About AdventureCORPS®, Inc.

AdventureCORPS®, Inc. is an athlete-run firm producing and promoting ultra-endurance sports events and the BADWATER® brand. Adventure is our way of life. AdventureCORPS' world-class events for athlete-adventurers include epic races such as the BADWATER® 135, BADWATER® SALTON SEA, BADWATER® CAPE FEAR, The Silver State 508, Furnace Creek 508, Trona 308, plus Death Valley Century, Ultra Century, & Double Century (Spring and Fall editions), and other events. Our products include Badwater® Apparel, Badwater® Skin Care, Badwater® Gear, as well as other great lifestyle items and services.

Founded in 1984 by Chris Kostman, this group effort is dedicated to exploring the inner and outer universes, seeking adventure, energy, and insight both in daily life and "out there." Please join us! Chris serves as our Chief Adventure Officer and Race Director, while Laurie serves as our Chief Wellness Officer.

Our slogan is
"We're Out There"
Our prime directive is
"To Seek and Share Adventure."

Event Production

We annually produce a series of legendary events with a world-wide following, as below, while new AdventureCORPS creations are in the works.

BADWATER® CAPE FEAR is a 50km/51-mile ultra running race featuring a twelve-mile warm-up on the car-free, one-lane-wide roads of Bald Head Island, North Carolina, followed by either 19 or 39 miles of running on the wild and secluded sandy beach between Cape Fear and Fort Fisher. The race is held along the Atlantic Seaboard with spectacular views of the Frying Pan Shoals to the east and wild and undeveloped marshlands to the west. It is a dramatic, invigorating, inspiring setting to experience Cape Fear in all its grandeur! More info.

We host BADWATER® SALTON SEA annually in May. An official qualifier for the Badwater 135 and epic challenge in its own right, this remarkable event challenges 30 teams of three ultrarunners - running together for the duration, not in a relay - to tackle an unimaginable traverse of Southern California deserts and mountains. The route covers 81 miles (130km) non-stop from below sea level at the shoreline of the Salton Sea, across, up, and over Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, to the top of Palomar Mountain with a dramatic view of the Pacific Ocean. For all the info, click here.

BADWATER® 135® is recognized globally as "the world's toughest foot race." This legendary event pits up to 100 of the world's toughest athletes—runners, triathletes, adventure racers, and mountaineers—against one another and the elements. Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop over the most epic terrain imaginable and finishing at the end of the road on Mt. Whitney, it is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on the planet. The 38th anniversary edition will be held July, 2015. For all the info, visit the race's dedicated website at www.badwater.com.

Silver State 508™, also known as The 508™, has been an AdventureCORPS event held annually in October since 1990, but it dates back to 1983 under the directorship of John Marino, founder of the Great American Bicycle Race and the Race Across America (RAAM).

Known as "The Toughest 48 hours in Sport," Silver State 508 is the world's premier weekend ultracycling race. This 508-mile bicycle race is revered the world over for its epic mountain climbs, stark desert scenery, desolate roads, and its reputation as one of the toughest but most gratifying endurance challenges available, bar none. For all the info, visit The 508's dedicated website at www.the508.com.

New for 2014, The Trona 308™: We were pleased to offer a 308-mile ultracycling extravaganza in May, 2014 from Santa Clarita to Trona and back to Santa Clarita: an epic race from the Los Angeles basin through the Mojave Desert. The route is based upon the wildly successful abbreviated route used for the 2013 edition of The 508 which had to be shortened due to the U.S. government shutdown. More info.

Death Valley Century, Ultra Century, and Double Century™ - Spring Edition is traditionally held annually on the first weekend of March, providing incredible, one-of-a-kind, 105-, 150-, and 196-mile cycling routes past Badwater and over the passes to Shoshone and back in Mother Nature's greatest sports arena, Death Valley National Park! The field limit is 400 riders total and it always sells out. With full rider support, roving SAG vehicles, and impossible-to-get-lost routes with very little traffic, there's no better place to ride a century or double century cycling event! For all the info, click here.

Death Valley Century, Ultra Century, and Double Century™ - Fall edition is traditionally held annually on the last weekend of October, providing incredible, one-of-a-kind, 108-, 144- and 197-mile cycling routes to Scotty’s Castle, Ubehebe Crater, and Hell’s Gate in Mother Nature's greatest sports arena, Death Valley National Park! The field limit is 400 riders total and it always sells out. With full rider support, roving SAG vehicles, and impossible-to-get-lost routes with very little traffic, there's no better place to ride a century or double century cycling event! For all the info, click here.

Past AdventureCORPS Productions include Badwater Immersion in 2014, CORPScamp Santa Monica Mountains in 2014, CORPScamp Death Valley in 2008-2010 & 2012-2013, Mount Laguna Bicycle Classic in 2009-2013, Velo & Vino Julian Cyling Camp in 2013, Hell's Gate Hundred in 2009 - 2012, CORPScamp Shasta in 2008 and 2009, Rough Riders Rally in 2010, 80 For Haiti in 2010, the Team Race Across America Bicycle Race in 1992 - 1996, Adventure Sunday in 1996 to 1997, LA Marathon Bike Tour in 1995 with over 12,000 participants, American Lung Association's Klamath Loop Bike Trek and Misty Redwood Run in 1993, Earth Day Sports and Fitness Symposium at the Biosphere in 1993, Santa Fe Outdoor Performance Training Camp with Steve Ilg in 1993, Mt.Shasta Snowshoe Safari in 1994, Earth Journey British Columbia Triathlon Stage Race in 1991, HPV Race Across America Bicycle Race in 1989, Furnace Creek Spring Tour in 1999 to 2003, and the Southern California Brevet Series in 2001 to 2003. From 2001 through 2004, AdventureCORPS' Chris Kostman also served as founder and 50% partner in Planet Ultra and all of its events. AdventureCORPS is lso pleased to have produced Ride to Cure Diabetes events on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation from 2001 through 2007 in Death Valley, in Monterey in 2003 and 2004, and in the Santa Rosa Wine Country in 2007. For reports, results, and images from past events we've produced, visit the Results & Webcasts page.


The AdventureCORPS Websites

www.adventurecorps.com (where you are now) is a useful and entertaining resource for information and inspiration dedicated to adventure, energy, and insight. We archive extensive materials regarding all the things we're into, including over 250 articles about cycling, snowshoeing, triathlon, adventure, ultra-endurance sports, cave and technical scuba diving, archaeology, exploration, extreme races and events such as Badwater Ultramarathon, Furnace Creek 508, Death Valley Century & Double Century, CORPScamp Death Valley, Ultraman, Great American Bike Race, Race Across America, Iditasport, Triple Ironman, Ironman Triathlon, and much more. You're in that site right now, so head to the front page, "The Write Stuff" section, or the navigation menu on the left side of this page to check it out!

www.the508.com is the official website for the Silver State 508 Bicycle race (formerly Furnace Creek 508 Bicycle Race), held annually since 1983, and an extensive on-line resource for ultra-endurance cycling, ultra relay racing, and the AdventureCORPS way of life. The site features over 150 first person reports on the race, dozens of articles on training, nutrition, strategy, equipment, plus an archive of all the webcasts from 1999 to the present. If you're into cycling, especially ultracycling, then you will want to visit this site to read about this "Great American Bike Race" which is known cross the globe as "The Toughest 48 Hours in Sport."

www.badwater.com is the official website for the world's toughest brand and the world's toughest races, BADWATER®: Badwater Cape Fear, Badwater Salton Sea, and Badwater 135 Ultramarathon, as well as an extensive resource for ultramarathon running. It features scores of first person reports, articles on training, strategy, heat conditioning, organizing a crew, plus an archive of all the webcasts from 1999 to the present. If you're into running, especially ultrarunning, or the Mojave Desert, then you will want to visit this site.

www.XO-1.org is the official website and blog for the Rough Riders, our cycling lifestyle club. The Rough Riders slogan is "Any Bike, Anywhere" and we believe in riding any distance, in any conditions, over any terrain, at any time of day or night. That sounds really hard-core, perhaps, but mainly we enjoy getting "out there" by riding roads, dirt roads, trails, and paths on whatever bike we happen to be on or have handy. Sometimes the pavement's long gone and we're still on our "road bikes" or some bike that would be commonly considered inadequate for the job - and that's just fine by us! Rough Riding is not defined by the type of bicycle or type of riding surface. Rough Riding is a state of mind, a riding style with limitless freedom and an all-pervasive sense of adventure.


Our Services

Please contact us to book the following:

  • Indoor Cycling Workshops led by Chris Kostman. (World-wide.) Info.
  • Personalized bike fitting and riding efficiency analysis by Chris Kostman. (Offered in the Los Angeles area; other locations poosible.)

We are also available in other capacities:

Adventure Media Correspondent for Print, Web, and Broadcast
Chris is one of the founding fathers of adventure sports writing and editing, having published more than 250 articles in almost 40 different publications since 1984. Chris was also the founding Senior Editor, with Michael Bane, of Over The Edge, the short-lived but trend-starting adventure sports magazine published in 1994 by Larry Flynt. Since 2008, Chris has been a columnist for Endurance News. Nearly all of Chris' work is archived here on this website.

On camera, Chris was the subject of a National Geographic Explorer feature which aired several times in 1997 on TBS to an average viewership of 1.6 million, then aired regularly in 175 markets on the syndicated version of Explorer. The episode documented Chris' experience exploring Alaska's Iditarod Trail by mountain bike and snowshoe in February of 1997. It won the Cine Golden Eagle Award for excellence in documentary film-making. Chris co-produced, wrote, and narrated ESPN2's coverage of the Race Across America bicycle race from 1993 to 1996 and has appeared as an adventure, extreme sports, and fitness personality on MTV, Good Day L.A., CBS San Francisco, and many others. See his media bio or contact us to secure his writing, editing, and on-camera talents.

Special Event Development
When a company, group, or organization wants to host or produce a unique outdoor sporting event that involves hundreds or thousands of participants or covers hundreds or thousands of miles on the open road, they often call us. We turn ideas into reality. We are extremely detail-oriented, efficient, and competitive in every way. Some of our past creations / productions include:

  • Ride to Cure Diabetes events on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation from 2001 through 2007 in Death Valley, in Monterey in 2003 and 2004, and in the Santa Rosa Wine Country in 2007, raising over one million dollars annually.
  • Team Race Across America Bicycle Race, an epic non-stop transcontinental race. The concept was Chris' original idea and e created, promoted, and directed the race from 1992 to 1996.
  • LA Marathon Bike Tour with over 12,000 participants; the first cycling event ever held in conjunction with a major marathon, it was first held in 1995.
  • American Lung Association's 1993 Klamath Loop Bike Trek and Misty Redwood Run to benefit lung research.
  • Biosphere II's 1993 Earth Day Sports and Fitness Symposium.
  • Earth Journey British Columbia Triathlon Stage Race, a three day journey through BC's best, 1991. Based upon the Ultraman Triathon on Hawaii's Big Island.
  • Outdoor Performance Training Camps, multisport workshop retreats presented in collaboration with Steve Ilg, author of "The Outdoor Athlete" and creator of Wholistid Fitness.

Fitness and Lifestyle Workshops, Retreats, and Small Event Development
We have had the privilege of developing or creating, and leading, several programs, workshops, and small events for health clubs, fitness enthusiasts, and outdoor athletes. Some of these have taken on a life of their own beyond us, while others we will still produce on demand. Our creations include:

  • RoadRacers Indoor Cycling Program for the Bodies in Motion chain of health clubs in Los Angeles, CA. Chris created and managed this innovative program from 1996 through 1998.
  • FlyWheel Indoor Cycling Workshops and specialty classes, regularly presented anywhere on demand by Chris since 1995.
  • Adventure Sunday outdoor adventure day. Chris created this day of outdoor adventuring in the West L.A. area for The Sports Club/LA and Bodies in Motion, but we we can duplicate and host it most anywhere else. Each eight to twelve hour day is a unique adventure in itself. Activities usually include a veritable smorgasbord of urban athletics, such as hiking the Santa Monica Mountains, running the 4th Street Stairs, trekking on the beach, plus indoor cycling, kinesthetic training, and more. Tons of fun with no competition. This event is held "on demand"—we produce this for small groups only upon request.
  • Mt. Shasta Snowshoe Safari, a three day adventure retreat originally created by Chris for the editors of Shape and Men's Fitness Magazines in 1995.