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Badwater 135

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Distance Ultra marathon

About Badwater 135

Recognized globally as "the world’s toughest foot race," this legendary event pits up to 90 of the world’s toughest athletes—runners, triathletes, adventure racers, and mountaineers—against one another and the elements. Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA in temperatures up to 130F (55c), it is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet.

 The start line is at Badwater, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 280’ (85m) below sea level. The race finishes at Whitney Portal at 8,300’ (2530m). The Badwater 135 course covers three mountain ranges for a total of 14,600’ (4450m) of cumulative vertical ascent and 6,100’ (1859m) of cumulative descent. Whitney Portal is the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States. Competitors travel through places or landmarks with names like Mushroom Rock, Furnace Creek, Salt Creek, Devil’s Cornfield, Devil’s Golf Course, Stovepipe Wells, Panamint Springs, Keeler, Alabama Hills, and Lone Pine.


Badwater 135

  • 217.2609km



Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells, and Lone Pine.

Aid Stations

Badwater has only six timing points plus the finish and no aid other than emergency medical assistance is provided.

Award Medals

All racers who begin the event will receive a Badwater 135 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 and commemorative Badwater 135 Ultramarathon buckle.

Maximum Time

48 hrs


There are 6 parking zones available.


At least three (3) 100 mile races completed with at least one in the past 12 months. An official finish at a prior Badwater 135 or Brazil 135 in 48 hours, plus one significant ultra-event in the past 12 months. Extensive experience in endurance sports as determined at the discretion of the race director and application committee.

Badwater 135 Route Map

Badwater 135 Route Map


Death Valley

Lone Pine,us


Mt. Whitney

Lone Pine,us




The course consists of three mountain ranges, a total of 13,000 feet of cumulative vertical ascent and 4,700 feet of cumulative descent. Temperatures are typically in the 115 degree to 120 degree range, but can go up to 130 degrees, with 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. temperatures in the 90s. The heat, the dry and mountainous terrain, the roller coaster climbs and dips, not to mention the surreal nature of being so removed from the world makes this race a unique challenge.

Badwater 135 Trivia

Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America.

Death Valley National Park is also the hottest place on the planet.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.