Chris Kostman is the Chief Adventure Officer at AdventureCORPS, Inc. and the Race Director of the entire worldwide series of Badwater® events.
Chris 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 City Hall) and completed the 3127-mile Race Across America bicycle race in less than eleven days at age 20. 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, three 100-mile snowshoe races in Alaska, six Ironman Triathlons, an Ultraman-distance triathlon stage race in Vermont, the Boston Marathon, and many other endurance races.
Hand in hand with his athletic career, Chris has been producing some of the toughest endurance events on the planet since 1984 through his company, AdventureCORPS, Inc. Hosted in Death Valley and the Mojave Desert, on the slopes of Mt. Whitney and Palomar Mountain, on the beaches of North Carolina, in Nepal, China, and beyond, Chris has now produced well over 150 endurance sports events. These include the world-famous Badwater 135 Ultramarathon and its sister events, Badwater Salton Sea and Badwater Cape Fear. Chris also produced and directed the venerable Furnace Creek 508 bicycle race from 1990 through 2013, and its sequel, the Silver State 508 bicycle race, from 2014 through 2016.
Available for hire as a consultant or event partner, Chris worked on the staff of the Race Across America for thirteen years, including five years as the creator and race director of the team division. He has also produced, directed, and orchestrated special events for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Lung Association, Los Angeles Marathon, and other organizations.
Chris has also published over 250 articles about the endurance world, adventure, travel, archaeology, human potential, and the outdoor way of life.
Trained and educated as an archaeologist at U.C. Berkeley (earning BA and MA degrees), he has led or worked on expeditions and excavations both undersea and on land in the Middle East and South Asia. He is a Fellow of The Explorers Club.
Countries Visited: Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Artsakh, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany (and East Germany, before the fall of the Iron Curtain), Greece, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Jordan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Portugal, San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Vatican City, United Kingdom, and Yugoslavia (now known as Boznia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Slovenia.)
Affiliations, Certifications, Awards:
• Wilderness First Responder, National Outdoor Leadership School, 2020.
• Member (at “Fellow National” level), The Explorers Club, 1998 to the present.
• Certified technical scuba diver, IANTD, NACD, and NAUI (full cave certification, Nitrox, mixed gas, rescue, assistant instructor.)
• Lifetime Achievement Award, Race Across America, 1997.