AdventureCORPS in the News

2011 News

October 24, 2011
Sacramento Examiner: Scott Brown, after the Furnace Creek 508

Elk Grove resident and solo 508 finisher in the news. Full Story

October 12, 2011
KTOO (NPR) Radio (Juneau, AK): Juneau Woman Wins Ultramarathon Bike Race

"Dr. Janice Sheufelt had no idea she could win an ultra-cycling event. After years of competing in short bike races, she just started long distance training in the last year." Full Story

August 9, 2011
KUT Radio (Austin, TX): What We’re Watching: Molly’s Run

Every week on Storyboard—the station's multimedia production unit—KUT shares a video or website that inspires the work they do and the stories they we like to tell. This week, Storyboard Austin was inspired by Molly's Run, the video chronicle of 52-year-old Molly Sheridan's 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon experience. Full story

July 29, 2011
The Galveston County Daily News: Budzik completes 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon

Before you complain about how hot your weekend run was, consider that Friendswood, Texas runner Kim Budzik recently completed the Badwater Ultramarathon—a 135-mile footrace in Death Valley in July. Full story

July 29, 2011
Chambersburg Public Opinion: Former area woman finishes 47th at Badwater

When Rochelle Frazeur's brother hinted that he was a better athlete than she, she joked that she would someday run the Badwater Ultramarathon. What started out as a family joke became reality on July 12 when Frazeur finished 47th out of 94 runners. Full story

July 28, 2011
KSN News 3, Wichita: Record heat no match for Death Valley marathon runner

Feature story and video on Wichita runner Tony Clark's Badwater preparations and race experience. Clark is the second Kansan to ever finish the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 27, 2011
The Meadville Tribune: Meadville native Palmiero-Winters completes Death Valley trek
Meadville native Amy Palmiero-Winters becomes the first female amputee to complete the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 25, 2011
St. Helena Star: A Personal Story From The Badwater Ultramarathon
Napa Valley Register writer Ahren Trumble has cataloged a nice perspective on what it’s like to be a support crew at one of the world’s most difficult races, The Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 25, 2011
The Modesto Bee: Granite Bay man finishes 135-mile run
Announcement of Greg Bomhoff's rookie finish in the 2011 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 22, 2011
The Baltimore Sun: Ploskonka starts, finishes world's toughest footrace
A concise chronicle of David Ploskonka's second finish at the 2011 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 21, 2011
St Helena Star: Sanchez lives through Death Valley
Juan Sanchez tells of his preparaions and the experience of finishing his first Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 20, 2011
The Bellingham Herald: Man finishes 135-mile Death Valley run for his children's school
Announcement of Greg Bomhoff's finish in the 2011 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 19, 2011
Runner's World, Racing News: Amy Palmiero-Winters Makes History at Badwater Ultramarathon
Amy Palmiero-Winters record-setting finish in the 2011 Badwater Ultramarathon gets top billing in Runner's World racing news. Palmiero-Winters became the first female amputee to complete the 135-mile Death Valley to Mount Whitney race from the lowest point in the continental U.S. to the highest. Full story

July 15, 2011
Ft. Collins Coloradoan: Xplore columnist sets personal best in Badwater Ultra

The Xplore section of this Colorado newspaper published this feature on its own columnist Alene Nitzky, who completed the 2011 Badwater Ultramarathon, raising funds for the Poudre Valley Cancer Center. Full story

July 7, 2011
The Sacremento Bee: Granite Bay's Greg Bomhoff prepares for Monday's Death Valley ultramarathon
This is the final part in a series of stories following Granite Bay ultrarunner Greg Bomhoff's preparation for the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley on July 11. Full story

July 6, 2011
The Florida Times-Union, sports blog: One tough race
This brief write-up on the TU-2 sports blog announces the upcoming Badwater Ultramarathon, and spotlights local runner Chris Roman who will be running this year's race. Full story

June 7, 2011
Parker Pioneer: Parker runner competes in Death Valley race
Parker, Arizona's local newpaper announces that resident James Ehasz, 58, will be one of 90 athletes competing in the 34th annual AdventureCORPS Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

May 19, 2011
The Sacremento Bee: Ultrarunner Bomhoff back from Achilles injury, headed for the heat
This is the second part in a series of stories following Granite Bay ultrarunner Greg Bomhoff's preparation for the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley on July 11. Full story

May 4, 2011
Northern Arizona News: Born to Run
This feature on Nickademus Hollon—Badwater's youngest finisher to date—tells of how he started running ultradistances at such a young age and sheds light on his next challenge. Full story

June 16, 2011
The Sacremento Bee: Planning is key to Badwater Survival
This is the third part in a series of stories following Granite Bay ultrarunner Greg Bomhoff's preparation for the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley on July 11. Full story

May 13, 2011
Edmunds Patch: The Toughest Footrace in the World
Feature story on local runner Jess Mullen, who will compete in the 2011 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

April 28, 2011
The Sacremento Bee: Greg Bomhoff ramps up degrees of difficulty to prepar for the Badwater Ultramarathon
This is the first part in a series of stories following Granite Bay ultrarunner Greg Bomhoff's preparation for the Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley on July 11. Full story

2010 News

November 1, 2010
Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine: Badwater Speeds Up
Badwater is, without a doubt, one of the most difficult footraces in the world, and in early October it was announced that the overall cutoff would be changed from 60 hours to 48 hours. Full story

October 2010
Bicycling Magazine: Bill Walton, NBA Legend and AdventureCORPS Fan #1

Shortly after the 2010 Mount Laguna Bicycle Classic, Roy Wallack conducted an interview with the basketball legend, TV sports commentator, and long time rider in our events. Full story

October 22, 2010
The News Tribune: Kennewick man raises $23,800 for cancer patients
Chris Pumroy had every intention of finishing the Furnace Creek 508 race in Death Valley this year. The brutal heat ultimately did him in, and Pumroy passed out from dehydration somewhere past the halfway mark. But he succeeded in raising $23,797 for pediatric cancer patients at Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland. Full story

October 21, 2010
San Jose Mercury News: Nevin beats toughest ride by three hours
Willy Jerboa Nevin recounts his 2010 Furnace Creek 508 for this San Jose, California newspaper. Full story

October 9, 2010
The Californian: Salinas endurance cyclist overcomes tough challenge in Death Valley ride
Feature story on John Lhasa Apso Culligan's Furnace Creek 508 race. Full story

October 5, 2010
Los Altos Town Crier: Cyclists survive desert with help of Outfitter
Some might wonder what would compel cyclists Bob Corman and Jay Kilby to ride in a 508-mile race through the blistering heat and unforgiving terrain of the Mojave Desert and Death Valley. Would you believe, women with breast cancer in South Africa? Full story

October, 2010
Bosch Zünder: Taking it to the Limit
This feature on eight-time Badwater Ultramarathon finisher Dan Marinsik appeared in this Bosch corporate newspaper. It was distributed in over 50 countries. PDF of full story

August 25, 2010
The Aurora Beacon-News: Zach on Track
2010 Badwater Ultramarathon champion Zach Gingerich of Aurora, Illinois says creative goals keep him going. Full story

August 11, 2010
The Mountain Mail: Joe Judd places 60th in Badwater run
Joe Judd of Salida recently placed 60th among 80 runners competing in the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

August 10, 2010
TriFit360.com: Adapting to the Heat for Summer Runs

Allison Pattillo, former editor of Trail Runner magazine, talks to experts—including AdventureCORPS' Chris Kostman—about how to adapt successfully to hot weather running. Full story

August 8, 2010
Frederick News Post: Going the Distance
Participants brave the heat in the Badwater ultra-marathon. Full story

August 6, 2010
Xtremesport4u.com: Jack Denness ran into the annals of history at the Badwater Ultra-Marathon
Jack Denness, 75, has become the oldest person ever to complete the Badwater Ultramarathon. He crossed the finish line in 59:13:02, just beating the 60 hour cutoff. Full story

August 6, 2010
Hyundai High Performance Hour: Weekly Guest Ultrarunner Dave Walker
Intermediate school teacher from Auckland, New Zealand talks about his 2010 Badwater Ultramarathon experience. Audio podcast

July 31, 2010
Chicago Tribune: Pushing the limits
To win the 2010 Badwater Ultramarathon, Zach Gingerich of Aurora has to fight the elements, tough competitors and his own doubts. Full story

July 29, 2010
La Dépêche: Sans mon équipe, je meurs
Vincent Toumazou, 42 ans, ingénieur au CNES, vient de courir la Badwater dans la vallée de la mort. Il a parcouru 217 km en 38 heures par 50 °C à l'ombre. Full story (in French)

July 27, 2010
Manhattan Times: Northern Manhattan’s ultramarathoner
For most people, running 26.2 miles might be the accomplishment of a lifetime; but 42-year-old Philip McCarthy took it a step farther. And then another step farther. And another. Until he was running 135 miles, during the hottest part of the summer, in one of the hottest places in the country. Full story

July 26, 2010
North County Times: Escondido man is ultra tough
When Iso Yucra crossed the finish line at the Badwater ultramarathon earlier this month, he became the first person ever to complete the Badwater World Cup, finishing each of the three 135-mile races in the world—the Brazil 135, the Arrowhead 135 in International Falls, Minn., and the Badwater 135 through Death Valley. Full story

July 23, 2010
Arizona Daily Star: Runner Reed still pushing the limits
Pam Reed ran the 135-mile Badwater Marathon through Death Valley again, her ninth in nine years, and her only excuse continues to be that after a few weeks, she seems to forget how bad it can be. Full story

July 23, 2010
San Diego Union-Tribune: No run is too hot or long for ultramarathoner, 20

Two-time Badwater Ultramarathon finisher Nickademus Hollon explains his love of all things ultra. Full story

July 22, 2010
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Arthur Webb did it again, with much pain
Sports writer Bob Padecky gives this brief report on 12-time Badwater finisher Art Webb's painful 2010 Badwater Ultramarathon finish. Full story

July 22, 2010
Martinsburg Journal: Natural Running & Ultra Endurance—Ian Adamson speaks about rigors of adventure running
For famed adventure racer Ian Adamson, the Badwater Ultramarathon was a race he did for fun. Full story

July 21, 2010
Cincinnati Enquirer: David Corfman on the Badwater Ultramarathon
Cincinnati Enquirer sports editor and longtime runner Jim Pleshinger lets David Corfman tell of his 2010 Badwater experience in his own words. Full story. Full story

July 21, 2010
Hendersonville Times-News: Horner says this was his last Badwater run

Hendersonville barbershop owner Dave Horner finished his third and final 135-mile AdventureCorps Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 20, 2010
EndurancePlanet.com: The Endurance Planet Hour:
Three-time Badwater champ Jamie Donaldson and rookie Badwater finisher Jimmy Dean Freeman talk about their respective 2010 Badwater races on EndurancePlanet. Audio podcast

July 20, 2010
Orange County Resister: 'Zombie' woman runs world's 'toughest' race
Rookie Badwater entrant Michelle Barton earned her buckle this year. Full Story

July 18, 2010
Appeal-Democrat: Only the strong survive

Yuba City's Brian Recore will comes to fruition, completes the 2010 Badwater Ultramarathon in under 40 hours. Full story

July 15, 2010
BBC News: Kent man, 75, completes Death Valley ultramarathon
A 75-year-old grandfather from Kent has beaten his own record of being the oldest person to finish one of the world's toughest endurance races. Full story

July 15, 2010
Examiner.com National: Jack Denness finishes his 12th and final Badwater Ultramarathon at age 75
The 75-year-old runner completed the grueling 135-mile foot race in 59 hours 13 minutes and two seconds. According to Denness, it's now time to retire, but he's said that before. Full story

July 15, 2010
Kent Online: Marathon runner Jack Denness completes 135-mile Badwater ultramarathon
Runner Jack Denness has become the oldest person to complete the gruelling 135-mile Badwater ultramarathon. Full story

July 14, 2010
Cincinnati Enquirer: Corfman Conquers Badwater!

West Chester’s David Corfman just completed "the world's toughest foot race"—and placed well ahead of the field to boot. Full story

July 14, 2010
Hendersonville Times-News: Horner finishes his third Badwater Ultramarathon
Hendersonville barbershop owner Dave Horner crossed the finish line at his third AdventureCorps Badwater Ultramarathon, ending the 135-mile race in 37 hours, 18 minutes, 4 seconds, which was good enough for 31st overall. Full story

July 14, 2010
Examiner.com Denver: Colorado runner Jamie Donaldson wins her third Badwater Ultramarathon and sets new course record
Jamie Donaldson, a math teacher from Littleton, Colorado, won the famed Badwater Ultramarathon for the third year in a row, and set a new course record. Full story

July 14, 2010
WXVU Cincinnati: Local runner stiff and sore, but okay after Badwater race
David Corfman of West Chester wanted to finish the world's toughest footrace in 35 hours and almost did it. He completed the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon in California's Death Valley in just under 36. Full story

July 14, 2010
Examiner.com National: Badwater Ultramarathon 2010: Zach Gingerich wins for the men, Jamie Donaldson earns a third victory
The national endurance sports section of examiner.com featured this race report from the 2010 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 14, 2010
The News-Herald: Berkshire grad Gingerich wins Badwater Ultramarathon
Thirty-year-old Aurora, IL resident Zach Gingerich conquered one of the most challenging endurance races of all when he won the 2010 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 13-14, 2010
Outside Online: Badwater Live:
Live race coverage of the 2010 Badwater Ultramarathon on Outside magazine's blog.
Story one | Story two

July 13, 2010
Hendersonville Times-News: Horner just 13 miles away from finishing Badwater race
As of 11 p.m., Dave Horner was just two checkpoints (13 miles) away from finishing his third AdventureCorps Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 13, 2010
Chicago Tribune: Aurora man wins punishing Badwater Marathon
Zach Gingerich finishes race through sweltering Death Valley in 24 hours, 44 minutes and 48 seconds. Full story

July 13, 2010
Chicago Breaking Sports: Aurora's Gingerich wins ultramarathon title
Zach Gingerich of Aurora has won the 2010 Badwater Ultramarathon, a punishing 135-mile foot race through Death Valley in the sweltering July heat. Full story

July 13, 2010
Examiner.com Cincinnati: West Chester resident competes in Badwater ultramarathon
Cincinnati's David Corfman, 47, of West Chester set off on July 12 with a four-person crew to compete in the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 12, 2010
WXVU Cincinnati: Local runner takes on Badwater
Imagine running 135 miles in 60 hours or less. Now imagine going that distance in temperatures that will melt your shoes. That's the challenge a local ultramarathon runner David Corfman faces in a race that starts today. Full story

July 11, 2010
Appeal-Democrat: Total Recore

Yuba City's Brian Recore will take on one of the most grueling events in the world when he runs in the 33rd annual Badwater Ultramarathon in Death Valley. Full story

July 10, 2010
Blackpool Gazette: It ain't half hot, Tim!
Blackpool's Tim Welch is limbering up for what is known as the world's toughest road race—135 miles over sixty hours in the scorching heat of Death Valley. PDF of full story

July 9, 2010
BBC News: Carleton dad's 135 mile marathon across Death Valley
Dressed to sweat, Tim Welch from Carleton prepares to take part in the 2010 Badwater Ultramarathon. Video

July 9, 2010
tonic.com: Jack Denness, 75, Set to Run Final Badwater Ultramarathon
In what will be his last Badwater Ultramarathon, Jack Denness prepares to break his own "oldest finisher" record. Full story

July 9, 2010
Hendersonville Times-News: Horner headed to Badwater for his third 135-mile Ultramarathon
Hendersonville barbershop owner Dave Horner prepares for his third Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 9, 2010
The Canadian Jewish News: Surgeon to run ultramarathon for cancer research
Robert Gryfe will be battling extreme heat, exhaustion and time in a physically gruelling ultramarathon, which he hopes to finish in less than 40 hours to raise money for the Paul and Rhonda Krandel Colorectal Cancer Research Fund at the Princess Margaret Hospital. Full story

July 7, 2010
The Independent: Three days to run 135 miles in 50C Death Valley heat. And he's 75

It is into a furnace of sand and peril that a 75-year-old grandfather from Rochester will run next week as he lines up for one of the toughest tests of endurance on the planet. Full story

July 5, 2010
WLTV News 5 Cincinnati: Local Runner To Test Limits In Ultramarathon
The Badwater Ultramarathon is known as the world's toughest footrace, and local runner David Corfman plans to undertake it. Full story with video

July 4, 2010
La Dépêche: Vincent Toumazou dans la Vallée de la mort
Vincent Toumazou, docteur en mathématiques appliquées, et ingénieur au CNES, vient de se qualifier pour la Badwater, un ultramarathon de 217 km disputé aux États-Unis. Full story (in French)

July 2, 2010
The Cincinnati Enquirer: The Badwater Challenge

When you’ve run 51 marathons and 42 ultramarathons, where do you go from there? Try an ultramarathon...in Death Valley...spanning two mountians...in the middle of July. That's what awaits David Corfman, 47, of West Chester, Ohio. Full story

June 27, 2010
BBC News: Kent man, 75, to run Death Valley ultra-marathon
Jack Denness, and 11-time Badwater Ultramarathon finisher, prepares to run this year's race to once again set the record for the oldest finisher. Full story

June 15, 2010
xtremesport4u.com: Ultra-marathons are thick and fast on the horizon
One of our favorite adventure/extreme websites is featuring the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

June 9, 2010
L'Equipe: L'été s'ra chaud

Badwater rookie Vincent Toumazou of France in the news (article in French). Full story

May 16, 2010
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Slow pace secret to ultra race

Two-time Badwater Ultramarathon women's champion and course record holder Jamie Donaldson is quick to note that speed is not her forte. But slow and steady really does win the ultra race! Full story

April 27, 2010
USA Today: Running down a dream—Leg amputee makes U.S. track team

Amy Palermo-Winters, the first amputee to qualify for a U.S. national track and field team, will be running the 2010 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

April 22, 2010
San Diego Union Tribune: Cycling up in the Lagunas well worth the ride

Staff writer Don Norcross reports on the great success that was the 101-mile Mount Laguna Bicycle Classic. Off the beaten path (in 101 miles, there were three stop signs and no traffic lights) and with challenging climbs, the event was attended by 200 riders. Full story

April 16, 2010
Toulouse Infos: La Badwater : une aventure humaine
Invité du jour: Vincent Toumazou. Interview (in French) with Vincent Toumazou, ultrarunner on this year's Badwater Ultramarathon roaster. Watch the video here or here

April 7, 2010
La Dépêche: Vincent Toumazou dans la Vallée de la mort
Vincent Toumazou, Ph.D. in applied mathematics and an engineer at CNES, has qualified to compete in the 2010 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story (in French)

April 5, 2010
Adventure Cycling Association: Fat Terrain on Skinny Tires

Check out this story about our Rough Riders movement on Adventure Cycling Blog. Full story

April 1, 2010
RoadBikeRider.com Newsletter
Coverage of Rough Riding and our Rough Riders Rally in the weekly email newsletter (#436) from RoadBikeRider.com. Full story

March 14, 2010
The Weather Channel: Cantore Stories, Surviving Death Valley

Hosted by meteorologist and storm tracker Jim Cantore, the Cantore Stories documentary series explores the world's most extreme weather locations. In this episode—Surviving Death Valley—Mr. Cantore spotlights the 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon. Featuring Badwater veterans Dean Karnazes, Frank McKinney, Shannon Farar-Griefer, and others. Video

February, 2010
Adventure Cyclist Magazine: Return of the Rough Riders

The Rough Riders "movement" and our July 23-25 Rough Riders Rally in Marin County are featured in the February 2010 issue of Adventure Cyclist Magazine. Full story

February 15, 2010
Gonzales Weekly Citizen: Giving up was never an option for athlete diagnosed with leukemia

Donaldsonville, Louisiana ultracyclist Vinnie Tortorich finished the race he had been training for—The 2008 Furnace Creek 508—after he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2007. Full story

February 12, 2010
Muscle and Fitness: The 100+ Mile Man

This article gives us a peek at Dennis Koors training for the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

February 3, 2010
La Jolla Light: La Jolla Company Combines Adventure, Haiti Fundraiser

Article on AdventureCORPS—ultra-endurance and extreme sports production firm—and its February 13 bike ride fundraiser in rural East San Diego County benefiting Haiti relief. Full story

January 26, 2010
The Endurance Planet Hour

Check out two-time Badwater Ultramarathon champion and world record holder Jamie Donaldson on EndurancePlanet.com. Audio podcast

January 20, 2010
xtremesport4u.com: Listen Up Everyone – An 80 Mile Cycle for Haiti
One of our favorite sites is featuring 80 for Haiti. Full story

January 19, 2010
Active.com: 80 For Haiti Benefit Ride to Raise Money for Earthquake Relief

Article on AdventureCORPS, Inc.'s cycling benefit ride for Haiti earthquake relief, with all proceeds going to the relief organization Mercy Corps. Full story

January 19, 2010
Bikingbis.com: "80 for Haiti" bike ride will raise money for disaster relief

This bicycle touring website features AdventureCORPS Inc.'s charity event, "80 for Haiti," to take place in February to raise funds for disaster relief in Haiti. Full story

January 19, 2010
Bikeradar.com: 80 for Haiti benefit cycling event

AdventureCORPS, Inc. announces it will host "80 for Haiti," a cycling benefit ride for Haiti earthquake relief. Full story

2009 News

December 2009
Runner's World: The Best of Running

Editors and readers of Runner's World call Badwater the "hardest race." Full story

November 5, 2009
xtremesport4u.com: So many extreme cycle races on the horizon…

Bike races everywhere, and xtremesports4u wants to draw your attention to some of the best ones, and that includes the Mount Laguna Bicycle Classic! Full story

November 2009
MyMidwest Inflight Magazine: Mercury Rising

Every July, they go for a run in Death Valley’s 125° heat—for 135 miles. Who are these people, and what are they trying to prove? Full story

October 8, 2009
Greensboro News & Record: Charlie Engle's 411 on the 508

Feature on Greensboro runner Charlie Engle, the new Death Valley Cup record-holder for the best combined time in the Badwater Ultramarathon (135-mile foot race) and Furnace Creek 508. Full story

September 2009
Endurance News: 2009 AdventureCORPS Badwater Ultramarathon

Hammer athletes Jamie Donaldson, Lorie Hutchison, Morgan Murri, and Danny Westergaard shine in epic race! (Page 34) PDF of full publication

September 1, 2009
Al Jazeera: Badwater: A race for all ages

Reporter and ultrarunner Rebecca Byerly wrote this feature story on the 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon, highlighting the experiences of some of its racers—Charlie Engle, Nick Hollon, and Art Webb. Full story

August 31, 2009
Sports Illustrated: Defying Death Valley

Sports reporter Chris Ballard talks to 12-time Badwater entrant Art Webb, age 67, about the whys and the hows of the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

August 26, 2009
Voice of America: California Race Challenges Runners Across 200 Kilometers, Scorching Temperatures

2009 Badwater runners Charlie Engle and Nickademus Hollon featured on Voice of America in words and video by Rebecca Byerly. Full story | Video

August, 2009
Der Rheintaler: Am härtesten Ultra-Marathon

Swiss newspaper article (in German) about Iris Cooper-Imhof's 2009 Badwater race. Full story

August 3, 2009
National Geographic Weekend radio

Globe-trotting journalist, and ultra runner, Rebecca Byerly was at the 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon representing Voice of America and National Geographic. You can listen to her recent radio interview with Boyd Matson on National Geographic Weekend radio on her blog. Audio podcast

August 12, 2009
CNN: Badwater Ultramarathon: 135 miles in 130-degree heat

This multimedia feature on the 2009 Badwater ultramarathon includes photos, video, news, and an interactive course map. Full story | Video | Photos | Course map

August 8, 2009
Phoenix man completes Badwater Ultramarathon:
Perry Edinger said the Badwater Ultramarathon would be the last big adventure of his life

Reporter Bob Young of the Arizona Republic put together this feature on Phoenix resident and 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon finisher Perry Edinger. A very well-done audio slideshow accompanies the article. Full storyAudio slideshow

August 7, 2009
Endurance Planet: The Champion of Badwater

Meet 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon champion Marco Farinazzo of Brazil on Endurance Planet. Audio podcast

August 7, 2009
CNN: 135 mi. Badwater Ultramarathon

Video featured on CNN; Eighty-eight runners brave 130-degree Fahrenheit temperatures for three-day race through the desert. CNN's Ashley Fantz reports. Full story

August 4, 2009
CBS 2 Chicago: Naperville Man Has Run In 37 Ultramarathons

2009 Badwater Ultramarathon 3rd place finisher Zach Gingerich in the news. Full story

August 2009
TRAIL Magazin: Team Swiss Miss wurde unterbrochen und finishte doch

2009 Badwater finisher Iris Cooper-Imhof is featured in the German magazine "Trail" on pages 62-71 (in German). Full story

July 29, 2009
Monrovia Weekly: Monrovia Man Runs 135-Mile Badwater Ultramarathon

Feature on nine-time Badwater finisher and Monrovia, CA native John Radich. Full story

July 28, 2009
The Evening Gazette: Record Breaker in Red Got Form

This newspaper serving the Teesside area of England, ran this story on Sharon Gayter, who completed the legendary Badwater Ultramarathon in the fastest ever time by a British athlete. Full story

July 28, 2009
Niles Herald-Spectator: Full tank: Running Addiction Fuels Park Ridge Man
Feature on 26th-place Badwater Ultramarathon finisher Terry Madl. Full story

July 28, 2009
Kansas City Examiner: Q and A with 2009 Badwater Women's Winner Jamie Donaldson

Courtney Johnson, Colorado trail running enthusiast, talks with 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon women's champion Jamie Donaldson. Full story

July 24, 2009
San Diego Union Tribune: Young and Restless Ultramarathoner a True Toadie

Nick Hollon, just 19, becomes the youngest finisher of the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 24, 2009
Bonner County Daily Bee: Local Runner Conquers 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon

2009 Badwater Ultramarathon finisher Peggy Gaudet of Hope, Idaho in the news. Full story

July 23, 2009
Las Vegas Weekly: Kicking the Ass of the Toughest Footrace on the Planet

This article sheds a spotlight on the 2009 Badwater experiences of Nevada runners Molly Sheridan and Bill Andrews. Full story

July 23, 2009
Jyllands-Posten: 40 timers løb i dødens dal

Feature story in one of Denmark's national newspapers on Dennis Koors of 2009 Badwater race.
PDF of full story (Danish) | Full story (English)

July 23, 2009
Park Ridge Herald-Advocate: Madl Proves he's Tough Enough for Ultramarathon

As Terry Madl approached his 50th birthday, the Park Ridge, Illinois resident decided to test himself by running the 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 23, 2009
Orlando Sentinel: What makes someone want to run 135 miles? Orlando ultramarathoner Hung Ng knows.

Hung Ng crossed the finish line at the trailhead on Mount Whitney—135 miles and 33 hours, 45 minutes, 26 seconds of (mostly) running. Full story

July 22, 2009
San Bernadino County Sun: Literally Heating up for Marathon

The Badwater Ultramarathon has been a goal of San Dimas High School librarian Mark K. Olson since 1987, when he first learned about the race. This feature tells of his experience. Full story

July 21, 2009
The Denver Post: Meyer: A Moment that Makes Pain Worthwhile

During the 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon, women's champ and current women's course record holder Jamie Donaldson had one of those moments: "you know the feeling. You see something or feel something that reminds you how much you love what you do — and helps you forget the pain and suffering that comes from pursuing your passion." Full story

July 17, 2009
The Orange County Register: Here's what it's like to run 135 miles

A post-race recap of Leigh Corbin's Badwater race. Full story

July 17, 2009
The Capital Times: Middleton Man Almost Hits Goal at Badwater Ultramarathon

Darren Fortney said he wanted to finish the Badwater Ultramarathon, widely regarded as the world's most difficult endurance race, in under 36 hours. He was oh, so close to pulling it off. Full story

July 17, 2009
Pahrump Valley Times: Veteran Runners Compete in Grueling Badwater Race

This story on the Badwater Ultramarathon was published on day two of the 2009 race, and tells us about some of the competitors in this year's race including Geoff Linton, Pam Reed, and Lisa Tamati. Full story

July 17, 2009
Guelph Mercury: It was Hard to Quit

Breathing woes end Geoff Linton's attempt at finishing the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 16, 2009
The Denver Post: Littleton's Donaldson the Best of Badwater

Jamie Donaldson, math teacher at Sheridan Middle School in Littleton, Colorado, won the women's division of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon across the California desert in record time and was third overall. Full story

July 16, 2009
Valley News Dispatch: Freeport Native Defends Ultramarathon Title

Post-race coverage of Jamie Donaldson's first place finish in the women's race at the 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 16, 2009
The Hamilton Spectator: Runner Rushes Past Flames to Finish Death Valley Race

As flames and smoke forced scores of runners to alter their course during the 2009 Badwater ultramarathon, Monica Scholz crossed the finish line just in time, as authorities were alerting everyone to leave. Full story

July 16, 2009
North Bay Nugget: Lebrun completes Badwater

Brief story on Callander, Ontarios resident Robert Lebrun's 2009 Badwater race. Full story

July 15, 2009
Fox News Greensboro: Greensboro Runner Finishes 4th in Badwater Ultramarathon

Brief story on Charlie Engle's 2009 Badwater race. Full story

July 14, 2009
The Denver Post: Littleton Ultramarathoner Donaldson Wins 135-mile Death Valley Race

Brief report on Jamie Donaldson's win in the women's race of the 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 14, 2009
Sporting News: Badwater, Better Known As Satan's Fun Run

This blog post was updated throughout the 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon, and provides colorful commentary from race start to finish. Full story

July 14, 2009
Greensboro News & Record: Greensboro's Engle finishes fourth at Badwater Ultramarathon

Fourth-place Badwater Ultramarathon finisher Charlie Engle in the news. Full story

July 13, 2009
Taranaki Daily News: Tamati Lines up Death Valley

Brief pre-race profile on Lisa Tamati of New Plymouth, New Zealand who will be competing in the 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 12, 2009
The Denver Post: Durability in the Desert

Reporter John Meyer tells of Jamie Donaldson's ultramarathon training and her Badwater racing history. Full story

July 12, 2009
The Arizona Republic: Ex-Valley Trainer Set for Ultramarathon

Perry Edinger, research director at The Orthopedic Clinic in Phoenix and a former Arizona State head athletic trainer who once prepped Pat Tillman to run a marathon and paced Lance Armstrong in the Boston Marathon, is among 88 runners tackling the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 12, 2009
Westchester Journal News: A Long Run Across the Desert

Feature on White Plains, NY resident Anthony Portera, who will be running the 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon. PDF of full story

July 12, 2009
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Flirting with the Elephant on the Road

Pre-race feature on Jeff Gleason of Wexford, Pennsylvania. Full story

July 10, 2009
Nevada Public Radio: Badwater Ultramarathon

Nearly 90 ultra-runners will start "the world's toughest foot race" through Death Valley National Park. The Badwater Ultramarathon will take runners 135-miles from Badwater to the Mt. Whitney portal. In this podcast, a KNPR reporter talks with the three ultra-runners participating from Nevada: Molly Sheridan, Bill Andrews, and Tim Kjenstad. Audio podcast

July 10, 2009
The Pahrump Valley Times: Ultra marathon in Death Valley

This pre-race story tells you everything you need to know about the 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 10, 2009
The Evening Gazette: Things are Hotting up for Sharon

British runner Sharon Gayter will have to defy searing temperatures which can reach 55 degrees centigrade as she tackles the 135-mile Badwater Run across Death Valley. Full story

July 9, 2009
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Marshall Man to Compete in 135-mile Run from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney

Jeff Gleason, 51, of Marshall Township, will attempt the true pinnacle of running: the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile race—the equivalent of five marathons placed back to back—that begins in Death Valley, California, which is 280 feet below sea level, covers three mountain ranges and ends up at the Mount Whitney Portal, 8,360 feet above sea level. Full story

July 9, 2009
CNN: Ultra-Marathoners

CNN's Ashley Fantz talks about participating in the Badwater Ultra Marathon. Video

July 8, 2009
Pique Newsmagazine: Into The Inferno

It's five marathons long, hotter than Hades and arguably the most insane race on the planet. And for Canadian Ferg Hawke, the Badwater 135 was a chance to prove that he was the toughest of them all. PDF of full story

July 7, 2009
Journal Gazette/Times-Courier: Mattoon's Edinger Ready for 135-mile Badlands Run

On July 13-15, Perry Edinger—1979 Mattoon, Illinois High School graduate—will run the Badwater Ultramarathon, covering 135 miles non-stop from Death Valley to Mount Whitney California; after which he claims, "When this is done, I'm done competing. I've been running a long time. It just doesn't get any bigger than this." Full story

July 6, 2009
The Guelph Mercury: Extreme Runner Deserves a Cheer

In less than two weeks, Canadian Geoff Linton will be challenging himself in the Badwater Ultramarathon, running 135 miles through hell to test the boundaries of his mind and body. Full story

July 4, 2009
International Association of Ultrarunners News: Heat, Hills and Distance—Another day at Work for Badwater Champion

Profile on Badwater Ultramarathon women's record holder and 2009 entrant, Jamie Donaldson. Full story

June 8, 2009
Channel 7 Australia: Extreme Training

Feature on Kelvin Marshall, who will be running the 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon. Video

May 14, 2009
Middleton Times-Tribune: A Good Cause in Badwater

Feature on Middleton, Wisconsin resident Darren Fortney, who will be running the 2009 Badwater Ultramarathon.

March 23, 2009
National Geographic Adventure: Top 10 Toughest Races

In an article by Andrea Minarcek, both the Badwater Ultramarathon and Furnace Creek 508 were recognized as two of the toughest ten races in the world. The 508 came in at 8th: "Imagine pedaling four mountain stages of the Tour de France—back to back, without stopping—and you have an idea of what the cyclists in the Furnace Creek 508 face. (At least Lance gets nightly breaks.) The race starts just north of L.A., in Santa Clarita, California, and passes through Death Valley and the Mojave Desert, with 36,000 feet of climb along the way." Badwater came in at the top of the list: "A 135-mile foot race is tough enough, in even the best of circumstances. Try running one in Death Valley. In July. The Badwater Ultramarathon starts 'in hell,' as this racer attests, at the lowest point on the continent, 280 feet below sea level. The blistering course then shoots up 13,000 feet of cumulative ascent to its final end at 8,360 feet on Mount Whitney Portal. All this through a blasting furnace of 130-degree heat. In one word: brutal." Full story

February 27, 2009
Red Oxx News: Leisure Travel in LA: develop your own travel style

"I had spoken with Chris many times through the years but this was our first meeting in person. Adventure Corps promotes some incredible events and was one of our first corporate clients. The Badwater Ultramarathon is recognized globally as "the world’s toughest foot race." This epic event starts in Death Valley and ends up in Mt. Whitney. 135 miles of non-strop racing in some the most extreme temperatures on the planet. In an effort to break with tradition, I opted not to rent a vehicle and instead make the connection with Chris. He graciously offered to run me over to another one of the Oxx's unique customers." Full story

2008 News

October 26, 2008
The Spokesman Review: Going to Extremes

Reporter Dave Trimmer talks to a ultra athletes—including AdventureCORPS athletes Lisa Bliss, Cat Berge; Roby Treadwell, and Michael Emde—about their motivations and challenges as they strive to go the distance. Reprint of full story

July 29, 2008
Agence France Press / Yahoo Video: The Hottest Race of All

Video coverage of the 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon. Video

July 25, 2008
Pahrump Valley Times: AdventureCORPS just loves Death Valley for events

DEATH VALLEY, Calif. -- There is much more to AdventureCORPS in Death Valley than an annual "ultramarathon." Death Valley offers the backdrop for this world-famous special event production firm to coordinate and produce endurance events practically year-round. Founded in 1984 by Chris Kostman, AdventureCORPS, Inc. describes itself as "an athlete-run firm producing and promoting ultra-endurance and extreme sports events, lifestyle and media." Based in Oak Park, Calif., the firm produces countless events in the western states but has a special affinity for Death Valley, which it calls "Mother Nature's greatest sports arena." Full story

July 20, 2008
German Television RTL: Wüsten-Marathon Death Valley

Television coverage of the 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon. Video

July 19 2008
Victorville Daily Press: Pure athleticism: Two locals finish 135-mile race

Article on two local Badwater finishers: Steve Teal and Cheryl Zwarkowski. Full story

July 18 2008
BusinessPortal24.com: Badwater Ultramarathon, Death Valley, Kalifornien, USA - Die durch die Hölle gingen

German language coverage of the 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 17, 2008
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Freeport grad wins ultramarathon

Article on Jamie Donaldson's 2008 Badwater victory. Full story

July 17, 2008
The Santa Clarita Signal: A buckle for Zwarkowski - Victorville runner completes Badwater Ultramarathon in less than 48 hours

Features 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon finisher Cheryl Zwarkowski. Full story

July 17, 2008
Los Angeles Times: Racers finish the Badwater Ultramarathon

Story and slideshow about the 2008 Bawater Ultramarathon. Full story | Slideshow

July 17, 2008
Runner's World Daily: Tips from a Badwater Champ

Tips on keeping cool from women's champion Jamie Donaldson. Full story

July 16, 2008
The Rocky Mountain News: Littleton woman sets course record at ultramarathon

Feature story on Jamie Donaldson's record-setting finish at the 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 16, 2008
The Denver Post: Littleton's Donaldson the best of Badwater

Sheridan Middle School math teacher, Jamie Donaldson, wins the women's division of the 135-mile Badwater Ultramarathon across the California desert in record time. Full story

July 16, 2008
San Diego Union-Tribune: Another second for Konya

Features three-time Bawater Ultramarathon runner-up Akos Konya. Full story

July 16, 2008
The Santa Clarita Signal: Racing through Death Valley - Runners from 9 countries participate in long distance race

Features 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon entrant Cheryl Zwarkowski. Full story

July 2008
Video News Release for the 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon

Video News Release for the 2008 Badwater Ultramarathon, produced by Dan Dominy and Edge of the Map Productions in association with AdventureCORPS. Video

July 2008
Competitor Magazine: Chris Kostman, Who Needs Him?

"Over the 20 years since I first interviewed him, I've seen Chris Kostman carve out a multi-faceted niche that is unique in cycling and endurance sports. He's a record-setting athlete with a penchant for crazy events like the Iditabike and the Triple Ironman; a trend-spotter and coach who rode the L.A. personal-trainer wave like John Travolta in the movie Perfect, and helped turn a local trend called Spinning into a world-wide phenomenon; and an entrepreneur who's built endurance events that are among some of the most sought-after by athletes from all around the globe, including the Badwater Ultramarathon and the Furnace Creek 508." Full story

June 23, 2008
Utah Daily Herald: Payson man gearing up for grueling 135-mile ultramarathon next month in Death Valley

Feature on 34-year-old Jarom Thurston who will be competing in the 2008 Badwater race. Full story

June 22, 2008
KSL Television & Radio: Ultramarathoners training for race through Death Valley

Utahns Jarom Thurston and Lorie Hutchison prepare for the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

January 7, 2008
Los Angeles Times: Chris Kostman, Ultra Race Coordinator

"While most people can't fathom running a marathon, others can't fathom stopping at 26.2 miles. As the niche of ultra and endurance events grows, increasing numbers of otherwise ordinary men and women are pushing their physical and mental limits to extremes. Enabling them is Chris Kostman, an ultra athlete himself and founder of AdventureCORPS Inc." Full story

2007 News

December 24, 2007
Casper, WI Star-Tribune: "Cyclists finish grueling race; approach fundraising goal"

Feature on 508 solo finishers Keith Frick and Bob Thunselle Full Story

December 9, 2007
New York Times: "The 53 Places to Go in 2008"

The New York Times ranked the top 53 desinations in the world and reasonably deduced that Death Valley is at least the eighth best place to visit. They weren't smart enough, though, to suggest people go there to be active, such as cycling or running; instead they recommended the flower-viewing, which is sort of ironic for a placed called Death Valley, don't you think? Full story

December 9, 2007
Yuma, AZ Daily Sun: "Local woman finds happiness while running tough races"

"Barb Elias swears her favorite pastime isn't even close to being lethal, even when she's almost knocking on death's door and actually feeling pretty darn alive. 'The only time I would stop is if I knew I was going to do permanent damage to my lungs, if I was going to really mess myself up,' Elias says. 'But other than that I don't give up - never.' Whether she's hiking across a mountain range or loping for countless miles down a hot desert road, this Yuma woman is happiest when she's pushing herself to great physical extremes as a racer - an extreme racer, to be exact." Full story

September 26, 2007
Victorville, CA Daily Press: "Phelan man rides into history"

"Seven years ago, Steven Teal weighed 230 pounds and felt he needed a change." Full story

September 24, 2007
Syracuse Post-Standard Health and Fitness Blog: "Back to Death Valley..."

Reporter Amber Smith writes another flattering blog entry on Todd Baum about his second trip to Death Valley this year. Only this time he'll be on a bike for 508 miles rather than on foot for 135 miles. Full story

September 2007
Colorado Runner Magazine: "My Badwater Family"

"The Badwater Ultramarathon is one of the most demanding and extreme running races on the planet. I would be competing against 80 of the world's toughest athletes and against the elements." Full story

September 24, 2007
Syracuse Post-Standard Health and Fitness Blog: "Baum Speaks at School"

2007 Badwater Ultramarathon finisher Todd Baum speaks to the students who tracked his progress throughout the race, then mailed him a binder full of letters. Read about his visit to the school. Full story

September 10, 2007
Northwest Arkansas Morning News: "Run To Glory Pays Off For Local Runner"

Feature story on 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon finisher, Jamie Huneycutt. Full story

August 17, 2007
Lahontan Valley News: "Death Valley Run Hits 120 Degrees"

When reporter David C. Henley visited Death Valley on a whim in July he encountered many foreign tourists and learned a great deal about the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

August 9, 2007
North Texas Star-Telegram: "Runner Passes 'Ultramate' Test"

Feature story on Stephen Hudgens' experience at the 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon.

August 8, 2007
Hudson Valley Journal News "Harrison Ultramarathoner Franklin Runs Badwater for Good Cause"

2007 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon finisher Martin Franklin is the focus of this story. Full story

August 7, 2007
ARD German TV: "Mittagsmagazin"

Featuring 2007 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon runners Achim Heukemes and Dagmar Grossheim (German). Video

August 6, 2007
Syracuse Post-Standard Health and Fitness Blog: "Congratulations to Baum from Dr. King School"

As Todd Baum was recovering from running 135 miles across the desert in the Badwater Ultramarathon, he received a packet in the mail full of letters from local students who had been following his progress in the race. Read some of the letters here. Full story

August 6, 2007
U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, News Room: "Badwater Ultramarathon; Runner braves desert heat in 135-mile race"

Report on Blake Benke's experience completing the 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

August 4, 2007
Orlando Sentinel: "Death Valley Dash"

Feature story on Badwater Ultramarathon veteran David Harper.

August 3, 2007
Navy Compass: "Navy SEAL conquers Death Valley"

This miltary publication reports on the third place finish of U.S. Navy Special Operator 1st Class David Goggins in this year's Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

August 2, 2007
CNBC

2007 Badwater Finisher Martin Franklin is featured on two different financial news programs. Video

August 2, 2007
The Hamilton Spectator: "Not Bad! How Spec Roadrunner Beat Desert"

Reporter Mary K. Nolan tells John Rennison's Badwater Ultramarathon race story. Full story

July 31, 2007
Las Vegas Review Journal: "Clark County Firefighter Completes 135-Mile Race"

Post-race report on Tim Kjensted's 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon performance. Full story

July 30, 2007
Wichita Falls Times Record: "'Fate and Faith': 62-Year Old Man Completes 135-mile Ultramarathon"

This article details 62-year-old Jim Ingall's race at the 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 30, 2007
Fresno Bee: "Smit pulls through at Badwater"

Post-race report on 70-year-old Robin Smit, 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon finisher.

July 30, 2007
American Forces Press Service: "SEAL Recruiter Finishes Strong in Badwater Ultramarathon"

Reporter David Mays talks to David Goggins, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class, about his participation and performance in the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 29, 2007
Competitor Radio

Featuring 2006 and 2007 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon third place finisher David Goggins. Audio

July 28, 2007
The Aspen Times: "Heaven and Hell:
Part-Time Aspenite Tests Grit in Badwater Ultramarathon"
For the part-time Aspen resident Martin Franklin finished this year's Badwater Ultramarathon. This story, by reporter Jon Maletz, tells us about Franklin's experience. Full story

July 26, 2007
Le Monde: "Badwater, le marathon de la démesure"

Photo slideshow of the 2007 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon with captions (in French). Slideshow

July 26, 2007
Chicago Sun Times: "Nothing Short of an Ultra-Accomplishment for Vondruska"
Post-race report on Bloomingdale, IL runner Jerry Vondruska's Badwater Ultramarathon experience. Full story

July 2007
Video News Release for the 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon

Video News Release for the 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon, produced by Dan Dominy and Edge of the Map Productions in association with AdventureCORPS, and released worldwide via Associated Press Television. Video

July 25, 2007
Desert USA Blog: "Valmir Nunes of Brazil Wins Badwater Ultramarathon Race, Lisa Bliss of Spokane, WA Wins Womens Field"

Detailed report on the 2007 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 25, 2007
Tahoe Daily Tribune: "Badwater Ultra Record Smashed"

Article on the top finishers of the 2007 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon, two of whom broke the previous course record. Full story

July 25, 2007
CNN: "Headline News"

As the 2007 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon was taking place, the race was mentioned several times in short, 30-second pieces.

July 24, 2007
Las Vegas Review Journal: "Badwater to Mount Whitney: Ultramarathoner Tests His Limits"

Clark County firefighter Tim Kjensted runs his third Badwater Ultramarathon in 2007. This story tells of his experiences in the race. Full story

July 24-25, 2007
Syracuse Post-Standard Health and Fitness Blog

Reporter Amber Smith follows Todd Baum's progress in the 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon. Entry 1  Entry 2  Entry 3  Entry 4  Entry 5  Entry 6

July 23-25, 2007
KABC Los Angeles

This Los Angeles, California television station featured the entire 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon with live feed from Whitney Portal Road.

July 23-26, 2007
The Hamilton Spectator

A series of stories following John Rennison's progress in the 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon. Story 1  Story 2  Story 3  Story 4

July 23, 2007
KHNL Honolulu: "Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon"

Live report from Death Valley the morning of July 23rd highlighting race logistics and conditions, with special interest given to local 2007 Badwater competitor Don Fallis. (There were also live updates on Don as the race progressed.) Story text

July 23, 2007
KATU Portland: "Portland Man Tackles Death Valley"

This Portland, Oregon television station talks to ultrarunner Greg Pressler as he prepares to run the 2007 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon. Video

July 23, 2007
The Oregonian: "It's his Burning Desire"

Reporter Brad Schmidt talks to ultrarunner Greg Pressler about his quest to finish the 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 21, 2007
New York Times: "Far-From-Basic Training for a 135-Mile Footrace"

This article features Blake Benke and David Balsley, New York City entrants in the 2007 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

This July 21st New York Times article included a heavily watched video on NYTimes.com which has been syndicated and is now available as far away as South Africa. Video

July 21, 2007
Fresno Bee: "He's a Bad Man"

This article features Robin Smit, a 70-year old doctor, as he readies himself for his fifth Badwater race.

July 20, 2007
The Coast News: "Oceanside Man Returning to World’s Toughest Foot Race"

Reporter Zach Jones talks to 2006 Badwater runner-up Akos Konya about the holy grail of ultramarathons: the Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 20, 2007
Pahrump Valley Times: "Badwater Race Begins Monday"

Pre-race overview of the 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 20, 2007
KNPR Las Vegas: "State of Nevada"

This Portland, Oregon radio station featured Badwater Ultramrathon race director Chris Kostman and entrants David Goggins, Barbara Elias, and Anita-Marie Fromm in its July 20th "State of Nevada" broadcast. Program Outline  Audio

July 20, 2007
Morris County Daily Record: "Extreme Triumph"

Feature story on Tom Triumph as he prepares to run the 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon.

July 16, 2007
ABC Fresno: "Local Doctor Chosen Among 90 in the World for Ultramarathon"

Dr. Robin Smit prepares to run his fifth Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon. Video and story text

July 12, 2007
Sirius Satellite Radio: "Outdoor Fitness with Tina Vindum"

A live interview featuring Badwater Ultramrathon race director Chris Kostman.

July 11, 2007
KHNL Honolulu: "Kaneohe Senior Competes in World's Most Grueling Ultramarathon"

Feature story on 65-year-old Don Fallis, a Kaneohe resident who is running the 2007 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon. Story text

July 2007
Syracuse, NY TV

Several evening news features were broadcast before the race featuring entrant Todd Baum.

June 25, 2007
Chicago Suburban News: "Facing Down Death Valley"
This feature on Jerry Vondruska, a teacher from Bloomingdale, IL, highlights his running origins, his training for the 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon, and his fundraising efforts for "Susan G. Komen for the Cure." Full story

June 8, 2007
North Texas Star-Telegram: Badwater Entrant Stephen Hudgens
Check out this nice feature about Stephen Hudges, a rookie Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon entrant from Fort Worth, TX. Full story

June 8, 2007
San Diego Union-Tribune: "Getting a toehold: Brothers' newfangled socks have become a hit with runners"
This article by Don Norcross in the San Diego Union-Tribune for this great story about our friends at Injinji, makers of high-performance toe socks that work great for every sport, including ultra running and ultra cycling. Full story  JPEG Image of story

June 2007
Competitor Magazine: "Suffering, So Others Might Thrive"

Reporter (and 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon entrant) Greg Pressler brings us this story about Vito Bialla and Martin Franklin. These two corporate leaders will be toeing the line at this year's Badwater Ultramarathon. Bialla and Franklin will challenge themselves as they traverse through the harsh desert conditions, but they do it for the greater purpose of raising funds to help injured veterans. Full story

June 2007
NBC 11 San Francisco

Interview with Jonathan Gunderson regarding his participation in the 2006 and pre-race preparation for the 2007 Badwater Ultramarathon. (There were also several evening news features before the race) Video

June 2007
Spokane, WA TV

Reporter Steve Mumm sits down with ultrarunner Lisa Bliss to talk about her upcoming participation in the 2007 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon and her fundraising for Team St. Lukes—Disabled Athletes who are in need of Wheel Chairs for racing events. Video

April 2007
Time Magazine: Badwater Champ Dean Karnazes Nominated For Time Magazine Top 100
A runner has been nominated for the TIME magazine Top 100 Most Influential People of the Year! That "runner" is Dean Karnazes, the 2004 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon champion (and five-time Badwater finisher) who ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days last year, generating incredible, positive impressions about running and health across the nation and beyond, especially for kids. He visited lots of schools along the way and spread an excellent, uplifting message about health and enjoyment of the outdoors. Dean's Page   Results (Dean placed 27th)

February 2007
City on a Hill Press: "The Badwater 135:
The most intense sports event you've never heard of"
Writer Lisa Donchak speaks with past runners, crew members, and race director Chris Kostman to find out what attracts people to this crazy event we call the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

2006 News

December 2006
Nature: "Freaks of Nature"
This preeminent scientific journal explores how ultraendurance racers are able torture their bodies and minds to achieve near-impossible physical feats. Full story

December 7, 2006
Florida Today: "Ultra High from the Finish Line"
Feature story on Badwater Ultramarathon veteran Monica Scholz: how she started ultrarunning and the successes she's accomplished since taking up the sport in 1998. Full story

November 19, 2006
The Age: "The Ten Toughest Races on Earth"
The Badwater Ultramarathon made this Australian newspaper's list of the ten toughest races ever. Copy of full story

November 15, 2006
Outdoorsport Magazin: Halált megvető távolság
This story on the 2006 Badwater Ultramarathon and its second-place finisher, Ákos Kónya, ran in the Hungarian sports magazine Outdoorsport (published in Hungarian). Full story

October 24, 2006
Spokesman Review: "Wheel to Win"
This feature story on Spokane cyclist Michael Emde tells of how he perservered through a mid-race crash to become the 2006 Furnace Creek 508 champion. Full story

October 3, 2006
Orange County Register: "One Tough Bike Race"
This pre-race feature on the 2006 Furnace Creek 508 tells of hallucinations, extreme conditions, and sheds a spotlight on local riders competing in this year's race. Full story

September 17, 2006
NBC: "Jeep® World of Adventure Sports"
This action and adventure sports series featured the 2006 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon. Show website

September 4, 2006
Orlando Sentinel: "Clermont Man's Feat: 135 Miles in Heat, Pain"
This article features 2006 Badwater finisher David Harper. Read about his Badwater effort and his upcoming plans to do the Furnace Creek 508 in hopes of earning the Death Valley Cup. This article has been reproduced on David's personal website. Copy of full story

August 28-30, 2006
Marin Independent Journal: "Running Death Valley"
A three-part series on the 2006 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon, specifically featuring Marin Country resident Mike Sweeney and his experience in the race. This is some of the very finest writing about this race. Full story

August 23, 2006
Memphis Commercial Appeal: "Ultraman"
This story tells of five-time Badwater finisher Ruben Cantu; he could not compete at this year's Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon, so he created his own challenge back home in Tennessee: the Firehouse 135. PDF of full story  Event slideshow

August 13, 2006
St. Petersburg Times: "Ultra Marathon Revisited"
In its Neighborhood Times section on Running, the St. Petersburg Times ran a brief report on Noora Alidina's results at the 2006 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

August 3, 2006
Orange County Register: "Hottest man in Orange County"
This story tells of Ian Parker's fifth consecutive Badwater Ultramarathon, which he completed just 40 minutes shy of the cutoff. Full story

July 30, 2006
BBC News: "Athlete's Death Valley 'Triumph'"
This story features William Sichel, who is thought to be the first person from Scotland to take part in the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 29, 2006
Rocky Mountain News: "From Depths to Heights: 130-degree heat? Exhaustion? Four Coloradans survive them in Badwater"
Writer Bill Scanlon features four Colorado runners who competed in the 2006 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramrathon. Full story

July 28, 2006
White Rock Peace Arch News: "Return to Badwater Ferg Hawke takes fourth in Ultramarathon"
Race recap on Canadian Ferg Hawke's performance in the 2006 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon. PDF of full story

July 28, 2006
San Diego Union Tribune: "Second to One: Akos Konya of Oceanside surprises even himself as runner-up in sun-baked, 135-mile Badwater Ultramathon"
Writer Don Norcross highlights Badwater rookie Akos Konya's impressive second place finish in the 2006 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramrathon. Full story

July 27, 2006
Arizona Daily Star: "Tucsonan 24th; Reed Drops Out"
Highlights on the performace of Arizona residents Bruce Gungle and Pam Reed in the 2006 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 27, 2006
CKNW AM 980: "And You Thought it Was Hot Here"
This Vancouver radio station ran a short story on Ferg Hawke, the fourth place finisher in the 2006 Kiehl's Badwater Ulramarathon. PDF of full story

July 27, 2006
The News Journal: "Sports Briefs: Bursler 41st in Death Valley run"
A snippet on David Bursler's performance in the 2006 Badwater Ultramarathon appeared in this Deleware newpaper. PDF of full story

July 27, 2006
The Washington Post: "Marathon Melt"
Washington Post Staff Writer William Booth gives full details on the grueling experience that is the Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 27, 2006
Los Angeles Times: "Mother of Two Thrives as Ultramarathoner"
Shanon Farar-Griefer tackles the Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon once again. Find out how she does it and what makes her tick. PDF of full story

July 26, 2006
Tahoe Daily Tribune: "Jurek Defends Badwater Title"
A brief recap on the 2006 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon. PDF of full story

July 2006
Video News Release for the 2006 Badwater Ultramarathon

Video News Release for the 2006 Badwater Ultramarathon, produced by Dan Dominy and Edge of the Map Productions in association with AdventureCORPS. Video

July 24, 2006
The Desert Sun: "When You Want to Stop, Go On"
This feature on Badwater veteran Shannon Farar-Griefer tells of how she started running, what led her to then run ultras, and eventually Badwater. PDF of full story

July 23, 2006
The Sunday Times - Scotland: "Heat is on for Death Valley Endurance Racer"
How does a Scot prepare for the intense temperature of a gruelling ultra-marathon? Writer Fiona Russell reports. Full story

July 22, 2006
The New York Times: "After 70 Miles, Racer Just Warming Up"
Writer Oakley Brooks crafted this story on Scott Jurek, the pre-eminent American ultramarathoner who will be trying to defend his title at the 2006 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon. PDF of full story

July 21, 2006
San Diego Union Tribune: "Heat and Run"
Writer Don Norcross sits down with Akos Konya to talk about his upcoming rookie attempt at the 2006 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 21, 2006
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Somerset Woman Warming up for Challenging Race"
This Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania newspaper features 2006 Badwater Ultramarathon entrant Mary Kashurba. This article highlights her history as a runner, how she came to do Badwater, and her goals for this year's race. Full story

July 21, 2006
The Daily News Journal: "Pushing Himself to the Limit"
David Jones' preparations for the 2006 Badwater Ultramarathon are the highlight of this Murfreesboro, Tennessee newspaper article. PDF of full story

July 21, 2006
Today's Local News: "Ultimate Challenge: Oceanside Resident to Run in 29th Annual Badwater Ultramarathon"
Pre-race feature on Oceanside resident and Badwater rookie Akos Konya. Full story

July 21, 2006
Stellar Magazine: "Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon Up"
The North Face announces its sponsorship of the 2006 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 20, 2006
The Acorn: "Extreme Racers on Their Mark, Get Set...Go"
This pre-race feature on the 2006 Badwater Ultramarathon talks about race preparations, conditions, and runners. Full story

July 20, 2006
KING-TV Seattle: "Badwater:World's Toughest Race"
This special on the Badwater Ultramarathon, produced and reported by Saint Bryan, received a Northwest Regional Emmy for Best Sports Special in June. In the re-airing of this show on July 20, the host will talk about this year's race with 2004 winner Dean Karnazes returning to compete.
Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4.

July 17, 2006
BBC News: "Athlete Shows a Burning Ambition"
This short feature on 52-year-old Scot William Sichel tells of his preparations for competing in the 2006 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 17, 2006
Hendersonville Times News: "More Than One Way to Make Dreams Come True"
Writer Susan Hanley Lane reveals the undercover plot to get David Horner to run in the 2006 Badwater Ultramarathon. JPEG Image of story

July 16, 2006
The Tribune-Democrat: "Doctor Going to Extremes"
Writer Cory Isenberg wrote this feature on Mary Kashurba, a doctor from Somerset, PA, who will be competing in her second Badwater Ultramarathon this year. Full story

July 15, 2006
Rocky Mountain News: "Heated Competition"
Five Colorado runners train for the 2006 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July 11, 2006
Arizona Daily Star: "Some Like it Hot"
That drenched jogger running midday while heat waves radiate from the sidewalk is no desert mirage; it's Tucson's Bruce Gungle training for his second Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

June 25, 2006
Associated Press: "Way off the Beaten Path"
This Associated Press story by Elizabeth Gillespie features Badwater record-holder Scott Jurek, taking us back to his running roots and highlighting his current quest for a new record at the 2006 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

June 20, 2006
Lakeland Ledger: "Top Athletes Teach Us to Focus on Function"
Being fit is about function, not form. That's the focus of top athletes like 2005 Badwater champ Scott Jurek. Full story

June 5, 2006
Marin Independent Journal: "Pushing the Limits: Athletes Drawn to Ultramarathons"
This story, featuring ultrarunner and Badwater veteran Michael Sweeny, takes a look at what draws people to ultra-endurance events. Full story

May 16, 2006
Tryon Daily Bulletin: "Horner Runs 75 Miles on Parkway to Train for Badwater"
Sunny View, NC resident Dave Horner shares updates on his Badwater training with "the world's smallest daily newspaper." This is installment #2. Full story

March 31, 2006
Navy Compass: "SEAL Takes on Death Valley in Honor of Fallen Warriors"
Feature story on 2006 Badwater Ultramarathon registrant David Goggins, Operations Specialist 1st Class (SEAL). Full story

March 3, 2006
Tryon Daily Bulletin: "Running on the Sun"
Sunny View, NC resident Dave Horner shares updates on his Badwater training with "the world's smallest daily newspaper." This is installment #1. Full story

February 3, 2006
The San Diego Union Tribune: "Ultra Tough: Exploits in 2005 Go a Long Way to Show Scott Jurek is King of Ultramarathoning"
Writer Don Norcross tells us about Jurek's groundbreaking success and what got him there. Full story

March, 2006
Men's Health Best Life: "A Prescription for Lifelong Living"
This feature on Ben Jones tells of his history as a doctor and a runner, and gives us some words of wisdom to live by. Full story

January 8, 2006 at 8pm
PBS: "Nature"
"Life in Death Valley," featuring the 2004 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon, will air on PBS on the program "Nature." Check your local listings to confirm air time. More information

2005 News

December, 2005
Motion Magazine, Germany: "Hell's Bells: Der Badwater Ultramarathon Durch Das Tal Des Todes"

Extensive feature story in German about the 2005 race with photos. PDF of feature.

November 11, 2005
The San Diego Union-Tribune: "Enduring the Furnace"

This article is about 2005 Furnace Creek 508 champion Kenny Souza. Souza recounts his descent into an inactive llifestyle and his rebound back to the top of the podium at the 508. Full story

October, 2005
The Walrus Magazine: "The White Line Through Hell"

World renown journalist Barb Adamski has covered the Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon the past few years for a variety of Canadian and international publications. She's an incredible writer with a true passion for this event and its people. For a limited time, you can check out her 2005 story that was published in Canada's The Walrus magazine. Full story  Magazine web site

September 28, 2005
The Daily Camera: "Boulder Cyclist Faces 500 Miles in the Desert"

Reporter Maggie Flannagan talks to cyclist Felix Gallo a week before his second attempt at the 508. PDF of full story

September 25, 2005
Orlando Sentinel: "Can't Stop, Won't Stop"

This story sheds light on ultra-endurance sports. It spotlights ultrarunner and 2005 Badwater entrant David Harper. Full story

September 13, 2005
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "Ultramarathoner means going farther (inside yourself) than you ever thought possible"

This article on alternative sports highlights ultrarunning. Various ultrarunners recount the races they've done, iincluding the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

September 2005
Lake Magazine: "Pushing Himself to the Limit"

Writer James Combs tells of ultrarunner David Harper's experience running Western States and Badwater only two weeks apart. Full story

August 2005
University of Manitoba Recreation Services Magazine (FitDV): "Dry Run"

Badwater runners Dr. Lisa Bliss, Jack Denness, and Dean Karnazes discuss some of the details of training for the intense heat of the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

July/August 2005
Ultrafondus Magazine:
"Badwater: Chaussée Brûlante" (Badwater: Extreme Roadway)
This coverage, from the French magazine Ultrafondus, is the most extensive Badwater report we've seen. (PDF, 29 pages in French). PDF of full feature

July 17, 2005
The Mercury News: "San Jose Man Shows he can Take the Heat"

This newspaper article features Badwater finisher Dan Marinsik. PDF of full story

July 2005
Video News Release for the 2005 Badwater Ultramarathon

Video News Release for the 2005 Badwater Ultramarathon, produced by Dan Dominy and Edge of the Map Productions in association with AdventureCORPS. Video

June 2005
The Alaska Club Magazine (FitDV): "Going the Distance—and Beyond"

Extreme distance runner, Badwater veteran, and triathlete Christopher Bergland says that teaching your brain to associate exercise with happiness is the secret to sticking with it. Full story

May 19, 2005
The New York Times: "The Now or Never Athlete"
This edition of The New York Times highlights the training experience of 2005 Badwater entrant Frank McKinney. PDF of full story

May 18, 2005
The West Orange Times: "Local businessman to run 135-mile ultramarathon"
Reporter Michael Laval talks to 41-year-old David Harper in the months before his rookie attempt at the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

May 5, 2005
Orange County Register: "The Morning Read: She Flies by Day"
Judit Pallos, the youngest entrant and the third place female finisher in the 2005 Badwater race, is the focus of this article. Full story

March 27, 2005
CBS: "60 Minutes"
Leslie Stahl profiled Dean Karnazes and Pam Reed and the 2004 Badwater Ultramarathon. Online story

March 22, 2005
Lake Sentinel: "Putting One Foot in Front of the Other"
Ultrarunner David Harper's goal of running Western States and Badwater only two weeks apart is the focus of this story. Full story

March 16, 2005:
CBS: "Late Show with David Letterman"
The 2004 Badwater Ultramarathon champ Dean Karnazes was a guest.

March 15, 2005 (8:00 p.m.)
The Discovery Channel: "Architecture and Design of Man and Woman"

Featured 2004 Badwater Ultramarathon official finisher Francesca Conte.

March, 2005
Forbes: "Top Ten Toughest Endurance Races"
This sports feature names Badwater as one of the top ten toughest endurance races worldwide. Full story

Spring 2005
Ontario Roadrunner Magazine
The online magazine of the Ontario Roadrunners Association ran this story about the 2004 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon, highlighting the four Canadians who ran that year: George Biondic, Ferg Hawk, Albert Martens, and Monica Scholz. PDF of full story

February 2005
Runner's World Cover Story
Dean Karnazes is the cover boy of the February 2005 issue of the largest, most widely-read running magazine. This issue's feature story is about Karnazes and his efforts at the Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon.

2004 News

December 2004
Flow: "Höllische Leidenschaft" ("Infernal Passion")

This coverage (in German) of the 2004 Badwater Ultramarathon appeared in the German magazine FLOW. PDF of full story

December 2004
Runner's World

The famed "Baghdad Badwater" runner Curt Maples is featured in the "Running Heroes" section and Christopher Bergland is featured in a feature on ultra treadmill running.

November 3, 2004
The Los Angeles Times: "Joined at the Toe Clip"
Writer Roy Wallack wrote this fine piece on his experience as a member of the four-person Team Sasquatch in the 2004 Furnace Creek 508. Full story

November 2004
Trail Runner Magazine
This issue of my favorite running and adventure magazine has a nice piece about Curt Maples, the Marine Corps Major who ran his own "Baghdad Badwater" in Iraq in July. Also of note in this issue are "In The Line of Fire" on page 12, as well as The North Face ad on page 27 with 2004 Badwater champ Dean Karnazes.

October 28, 2004
Matlock Mercury (UK)
This article tells of Chris Hopkinson's many cycling adventures in the U.S., with special focus given to his participation in the 2004 Furnace Creek 508. Full story

October 2004, Issue 44
Endurance News (published by Hammer Nutrition): Athlete Spotlight

This fascinating and educational publication has an athlete spotlight in each issue. Chris Kostman was interviewed by Steve Born, and appeared as the featured athlete in the October 2004 issue on pages 14 and 15. PDF of full publication (1.3mb file: 20 pages)

October 2004
Runner's World

RW ran a shortened version of the post-race press release and the results for the top three men and women on page 96 of the October edition. I even got a byline! (but no paycheck...)

October 2004
Ultrarunning Magazine

Full coverage of the 2004 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon on page18 includes two articles: "A Journey Through Inner Mountains and Valleys" by Guenter Boehnke (a German runner who finished 18th), and "Crewing Badwater: Hitting the Wall, a Car, and the Finish Line" by Jurgen Ankenbrand (crewmember for German runner and 9th-place finisher, Robert Wimmer)

Fall 2004
Seed Magazine: "Extremes: Research at Badwater"

The Fall 2004 edition of this magazine with the slogan "Science is Culture" contains a very fine piece by Adeline Goss entitled "Extremes: Research at Badwater." It takes a spirited look at the medical, physiological, and psychological aspects of the race, featuring Lisa Bliss, Arthur Webb, Nancy Shura, and others in the process. The only two blips are that somehow Death Valley got moved to Nevada, and it implies that only 24 racers did the event (the correct number of 10am starters, but 72 started the race altogether). PDF of full story

September 2004
Ultrarunning Magazine

Our friends at UR included a one column follow-up to their July feature story about Curt Maple's "Baghdad Badwater" on page 4, along with a short bit about the 2004 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon, and another about 2001 Badwater champ Mike Trevino who recently took second in the trans-continental bicycle race known as RAAM. There's also a note that "Full Coverage" of the 2004 race will appear in a subsequent edition, which is true. Stay tuned for that.

July-August 2004
Ultrarunning Magazine: "Adventure Run: Baghdad Badwater"

Garret Graubins wrote this feature story about Curt Maple's "Baghdad Badwater" on page 54.

July 30, 2004
The Carallon: "Albert Martens Survives Blistering Death Valley"

Gwen Blatz, a crewmember for Martens, wrote this story that was published in The Carallon newspaper of Southeastern Manitoba, Canada. PDF of full story

July 25, 2004
St. Paul Pioneer Press: "Heat 'just insane' in Race in Death Valley"

The July 25 edition of this newspaper included a nice story about 2004 participant Pierre Ostor. PDF of full story

July 12, 2004
BBC News: "Pensioner Runs in Desert Marathon"

This short feature spotlights 69-year-old Jack Denness' upcoming plans to run "the toughest athletic event on Earth" — the Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

2003 News

December, 2003
Running Times: "Desert Diva: Pam Reed's Run into the Record Books"
This article, written by runner and writer Matthew J. Nelson, covers Pam Reed's overall win in the 2003 Kiehl's Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

August 2, 2003
The Quad City Times: "Bettendorf Woman Goes the Distance to Reach Her Goals"
Sean Moeller wrote this story about Bonnie Busch's 2003 Badwater race. Full story

July 13, 2003
San Diego Union Tribune: "135 Miles. 125 Degrees. 3 Mountain Ranges. 2 Days. No IVs.
No Prize Money. It Could Only Be..."

In 2002, the Union-Tribune's Mark Zeigler and Sean M. Haffey followed the Badwater from start to finish. This is their story that ran in the Union Tribune nine days before the 2003 Badwater Ultramarathon. Full story

2002 News

October 17, 2002
Torrance Daily Breeze: "Ostendorff's Racing Skills Break Through"

Reporter Mike Mitchell writes about Eric "Ostrich" Ostendorff's 3rd place finish in the 2001 Furnace Creek 508, and how he came back in 2002 to win the race. PDF of full story

July 31, 2002:
NPR: "Braving the Badwater Ultramarathon"
NPR's Andy Bowers followed first-time Badwater competitor Angela Brunson through what's often called the toughest foot race in the world. Full story

July 2002
Video News Release for the 2002 Badwater Ultramarathon

Video News Release for the 2002 Badwater Ultramarathon, produced by Dan Dominy and Edge of the Map Productions in association with AdventureCORPS, with voice-over by the race director, Chris Kostman. Video

February 25, 2002
Discovery Health Channel (USA): "The Science of Sleep"

One 508 entrant was followed by a TV crew studying sleep deprivation in October 2001 when she participated in the Furnace Creek 508 bicycle race. This program, "The Science of Sleep" was paired with "The Science of Dreams."

2001 News

August 23, 2001
New Times L.A.: "Dead Run"
Michael Gougis wrote this article featuring Vilma Mejia and her 2000 and 2001 Badwater attempts. Full story

July 2001
Video News Release for the 2001 Badwater Ultramarathon

Video News Release for the 2001 Badwater Ultramarathon, produced by Dan Dominy and Edge of the Map Productions in association with AdventureCORPS, with voice-over by the race director, Chris Kostman. Video

July 2001
Midwest Express Airline Magazine: "Action Figures"
Read this very flattering article by Tina Lassen that covers Chris Kostman, Badwater, and the Furnace Creek 508. Full story

May 2001, Volume Four Issue #2
American Randonneur

As the new Regional Brevet Administrator for Southern California, Chris Kostman is profiled in the current magazine dedicated to this type of self-supported, long-distance cycling. Full article

2000 News

July 2000
Video News Release for the 2000 Badwater Ultramarathon

Video News Release for the 2000 Badwater Ultramarathon, produced by Dan Dominy and Edge of the Map Productions in association with AdventureCORPS, with voice-over by the race director, Chris Kostman. Video

May 2000
Men's Fitness: "The We Generation"
Roy Wallack's article, "The We Generation," touches on the advent of team endurance events, and features his experience racing the 508 on a team. Full story

March 2000
City Sports Washington: "On the Inside Looking Out—How to Use Indoor Cycling to Become a Better Outdoor Cyclist"

Roy Wallack's story, written for City Sports, features Chris Kostman and his indoor cycling program. Full story

1999 News

October 7, 1999
The Los Angeles Times (Orange County edition): "Turning Up the Heat: Rugged Terrain, Difficult Climbs Make Furnace Creek 508 a Test for Cyclists"
Writer Martin Beck crafted this pre-race feature on Team Rat Pack. Other Orange county cyclists attempting the race in 1999 are also mentioned. Full story

April 1999
MultiSPORT Magazine, Sweden: Philosopher in Bike Bibs, Occupation: Adventurer

English translation of a feature article on Chris Kostman in the premier issue of this Swedish sports magazine. Full story