AdventureCORPS Presents the 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon

This year's title of Badwater Ultramarathon Champion goes to Jorge Pacheco, who finished in a time of 23:20:16. Crossing the finish line at the Whitney Portals only 29 minutes later was Akos Konya. The 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon Women's Champion is Jamie Donaldson, who finished in a women's course record time of 26:51:33, bettering Pam Reed's women's record of 27:56:47 set in 2002. Reed placed second woman this year, also bettering her course record, with a time of 27:42:52.

Runners wore the "Don's Team" t-shirts during the group photo in honor of 2007 Badwater hero Dan Fallis.
Please visit his website at
Mission Possible - Badwater.

Race Updates by Badwater Ultramarathon Media Liaison, Paul Skilbeck

#1 Intermediate Report - Furnace Creek, Calif. (July 14, 2008) 15:38 PST. - The 31st AdventureCORPS Badwater Ultramarathon started this morning at Badwater, Death Valley, when 80 of the world's top ultradistance runners set off in conditions that favor fast overall times, with a slight tailwind and an expected high of 111F in Furnace Creek. Read full report.

#2 Almost a Mid-Race Route Change - Panamint Springs, Calif. (July 14, 2008) 22:36 PST – The first half of the race was subject to many surprises, both from the athletes and event organizers. – The first half of the race was subject to many surprises, both from the athletes and event organizers. Read full report.

#3 Intermediate Report - Pacheco, Reed Take Control - Panamint Springs, Calif. (July 14, 2008) 22:36 PST - The first half of the race was subject to many surprises, both from the athletes and event organizers. Read full report.

#4 Intermediate Report - Donaldson Fights Back - seven miles south of Lone Pine, Calif. (July 15, 2008) 8:30 PST - After falling ten minutes behind through the darkest period of the night, Jamie Donaldson made a surge after the climb of Panamint Pass and opened a slim lead over Pam Reed. Seven miles out from Lone Pine the two were separated by five minutes. Read full report.

#5 Men's Race Summary - Pacheco Gets it Right - Finish Line at Whitney Portal, Calif. (July 15, 2007) – 10:03 a.m. PST - Jorge Pacheco returned to the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon to score a hard-earned win with a time of 23 hours, 20 minutes, 16 seconds—only 29 minutes ahead of second-placed Akos Konya. Dean Karnazes, of San Francisco, Calif. finished third in the men's category and fourth overall with a time of 27:11:00. Read full report.

#6 What Happened to David Goggins and Charlie Engle? - Lone Pine (July 15, 2008) - 6:54 p.m. – Two big names that recorded DNF results included David Goggins and Charlie Engle. Read full report.

#7 Women’s Race Summary - Lone Pine – (July 15, 2008) - 11:00 p.m. - For Jamie Donaldson the 2008 AdventureCORPS Badwater Ultramarathon was "the race of redemption." And what a redemption! Not only did she shatter Pamela Reed's 2002 women's record of 27:56:47 with a 26:51:33, but also she bested all but two of the men running in the race. Read full report.

#8 Post-Race Press Release and Overall Race Report - Oak Park, CA (July 19, 2007) - The 31st anniversary AdventureCORPS Badwater Ultramarathon, held July 14-16, 2008, concluded at 8360' (2533m) up Mount Whitney, after Jorge Pacheco of Los Angeles, CA and Jamie Donaldson, of Littleton, CO, took impressive wins ahead of high caliber fields to record the second fastest men's and fastest women's times in the history of the event, widely acknowledged as the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. Read full report.

 

Stories by Steve Matsuda, Laura Brennan, and Paul Skilbeck

Experienced Marshall Takes it Easy. Read story

The 6 a.m. Start. Read story

Ian Parker. Read story

Shanna Armstrong—Endurance Warrior. Read story

Jamie Donaldson is Back. Read story

The 8 a.m. Start. Read story

Dan Jensen. Read story

Jay Birmingham. Read story

Monica Fernandez. Read story

Jen Segger’s Ice Cream Monday. Read story

Day One—Changes! Read story

Chisholm Deupree. Read story

Jacqueline Adams Florine. Read story

What They Said. Read story

Day Two: Keeler to Lone Pine. Read story

Arthur Webb Crosses the Line Again: Bär or Bear? Read story

Jarom Thurston. Read story

Todd Baum. Read story

Kelvin Alexander Marshall. Read story

Audio Interviews by Marlis Schmidt

Pre-Race Comments (part 1). Listen

Pre-Race Comments (part 2). Listen

Pre-Race Comments (foreign runners). Listen

Kermit Cuff’s French crewman, Vincent Touhazou. Listen

Jorge Pacheco mile 100 to finish. Listen

Rookie Mary Gorski midrace. Listen

Hydration Research on runners. Listen

All videos by Mike Schafer, Chris Ragsdale, Lauren McMahon, and Rachel Schmitt

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Post-Race Party Video, a Retrospective of the 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon. Watch video

The 8AM start. Watch video

John Fish, North District Ranger, before the 10 AM start at Badwater. Watch video

Akos Konya before the 10 AM Start. Watch video

Pre-race interview with Lisa Smith-Batchen. Watch video

Jamie Donaldson pre-start interview. Watch video

Monica Fernandez before the 8AM start. Watch video

Shanna Armstrong before the 8AM start. Watch video

The journey from Furnace Creek to Stovepipe Wells (Leg 2 of the Badwater Ultramarathon) in just one minute. Watch video

The journey from Stovepipe Wells to Panamint Springs (Leg 3 of the Badwater Ultramarathon) in just one minute. Watch video

Panamint Springs to Darwin in one minute. Watch video

Jorge Pacheco through Lone Pine. Watch video

Akos Konya through Lone pine. Watch video

Akos Konya finishes in 23 hours and 49 minutes. Watch video

Jamie Donaldson finishes in 26 hours 51 minutes. Watch video

Dean Karnazes finishes in 27 hours and 11 minutes. Watch video

Pam Reed finishes in 27 hours and 42 minutes. Watch video

Hubert Karl finishes in 29 hours and 30 minutes. Watch video

Shanna Armstrong finishes in 31 hours and 16 minutes. Watch video

Lorie Hutchison finishes in 31 hours and 17 minutes. Watch video

Jen Lee Segger finishes in 32 hours, 31 minutes. Watch video

Post-Race Party Video, a Retrospective of the 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon. Watch video

 
DSC_0006 Race Mug Shots
by Luis Escobar
IMG_7502 Pre-Race Set-Up
by Anna Boldon
IMG_7657 Runner Check-in
by Anna Boldon
IMG_7800 Pre-Race Meeting
by Anna Boldon
IMG_6381 6AM Start
by Wendy Barth
IMG_7980 6AM Start
by Anna Boldon
DSC_0007 6AM Start and Runners on the Road
by Luis Escobar
P7140056 6AM Runners on the Road
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IMG_6415 8AM Start
by Wendy Barth
IMG_8210 8AM Start
by Anna Boldon
DSC_0200 8AM Start and Runners on the Road
by Luis Escobar
P7140137 8AM Runners on the Road
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IMG_6521 10AM Start
by Wendy Barth
IMG_8337 10AM Start
by Anna Boldon
DSC_0207 10AM Start and Runners on the Road
by Luis Escobar
P7140169 10AM Runners on the Road
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P7140386 Furnace Creek towards Stovepipe Wells, all Waves
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DSC_0175 Runners from Furnace Creek to Stovepipe Wells
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P7140460 Runners into Stovepipe Wells, all Waves
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P7140522 Stovepipe Wells up Townes Pass
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P7140552 Townes Pass to Panamint Valley: Armstrong, Konya, Pacheco
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P7140594 Panamint Springs to Darwin: Armstrong, Konya, Pacheco
by Chris Kostman
DSC_0055 Runners through Panamint Springs on Day 2
by Luis Escobar
IMG_1365 Race Staff
by Anna Boldon
DSC_0141 Donaldson, Karnazes, Reed on Whitney Portal Road
by Luis Escobar
DSCF0041 Runners and Staff in Lone Pine
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DSCF0102 On the Road
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IMG_8582 Runners through Lone Pine
by Anna Boldon
DSCF0017 More Runners and Staff in Lone Pine
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IMG_1524 Post-Race Pizza Party
by Anna Boldon
IMG_8663 More Post-Race Pizza Party
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P7150658 Lone Pine, Portal Road and Finish: Akos Konya and Jorge Pacheco
by Chris Kostman
IMG_7150732 Women's Champ Jamie Donaldson and Dean Karnazes
By Chris Kostman
_7150788 Finishers Reed, Armstrong, Hutchison, Karl, Seeger, Fernandez, Bartoletti
By Chris Kostman
_7150903 Gunderson, Horner, Scholz, Snyder, Springman,
Cuff, Hofmann, Marshall, Westergaard
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_7150908 Frixe, Ulrich, Cook, Nemet, Gingerich, Schmidt, Butterick, Geraldi, Sanchez, Radich, Jensen, Elias, Tamati, Fromm
by Chris Kostman
_7160983 Prestes, Becker, Deupree, Whalen, Santilhano, Webb, Bialla
by Chris Kostman
_7161003 Jones, Barnes, Haugh, Douglas, Andrews, Hermann, Schubert, Marinsik, Humphrey, Girard, Amaral, Zwarkowski, Hudgens, Rosenstein, Thurston, Florine, Gungle, Frost, Gorski, J. Smith, Moreau, Taquet, Nitzky, July 16, 2008
by Chris Kostman
_7161141 Finishers Teal, Baum, Lowell, Smith-Batchen, Weber, Weiss, Bradley, Blangy, Parker
by Chris Kostman
 

Webcast Production Team: Keith Kostman, Anna Boldon, and Chris Kostman

Webcast Reporters: Steve Matsuda

Webcast Video Team: Mike Schafer, Chris Ragsdale, Rachel Schmitt, and Lauren McMahon

Webcast Audio Producer: Marlis Schmidt

Photography: Chris Kostman, Anna Boldon, Wendy Barth, Poosa Kostman, Dave & Margaret Nelson, and Luis Escobar

PR Director and Media Liaison: Paul Skilbeck with Laura Brennan

Race Operations Team: Mike Angelos, Poosa Kostman, Jack and Mags Denness, Leon Draxler, Scott Dakus, Matthew Dakus, Don Meyer, Steve and Karen Gray, John Wiley, Phil and Kari Marchant, Jay Hodde, Cory Linkel, Mike Henebry, Scott Wall, Jeff Martin, Jo Carmichael, Vanessa Heckman, Gary Hilliard, Lissette Baker, Wendy Barth, Elizabeth, and Chris Kostman

Foot Care: John Vonhof, Denise Jones, Don Lundell, and Gillian Robinson

Medical Team: Lisa Bliss, Jeff Lynn, Anthony "Woofie" Humpage, Megan Dell, Dave Heckman, Jamie Huneycutt, Tim Kjenstad, and Tim Englund

Video News Release: Dan Dominy and Lana Corless