Chris Kostman got his start early in ultra sports: He set world ultra cycling records in high school in 1984 and 1985 (riding against the clock from San Francisco City Hall to Los Angeles Cith Hall) and completed the 3127-mile, eleven-day Race Across America bicycle race at age 20 in 1987. That was a springboard to competing in events as diverse as the Triple Ironman in France, the 6.5-mile Skaha Lake Ultra Swim in Canada, numerous winter ultras on mountain bike or snowshoes in Alaska, and scores of 24-hour mountain bike races and 200-mile or longer road bike races. This led to a career producing some of the toughest endurance events available through his company, AdventureCORPS. Hosted in Death Valley, on the slopes of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Laguna, Mt. Tam, and beyond, these events include multi-day cycling lifestyle camps, centuries and double century bicycle rides, the venerable Furnace Creek 508 bicycle race, and the world-famous Badwater Ultramarathon 135-mile foot race and its sister events, Badwater Salton Sea and Badwater Cape Fear. Chris has also published over 250 articles about the endurance world. He is trained and educated as an archaeologist and works part-time in that field, both undersea and on land in the Middle East and South Asia. Further details below and via the links above.
Archaeology, Exploration, and Expeditions
If you need advice on going somewhere really off the beaten track, need an experienced team leader or member, or want to collaborate on a research project or wilderness expedition, contact Chris. Chris is always interested in new adventures.
"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.
Below is a video made in 2009 to celebrate Chris' ten years as the Race Director of the Badwater Ultramarathon. It was shown at the pre-race meeting for the race in Death Valley.
Below is an interview with Chris Kostman, the Badwater Ultramarathon race director, which was conducted in the spring of 2003. This first part primarily focuses on the origins and history of the race, whereas this second part focuses primarily on the significance and meaning of the event, as well as Chris' background in archaeology and how that relates to his work as an endurance sports promoter and adventure entrepreneur. In the bottom right, one icon in from the corner, is a button which you can click in order to see the videos in full-screen size.