 MM 5
Golden Canyon on R. (Toilet / Parking)                           (45 MPH) 14.5 -165
Jct. Hwy 190 & Badwater Rd.: Go Left onto 190 north     (Cell Service Begins) 16.5 0
Watch Speed Limit! (Don’t be like that Aussie team in 2015!)
Timbisha Shoshone Reservation on L. 17.2 -140
Furnace Creek Ranch on L.: Ice & Store close at 300am (Time Station #1) 17.5 -165
Park in lots, not along roadway, near Time Station.
Dumpsters available to dump garbage and recycling at Time Station.
Furnace Creek Fuel on L. (Please do NOT dump garbage here.)
Park Service Visitor’s Center on L.               (Run on bike path left of roadway) 17.7 -165
Furnace Creek Campground on L. 17.8 -170
Harmony Borax Works on L.: Park here and let runner go ahead     (45 MPH) 18.2 -170
NO STOPPING, SLOWING, or PARKING NEXT 1 MILE! Drive beyond curves! 19.1 -100
Parking allowed beyond curvy section, where safe. 20.1
Cow Creek on R. 20.8
1st Marathon 26.2
Daylight Pass Rd. on R.                                         (Cell Service Ends) 28.4 MM 99.5
Salt Creek turnoff on L. 30.8 MM 97.5
Sea Level sign on R. 31.5 0
Sea Level sign on L. 32.1 0
“Summit” / end of rolling hills section 33.7 140′ MM 94.5
North Hwy / Scotty’s Castle turnoff on R. 34.9 MM 93.5
Sea Level sign on L. 35.4 0
Devil’s Cornfield sign on R. 36.3 -80 MM 91.5
Parking on R. (Space for 2-3 cars) 37.1
Camera Sign pullout on R.         (Space for 4-5 cars only) 37.5
Sand Dunes Parking Lot on R. (Toilet / Parking)              (35 MPH) 40.2 0
Approaching Stovepipe Wells                          (Cell Service Begins) 41 0
Stovepipe Wells Village Welcome sign: Gas / Food / Store opens at 300am! 42 0
Time Station #2 & Medical HQ on L. by hotel courtyard & flag 42.2
It’s a long climb, and a long way, to Panamint Springs, 30 miles away!
It is CRITICAL to stock up on water, ice, and snacks, plus real food for the crew!
Also, take advantage of the low gas prices while you are here!
Mosaic Canyon turnoff on L. 42.4 5
1000′ Elevation sign on R.                                                     (65 MPH) 46.8 1000
Short downhill 47.2
DIP Sign on R.          (Do NOT park in dips as you will be invisible!) 48.5
2000′ Elevation sign: All racers must pass this location before 1000am 50.7 2000 MM 77.5
Wildrose Station (Bathroom; paved parking lot on R.) 51.2 2450
Please park neatly and use designated spaces. Don’t park “haphazardly.”
Wildrose Turnoff on L. 51.4 2500 MM 76.5
2nd Marathon 52.4 2800 MM 75.5
3000′ Elevation sign on L. 53.6 3000
4000′ Elevation sign on L. 56 4000
DIP sign on R.         (Do NOT park in dips as you will be invisible!) 56.4
Approaching the summit of Towne Pass                            (30 MPH) 57.25 MM 70.5
Brake Check area on R. 58.9 4965
Towne Pass Summit sign on R. 59 4965
“Downhill Next 9 Miles – 9% Grade” – Begin descent into Panamint Valley 59.6
4000′ Elevation sign on R.                                                   (55 MPH) 61.8 4000
Vista Point (amazing Mt. Whitney view) / big gravel pullout on R. 62 3500
Paved pullout on L. 62.5
Gravel pullout on L. 63.7 MM 64.5
3000′ Elevation sign on L. 64.1 3000
Large Paved pullout on L. 65.3
2000′ Elevation sign on L.                                                   (65 MPH) 66.4 2000
Panamint Dry Lake Bed, east edge; “Soft Shoulder” sign 68.4 1640
Panamint Valley Road to Trona / Ridgecrest on L. 70.2 1750
Panamint Springs Resort: Gas / Mini Mart / Food / Hotel   (35 MPH) 72.7 1970
Time Station #3 on L. at resort hotel
All racers must pass TS3 before 1159pm, Tuesday night
Free Showers and Flush Toilets across street at campground!
Get water, ice, snacks, and more at Gas Station / Mini Mart!
Get REAL FOOD quuickly with “streamined Badwater Race Menu” at the Resort
WARNING: Parking only allowed in designated locations for next 12.2 miles: follow odometer closely!
2000′ Elevation sign on L.                                                   (55 MPH) 73.3 2000
Darwin Falls turnoff on L. / “Rock Slide Area” sign on R. 73.7 2500
Parking Allowed on R. in gravel pullout with yellow left arrow     (1.8 from PSR) 74.5 MM 53.5
Parking Allowed on R. in small gravel pullout on right                 (3.4 from PSR) 76.1
3000′ Elevation sign on L. (end parking allowed zone) 76.2 3000
Parking Allowed on R. in large gravel shoulder on right               (4.7 from PSR) 77.4
Parking Allowed in large gravel pullout on L. before left curve   (5.3 from PSR) 78
3rd Marathon at 25 MPH sign with sharp left curve arrow 78.6 3400 MM 48.5
4000′ Elevation sign on L. 80.55 4000
Father Crowley’s Point on R. (Toilet) Parking Allowed in lot           (7.9 from PSR) 80.6 4000
Please no sleeping on the ground in parking spaces!
Parking Allowed in elevated gravel pullout via small drive on R. (8.7 from PSR) 81.4
Parking Allowed in wide gravel pullout on R.   (35 MPH)           (10.5 from PSR) 83.2 MM 44.8
Summit (no sign) Parking Allowed in large gravel pullout on R. (12.2 from PSR) 84.9
65 MPH sign on right, just beyond parking zone 85
Support vehicles may resume parking wherever it is safe to do so from here onwards.
Death Valley National Park sign on L.                                 (65 MPH) 85.4 4200
Saline Valley Rd. on R. (actual DVNP boundary) 86.4 4800
“Adopt a Highway” sign on R. 88.6 MM 39.5
Darwin turnoff on L.: Time Station #4 on Left before turnoff 90.6 5050 MM 37.5
All racers must pass TS4 before 500am, Wednesday morning
Gravesite on right (white cross) 96.8 4100
“Rock Slide Area” 99.8
One hundred miles! (3′ wide gray stripe across road with culvert under road) 100 4050 MM 28*
* MM 28 is exactly at the 100-mile mark, but is on the LEFT side of the road, facing the opposite direction.
4000′ Elevation sign on R. before “Gunsite Notch”         (Cell Service Begins) 102.2 4000
Jct. Hwy 136 & Hwy 190: Go straight / north onto Hwy 136   “Lone Pine 19mi” 103.4 3935
4th Marathon 104.8 3800 MM 16.5
“100 Sulfate Road” sign 106.5
Keeler City sign at Cerro Gordo Rd. on R. 108.1 3610
Adopt-a-Highway sign on R. after solar panel array 109.1 3605
Dolomite Loop Road on R. 113.2 3600
Dolomite Loop Road on R. 117.5 3510
Cross Owens River: View of Whitney Portal Rd. is straight ahead! 118.3 3500
Jct. Hwy 136 & Hwy 395: Go Right / North 121 3696
Runners may run on right side of road into and through Lone Pine: stay well away from traffic lane.
WARNING: SPEED LIMITS DROP TO 25mph as you pass through town!
Comfort Inn on R.                                                               (45 MPH) 121.1
Chevron / Lee’s Frontier Deli / Mini Mart (Great sandwiches!) on L. 121.3
Best Western on R.                                                             (35 MPH) 122
Lone Pine City Limits sign on R.                                       (25 MPH) 122.3
McDonald’s on L. 122.6 3610
Dow Villa on R.: Time Station #5 & Medical HQ 122.7 3610
All racers must pass within 42 hours of their individual wave start!
All racers with time penalties must “check in” and serve penalty time here before continuing.
Portal Road (the only traffic light in Lone Pine): Go left 122.8 3610
Tuttle Creek turnoff on L. 123.3 3770
WARNING: Park and Drive Properly! NO slow driving; NO stopping in roadway!
Los Angeles Aqueduct 123.4 3855
Lone Pine Creek 124.5 4200
Movie Flat Road on R. 125.5 4590
WARNING: Park and Drive Properly! NO slow driving; NO stopping in roadway!
Lone Pine Creek 125.7 4800
Horseshoe Meadow turnoff on L. 125.9 5000
Cuffe Ranch turnoff on R. 127.1 5100
WARNING: Park and Drive Properly! NO slow driving; NO stopping in roadway!
Whitney Vista Drive on L 127.4
Olivas Ranch Road on L. 128.4 5300
“Entering Active Bear Area” 129.2
WARNING: Park and Drive Properly! NO slow driving; NO stopping in roadway!
Lone Pine Campground on L. 129.3 5700
Lone Pine Creek 129.6 6000
“Inyo National Forest” sign on R. (Sign was missing in May, 2015) 129.8 6400
5th Marathon at Indian Creek Rd. on R. 131 7000
Time Station #6 in Large gravel pullout on R. 131.1 6890
Road makes a 180-degree switchback to L. 132 7215
Vista Point on Left at large gravel pullout 132.8 7400
“Campsites 39-44” and “Whitney Portal Recreation Area” signs 133.7 7700
WARNING: Park and Drive Properly! NO slow driving; NO stopping in roadway!
Meysan Lakes trailhead on L. 133.9 8035
Family Campground on L.: Support vehicles should drive ahead to park! 134 8100
Overflow Parking Lot on L. 134.6 8200
Finish Line of the World’s Toughest Foot Race:    Congratulations! 134.7 8360
Mile Markers (MM) noted are on R. side of road and within 2/10 of a mile of their stated location. For reference only.
Official distance is 135.0 miles. Remember all car odometers have error.
Distances above were GPS-measured and are accurate in a relative sense.
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2016 Badwater Salton Sea Webcast

AdventureCORPS®, Inc. hosts BADWATER® Salton Sea annually in May. This remarkable event challenges up to 40 teams of two or three ultrarunners – running together as duos or trios for the duration, NOT in a relay – to tackle an unimaginable traverse of Southern California deserts and mountains. The route covers 81 miles (130km) non-stop from below sea level at the shoreline of the Salton Sea, across over Anza-Borrego Desert State Park on a rugged mountain single-track trail, and then past Ranchita and Lakeshaw and up East Grade to the top of Palomar Mountain with a dramatic view of the Pacific Ocean. The webcast featuring the fourth edition, held May 1-2, 2016, is located here.


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Badwater heads to Mustang, Nepal! Track us via GPS!

In 2015, Badwater is going to a region of Nepal that even the Nepalese consider remote: The Kingdom of Mustang! It’s a dramatic, gorgeous, and exotic locale unlike anywhere else you’ve ever been, let alone run. To host this race and insure that the entire trip goes off fabulously, we have partnered with Richard Bull, organizer of Trail Running Nepal and the race director of the Mustang Trail Race and other events. He’s a British expat who has lived in Nepal for many years. His Mustang Trail Race is held annually in April, but in 2015 he is hosting a special “Badwater Presents” edition of that event in October, just for us.

Though the race course will be challenging, on rugged terrain at high altitudes, we believe it is the cultural experience that we will remember most, along with the camaraderie with fellow Badwater runners from around the globe. We are particularly pleased to mention that your Badwater race director, Chris Kostman, will be competing alongside everyone, as will his brother Keith Kostman, who has worked on the Badwater 135 webcast for more than ten years. It is now time for us to get “out there” and run with you!

The whole itinerary for the trip – from October 17 to 29 – is here and you can read much more about the event (also held annually in April) here.

Runner Tracking

You can track each runner’s movements via GPS with the service in the map embedded below. We have  “Stage Zero” hike on the 19th and then the actual race days will be October 20-22 and 24-28, so those are the days you should “see” movement below. All the data will also be archived and can be “replayed” after the race.

NOTE: Keep in mind that this service is provided for fun and for informational purposes. Accuracy, – and functionality, for that matter – is not guaranteed. Satellite coverage in the Mustang region of Nepal is not as comprehensive as in Europe and the USA, so the “ping rate” will not be as frequent. Also, it’s possible that a unit could have its battery die, it could be turned off, or it could be carried / mounted improperly and thus not have its antenna pointed towards the sky. So, if some particular runner is “not moving” or just not appearing, it’s almost certainly just a technical glitch. DO NOT CONTACT US OR TRACKLEADERS with any complaints or queries. We will be OFF THE GRID and NOT checking email. Thanks for tuning in, though, and for your support!

NOTE: How could our adventure in Nepal possibly have gotten any better? Well, running legend Lizzy Hawker (UTMB 5x champ, 100km world champ, 24-hour world record holder, and a Cambridge Ph.D) has just joined the race field! She will lead out the field each morning and do the course markings. Her Delorme unit will be embedded with our units, so you will be able to track her, too, via the map below.

Badwater Presents Mustang Trail Race Roster:

First Last Gender Age City State Country Nationality
Fabien Billaud Male 35 Singapore Singapore France
Arvid Olav Bratlie Male 54 Løten Hedemark Norway Norway
Richard Bull Male 43 Kathmandu Nepal United Kingdom
Jared Fetterolf Male 26 Austin TX United States United States
Gerald Godoy Male 48 Humble TX United States United States
Matt Ingram Male 52 Sydney NSW Australia Australia
Karla Kent Female 52 Las Vegas NV United States
Christopher Kostman Male 48 Oak Park CA United States United States
Keith Kostman Male 52 Minneapolis MN United States United States
Rebecca Le Baron Female 31 Boca Raton FL United States United States
Thomas Quirk Male 39 Zurich United States Switzerland
Jacob Reinbolt Male 56 San Diego CA United States United States
Russ Reinbolt Male 50 La Jolla CA United States United States
Norunn Solli Female 46 Furnes Norway Norway
Megan Steinebach Female 38 Delray Beach FL United States United States
Josette Valloton Female 51 Wallis Arolla Switzerland Switzerland