The organizers of the world-famous Badwater® 135 Ultramarathon from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney in July – host the Badwater® Salton Sea 81-Mile Ultramarathon annually in late April. The ninth edition will take place this weekend on Saturday-Sunday, April 30 – May 1, 2022 on a course stretching across Imperial and San Diego Counties.
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 6:30am Sunday morning on the shore of the Salton Sea and concludes up to 28 hours later high atop Palomar Mountain. Each team of runners is accompanied by a personal support team which tends to all their needs.
This year 50 runners – comprising 23 two – or three-person teams will compete, representing sixteen US states and ten nationalities: Canada, Cayman Island, Denmark, El Salvador, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Philippines, United Kingdom, and USA. There are 10 women and 40 men, 15 veterans and 35 rookies. The age range is 27 to 69.
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 along the route. Eight of the 81 race miles pass through Anza-Borrego Desert State Park on a single track trail from Borrego Springs to Ranchita, creating a race route which is a mix of road and trail.
The race is headquartered at the Borrego Springs Resort, and then Palomar Views Lodge.
BADWATER ULTRA CUP
Badwater Salton Sea is a member of the BADWATER® ULTRA CUP, which includes Badwater Cape Fear in North Carolina in March, the 81-mile Badwater Salton Sea in Borrego Springs, CA, and the Badwater 135 from California’s Death Valley to Mt. Whitney in July. Those runners who complete all three full-distance events in the same calendar year are featured on the Badwater website and their virtues are extolled throughout the Internet and in future editions of BADWATER Magazine.
FOLLOWING THE RACE
Event Webpage: http://www.badwater.com/event/badwater-salton-sea/
2022 Splits and Results: http://dbase.adventurecorps.com/resultsSaltonSea.php?ss_eid=98&ss=Go