Badwater 135 Ultramarathon General Information
|2013 Schedule of Events:
||Set your watch to official race time. Click here!
|Monday, January 20
||Application becomes available on this website.
|Saturday, February 1
||Application taken off-line.
|Saturday, February 8
||Entry Confirmations sent to up to 100 applicants.
|Friday, February 21
||Absolute deadline for Badwater Ultramarathon application paperwork and fees to reach the race office.
|Friday, March 7
||2013 Badwater Ultramarathon Entrant Roster posted online.
|Thursday, May 1
||Deadline to withdraw from the 2013 Badwater Ultramarathon and request a refund.
|Thurssday, May 8
||Starting Groups and Bib Numbers assigned.
|App. July 1
||Race Magazine available as a Pdf download. Click here to download the 2013 edition (NOTE: It's a 7.9 meg, 48-page PDF file)
|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): Marquez Room, Furnace Creek Inn.
Park in gravel lot by the tennis courts with driveway entrance near the Badwater Road intersection. Do not drive up to the main entrance to the Inn.
Please do not all show up at 100pm! It takes quite a while to go through the Check-In process! We suggest that 6am wave runers arrive at 1030am, 8am wave runners arrive at 1115am, and 10am wave runners arrive at 12 noon.
|Sunday, July 20, 130pm
||Group Photo of All Racers: At the pool, just below the Marquez Room, Furnace Creek Inn.
|Sunday, July 20, 130-230pm
||Private Staff Meeting: Marquez Room, Furnace Creek Inn
|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: Location TBA.
|Sunday, July 20, 400-430pm
||Media Meeting (All journalists and all those conducting "Commercial Filming" must attend.): Location TBA.
|Sunday, July 20, 500-800pm
||ROOKIE (AND VETERAN) SUPPORT CREW TRAINING
Takes place outside near Cabin 226 at the front of the Furnace Creek Ranch: Crewing at Badwater? 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 in Death Valley. 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.
|Monday, July 21, 430am
||Furnace Creek General Store will open for sales of ice, coffee, bananas, drinks, etc. This is by special arrangement, so give them the business!
|Monday, July 21, 600am
||First Wave Starts at Badwater (runners must check in and support vehicles must be inspected 30 minutes prior).
|Monday, July 21, 800am
||2nd Wave Starts at Badwater (runners must check in and support vehicles must be inspected 30 minutes prior).
|Monday, July 21, 1000am
||3rd Wave Starts at Badwater (runners must check in and support vehicles must be inspected 30 minutes prior).
|Wednesday, July 23, 600am
||Course Closes for 600am Wave Runners.
|Wednesday, July 23, 800am
||Course Closes for 800am Wave Runners.
|Wednesday, July 23, 1000am
||Course Closes for 1000am Wave Runners.
|Wednesday, July 23, 1200pm
||Post-Race Get-together, Lo-Inyo Elementary School, Multipurpose Room, Locust St., Lone Pine. Click here for a map of Lone Pine and Quick-Reference Guide to Everything Badwater-Related in Lone Pine.
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 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 2013 edition (NOTE: It's a 7.9 meg, 48-page PDF file). The 2014 edition will be posted approximately July 1.
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 pages (AdventureCORPS & Badwater) and subscribe to our Twitter feed (use hashtag #bw135 when Tweeting about the race).
IMPORTANT FORMS: All entrants need to download the Entrant Risks Waiver (for entrants only), the 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. Be sure to pay your $20 per car Park Entrance Fee BEFORE Runner Check-In, and bring proof of that with you.
MEDIA: All journalists must apply for a Journalist Credential at least two months in advance of the race. Contact us with questions or to request the Press Kit and Credential Application.
MANDATORY RUNNER CHECK-IN: As outlined above.
Every runner, along with their designated Crew Chief and as many crew members as space allows, must personally attend at some point during the three hour timeframe. No exceptions.
Please do not all show up at 100pm! It taks quite a while to go through the Check-In process! We suggest that 6am wave runers arrive at 1030am, 8am wave runners arrive at 1115am, and 10am wave runners arrive at 12 noon.
Photo identification is required for all runners. Please bring the completed Runner Check-In Form and signed waivers for all crew members and the runner. All paperwork must be complete before walking in the door. Be sure to pay your $20 per car Park Entrance Fee at the Furnace Creek Visitor's Center (and bring proof of same) BEFORE Runner Check-In.
MANDATORY PRE-RACE MEETING: As outlined above, ALL runners, ALL crew chiefs, and as many crew members as possible will attend the Pre-Race Meeting.
MEDIA MEETING: There will be a brief, mandatory meeting of all journalists and all those conducting "Commercial Filming" after the Pre-Race Meeting. All media must contact us and request Media Credentials at least two months in advance of the race.
ROOKIE (AND VETERAN) CREW TRAINING
5:00 to 8:00PM, Sunday, July 20, 2014, outside near the cabins at the front of the Furnace Creek Ranch (near Cabin 226): 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 in Death Valley. 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.
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 Ultramarathon racers, crew, and staff. Entrants, media, and sponsors: do not delay in making your reservations; the Death Valley and Lone Pine areas are very popular destinations in the Summer. All registered entrants will receive the special booking codes and information.
STARTING LOCATION: Badwater, Death Valley, CA, 282 feet below sea level.
STARTING TIMES: 6:00AM, 8:00AM, and 10:00AM, July 21, 2014. App. 33 runners per group, as assigned by the race organizers. Runners may attend only their assigned start time. Runners must check in, ready to race, 30 minutes prior to their start.
ENDING LOCATION: The end of Whitney Portals 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.
POST-RACE GET-TOGETHER: 12:00PM, Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Lo-Inyo Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room, Lone Pine, CA. All racers are encouraged to complete the race in time for this event! Pizza and drinks will be served. No charge (up to six crew per runner).
AWARDS: All racers who begin the event will receive a Badwater 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, medal, and commemorative Badwater Ultramarathon buckle.
RACE HEADQUARTERS: This will be set up during the race in at the Furnace Creek Ranch on Monday, then in Lone Pine at the Dow Villa from the first evening onwards.
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 17 miles 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 Inyo National Forest, Death Valley National Park, California Department of Transportation, 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 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 20 - February 1 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 20 - February 1 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 2014. If he or she is unable to race in 2014 for some reason, entry will NOT be guaranteed in a later year.
DONATE YOUR LEFT-OVER GEAR: After the race, when you're staring at coolers, folding chairs, umbrellas, and things you can't get on the plane with you, please donate them to a good cause, such as the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, Good Will of Santa Monica, and the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. Thanks to Elizabeth Mullen of www.litterproject.com for her help with this effort.
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
DIRECTIONS TO FURNACE CREEK FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND LAS VEGAS:
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!