AdventureCORPS®, Inc. hosts BADWATER® Salton Sea annually in May. This remarkable event challenges up to 35 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, up, and over Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, to the top of Palomar Mountain with a dramatic view of the Pacific Ocean. The four previous editions were received with wide acclaim. The fifth edition – with a 100 runner limit – will be held April 30 – May 1-, 2017 and registration is already open! (2016 links: Roster / Webcast / Magazine).

The BADWATER Salton Sea route covers 81 miles from Salton City (elevation 234 feet / 71m below sea level) to Palomar Mountain, the almost tallest mountain in San Diego County (finish line elevation: 5500 feet above sea level.) There is a total elevation gain of over 9000 feet.  Eight of the 81 race miles pass through Anza-Borrego State Park on a single track trail known as the California Riding and Hiking Trail from near Borrego Springs to near Ranchita, creating a race route which is a mix of road and trail.