Badwater Hall of Fame

The Badwater Hall of Fame was created to honor those who have made historic, critical contributions to the development, history, and success of this event. It was established in 2002 with the induction of its first member, Al Arnold, who in 1977 became the first man to successfully run from Badwater to Mt. Whitney.

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The Badwater Hall of Fame was created in 2002 with the induction of its first member, Al Arnold, who in 1977 became the first man to successfully run from Badwater to Mt. Whitney.

His plaque reads

BADWATER ULTRA MARATHON - 25th Anniversary

A Short History of the 20th Century:
1927: Charles Lindbergh flies solo across the Atlantic
1947: Thor Heyerdahl sails a raft across the Pacific
1953: Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary summit Mt. Everest
1969: Neil Armstrong walks the Moon
1977: Al Arnold runs from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney

The 2002 Badwater Ultramarathon
is proudly dedicated to
AL ARNOLD
on the 25th anniversary of his record setting trek
from Badwater to Mt. Whitney
In recognition of his pioneering efforts, Al Arnold is also hereby and forever recognized as the first inductee into the Badwater Hall of Fame.

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In 2003, Jay Birmingham, the second man to ever run from Badwater to Mt. Whitney, breaking Al Arnold's record in the process in 1981, was inducted.

His plaque reads

Jay Birmingham
is proudly inducted into the Badwater Hall of Fame
for making it a race in 1981
and again in 2003

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In 2004, Richard Benyo and Tom Crawford were inducted. They organized the first Badwater race in 1987, then became the first runners to complete a double Badwater, in 1989, about which Richard published the book, "The Death Valley 300."

Their plaques read:

Richard Benyo/Tom Crawford
is proudly inducted into the Badwater Hall of Fame
in recognition of his efforts in
promoting the race and
"making it a double" (twice!)

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In 2005, Jeannie Ennis, one of the four entrants, and only American female, in the original Badwater race in 1987, was inducted.

Her plaque reads:

Jeannie Ennis
is proudly inducted into the Badwater Hall of Fame
in recognition of completing the first Badwater Ultramarathon in 1987.

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In 2006, Rhonda Provost, who became the first woman to complete a double Badwater in 1995, was inducted.

Interview with Rhonda Provost, 2006 Badwater Hall of Fame inductee
Audio File by Marlis Schmidt: 2.4Mb

Her plaque reads:

Rhonda Provost
is proudly inducted into the Badwater Hall of Fame
in recognition of being the first woman
to complete a double Badwater
and her many years of support of the race
July, 2006

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In 2006, Jack Denness, the eleven-time official finisher and first ever 70-year-old finisher (in 2005), was also inducted.

Interview with Jack Denness, 2006 Badwater Hall of Fame inductee
Audio File by Marlis Schmidt: 2.3Mb

His plaque reads:

Jack Denness
is proudly inducted into the Badwater Hall of Fame
in recognition of his eleven official
finishes of the Badwater Ultramarathon,
including his 2005 finish at age 70
July, 2006

In 2007, Ben and Denise Jones, both of them three-time official finishers, as well as training camp hosts, mentors to many Badwater runners, and more, were inducted.

Interview with Ben and Denise Jones, 2007 Badwater Hall of Fame inductees
Audio File by Marlis Schmidt: 2.2Mb

Their plaque reads:

Badwater Hall of Fame

Ben and Denise Jones
In Recognition of their 17 years
on the race course as athletes
camp hosts, volunteers, crew
members, Race Ambassadors, and
Mayor and First Lady
July, 2007

In 2010, Lisa Bliss, crew person, competitor, Medical Director, and 2007 women's champion, was inducted into the Badwater Hall of Fame.

Her plaque reads:

Dr. Lisa Bliss
is proudly inducted into the Badwater Hall of Fame
in recognition of her nine years of devotion
to the world’s toughest foot race
as competitor, champion, and Medical Director
July, 2010