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The AdventureCORPS® Badwater® 135 Ultramarathon 2022

“The World’s Toughest Foot Race”

Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA. The Badwater® 135 ultramarathon is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet, as well as the 135-Mile World Championship. The start line is at Badwater Basin, 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), which is the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States.

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. 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, Darwin, Keeler, Lone Pine, Alabama Hills, and the Sierra Nevada.

AdventureCORPS® will host the 45th anniversary of “the world’s toughest foot race” on Monday-Wednesday, July 11-13, 2022.

A true “challenge of the champions,” the Badwater 135 pits up to 100 of the world’s toughest athletes against one another and the elements. The time limit is forty-eight hours and the finisher’s award is the coveted Badwater belt buckle, the Holy Grail of endurance sports.


The Badwater 135 is, and always has been, an invitational race. Applicants are considered purely upon their race application and its specific written merits.

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Oak Park, CA-based AdventureCORPS®, Inc. has made its name producing the world’s toughest endurance races. Dramatic, remote locations that few people would ever visit, let alone run or bike across. Held under the Badwater® banner, these events have allowed runners and bicyclists to explore Death Valley, the Salton Sea, Cape Fear, the Mojave Desert, and the Nevada outback in the USA. Also further afield such as the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Mustang region of Nepal, Yunan Province of China, and now in the Republics of Artsakh and Armenia.

AdventureCORPS®, Inc. owns and represents BADWATER®, “The World’s Toughest Brand, Gear, and Races.” As a brand, BADWATER represents digging deep and going farther; it is the lifestyle brand for all who push their limits while exploring the outer and inner universes.

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