May 2-4, 2014 at Borrego Springs Resort

The 2015 date and location will be announced soon.

Download the May 2014 edition of BADWATER Magazine featuring Badwater Immersion and Badwater Salton Sea!

Would you like to learn all about Badwater and Ultrarunning, without having to run 50 to 135 miles? Would you like to enjoy a 48-hour active learning get-away in an awesome Southern California oasis in the company of high-energy, super friendly, very accomplished people like yourself?

If so, we invite you to immerse yourself in the world of ultra running and Badwater with some of the biggest names and most insightful coaches, promoters, and professionals ever assembled. Come to learn, to have fun, to expand your horizons, to learn the secrets of longevity, health, and more in this jam-packed weekend get-away held at a southern California desert oasis. Come to Badwater Immersion on May 2-4 in Borrego Springs, CA! Tuition costs just $79 for runners and crews entered in Badwater Salton Sea and $99 for the general public. Registration closes on April 30.

Open to the public, to anyone with on the quest to know and do more, Badwater Immersion will be held immediately before the world-famous Badwater Salton Sea race, giving participants the chance to rub elbows, run, practice yoga, and hang out with some of ultra running's most elite athletes. Invitation to attend is extended to anyone interested in the BADWATER events and Ultra Running, whether as a competitor or crew member.

The program includes two morning runs through Borrego Springs, Yoga Tune Up® and Yoga For Athletes classes, a three-hour hike, and four sessions of programs on subjects such as "Designing a Multi-Year Plan to Compete in a Pinnacle Event," "Crewing 101," "Finding a Balance in Your Life," "Mental Aspects of Ultra Sports," and "Conquering Your Life's Badwaters."

Presenters include Marshall Ulrich, Jimmy Dean Freeman, Kate Martini Freeman, and Laurie Kostman, plus an all-star panel of Badwater veterans for a round-table Q&A.

Registration is entirely optional for Badwater Salton Sea participants and crew members, but all are encouraged to attend. Likewise, Immersion participants are welcome to attend just Badwater Immersion, or to perhaps also stay to participate in, or serve on a support crew at, the Badwater Salton Sea race on May 5 and 6. (BWSS race entrants and support crews will arrive in Borrego Springs on May 3 or 4, with all the official pre-race activities taking place on May 4, also at the Borrego Springs Resort.)

Schedule of Events

Friday, May 2, 2014

700-800pm: Viewing of the AT&T Uverse Three-Part TV Coverage of the 2013 Badwater 135

800-900pm: Journey in Extremes
Cooperative Adventure Racing, Death Valley Circumnavigation, and the Seven Summits
with Marshall Ulrich

Saturday, May 3, 2014 (slightly revised on 4-18; Frank McKinney will not be attending)

630-800am: Road and trail run around Borrego Springs past many of the incredible metal sculptures which dot the landscape and are known as Galleta Meadows. Depart on foot from hotel lobby at 630am.

800-900am: Yoga For Athletes with Laurie Kostman
This is open to EVERYONE, regardless of yoga experience! Please arrive on time.

900-1000am: Morning Break

1000am-1130am: Morning Session: Success in the World of Badwater and Ultras

Designing a Multi-Year Plan to Compete in a Pinnacle Event like Badwater 135:
Goal Setting, Race Planning, Managing a Long-Term Mentality, Patience & Perseverance (
with Jimmy Dean Freeman of Coyote Running

Crewing 101 for Badwater 135, Badwater Salton Sea, and other Ultras:
Crewing, Crew Chiefing, Troubleshooting Problems, Pacing in a Variable Weather Race in Extreme Conditions
with Jimmy Dean Freeman and Kate Martini Freeman of Coyote Running

1130am-1230pm: Mid-Day Break

1230-300pm: Afternoon Session: Ultra Running for the Long Haul

Finding a Balance in Your Life (1230-115pm)
with Marshall Ulrich

Mental Aspects of Ultra Sports (115-200pm)
with Marshall Ulrich

Forget the Foam Roller! (200-300pm)
Active Recovery and Long-Term Health and Wellness with Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls
with Laurie Kostman (Therapy Balls will be loaned to all participants, and may be purchased for $14 a pair)

300-330pm: Afternoon Break

330pm: Meet at Hotel Lobby to carpool to the trailhead near the start of the Montezuma Grade Road. (Each is responsible for their own transportation.)

400pm: Depart the trailhead to hike of some or all of the eight-mile California Riding & Hiking Trail which ascends over 3500 feet from Borrego Springs almost to the tiny hamlet of Ranchita. This trail is included within the BADWATER SALTON SEA race route in the mile 40 to mile 50 range. Many BWSS competitors will join this hike in order to get a preview of the steepest climb within the race. Estimated hiking time 2.5 to 3 hours. It may be HOT, so bring adequate water, electrolytes, clothing, sunscreen, and hat. It's an 8-mile, uphill, one-way hike, so drivers and vehicles to pick hikers up at the top of the traill (just below the summit of Montezuma Valley Road, 1.7 miles before the Ranchita Store) must be coordinated by all involved. See the route here, including a GPS file download.

645 to 700pm: Conclude hike at western end of trail. (Transportation back from there must be arranged by all involved.)

700-830pm: Evening Break

830-930pm: Evening Session: Q&A with Badwater Veterans moderated by Chris Kostman
with Marshall Ulrich, Jimmy Dean Freeman, Kimberlie Budzik, and other Badwater veterans

Sunday, May 4, 2014

630-800am: Road and trail run around Borrego Springs past many of the incredible metal sculptures which dot the landscape and are known as Galleta Meadows. Depart on foot from hotel lobby at 630am.

800-900am: Yoga Tune Up® with Laurie Kostman
This is open to EVERYONE, regardless of yoga experience! Please arrive on time.

Badwater Immersion officially concludes at 900am. For the full subsequent schedule of Badwater Salton Sea activities, click here. Here are the Sunday events for Badwater Salton Sea:

1000am: Meet at Hotel Lobby to carpool to Salton City to visit the start line area and first 35 miles of the Badwater Salton Sea race route. (Each is responsible for their own transportation.)

1030am: Depart for Salton City. (Each is responsible for their own transportation.)

300-400pm: Badwater Salton Sea Runner Check-In and Photos

400-500pm: Badwater Salton Sea Pre-Race Meeting


Jimmy Dean Freeman is founder and head coach of Coyote Running in the Los Angeles area and is a veteran finisher of the 2010 Badwater 135 and 2013 Badwater Salton Sea. His Badwater 135 experience also includes crewing and pacing for Jorge Pacheco in 2009 and serving as crew chief and pacer for Kurt Lindermueller in 2011 and then Jay Smithberger in 2013. Jimmy is known for his pep talks and his emphasis on training the mind and mentality like a muscle. Since 2002, he has coached thousands of adults and young people to run more often, run further and run easier by helping dispel myths about running and creating an uplifting environment to propel people to break through self-imposed glass ceilings. Jimmy has been running competitively for nearly 30 years (200+ races, including the Angeles Crest 100, the Western States 100) and has over 13 years of coaching experience tackling ultra endurance over the last 7 years of that span. He has helped many runners & athletes to complete their first ultra trail races and 100 milers, and has personally completed 20+ races of 50 miles (or further) since 2005 while only failing to finish 3 races over that stretch. Personal bests include a 1:18 Half Marathon, 2:56 Marathon, 3:56 50k, 7:07 50 Mile & 17:34 100 Mile.

Jimmy's Coyote Running Website | Jimmy's Badwater History

Kate Martini Freeman co-founded Coyote Running with her husband, Jimmy. She crewed the Badwater 135 for Shannon Farar-Griefer in 2011 & 2013, as well as Badwater Salton Sea in 2013 for Team Coyote, who went on to be the race champions. She completed her first race in 2002, the Kona Marathon (4:59:51) and has since lowered her marathon PR to 2:58:30. She has gone on to complete over 35 marathons. In 2006 and 2007 she focused on triathlons, most notably placing third in her age group in a full Ironman distance triathlon. In 2009 she ventured into the world of ultramarathons, completing a handful of 50k’s (winning five of them), two 50-milers, a 100k and two 100 mile trail runs. Her current goals (besides healing from a broken leg she brought back from a night time running excursion down a mountain in Iceland) are to improve her marathon time, test the boundaries of what she can run on the trails and inspire as many people as possible along the way. By day she exercises her passion for the arts, as a creative director for a beauty company. Her early mornings and evenings are spent running with and coaching the most fun category of people on the planet (crazy ultra-runners).

Kate's Running History on UltraSignUp | Kate's Design Website | Kate's Coyote Running Page

Chris Kostman has been the race director of the Badwater 135 since 2000 and has been producing ultra-distance sports events since 1984. He got his start early in ultra sports: He set world ultra cycling records in high school in 1984 and 1985 (riding against the clock from San Francisco City Hall to Los Angeles Cith Hall) and completed the 3127-mile, eleven-day Race Across America bicycle race at age 20 in 1987. That was a springboard to competing in events as diverse as the Triple Ironman in France, the 6.5-mile Skaha Lake Ultra Swim in Canada, numerous winter ultras on mountain bike or snowshoes in Alaska, and scores of 24-hour mountain bike races and 200-mile or longer road bike races. He ran the 100th anniversary of the Boston Marathon and has run three 100-mile foot race on showshoes. Through his company, AdventureCORPS, he productes events such as the venerable Furnace Creek 508 bicycle race and the world-famous Badwater Ultramarathon 135-mile foot race and its sister events, Badwater Salton Sea and Badwater Cape Fear. Chris has also published over 250 articles about the endurance world.

Chris' Bio Page | Chris on Twitter | Chris on Instagram

Laurie Kostman is a fitness professional and exercise specialist with over 20 years of experience. She first joined the AdentureCORPS race staff in 2003 and has worked at five Badwater 135 races, the 2013 Badwater Salton Sea, and seven Furnace Creek 508 races. She also teaches yoga classes at all AdventureCORPS cycling camps and events.

Laurie was trained as a yoga teacher at the world renowned White Lotus Foundation and holds a Yoga Alliance RYT 200 instructor certification and Yoga Tune Up® certification, as well as personal trainer, Mat Pilates, and indoor cycling certifications. As an outdoor athlete, Laurie is a veteran of Hell Week Texas, the 2011 Million Dollar Challenge (San Francisco to La Jolla by tandem bicycle: 620 miles in seven days on behalf of Challenged Athletes Foundation), and she ran her first marathon during the Ironman Revisited Triathlon in 2005. She serves at Chief Wellness Officer for AdventureCORPS and as a Group Fitness Instructor for Equinox in Woodland Hills, Encino, and Westlake Village, CA. She is a mother of two and incredible wife.

Laurie's CORPSyoga page

Marshall Ulrich is known by many as the ultimate endurance athlete. He 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. He is a nineteen-time finisher of the Badwater 135 and completed the 2013 Badwater Salton Sea on Team Stray Dogs, as well as Furnace Creek 508 in 1996.

Marshall also 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 and still actively competing, 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."

Marshall's Website | Marshall's Badwater History

Host Hotel

The host hotel of BADWATER IMMERSION and BADWATER SALTON SEA is the Borrego Springs Resort, located at located at 1112 Tilting T Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004.

Borrego Springs Resort is an oasis of luxury nestled between the Anza-Borrego Desert and the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains. The Resort boasts a variety of recreational amenities, fine dining and comfortable accommodations all within ninety minutes of Palm Springs and San Diego.

In addition to golf, Borrego Springs Resort offers its guests a variety of recreational amenities to choose from including our full-service Spa Serenity with a privatized pool, a heated swimming pool, whirlpool spa, six lighted tennis courts and fitness center. Enjoy a refreshing dip in their heated pool featuring covered seating, lounge chairs, cabanas and complimentary towels. The lighted tennis courts offer guests the option to continue playing even after the sun goes down before unwinding in the bubbling spa. A fitness center provides cardiovascular and weight training equipment housed in air conditioned comfort with a mirrored wall for the optimal work-out experience.

Click here for the Borrego Springs Resort. Please note that we have a very special room rate available for all BADWATER IMMERSION and BADWATER SALTON SEA entrants for before, during, and after the race: the special booking code to utilize that rate will be provided to all entrants during registration for the event. Reservations must be made via phone.

Click here for the Google Map of the resort's location. Click here for more about Borrego Springs, CA.

Distances to Borrego Springs:
San Diego to Borrego Springs: 88 miles
Oceanside to Borrego Springs: 89 miles
San Bernardino to Borrego Springs: 118 miles
LAX to Borrego Springs: 161 miles
Santa Barbara to Borrego Springs: 248 miles
Phoenix, AZ to Borrego Springs: 293 miles
Las Vegas to Borrego Springs: 327 miles
Tucson, AZ to Borrego Springs: 366 miles