Badwater® 135 Ultramarathon General Information

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2014 Schedule of Events: Set your watch to official race time. Click here!
Monday, January 20 at 900am PST Application becomes available on this website.
Monday, February 3 at 900am PST Application taken off-line.
Monday, February 10 Entry Confirmations sent to up to 100 applicants.
Monday, February 24 Absolute deadline for Badwater 135 Ultramarathon application paperwork and fees to reach the race office.
Monday, March 3 2014 Badwater Ultramarathon Entrant Roster posted online.
Thursday, May 1 Deadline to withdraw from the 2014 Badwater 135 Ultramarathon and request a refund.
Thursday, May 8 Starting Groups and Bib Numbers assigned.
App. July 10 Race Magazine available as a Pdf download. Click here to download the 2013 edition (NOTE: 7.9 meg, 48-page PDF file) 2014 edition TBA.
Sunday, July 20, 1030am-130pm Runner Check-In and Registration
(Each Racer and their designated Crew Chief must attend; all crew are welcome as space allows), Lo-Inyo Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 223 East Locust Street, 1.5 blocks east of 395 (north end of town). Click here for a map of Lone Pine and Quick-Reference Guide to Everything Badwater-Related in Lone Pine.

Please do not all show up at 100pm! It takes quite a while to go through the Check-In process! We suggest that 600am wave runers arrive at 1030am, 700am wave runners arrive at 1115am, and 800am wave runners arrive at 12 noon.

Sunday, July 20, 130pm Group Photo of All Racers
Lo-Inyo Elementary School, 223 East Locust Street, 1.5 blocks east of 395 (north end of town).
Sunday, July 20, 130-230pm Private Staff Meeting:
Lo-Inyo Elementary School, Lone Pine.
Sunday, July 20, 300-400pm Pre-Race Meeting
ALL runners, ALL crew chiefs, and as many crew members as possible, must attend the Pre-Race Meeting, Lo-Inyo Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 223 East Locust Street, 1.5 blocks east of 395 (north end of town)
Sunday, July 20, 400-430pm Media Meeting
All journalists and all those conducting "Commercial Filming" must attend.:\ Lo-Inyo Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, 223 East Locust Street, 1.5 blocks east of 395 (north end of town).
Sunday, July 20, 500-700pm Social Mixer at Mount Whitney Hostel and Store in Lone Pine
Come meet and mingle with other Badwater runners and crews, enjoy some refreshments, and check out the three-part AT&T Uverse television coverage of the 2013 Badwater 135! No charge; free drinks!
Takes place outside Mount Whitney Hostel, 238 South Main Street, concurrent with the Social Mixer inside. Drop by for an hour and learn some important, useful stuff! 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 great time at the race. 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. Hosted by CHP Scott Wall (1-time crew member and 9-time race official at Badwater).
Monday, July 21, Early Morning AM/PM on the north end of town is open 24/7 for sales of ice, coffee, bananas, drinks, etc. Joseph's Bi-Rite Market at 119 S Main St is open from 800am to 900pm.
Monday, July 21, 600am First Wave Starts (runners must check in 30 minutes prior).
Monday, July 21, 700am 2nd Wave Starts (runners must check in 30 minutes prior).
Monday, July 21, 800am 3rd Wave Starts (runners must check in 30 minutes prior).
Wednesday, July 23, 600am Course Closes for 600am Wave Runners.
Wednesday, July 23, 700am Course Closes for 700am Wave Runners.
Wednesday, July 23, 800am Course Closes for 800am Wave Runners.
Wednesday, July 23, 1100am-100pm 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: Monday-Wednesday, July 21-23, 2014.

SUNRISE / SUNSET: Civil Twilight (AM): 5:22am | Sunrise: 5:51am | Sunset: 8:03pm | Civil Twilight (PM): 8:32pm.

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 (NOTE: It's a 14.4 meg, 60-page PDF file).

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 Sunday.

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: 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.

ENDING TIME: The event is officially over 48 hours after each starting group, so either 6:00AM, 8:00AM, or 10:00AM, July 23, 2014.

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 23 miles (all uphill) 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 are the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Major Taylor Association, and Death Valley Natural History Association. 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 June 1, 2013. 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 Challlenge Athletes Foundation. Here are the guidelines for this opportunity:

A full and acceptable application must be submitted during the January 2 - 12 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 2 - 12 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!