Finisher Data Analysis: Badwater Ultramarathon, 1990-Present

For 2000-Present results, and all Age Group and Overall Course Records, click here.

For 1977 to 1999 results, click here.

For the Results Database with ALL data (intermediate time splits, biographical info, etc) from 1987 through the present, click here.

Year Starters Finishers Buckle Cut-Off Sub 60hr Sub 48hr Sub 40hr Sub 34hr New M Rec? New F Rec?
2013 96 81 48 Hours NA 84% 39% 23%
2012 96 89 48 Hours NA 93% 71% 34%
2011 94 81 48 Hours NA 86% 76% 20%
2010 80 73 48 Hours 91% 83% 51% 19% 26:16:12
2009 86 75 48 hours 87% 77% 47% 24%
5yr avg 87 76 89% 85% 57% 24%
2008 82 75 48 hours 91% 83% 37% 10% 26:51:33
2007 84 78 48 hours 93% 77% 47% 18% 22:51:29
2006 85 67 48 hours 79% 62% 24% 13%
2005 81 67 48 hours 83% 56% 22% 7% 24:36:08
2004 72 57 48 hours 79% 58% 28% 8%
5yr avg 80.8 68.8 85% 67% 32% 11%
2003 73 46 48 hours 63% 42% 14% 5%
2002 78 58 48 hours 74% 47% 12% 4% 27:56:47
2001 71 55 48 hours 77% 46% 14% 7%
2000 69 49 48 hours 71% 41% 16% 12% 25:09:05 29:48:27
1999 42 33 48 hours 78% 60% 26% 12% 27:49:00 36:58:00
5yr avg 66.6 48.2 73% 47% 16% 8%
1998 29 20 48 hours 69% 41% 17% 10% 28:09:00
1997 27 20 48 hours 74% 44% 26% 3% 29:10:00 37:01:00
1996 23 14 45 hours 61% 35% 1% 4% 33:01:00 41:13:00
1995 24 16 45 hours 67% 38% 13% 0%
1994 25 16 45 hours 64% 32% 1% 4%
5yr avg 25.6 17.2 67% 38% 12% 4%
1993 12 10 60 hours 83% 50% 25% 17%
1992 14 13 60 hours 92% 29% 14% 14%
1991 14 14 60 hours 100% 71% 36% 14%
1990 21 17 70 hours 81% 29% 29% 14%
4yr avg 15.25 13.5 89% 45% 26% 15%

Notes in Chronological Order

1987 through 1989: Data was not included because it is incomplete and because the route was 11 miles longer than the route used from 1990 through the present.

1990 through 1995: The race began in the evening (a "PM Start"), which is, by all accounts, faster. Thus course records are not noted above.

1999: The feature length documentary film "Running on the Sun" was filmed, creating a larger field than ever before and, we would argue, a higher than average "drive to succeed" due to the plethora of cameras on the course.

2000 to the present: The field became much more international and thus significantly faster and more competitive than previous years. In 2000, the highest placed American was in sixth place, five hours behind the winner. Since then, Americans have won in 2001-2006, 2010 and 2012. In 2007 and 2009, Brazilians won, and in 2008 and 2011, Mexicans did.

2002 and 2003: Pam Reed, a female, won the race overall.

2003: This year, even by Badwater standards, was "extra hot." Thus the finishing and buckling cut-off averages dipped, rather than rose, that year. Interestingly, the sub-40 hour and sub-34 hour averages rose, so apparently the very top competitors were not negatively affected by the heat.

2011: In light of the increasingly faster finishing times, the overall cut-off was dropped from 60 hours to 48 hours.