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.
The BADWATER Salton Sea route is 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 over 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.
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
Registration and What's Included
Registration is now open! As of January 14, 15 teams are registered, and we will accept additional teams until the race field is full with up to 35 teams. Entry fees go up in March, then again in April, if room is still available. There are no prerequisites to apply, other than having run at least one 50-miler, or longer, in the past 13 months. If you would like to race, please submit your application!
What's included? First and foremost, you can expect a World-Class AdventureCORPS Badwater Event, 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 Buckle
10) Post-Race Brunch
11) Ten Badwater 135 Qualifying Slots (see Badwater 135 Qualifier below)
12) Discounted entry to Badwater Immersion
For more information and to submit your application, click here. To see who is already registered, click here.
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.
Badwater Immersion will take place from Friday evening, May 2 until Sunday morning, May 4 at the Borrego Springs Resort in Borrego Springs, CA, immediately prior to BADWATER® SALTON SEA. Invitation to attend is extended to anyone interested in the BADWATER events, the world of BADWATER, and Ultra Running, whether as a competitor or crew member. Registration is separate for Badwater Immersion and entirely optional for Badwater Salton Sea participants and crew members.
The program includes two morning runs through Borrego Springs, Yoga Tune Up® and Yoga For Athletes classes, a three-hour hike, and two sessions of programs 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 more.
Click here for the BADWATER SALTON SEA race rules. (A few updates for 2014 should be anticipated.)
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 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
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
(Badwater Salton Sea runners and crew are only required to be in Borrego Springs by 300pm on Sunday, May 4.)
Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, 2014
BADWATER IMMERSION (separate registration) kicks off with Badwater Movie Night on Friday evening. For more information about Badwater Immersion, click here.
Saturday, May 3, 2014
330pm: Optional: 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: Optional: 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, or 1.7 miles before the Ranchita Store) will need to be coordinated by all involved. See the route here, including a GPS file download.
645 to 700pm: Conclude hike at western end of trail
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 For Athletes with Laurie Kostman (Meeting Room adjacent to Borrego Springs Resort lobby)
1000am: Optional: 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: Runner Check-In and Photos (Meeting Room adjacent to Borrego Springs Resort lobby)
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
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 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 over 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 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.
Badwater 135 Qualifier
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!