2015 Badwater® 135 General Information & Schedule

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2014 Schedule of Events: Set your watch to official race time. Click here!
Monday, January 19 at 900am PST Application becomes available on this website.
Monday, February 2 at 900am PST Application taken off-line.
Monday, February 9 Entry Confirmations sent to up to 100 applicants.
Monday, February 23 Absolute deadline for Badwater 135 Ultramarathon application paperwork and fees to reach the race office.
Monday, March 2 2015 Badwater Ultramarathon Entrant Roster posted online.
Friday, May 1 Deadline to withdraw from the 2015 Badwater 135 Ultramarathon and request a refund.
Monday, May 11 Starting Groups and Bib Numbers assigned.
Approximately July 10 2015 Race Magazine available as a Pdf download. Click here to download the 2014 edition (NOTE: 7.9 meg, 48-page PDF file)
Monday, July 27, 1200-200pm Private: Staff Meeting and Pre-Race Preparations

Held in Marquez Room, Furnace Creek Inn.

Monday, July 27, 200-500pm Runner Check-In and Registration

Park in gravel lot by the tennis courts with driveway entrance near the Badwater Road intersection. Do not drive up to the main entrance to the Inn.

Please do not all show up at 400pm! It takes quite a while to go through the Check-In process! We suggest that 1st wave runers arrive at 200pm, 2nd wave runners arrive at 300pm, and 3rd wave runners arrive at 400pm.

(Each Racer and their designated Crew Chief must attend; all crew are welcome as space allows).

Held in Marquez Room, Furnace Creek Inn.

Monday, July 27, 500pm Group Photo of All Racers
At the pool, just below the Marquez Room, Furnace Creek Inn.
Monday, July 27, 500-600pm Private: Staff Meeting
Marquez Room, Furnace Creek Inn
Crewing at Badwater? Drop by for an hour and learn some important, useful information! No matter how many ultras you’ve crewed, this informal session will help you with tips and tricks to make sure you, your runner, and the rest of your crew have a successful experience. We’ll cover common mistakes, give an overview of race rules, and even help with ideas to organize your van and be prepared for almost anything.

Held outside near the cabins at the front of the Furnace Creek Ranch (near Cabin 226).

Tuesday, July 28, 1000-1100am Pre-Race Meeting for 1st Wave Runners
ALL 1st Wave runners, with crew chiefs and ONE additional crew member, must attend the Pre-Race Meeting,
Tuesday, July 28, 1100am-1200pm Pre-Race Meeting for 2nd Wave Runners
ALL 2nd Wave runners, with crew chiefs and ONE additional crew member, must attend the Pre-Race Meeting,
Tuesday, July 28, 1200-100pm Pre-Race Meeting for 3rd Wave Runners
ALL 3rd Wave runners, with crew chiefs and ONE additional crew member, must attend the Pre-Race Meeting,
Tuesday, July 28, 100-130pm Media Meeting
All journalists and all those conducting "Commercial Filming" must attend: Marquez Room, Furnace Creek Inn
Tuesday, July 28, 800-825pm 1st Wave Starts at Badwater
(ALL Wave 1 runners must check in at 730pm).
Runners will depart in five minute increments: 5 runners every 5 minutes
Tuesday, July 28, 930-955pm 2nd Wave Starts at Badwater
(ALL Wave 2 runners must check in at 900pm).
Runners will depart in five minute increments: 5 runners every 5 minutes
Tuesday, July 28, 1100-1125pm 3rd Wave Starts at Badwater
(ALL Wave 3 runners must check in at 1030pm).
Runners will depart in five minute increments: 5 runners every 5 minutes
Wednesday, July 29, 1000am First Time Cut-Off
Deadline for ALL RUNNERS, regardless of starting wave, to pass Mile 50.5 (2000' Elevation Sign, located 8.6 miles beyond Stovepipe Wells)
Wednesday, July 29, 1159pm Second Time Cut-Off
Deadline for ALL RUNNERS, regardless of starting wave, to pass Mile 72 (Panamint Springs Resort)
Wednesday, July 29, 1100pm Approximate Time for First Runner to Cross the Finish Line
Thursday, July 30, 500am Third Time Cut-Off
Deadline for ALL RUNNERS, regardless of starting wave, to pass Mile 90 (Darwin Time Station)
Thursday, July 30, 800-825pm Course Closes for 1st Wave Runners (48 hour time limit, based on start)
Thursday, July 30, 930-955pm Course Closes for 2nd Wave Runners (48 hour time limit based on start)
Thursday, July 30, 1100-1125pm Course Closes for 3rd Wave Runners (48 hour time limit based on start)
Friday, July 31, 1100am-1230pm Post-Race Get-together, Lo-Inyo Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 223 East Locust Street, 1.5 blocks east of 395 (north end of town). Pizza and drinks will be served. No charge (up to four crew per runner). Click here for a map of Lone Pine and Quick-Reference Guide to Everything Badwater-Related in Lone Pine.

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. Will you take on this challenge? Info & Current Registrants

RACE DATE: Tuesday-Thursday, July 28-30, 2015. Start times on July 28: 800pm, 930pm, and 1100pm.

SUNRISE / SUNSET: Civil Twilight (AM): 5:27am | Sunrise: 5:56am | Sunset: 7:58pm | Civil Twilight (PM): 8:27pm | Moonrise: 5:35pm | Moonset: 3:12am.

DISTANCE: 135 miles.

WHO: An international, invitational field of up to 100 endurance athletes representing approximately twenty-five countries and twenty American states. The 2014 roster will be posted March 7, 2014.

APPLYING TO ENTER: The Badwater 135 Ultramarathon is, and always has been, an invitational race. See above for the application timeline. Click here for the qualifying standards and application procedures.

RACE MAGAZINE: Click here to download the 2014 edition (14MB, 60-page PDF file). The 2015 edition will be posted on approximately July 10, 2015.

EMAIL NEWSLETTERS: If you are racing or if you are crewing, you should be receiving the regular email updates from the race office. If not, please subscribe to our email newsletter! Please also "Become a fan of" our Facebook page (Badwater135) and subscribe to our @Badwater Twitter feed (use hashtag #badwater135 when Tweeting about the race).

IMPORTANT FORMS: All entrants need to download Standard Waiver (for all entrants AND for all crew members), the Medical History Form (for all entrants), and the Check-In Form (for all entrants). Bring all these forms, fully completed, to Racer Check-In on Monday.

MEDIA: All journalists must apply for a Journalist Credential in advance of the race. Contact us with questions | Download the Press Kit (MS Word Doc)

HOTELS: We have reserved blocks of rooms in Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells, and Lone Pine during our event. Information about our special pricing is provided ONLY to confirmed entrants in the race, as well as media. That special information is necessary to make reservations and to secure the special rates that we have obtained for Badwater 135 Ultramarathon racers, crew, and staff. Entrants, media, and sponsors: Once acceptd to race, DO NOT DELAY in making your reservations; the Death Valley and Lone Pine area is a very popular destination. All registered entrants will receive the special booking codes and information.

STARTING LOCATION: Badwater, Death Valley, CA.

ENDING LOCATION: The end of Whitney Portal Road, above Lone Pine, CA, on Mt. Whitney, elevation 8360 feet. The race does not continue up the Whitney Trail further onto the mountain.

COURSE RECORDS: Men’s: Valmir Nunes, 2007, Brazil: 22:51:29. Women’s: Jamie Donaldson, 2010, USA, 26:16:12.

AWARDS: All racers who begin the event will receive a Badwater 135 Ultramarathon t-shirt, hat, Race Magazine, and a goodie bag. All racers who officially complete the event within 48 hours will receive a finisher's t-shirt and commemorative Badwater 135 Ultramarathon buckle.

RACE HEADQUARTERS: This will be set up during the race in at the Dow Villa in Lone Pine, CA for the duration of the race.

WEBCAST: Spread the word that we will post time splits, commentary, and images on a continual basis for the duration of the 48 hour race. We will be "live" throughout the race in July, plus we keep the entire webcast archived forever. We will post time splits, results, images, video, and much more, beginning a few hours after the start of the race. As for time splits, keep in mind that the first time station is 17 miles into the race and it will take people several hours to get there. And remember, this is a webcast, not television. You have to be patient and keep in mind that you are not "viewing" the race in "real time." That said, it's going to be great! (Please do not email us or ask us to pass along any information to any runner during the race. We don't even check email during the race. Enjoy the show, everyone!)

PERMITS: This event is held under special use permits from the California Department of Transportation, Inyo National Forest, Death Valley National Park, and Inyo County, and is additionally overseen by the California Highway Patrol. (If one of these agencies won’t issue us a permit, this race could be cancelled. Please keep that in mind!)

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

OFFICIAL CHARITY: The official charities of the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon is the Challenged Athletes Foundation. We are also members of 1% For The Planet and the Conservation Alliance. Click here for all the info about these wonderful organizations and what you can do to get involved. Click here for info about our environmental efforts.

Entry Fee Refunds via CAF Fund-raising: Race entrants may have their entry fee reimbursed by raising at least $6000 for Challenged Athletes Foundation, an Official Charity of the Badwater Ultramarathon. Fund-raising for CAF is made simple with a fully automated and personalized webpage where friends, family, and co-workers may donate in a secure and simple manner. The $6000 must be raised in full by July 1, 2015. On approximately August 1, those race entrants who raised at least $6000 - as verified by CAF - will have their entry fee refunded.

Free Guaranteed Entry in the Race For Major CAF Donors: The race organizers will give a limited number of qualified applicants the opportunity to be guaranteed acceptance into the race in exchange for a $7,500 donation to Challlenged Athletes Foundation. Here are the guidelines for this opportunity:

A full and acceptable application must be submitted during the January 19 - February 2 timeframe. Within the application, the applicant must state "I am willing to make a $7,500 donation RIGHT NOW to Challenged Athletes Foundation, in order to guarantee my acceptance in the race." The Race Committee will immediately review the application, and if they unanimously agree to accept the applicant, the applicant will receive an Entry Acceptance email within three days. At that time, the applicant must immediately donate $7,500 to CAF via check or the special weblink provided. Upon confirmation of that donation by CAF, the applicant will receive notice of their Confirmed Entry in the race. NO ENTRY FEE will be required.

PLEASE NOTE: This offer is only available during the January 19 - February 2 timeframe. It may not be utilized later, for example by an applicant who was not accepted into the race, in order to gain entry.

Also please note: under NO circumstances should an applicant make the $7,500 donation - with the intention of earning Guaranteed Acceptance - until advised to do so by the Race Committee.

Finally, any applicant who utilizes this offer to enter the race must take advantage of this opportunity in 2015. If he or she is unable to race in 2015 for some reason, entry will NOT be guaranteed in a later year.

Las Vegas Airport to Furnace Creek: 140 miles
Los Angeles Airport to Furnace Creek: 250 miles
Lone Pine to Las Vegas Airport: 240 miles
Lone Pine to Los Angeles Airport: 210 miles

Click Here: Pdf download of the best route to drive to and from Death Valley. Print this and use it for your drive to and from the event! NEVER USE A GPS TO NAVIGATE TO DEATH VALLEY!