AdventureCORPS, Inc. hosts BADWATER Salton Sea annually in May. An official qualifier for Badwater 135 and epic challenge in its own right, this remarkable event challenges 35 teams of three ultrarunners - running together for the duration, not in a relay - to tackle an unimaginable traverse of Southern California deserts and mountains. The route covers 81 miles (130km) non-stop from below sea level at the shoreline of the Salton Sea, across, up, and over Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, to the top of Palomar Mountain with a dramatic view of the Pacific Ocean. The inaugural race was held Monday and Tuesday, May 6 and 7, 2013 and was received with wide acclaim. The second edition will be held May 5-6, 2014.
For 2013, each invited team was required to include at least one Badwater 135 veteran runner or staffer. In 2014, teams will not be required to have a Badwater 135 veteran, but teams with Badwater 135 or Badwater Salton Sea veterans will receive priority entry. There will be a selection process similar to the process used for the Badwater 135 to select the field. Applications will be accepted in the first week of January, with applicants notified of they entry status in the second week of January.
The BADWATER Salton Sea route is approximately 81 miles from Salton City (elevation 125 feet below sea level) to Palomar Mountain, the almost tallest mountain in San Diego County (finish line elevation: 5500 feet above sea level.) There is a total elevation gain of 9000 feet. Eight of the 81 race miles pass through Anza-Borrego State Park on the California Riding and Hiking Trail from near Borrego Springs to near Ranchita, so this race is a mix of road and trail.
All race entrants must enter and race as teams of three runners (all male, all female, or co-ed divisions), remaining together for the duration, sharing just one support vehicle with at least two crew members. For 2014, 35 teams will be accepted. For teams with no Badwater 135 veteran on the team, all team members must have completed at least one bona fide 50-mile running race, or longer, in the past 13 months.
We encourage each Team Captain to select teammates with compatible running style and pace, and with whom he or she would really like to share this experience!
There will be All Male, All Female, and Mixed (2 men and 1 woman, or 1 man and 2 women, considered equal) divisions.
"Camp Badwater" will take place Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3 at the Borrego Springs Resort in Borrego Springs, CA, immediately prior to BADWATER® SALTON SEA. It is open to anyone interested in any of the BADWATER events, whether as a competitor or crew member. Registration is separate for Camp Badwater and entirely optional for Badwater Salton Sea participants and crew members. Participants are welcome to attend just the camp, or to perhaps also stay to participate in, or serve on a support crew at, the BADWATER SALTON SEA (BWSS) race on May 5 and 6. (BWSS race entrants and support crews will arrive in Borrego Springs on 3 or 4, with all the official pre-race activities taking place on May 4, also at the Borrego Springs Resort.)
Camp Badwater will kick off Friday evening with Badwater Movie Night. Various videos will be shown, along with an introduction to the Badwater races and the Badwater way of life by the Badwater Race Director, Chris Kostman.
Saturday morning will feature a road and trail run around Borrego Springs past many of the incredible metal sculptures which dot the landscape and are known as Galleta Meadows.
After brunch, participants will attend up to four hours of presentations and Q&A sessions on subjects such as preparing for the heat, training for the road, organizing a support crew and vehicle, hydration and nutrition, and laying out a progressive multi-year program to complete the world's toughest races.
At 4pm, participants will assemble to hike 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.
Camp Badwater will officially end at the conclusion of the hike on Saturday evening.
Entry will open in the third week of January, with priority given to registered 2014 Badwater Salton Sea entrants and crew members.
Blog Reports and Podcasts about the 2013 BADWATER SALTON SEA Race
Click here for the BADWATER SALTON SEA race rules.
The host hotel of CAMP BADWATER and BADWATER Salton Sea is the Borrego Springs Resort, located at located at 1112 Tilting T Drive, Borrego Springs, CA 92004. This is also the location for Racer Check-In and the Pre-Race Meeting, as well as for Time Station #2 at Mile 35 during the race.
(Borrego Springs Resort is located at mile 35 of the race route and the runners will "dog leg" through Borrego Springs to pass through the actual Resort property. This will improve the webcast of the race, allow support crews (and runners) to stop at their hotel rooms just before the first major climb, and allow the race medical staff and management to more closely monitor the racers.)
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 CAMP BADWATER 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
Post-Race Hotel / Housing
For the finish area on Palomar Mountain, there are two main options for housing:
1) It's a one-hour drive back to Borrego Springs from the finish line, but many teams may be too tired to safely do that. Also, the post-race brunch party is right at the finish line at 1100am, so, depending on a team's finishing time, there may not be much sense in driving back to Borrego Springs if the team intends to attend the brunch party.
2) Here is a list of cabin rentals on Palomar Mountain, as well as hotels and campgrounds in the general area.
Schedule of Events
Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, 2014 CAMP BADWATER (separate registration) kicks off with Badwater Movie Night in the evening of May 2. A run, four lectures, and a hike on the California Riding and Hiking Trail are featured on Saturday.
Saturday, May 3, 2014 1600: Optional, but highly recommended, hike of the California Riding and Hiking Trail section of the route through Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Meet at hotel lobby at 1600 to carpoool; hike will begin from lower trailhead no later than 1630. 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, or 1.7 miles before the Ranchita Store) will need to be coordinated by all involved.
Sunday, May 4, 2014
0900: Depart to visit the start line area and first 35 miles of the race route. Please carpool together, leaving the Borrego Springs Resort at 0900 after meeting up at the lobby at 0845.
1500: Runner Check-In and Photos (Meeting Room adjacent to Borrego Springs Resort lobby)
1600: Pre-Race Meeting (Meeting Room adjacent to Borrego Springs Resort lobby)
Monday, May 5, 2014
0526 Civll Twilight (first light in the sky)
0559 Sunrise 0700 RACE START
1959 Civil Twilight (no light left in the sky)
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 0057 Moonset
0523 Civll Twilight (first light in the sky)
0559 Sunrise 1100 RACE COURSE CLOSES (28 Hour Limit) 1100Post-Race Brunch, at the finish line
The BADWATER Salton Sea route is approximately 81 miles from Salton City (elevation 125 feet below sea level) to Palomar Mountain, the almost tallest mountain in San Diego County (finish line elevation: 5500 feet above sea level.) There is a total elevation gain of 9000 feet. (For those who have atended the Badwater 135, imagine the Badwater 135 race route, but delete the miles from the summit of Towne Pass to the Darwin Time Station: that is very much what this race profile looks like, not only in profile, but in reality!)
Eight of the 81 race miles pass through Anza-Borrego State Park on the California Riding and Hiking Trail from near Borrego Springs to near Ranchita, so the race is a mix of road and trail.
Click here for the main BADWATER Salton Sea Race Route page, with maps, elevation profile, GPS links, slideshows of the route, and much more.
First and foremost, you can expect a World-Class AdventureCORPS Event Experience, the experience of a lifetime. Additionally, entry in the race includes:
1) Discount hotel rate at Borrego Springs Resort 2) Racer Check-In and Pre-Race Meeting
3) March edition of BADWATER Magazine with maps, route directions, rules, and all necessary information
4) Timing Checkpoints (one or two may be "self-service") 5) Race Officials on the course
6) Limited Medical Support
7) Race Webcast with time splits, Twitter, Instagram, and photos 8) T-shirt to all entrants and 2 crew members per team 9) Custom Finisher's Medal
10) Post-Race Brunch 11) Ten Badwater 135 Qualifying Slots (see below)
100-MILE EQUIVALENCY: For the purpose of qualifying for the Badwater 135, completing Badwater Salton Sea officially will "count" as the equivalent of completing a 100-mile foot race. (As explained on the website, rookie Badwater 135 entrants must have run three 100-mile races before applying for the Badwater 135. BADWATER Salton Sea finishers may use their BADWATER Salton Sea finish in lieu of one of those three 100-milers.)
QUALIFYING: The members of the first-place three-man team, first-place three-woman team, and first-place three-mixed team (a total of nine racers) will earn guaranteed entry in the 2015 edition of the Badwater 135 Ultramarathon. NOTE: All other Badwater 135 qualifying standards must also be met (for example, the mandatory three 100-mile race finishes, with Badwater Salton Sea "counting" as one of the three 100-mile races), a full and complete Badwater 135 application must be submitted for the 2015 race during the standard application period, and the Badwater 135 entry fee must be paid in full. These nine Badwater 135 Qualifying Slots are non-transferable and must be used in 2015, or not at all.
LOTTERY: Additionally, all individuals who completed the 2014 race officiaially, with their team still fully intact and recognized as an officially ranked teams, will have their names entered into a lottery. During the post-race brunch, one name will be selected at random from this lottery and that individual will receive Guanranteed Entry in the 2015 Badwater 135. NOTE: All other Badwater 135 qualifying standards must also be met (for example, the mandatory three 100-mile race finishes, with Badwater Salton Sea "counting" as one of the three 100-mile races), a full and complete Badwater 135 application must be submitted for the 2015 race during the standard application period, and the Badwater 135 entry fee must be paid in full. The Badwater 135 Qualifying Slot is non-transferable and must be used in 2015, or not at all.
The start line of the race is that spit of land jutting into the Salton Sea!
After about 45 miles, you'll look back at this view beyond Borrego Springs to the Salton Sea!
You will reach Ranchita at mile 50 and be greeted by "Rancheti"!
Eventually Palomar Mountain - your destination - will come into view!
Note the famous Observatory, that little white ball in the top right.
That faint line there is East Grade Road, your route up Palomar Mountain
The view looking east from two miles up East Grade Road: You started your adventure
way beyond that horizon, and now you have just ten miles to go!
You will enjoy a remarkable view across to the Pacific Ocean as you approach the finish line!