The BADWATER ULTRA CUP comprises Badwater Cape Fear in March, Badwater Salton Sea in May, and Badwater 135 in July. Those runners who complete all three full-distance events in the same calendar year will be featured on the Badwater website and their virtues will be extolled throughout the Internet and in future editions of BADWATER Magazine.
2014 Badwater Ultra Cup finishers are (women's champion / men's champion):
BADWATER® CAPE FEAR
The BADWATER® ultra running experience cane to the East Coast for the first time when the inaugural BADWATER CAPE FEAR race took place on Bald Head Island, North Carolina on March 22, 2014. Besides featuring a 50km/51-mile ultra running race, this new event is designed as a Spring Break Vacation and Badwater Family Reunion at a remote island get-away. The race features a twelve-mile warm-up on the car-free, one-lane-wide roads of Bald Head Island, followed by either 19 or 39 miles of running on the wild and secluded sandy beach between Cape Fear and Fort Fisher. The race is held along the Atlantic Seaboard with spectacular views of the Frying Pan Shoals to the east and wild and undeveloped marshlands to the west. It is a dramatic, invigorating, inspiring setting to experience Cape Fear in all its grandeur! There were multiple social events and outdoor activities held in the days before and after the actual race, so we encourage everyone to make a 3- to 5-day trip out of the adventure and bring their family, friends, and club mates! More info.
BADWATER® SALTON SEA
This remarkable race, first held in 2013, challenges 25 teams of three ultrarunners - running together for the duration, not in a relay - to tackle an unimaginable traverse of Southern California deserts and mountains. Held May 5-6, the race covered 81 miles (130km) non-stop from below sea level at the shoreline of the Salton Sea, across, up, and over Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, to the top of Palomar Mountain with a dramatic view of the Pacific Ocean. More info.
"The World's Toughest Foot Race" is going through an evolution this year because of permitting issues with the National Park Service. Held July 21-23, the new and improved 135-Mile World Championship event featured an incredible route based in Lone Pine, CA with over 19,000 feet of elevation gain, two dramatic ascents into the Sierra Nevada to 10,000 feet and 8300 feet, and a 15-mile, self-supported, dirt road trek to Cerro Gordo, an authentic ghost town. As always, the finish line was at Mt. Whitney Portal. More info).