Badwater Ultra Marathon 2009
The Badwater Ultramarathon describes itself as "the world's toughest foot race". It is a 135-mile (217 km) course starting at 279 feet (85 m) below sea level in the Badwater Basin, in California's Death Valley, and ending at an elevation of 8360 feet (2548 m) at Whitney Portal, the trailhead to Mount Whitney. This marathon is held in July when the temperatures are a scorching 120F. We were the support team for Robert LeBrun, local ultra runner who was running to raise money for a local Anishnawbe woman who was stricken with MS. The money raised went toward a new handicap van for her.
Robert finished the run in under 45 hours to qualify for the covetted Badwater belt buckle. Many runners did not finish due to heat and the brutal climb.