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Badwater Salton Sea - Races Ahead This Weekend


Last updated 4/28/2017 at 8:05am

AdventureCORPS®, Inc. hosts the BADWATER® Salton Sea 81-Mile Ultramarathon annually in May and the fifth annual edition takes place this weekend on Sunday-Monday, April 30 - May 1, 2017. This remarkable event challenges teams of two or three ultrarunners – running together as duos or trios for the duration, NOT in a relay – to tackle an unimaginable traverse of Southern California deserts and mountains. The race begins at 630am on Sunday morning (PST) and concludes up to 28 hours later.

Seventy-one runners, comprising 28 two or three-person teams, will compete, representing seventeen US states and five nationalities (Canada, Colombia, Germany, United Kingdom, and USA).

The 81-mile (130km) Badwater Salton Sea route begins on the shores of the seemingly post-apocalyptic Salton Sea in Salton City, CA at an elevation of 234 feet below sea level and traverses two mountain ranges to its finish line atop Palomar Mountain, the almost tallest mountain in San Diego County at an elevation of 5500 feet. There is a total elevation gain of over 9000 feet. Eight of the 81 race miles pass through Anza-Borrego State Park on a single track trail known as the California Riding and Hiking Trail from near Borrego Springs to near Ranchita, creating a race route which is a mix of road and trail.

Race sponsors include Farm to Feet, the Official Sock of Badwater®, along with


Race Webcast (including live GPS tracking of all teams):

Official Hashtag: #‎BadwaterSS, Twitter: @Badwater, Instagram: @Badwater HQ and @ChrisKostman

Live webcam at the finish line (approx. 9:00 p.m. Sunday night to 10:30 a.m. Monday morning):


Download the Spring 2017 issue of Badwater Magazine, a full-color, 48-page issue in PDF format featuring both Badwater Salton Sea and Badwater Cape Fear, along with their incredible settings, at this link:


This race is the second leg in the three-event race series known as the Badwater Ultra Cup which includes Badwater Cape Fear in March, Badwater Salton Sea in May, and the STYR Labs Badwater 135 in July. This year, 18 remarkable athletes are attempting the Badwater Ultra Cup:

Pamela Chapman-Markle, 61, of San Leon, TX

David Coats, 56, of Houston, TX

Catra Corbett, 52, of Fremont, CA

Dale Cougot, 51, of Garland, TX

Kayla Delk, 30, of Greeneville, TN

Kevin Delk, 34, of Greeneville, TN (Married to Kayla; they are running all three races together)

Luigi Dessy, 39, of Ponce, Puerto Rico

Jared Fetterolf, 28, of Dallas, TX

Carl Hineline, 42, of Plano, TX

Joshua Holmes, 39, of Los Angeles, CA

Andrea Kooiman, 42, of Mission Viejo, CA

Camilo Martinez, 36, of New York, NY (Colombian nationality)

Mark Matyazic, 52, of Irvine, CA

Antonette "Rosie" Prather, 48, of Garner, NC

Russ Reinbolt, 52, of La Jolla, CA

Ray Sanchez, 50, of Sacramento, CA

Lisa Sherak, 55, of Lawrenceville, GA

Keith Straw of Malvern, 62, of Malvern, PA (United Kingdom nationality)

AdventureCORPS®, Inc. is an athlete-run firm producing and promoting ultra-endurance sports events and BADWATER®, the world’s toughest brand and the world’s toughest races. Adventure is our way of life. AdventureCORPS’ world-class events for athlete-adventurers include epic races such as the BADWATER® 135, BADWATER® Salton Sea, BADWATER® CAPE FEAR, and other events. Our products include Badwater® Apparel, Badwater® Skin Care, Badwater® Gear, as well as other lifestyle items and services. Founded in 1984 by Chris Kostman, this group effort is dedicated to exploring the inner and outer universes, seeking adventure, energy, and insight both in daily life and “out there.” AdventureCORPS is a member of One Percent For The Planet and supports Challenged Athletes Foundation, The Conservation Alliance, and Bald Head Island Conservancy.

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