The BADWATER Salton Sea route is 81 miles from Salton City (elevation 125 feet below sea level) to Palomar Mountain, the 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. What's more, for much of the race, participants will run on the dirt shoulder next to the road, or an adjacent trail, so half or more of the distance will be on unpaved running surfaces.
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Click here for the detailed route sheet with all landmarks, directions, time station locations, and more.
Below are several links to the route. The event will finish at the Upper Meadow Lodge, a private lodge which we are renting to use as the finish line and post-race party location.