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Jess Mullen: invited to BADWATER!!

Monday, February 28, 2011

photo by Glenn Tachiyama

Exciting news! Our own Jess Mullen was selected to run in this year's Badwater
Ultramarathon. Entry to this race is unlike other running events.
Participants must submit a lengthy application noting all prior athletic
achievements and a committee selects the top 90 athletes to compete.

Recognized globally as "the world's toughest foot race," this legendary
event pits up to 90 of the world's toughest athletes-runners, triathletes,
adventure racers, and mountaineers-against one another and the elements.
Covering 135 miles (217km) non-stop from Death Valley to Mt. Whitney, CA in
temperatures up to 130F (55c), and blasting hot winds up to 30 miles an
hour, it is the most demanding and extreme running race offered anywhere on
the planet.

The start line is at Badwater, Death Valley, which marks the lowest
elevation in North America at 280' (85m) below sea level. The race finishes
at Mt. Whitney Portal at 8360' (2533m). The Badwater course covers three
mountain ranges for a total of 13,000' (3962m) of cumulative vertical ascent
and 4,700' (1433m) of cumulative descent. Whitney Portal is the trailhead to
the Mt. Whitney summit, the highest point in the contiguous United States.

More info: http://www.badwater.com/

Congrats Jess!!