Runners Battle 120-Degree Temps At Badwater Ultramarathon

  • By Jason Devaney
  • Published Jul. 17, 2013
At nearly 300 feet below sea level, the Badwater Basin is the lowest point on the North American continent. Photo:

Fifteen of the 96 starters did not finish the 135-mile race.

Portugal’s Carlos Gomes De Sá and Catherine Todd claimed the men’s and women’s victories at the Badwater Ultramarathon on Wednesday.

The race, which takes runners 135 miles through Death Valley and up and down three mountains, is known as one of the hardest endurance tests in the world. Air temperatures reached 120 degrees and the pavement was said to be around 170.

Gomes De Sá, a 39-year-old making his Badwater debut, crossed the finish line in 24:28:16. Taking second in the men’s race was Australian Grant Maughan (24:53:57). Oswaldo Lopez, who won the race in 2011, placed third (25:27:03).

American Pamela Reed placed second in the women’s race, stopping the clock more than 40 minutes behind Todd’s result of 29:55:29. In third was American Meredith Dolhare (32:52:40).

The first American to cross the line was Harvey Sweetland Lewis III, who took fourth in the men’s race with a time of 25:49:50.

Fifteen of the 96 runners that started the race did not finish.


Jason Devaney

Jason Devaney

Jason Devaney is a freelance contributor to all of the Competitor Group brands. When he's not sitting at his computer working, he's usually out doing one of three things: Swimming, biking, or running. A resident of Virginia, Jason ran his first marathon in 2011.

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