AdventureCORPS® made its name producing the world’s toughest endurance races in dramatic, remote locations that few people would ever visit, let alone run or bike across. Held under the Badwater® banner, these events have allowed runners and bicyclists to explore Death Valley, the Salton Sea, Cape Fear, the Mojave Desert, and the Nevada outback in the USA, as well as the Mustang region of Nepal, Yunan Province of China, and now Armenia and Artsakh.
Artsakh Ultra is a six-day, point-to-point, 160-mile (260km) trail running stage race in Armenia & Artsakh. Designed intentionally as a stage race – rather than pure ultramarathon – the route will be incredibly beautiful and challenging, but also a culturally immersive experience. The overnights will be in or near villages and cities, where runners will eat the local, super healthy, incredibly fresh food and enjoy Armenian music, dance, and culture. Along the way, the runners will visit 1000-year-old Armenian churches, monasteries, and archaeological sites.
Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA, the Badwater® 135 is globally recognized as “the world’s toughest foot race.” The start line is at Badwater Basin, Death Valley, which marks the lowest elevation in North America at 280’ (85m) below sea level. The race finishes at Whitney Portal at 8,300’ (2530m), which is the trailhead to the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States. It is held annually in July in what the Guinness Book of World Records recognizes as the world’s hottest place.
Competitors in Badwater 267 VR virtually and sequentially traverse the routes of all three Badwater® races – the 51-mile Badwater Cape Fear, the 81-mile Badwater Salton Sea, and the 135-mile Badwater 135 – for a total of 267 miles or 430km. Competitors have the entire month of January to complete the distance. As the runners progress along the route, they reach virtual “milestones” to celebrate their progress. Besides cool trophy graphics, these include links to stories, photos, and videos of the three real-world Badwater events, and more. A private Strava Club brings all these Badwater Family members together.
Badwater® Salton Sea challenges up to 45 teams of two or three ultrarunners – running together as duos or trios for the duration, NOT in a relay – to tackle an unimaginable traverse of Southern California deserts and mountains. The route covers 81 miles (130km) from Salton City (elevation 234 feet / 71m below sea level) to Palomar Mountain, the almost tallest mountain in San Diego County (elevation 5500 feet / 1676m.) Featuring a route that is a mix of road and trail, there is a total elevation gain of over 9000 feet (2740m).
Our only (B)east Coast race, Badwater® Cape Fear features a twelve-mile warm-up on the car-free, one-lane-wide roads and trails of Bald Head Island, followed by either 19 or 38 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 Cape Fear River marshlands to the west.
Competitors in Badwater 267 VR Elite have just 16 days to virtually and sequentially traverse the routes of all three Badwater® races – the 51-mile Badwater Cape Fear, the 81-mile Badwater Salton Sea, and the 135-mile Badwater 135 – for a total of 267 miles or 430km. All running must be outdoors and tracked via GPS, a private Strava club, photos, written commentary and more. It is the world’s toughest virtual race.